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When teen Sherlock and American tutor Amyus Crowe visit Sherlock’s brother Mycroft in London, they expect polite lunch. Instead, Mycroft holds a knife over a dead body in a locked room. Threatened with the gallows, Mycroft needs Sherlock. The search for the truth goes from a London railway station for dead bodies to frozen Moscow....

Title : Black Ice
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ISBN : 9780374387693
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Black Ice Reviews

  • ~alaa~
    2019-05-26 09:59

    3.5*The ending was fabulous!!!!!!Sometimes it was pretty boring but it was a good book + it taught me a lot of things and the plan at the end was so smart and complicated (Loved that)

  • Mara
    2019-06-08 12:16

    Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I do continue to like these covers (so much better than that horrible copy of Death Cloud,!), with the color schemes and the "symbols" that allude to something in the story itself. Though, in all honesty, the silhouette is beginning to irritate me. Don't really know why; it just is.Characters: Young Sherlock is not improving. He continues to be too emotional, too dependent on others people's good opinion and approval, and his detective skills are laughable. Seriously - can he figure nothing out for himself? Does he constantly have to ask Amyus Crowe or Mycroft "But how did they do this? Why?" He essentially fills in Watson's role in this series: as a sounding board for Crowe to bounce his brilliant plans off of. When young Sherlock finally begins to do a bit of deducing himself, it's never on important things, and the Author seems to suggest that every method the Sherlock uses was picked up from Crowe or Mycroft. How does this make Sherlock abnormally brilliant? It seems to indicate to me that Sherlock is merely incapable of having any brilliant plans on his own. But I will give the Author partial credit when it comes to Mycroft: he does a pretty good job of portraying his character, though he and Sherlock are still far too close, in my opinion. I have no doubt that the Holmes brothers respected and trusted one another in their own ways, but I don't believe that they ever got along. Two brilliant minds like theirs, coupled with conceitedness, wouldn't get on as well as this Author portrays. I missed Matty in Black Ice, but I was not sorry for Virginia Crowe's absence. Something about that girl just keeps rubbing me the wrong way. My opinion of Rufus Stone, Sherlock's violin teacher, is lukewarm; I don't dislike him, but I don't have any special attachment to him, either. The villains in this book were not nearly as laughable as the previous two - none of them were ridiculously grotesque, - but they were rather obvious and had a tendency to monologue too much.The Romance: Since Virginia is absent, there are not "strange, growing feelings" for young Sherlock to experience, thank goodness.Plot: When Amyus Crowe takes young Sherlock up to London to visit his brother Mycroft, it is only to discover Mycroft in the same room with a body, and the murder weapon in Mycroft's hands. Mycroft is arrested, and it's up to Sherlock and Crowe to prove his innocence. Through their investigations, they discover that Mycroft has been (predictably) framed, and it has something to do with the disappearance of Mycroft's agent and close friend in Moscow - and the ever-elusive Paradol Chamber. Together, Mycroft and young Sherlock journey to Moscow, disguised as actors, to find out what's happened to Mr. Wormersley. But the Paradol Chamber is on to them, and they will stop at nothing to apprehend Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. I have always said that these books are more plot-driven than character-driven, which is the only thing that saves them. Black Ice has, in my opinion, the more interesting plot out of the first three books. Amyus Crowe doesn't come to Moscow with the Holmes boys, which I imagine disappointed some Readers, but I personally was okay with it just being Mycroft and young Sherlock. However, while the discovery of Mycroft with a dead body was a very intriguing beginning, and the explanation behind the murder rather clever, Black Ice spent far more time on action sequences than actual mystery-solving. Nonstop action is all well and good for spy novels, but not mysteries. And this is, in all honesty, a series that feels like it's trying to be the new Alex Rider. Sherlock has one harrowing escape after another, only to encounter still more sticky situations that almost see him dead - or at least brutally injured. It got really wearing after a time, to a point that the chase scenes ceased to be even a little bit exciting. And the rate at which Mycroft solved things - (view spoiler)[like the fact that the theatre troupe was evil (hide spoiler)], or that he was knocked out so he could be framed for the murder - was ridiculous. Mycroft is supposed to be more brilliant than Sherlock, and it took him that long to realize that something was wrong? I spotted it right off! Needless to say, it caused quite a bit of frustration on my part.Believability: I took issue with the "death by falcon." Theoretically, one could kill someone this way. Falcons can do a lot of damage, and I'm certain people have been killed by birds of prey before. I'm not disputing that at all. What bothered me was it didn't seem like the best and most fool-proof way to assassinate someone. It's a neat idea on paper, but quite a hassle to actually execute, and there has to be a better, swifter, and more succinct way of doing away with someone.Writing Style: The style of these stories has never done anything for me. It't movie-ish and modern - doesn't at all fit the era - and would belong better in a spy novel than a Victorian mystery. And I am, quite honestly, getting really tired of Crowe's Texan accent.Content: None.Conclusion: It was actually a lot less ridiculous and action-packed than previous installments. And that is not a complaint. And I really, really do like the concept of Paradol Chamber; I look forward to seeing them in later books. However, because the Paradol Chamber's members have a bad and cliche tendency to monologue, they aren't nearly as scary as they could be. That little chat in the cafe they have with Sherlock? It was an extremely convenient place for the Author to easily explain all of the little nigglies to his Readers, and that isn't good. One should never have a Q&A session between protagonist and antagonist for the sole purpose of answering all of the little nigglies, because it is so obvious. There were a couple of twists that I wasn't wholly expecting - (view spoiler)[Mr. Wormersley's betrayal (hide spoiler)] - but there were others that were obvious from the beginning - (view spoiler)[the theatre troupe's involvement (hide spoiler)]. As a whole, Black Ice was a small improvement when it came to villains and plot from the other books, but it nearly killed my Sherlockianism to read this book; it really did. As a normal Reader I enjoyed the plot, but as a Sherlockian I was gnashing my teeth.Recommended Audience: Girl-and-guy read, fourteen and up, fans of mysteries, Alex Rider, and Sherlockian fiction that is anything but accurate.

