Synopsis: Captain Arthur Morstan has vanished. Where is he, and does his disappearance have anything to do with the six pearls sent to his daughter Mary? Our crime-fighting sleuth decides to investigate.

Release Date: 1st July 2022

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

Pages: 53

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

Review: This was a complex case of a hidden treasure, a pact made years ago, money and wrong doings and murders of people involved. Holmes gets involved in this case and helps an officer who begrudges his help.

As always the instant Holmes starts to investigate he is able to piece together almost all of it and just drags everyone else along to solve it themselves rather than share what he has figured out. This case was so odd and it kept getting so many twists within it that it was almost hard to follow at times.

The case went from a young woman being owed money and riches to the bad guy actually being the true one connected to the riches and money. I didn’t piece together any of this and it was a really interesting and complicated read. How Holmes solved this one so quickly I will not know even after reading it.

Another wonderful addition to this Sherlock Holmes series, the easier to read stories, the condensed down mystery and the added illustrations throughout the story. I do enjoy reading books like this that tell a classic story or mystery but are much easier to follow.

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


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