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

Someone keeps breaking into shops and houses and smashing statuettes of the French general and statesman, Napoleon. Why? The police are baffled, so they call in the one man who can solve the mystery: London’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.

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, Classics, Classic Mystery, Murder, Crime.

Pages: 54

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

Review: Holmes officer friend is on a rather unusual investigation and feels Holmes and Watson would enjoy it. Busts of Napoleon have been smashed and now a murder outside one of the houses too. As always only Holmes is able to piece everything together and solve the case.

I really thought I’d solved this whilst reading but then it twisted again and what I thought wasn’t really correct. I love that about these Sherlock Holmes books that no matter what the case you can try and solve them but then they always add in a twist and you cannot actually solve them. So much fun.

This one’s case was really random with the busts being smashed and breaking into houses to retrieve them. The officer really had no idea what was going on or why they were all being smashed and it was actually really entreating with how clueless he was and how smart Holmes was as he’d had ideas from the start to what was going on.

I really love this series of Sherlock Holmes stories but adjusted for a young audience and made to be a bit simpler to read and understand, with added illustrations throughout the books. If you are interested in mystery books for your children I do recommend these they are so unique and a really fun read.

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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