  • Janie
    2019-05-18 16:07

    I liked it. Not as much as the other two, but it was fine. As usual, something goes wrong, and suddenly Sherlock is dodging assassination attempts left and right. In fact, this book went a lot more into Sherlock’s resourcefulness in dodging assassination attempts. What I didn't care for so much was: 1. The bagillions of references to his last adventure in Red Leech (Rebel Fire to me). It's been a LONG time since I've read that, and I forgot a lot of what happened in it. Thus the gratuitous mentions of "It reminded Sherlock of the time..." was sort of off-putting. Also, when authors do this in their sequels, I sort of get the feeling of "yeah, I read that book. But this is its sequel. Do you REALLY have to mention the same material over so many times? Where's the new material?"2. Sort of going along with that, with so many mentions of the last book's adventures, with Mattie and Virginia and all that, those to characters are barely in this one. Mattie is still a street urchin, and Sherlock interacts with him ONCE, early on in the book, to tell him that he's going to London. Mattie is sort of bitter, trying to scrounge up a meal, and pushing Sherlock's friendly offer of food aside on the grounds that it's gasp! charity. Seriously? Sherlock going out of his way to save his life wasn't charity? I thought they were friends! Virginia too, has very minimal presence in this book. In Sherlock’s only interaction with her, he mentions something about disliking emotions (set up for the great seemingly emotionless Sherlock Holmes he will become) and she reacts with some sort of disappointment or something that suggests that maybe she likes him and believes in love or something? "Well I believe in emotion" or something. She is not in the book again.3. This book focuses much more on Sherlock's mentor, Anamangus, and all his tedious little lessons about observation and predator stalking prey. This is later tied in with Mycroft's teachings, as about 3/4 in, suddenly Anamangus is out of the picture. I'm not a huge fan.4. Sherlock's random little mind ramblings. Sometime early on in the book he goes on thinking about what separates animals from humans, and how we have decided to eat cows but keep pet dogs and what keeps us from eating horses, and etcetera. This comes out of nowhere and is never mentioned again. Seriously. Did the author just read one of the many books published about this recently or something? And then there is the nod to Indian culture when he makes the thought of "perhaps in other cultures the cow is worshiped?" right in the middle of all this. Is this supposed to make Sherlock seem more intelligent by putting in these strange musings?5. While Sherlock is trying to get away from assassins, he is forced in the sewers. There the author seems to be trying to stuff in a social commentary about poor children and street life. Sherlock is disgusted and feels bad about the "feral children" he runs into, thinking about how Mattie is only a step away from becoming this. However, later on in the book, they are not mentioned again. Again, Mattie was never seen again after the one interaction early on in the book, and Sherlock didn't become sympathetic to their cause or making their lives better in any way. I suppose he didn't have to, but considering the big deal he was making about how he's lucky in comparison and etcetera, I thought that experience would have more of an impact on him.6. While the huge, overall conspiracy was fun, it seemed rushed, and I didn't get as invested in it as the other two adventures. The focus, again, was more on Anamangus's teachings and Mycroft's problems and Sherlock's dodging assassination attempts. There wasn't as much on the line, again, without Mattie or Virginia, and there didn't seem to be as many events about hunting for clues or anything.

