Synopsis: Join world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his ever-loyal sidekick Dr. Watson as they embark on a daring adventure.
The famous race horse Silver Blaze has disappeared, and the horse’s trainer, John Straker, has been murdered. The great detective travels to Dartmoor to investigate. Can he discover who killed Straker and track down Silver Blaze … before it’s too late?
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: Mystery, Middle Grade, Crime, Classics, Historical, Death, Children’s Classics, Animals, Horses, Sheep, Racing, Animal Racing.
Thank you so much to Arcturus and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
Review: Holmes gets roped into the case of a missing race horse and the stable boy being murdered and heads down to solve what was really going on and put the pieces together.
I personally didn’t enjoy this one, there was a lot of different things that Holmes had to solve and put together which was interesting, but the topic is just not one of interest to me.
As always Holmes is smarter and more tactile about how he solves all his mysteries never sharing everything he has put together with the detective or people requesting his help. You are left to figure them all out yourself and try to get what he got, which very rarely happens and this case was quite a difficult one to figure out.
I didn’t really care for the race horse storyline nor the hurting animals stuff, it’s a bit off putting to me so made me not enjoy solving this one as much as most of the others.
I do love reading this series though, they are just so fascinating getting a chance to read these beloved mysteries but in a simpler way, with illustrations and cut down to give younger audiences a chance to enjoy them too.
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 alexwoolf.co.uk