Synopsis: Join world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his ever-loyal sidekick Dr. Watson as they embark on a daring adventure.

Has our crime-fighting hero finally met his match? The evil Professor Moriarty seems able to guess his every move. As Holmes closes in on his arch-enemy, the two prepare to meet in a final confrontation. Who is going to win?

This thrilling tale has been retold and adapted with new illustrations, making it perfect for younger readers. Adapted by award-winning children’s fiction author Alex Woolf, it will delight bright young things aged 7+.

Release Date: 1st July 2022

Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Crime, Classics, Historical, Children’s Classics, Death, Threat, Adventure,

Pages: 53

Thank you so much to Arcturus and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.

Review: Holmes is afraid for his life, the biggest gang in London knows he’s been tracking them, interfering with their crimes and now the leader who Holmes wants locked away is onto him ready to shut him up.

This book is so much more intense than most in the series as it’s not just an open and closed case, it’s a dangerous case that Holmes has wound himself into. It’s kind of scary too with all that was going on around him, and the threats he receives.

I did actually really like this one a lot though it was so different but it made it fascinating with Holmes being in hiding and having to do everything to change their path and course away from Moriarty.

I love this series and love escaping into these really fun, easy to read Holmes mysteries. I love the illustrations throughout the chapters too, it’s a really great touch.

This particular book leads you into a secondary book The Empty House continuing the story which is also great as it makes you desperate for answers at the end of it that you’d instantly pick up the next one.

About Transcriber: Alex Woolf is an award-winning author of over 200 books, both fiction and non-fiction, for middle grade, YA and adults. His non-fiction encompasses a whole variety of subjects, from science and the natural world to politics and social issues, but his favourite subject is history. His ‘History of the World’ has sold over 100,000 copies in the English-speaking world and been translated into seven different languages since it first appeared in 2008.

Alex is a regular author for Fiction Express, online publishers of interactive stories for schools. He writes a chapter a week, and children vote on how the story should continue. Fiction Express is read by 150,000 students from 20 countries. He has won Fiction Express awards for his stories ‘Mystery at Moon Base One’ and ‘Cosmo Mars and the Vanishing Woman’. He was also shortlisted for the Falkirk Red Book Award for his horror novel ‘Soul Shadows’. His fiction writing credits also include a science fiction trilogy, ‘Chronosphere’, The Shakespeare Plot, about Tudor spies, and a steampunk series, Iron Sky. His Victorian supernatural thriller Aldo Moon was one of Lovereading4kids’ books of the year.

His adult fiction includes the psychological thriller Mr Jones, published by Indie Novella. He is co-author of a comic ‘novel-in-emails’, Work in Progress, published by Unbound. For more details, visit his website at


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