  • Njj
    2019-06-15 08:16

    I found this book somewhat more gripping than the others. I the middle of the first 2, I would lose a little interest and put the book down for longer periods of time, but for some reason, I was with this book from beginning to end. Though the first 2 books were good, this book gave me hope that the rest will be even better than the other 2.

  • Stella
    2019-06-16 14:58

    Είναι λογικό να τελείωσα τα 2/6 αυτού του βιβλίου μέσα σε μια ώρα, παρόλο που το είχα αφήσει να περιμένει για πάνω από μια εβδομάδα? Λοιπόν, είναι. Έρχεται ανάρτηση. (Fan Fact: Ο νεαρός Σέρλοκ είναι το ίδιο τρελός και περίεργος με τον ενήλικα εαυτό του. Είχε ένα αρουραίο στην τσέπη του και το συνειδητοποίησε μονάχα τρεις (?) μέρες μετά.)

  • Shelby
    2019-06-09 09:07

    I thought this was a really disappointing read. I definitely would not recommend it as it’s a very slow book and I just really did not like it!!

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-06-07 08:02

    When Sherlock's brother Mycroft is found coming out of a locked room at the Diogenes Club, wherein lies a dead man, he is arrested and imprisoned. Sherlock and his tutor, Amyus Crowe, can figure out that Mycroft has been drugged and the man has killed himself in a clever way, but the police refuse to believe them. Mycroft thinks that the man is somehow involved in a vast land purchase in the US, and once his club pays bail, he takes off to Russia to try to figure things out. He and Mycroft are touring with some musicians, but of course get drawn into further dangers and mysteries. Characters from the past reappear, and Sherlock learns a lot about interpreting events and appearances.Strengths: Really liked Death Cloud as well as Rebel Fire, and am glad to see the British cover win out, since the ones with the Justin Bieber lookalikes were sort of laughable. These would be great summer reads for middle school students, interspersed with some actual Conan Doyle.Weaknesses: Once Mycroft was released from prison, this lost its immediacy for me. I also found Crowe's dialect to be annoyin'. The man drops every single "g". Hmmm.

  • Eugene Lau
    2019-06-09 16:10

    This book was a little... short. I'm not saying it was rushed, but it was short, in terms of the "book-time". Sherlock Holmes was kind of a novice, compared to Craig, since it was set in his youthhood. I always thought of Sherlock Holmes as a talented person, who clearly showed his extraordinary capabilities. This book changed my perspective on him; he was a talented person, but he surely didn't show it very clearly.My favourite character was the main character, Sherlock Holmes, because of how he solves problems, under pressure. Also, it is exciting that he finally cracks the assassination of the next victim.I started reading this book, after a classmate introduced the series, Young Sherlock Holmes, to me, when he was desperately looking for the 4th book in the school library. After my book was taken away (I had the book), I looked for a book in the same series, and that's how I found Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice.I would recommend this book to my friends, because the middle and last chapters were filled with action. The first few chapters acted like an introduction and explanation on why they had to travel to Moscow.

  • Audrey Lee
    2019-06-17 10:08

    This may be my favorite in the series so far. It starts off as a regular Sherlock Holmes mystery and turns into almost an action adventure spy thriller. I loved that he brought up stuff from the first two books and expanded on them (giving the books a broader arc rather than cases-of-the-week). I love the ongoing mystery of Mrs. Eglantine, a question that is going to be solved in the next book according to the author. Loved the expansion of Mycroft's character. After what he went through in Russia you can see why he spends the rest of his life in a five-mile radius in London (and the walking! Poor Mycroft having to walk up stairs!). There is a great introduction to Sherlocks love of theatre and theatricality (and putty noses). Overall, loved it. Can't wait to read the next one! The mystery of the enigmatic and dastardly Mrs. Eglantine (personally I have my theories on her, but we will see).

  • Cascade
    2019-06-02 15:18

    Russia, France, the London underworld -can it get any better? In his latest installment to the Young Sherlock Holmes series, Andrew Lane does not disappoint! Each of his characters are authentic, real, and relatable, and the mysteries just as intricate as ever. It is my hope Young Adult editors and publishers will take a lesson from Mr. Lane's wondrous example and provide a surge of similar stories on library and bookstore shelves everywhere -the Young Sherlock Holmes is truly a gem I am grateful to have discovered and wish more teens knew about. It combines all the best aspects of suspense, mystery, and action of adult fiction in the swashbuckling and adventuresome style and complex characters that Young Adult readers crave. Bravo, Mr. Lane! I can't wait for the next book.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-14 15:18

    Black Ice by Andrew Lane is a Young Sherlock Holmes book and it's about a boy named Sherlock Holmes. One day when he visits his brother Mycroft, he find a dead man who had been stabbed and his brother holding a knife. All the evidence points to Mycroft as the killer but Sherlock know that his brother was framed. Now can he find the real killer before Mycroft is to be killed?I picked this book up because I read the first two books and they were really good so I wanted to see what would happend to Sherlock Holmes now.I finished this book because I wanted to find out who the real murderer was.I would recommend this book to Aloka becase this book is sort of like the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy and I know that she likes that series.

  • Daisy
    2019-06-08 09:21

    Meh. Pleasurable but forgettable. I liked the storyline about Mycroft getting framed but I felt the story just kind of drifted away from that in all kinds of directions as the book went on and there was just too much going on for me. I read this over a couple of months so that may have been part of the reason I was finding it difficult to follow, but I do think there's an issue with this series of Sherlock constantly walking into danger when he's supposedly just a normal kid right now. Lack of realism aside though, this book wasn't bad at all and I am looking forward to seeing what goes on in the next book.

  • Janika Puolitaival
    2019-06-07 13:13

    Easy to read, action packed young adult mystery series. Sherlock is indeed young (with temper) in this series and since in my mind SH is like Jeremy Brett- Benedict Cumberbatch my reading suffered for it. "Sherlock is behaving oddly!" But it is not book's problem, it is mine. Good series if you can bury your view of older Sherlock. No wonder so many books already out for this series.

  • Mary Claire
    2019-06-05 10:20

    Ich kann nur sagen: Holy cannelloni! Ausführliches Review folgt nach Umzug.

  • Doreen
    2019-06-14 11:12

    Till now it is my favourite out of the serie :)

  • Erin Britton
    2019-06-18 10:04

    Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice is the third book in Andrew Lane’s series about the formative years of the great detective and to my mind it is the best and most intriguing story in the series so far.Black Ice begins with some classic ‘locked room mystery’ action as Sherlock Holmes and his tutor, Amyus Crowe, travel to London to visit Mycroft, Sherlock’s older brother, at his Club. Shortly after arriving at the Diogenes Club, Sherlock and Amyus hear a commotion coming from the Stranger’s Room [the one place in the Club where it is permissible to talk] and, when the door is unlocked from the inside, they discover Mycroft, knife in hand and puzzled expression on face, standing over a dead body. While the police may believe it to be an open and shut case, Sherlock is far from convinced and so, aided by Amyus, he sets out to clear his brother’s name.Of course, the mysteries that Sherlock Holmes becomes embroiled in are never straightforward and in Black Ice young Sherlock must face danger both on and under the streets of London, suss out which of the various shady characters can be trusted, and piece together political intrigue that necessitates a hazardous journey to Russia, all the while avoiding dive-bombings for murderous falcons.In Black Ice we really see the character of young Sherlock be shaped into that of the famous detective as he struggles to banish emotions and really solely on logic [there’s always been something of the Vulcan about Sherlock Holmes]. His detective skills and deductive reasoning are really shaping up too, which is just as well since there is less of a guiding role for Amyus Crowe in this book.With Amyus playing less of a part in the adventure, in Black Ice we get to learn more about both Mycroft Holmes and Rufus Stone. Mycroft emerges as a particularly fabulous though unlikely hero and all round good egg – I’m hoping my membership of the Diogenes Club comes through any day now. Another consequence of the action in Black Ice taking place predominantly in London and Russia is that there are only really cameo appearances from Matty Arnatt and Virginia Crowe, but at least Mrs Eglantine manages to squeeze in a nice bit of menace at the beginning of the book.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-25 16:05

    In fairness Holmes adventures have been chronicled from the Baker Street years (Conan Doyle and beyond) to retirement and beekeeping and even adventures with heavy occult or sci-fi leanings....the early years however don't really seem to have been covered quite as fully.These books therefore allow to imagine how a extraordinary individual was forged and they do a fairly good job..they are far more adventure than mystery and you can't help but feel there's a shade of 'young Bond' to the whole premise but so far I have enjoyed them.I've pretty much read these books out of sequence as I have just bought them as they appeared in charity shops but so far that doesn't seem to be a problem as the adventures seem to be self contained with nods towards the previous books which are explained well enough to bring forward any information we may need due to continuity.All in all good fun, the plot as it stands involves Holmes brother Mycroft being framed for a murder and the resolution of this involves a excursion to Russia...there's some light political intrigue behind all this which isn't too intense but given the scope of audience in regard this book that's about right.The test of these books I guess are would they work as an adventure if not branded with the Holmes name?....given the fact their are a number of supporting characters not within the Conan Doyle books I would say yes..for all the recognizable elements there is enough of the authors own stamp to allow these books to work alone.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-26 09:15

    I remember picking up this book when it first came out a couple of years ago. After reading the first two installments of this series, I wanted more, especially after the sheer sinister antagonist's story-line in the second book. However, book 3 had to wait to be read and I deeply regret not reading it before now. I can only imagine, (but judging from my liking of the first 2 books that I read when I was about Sherlock's age (14)) but I can't help to feel like I would have liked this book a lot more if I had been younger. It is easily read and rather quick-paced, which is good for getting out of a reading slump, however doesn't fulfill my personal need of complexity that I expect a book about Sherlock Holmes to have. By that I mean that the "villain" is not as intimidating as I would have wished him - or rather them - to be. The riddles were not as enjoyable as I remembered them to be from book 1 and 2 because they were mostly just Mycroft or Amyus Crowe listening to Sherlock figuring out an answer while being omniscient about it all which was a little tiring.All in all, an enjoyable and easy-to-follow entertaining read, but simply not my present taste in literature.

  • An Odd1
    2019-05-24 12:04

    "They hang him by the neck until he is dead" p 61. I'd rather begin with threat to Mycroft, caught without memory, with corpse, in locked room at his London Diogenes Club. Sherlock and tutor Crowe expect lunch, face mystery. (view spoiler)[ "On the instructions of the Paradol Chamber" p 277 who pay out his family, victim - fatally ill - sprays Mycroft, stabs self.(hide spoiler)] Answers owe much to chance, serendipity, but so did Doyle, first Sherlock author."Something familiar about that bitter smell" and shirt tear is larger than knife taken away p 55. Clues add up, but Sherlock and reader lack explanations. Mycroft has "seven separate theories but I lack the evidence" p 68. Pool of liquid "felt an' smelt just like water" p 69 to Crowe. (view spoiler)[ Suggests icicle to me. "The ice -knife was a useful trick, and a good rehearsal for some future assassination" p 255.(hide spoiler)] "You may need some money" p 165. Mycroft, Crowe, Stone - all protect and provide - so Sherlock can explore freely, safely. "You need to know .. habits of your prey .. how those habits change .. Men have their preferences .. know your prey so you can anticipate where they will be" p 5. Tutor Crowe teaches Sherlock 14 p 180 how to catch target, killer or wife, by fishing. I'm not sure if or where this leisurely start directs plot. Matty: "I'd rather eat."Sherlock: "I could buy you a pork pie."Matty: "You won't always be around .. I got to keep my skills sharp .."Sherlock: "It's not charity, it's friendship" p 25Matty would rather steal when a friend offers help?Matty is wrong. He soon leaves story. I'd rather he stay to sort values. "Pinkerton Agency in America .. a career niche that's currently unoccupied here in England" p 117. One of many future-telling hints. "A real bird trapped in the room?" p 123. Too many hints?Sherlock: "Did I miss anything?"Crowe: "Several points" p 38.Crowe lists deductions, without reasons. I do not believe what he does not prove."The lessons continue" p 164. "We all see something different depending on the labels .. trained mind .. actual and deduced facts" and direct others according to their assumptions p 145. Book feels like list of instructions rather than plot of actions. Shelock chances to fall in love with violin, buys with funds for warm clothes needed in Russia.Crowe leaves to "look after Ginny" p 177, worries Mycroft "made a miscalculation .. expedition to Russia is a mistake .. disappearance of [Wormersley] his man in Moscow has discomfited him" p 178. To enter country, Mycroft joins troupe already given permission. He assigns Sherlock as "my protégé Master Scott Eckersley .. general factotum" p 187. I guess a spy in the ranks, would expect Sherlock easily exposed. I'd expect his position to be like a hotel concierge - older, proficient in foreign languages, contacts, technology. Why does Sherlock go bananas repeating "You work for my brother? Why didn't you ever tell me?" Mycroft: "Because I told him not to" p 181 is reasonable. Mycroft adds musician, Rufus Stone, violin teacher who first sparked Sherlock's interest."Theatrical putty, remember?" p 251. (view spoiler)[ "Patrons of the café" are all theater cast he "trusted" p 260, made up.(hide spoiler)] Predicts again adult Sherlock skill. (view spoiler)[ Sherlock observes clean-cut Wormersley "on the run .. but .. neatly trimmed" p 250 does not look like British agent hiding and running.(hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[ "All designed .. to get Mycroft alone .. kill Count Shuvalov .. Mycroft to be blamed" p 249.(hide spoiler)] Paradol Chamber, international conspiracy, brings chaos, then order. (view spoiler)[ Paradols offered to free Wormersley from torture in Japanese prison if he would work for them. If Brits freed him would he have stayed loyal to England?(hide spoiler)]"Patio area exploded into flames" p 259 is terrific cliff-hanger for "Within seconds the café had filled up with greasy black smoke" p 260. I like kaboom-bang. Original Sherlock author Doyle was paid by-the-word Dickensian style. "Strange how much you can pick up lurking outside an open window" p 262 after following Sherlock "your path being crossed by a tall, dark stranger" p 262. (view spoiler)[ Stone spills fuel from tea samovar cart, then lit.(hide spoiler)] "We may have scotched their plans already." Stone smiled. "Or scorched them" p 262. Sherlock "plunged his hand into his jacket pocket" around "dead mouse he'd found in the train on the way from Dunkerque to Moscow and forgotten about" p 268 where Mr Kyte must have fed falcon. Whistles direct bird to window of victims. (view spoiler)[Sherlock, expert cricket thrower, aims rodent near hungry falcon. Sherlock remembers notes when bird attacked him in museum, sends against handler. "Wormersley struggles with the bird inside. Kyte, sitting atop the carriage" p 272.(hide spoiler)]"You meddling, interfering brat!" he screamed. "That plan was years in the making, and you ruined it in moments .. "There's always a way out" p 273. He uncoils metal whip with sharp talon at tip "Russian knout" p 274. Sherlock again reaches into his pocket. Maybe if girls grew up boycotting pocket-less clothes, we could save the world too. (view spoiler)["Spray bottle from the Diogenes Club .. used to drug Mycroft" dopes Wormersley "standing still .. dazed" p 275. Non-corrupted police catch, jail some. Stone has "unfinished business with the burly red-headed" Kyte "gone to ground" p 278 and too many, like "Mrs Loran .. one of their most important members" p 278 flee. Back at London Club, Sherlock mopes about returning to Farnham Manor with aunt and uncle, until Stone proposes twice weekly lessons. Stone: "Tuesdays and Thursdays suit you?"Sherlock: "Perfectly" p 282. End.(hide spoiler)]Typos are all the same!p 33 "she had bought a bucket of water around" is broughtp 257 "Mycroft Holmes bought to his office" is broughtp 258 "bought you here" is brought

  • Alex Kopley
    2019-05-27 10:01

    This Sherlock Holmes book is a great mystery style book. I personally do not like mystery but I really enjoyed this book. This book is filled with cliff hangers and leaves you guessing who committed the crime. It developed the characters very well and developed strong themes. In the book Mycroft Holmes is Sherlock Holmes's brother and has been accused of murder in his own apartment Sherlock is sent to the case. Sherlock knows his brother the best so he is confident that he didn't commit the crime.This book is very good for a impatient reader who likes a lot of action and suspense.

  • Sutechai Sundara
    2019-06-17 10:15

    The plot is great with Sherlock going to Russia and finding out who framed his brother Mycroft. The story is very thrilling with clues, mysteries, and conclusions. I also liked all the elaborate and genius ways the villains try to stop Sherlock and his friends. Once you get into the story you will know some shocking things from Sherlock’s past. Overall I liked this book with its great varieties if vocabularies and a well detailed plot.

  • Leah
    2019-06-02 10:11

    I've read the first two books in this series and found them to be fun reads. This book was a little disappointing from the first two. I felt like the story wasn't cohesive enough. It took a long time to build up the plot and then the action was rushed. This is a fun series but I felt like the story needed more refining.

  • Shadowsword
    2019-06-02 14:14

    Not the eccentric Sherlock I like, but an ok read.

  • Judith
    2019-06-15 11:03

    Another well written entry in this series.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2019-05-27 09:16

    Falconry, Alaska, curse your inevitable betrayal (but only after I teach you the tricks of disguises).

  • Adarsh Shah
    2019-06-08 13:07

    It creates a nice suspense thereby giving the chills of thrill. The teacher-student bonding of Amyus Crowe and Young Sherlock brings a great experience by mentioning worthy tricks.

  • Debora M | Nasreen
    2019-06-04 12:51

    In occasione della Fiera dei Libri per Bambini edizione 2013, la casa editrice DeAgostini ha deciso di regalare ai suoi giovani lettori il terzo volume della bellissima e appassionante serie Young Sherlock Holmes.Inoltre, per alcuni fortunati – e sì, noi di Sognando Leggendo siamo fra questi! -, l’autore e giornalista britannico Andrew Lane, conosciuto come Andy Lane, è stato invitato a Bologna proprio per presentare a noi lettori italiani questo terzo volume della serie che vede come protagonista uno dei personaggi più importanti e amati della narrativa internazionale: Sherlock Holmes.Frutto dell’abile penna di Conan Doyle e riproposto da moltissimi autori successivi, come ben sappiamo, Andrew Lane si è cimentato nell’incredibile missione di creare un giovane, adolescente, Sherlock Homes senza uscire dal canon, ovvero senza distaccarsi dalle linee guida tracciate nei suoi romanzi, cenno dopo cenno, da Doyle stesso.Nonostante molti critici britannici abbiamo criticato duramente il suo personaggio, come l’autore stesso ci ha confidato durante il nostro breve incontro a Bologna, perché troppo lontano dal cinico, cerebrale, impulsivo, sociopatico e adulto Holmes, è parere di molti che, invece, Lane sia stato in grado di ricreare perfettamente un ipotetico giovane Sherlock.Con Ghiaccio Nero, le nostre supposizioni si sono nuovamente trasformate in certezza. Indagine dopo indagine, avventura dopo disavventura, è possibile scorgere dietro questo intelligente ragazzo dalla logica ancora grezza ma dal potenziale incredibile, l’uomo che diverrà, le persone che contribuiranno a plasmarlo e le esperienze che lo segneranno in maniera più o meno significativa.Sherlock, dopo essere tornato dalla sua avventura americana, si ritroverà a dover incontrare, assieme al suo mentore Crowe, suo fratello in un circolo londinese. Purtroppo ad aprire la porta del salottino privato prenotato da Mycroft, sarà proprio il più grande dei fratelli Holmes, con un coltello insanguinato in mano e l’espressione confusa in volto.L’arresto immediato e la possibile impiccagione del suo adorato fratello, spingerà Sherlock a buttarsi una rocambolesca indagine londinese che, fra bambini delle fogne, falchi assassini e armi misteriosamente scomparse lasciandosi alle spalle solo qualche goccia d’acqua, si rivelerà ben presto più complessa del previsto e, soprattutto, ben lontana dalla portata de giovane.Fortunatamente ci saranno il paterno Amyus Crowe e il violinista Stone, conosciuto durante la traversata oceanica nel precedente “Fuoco Ribelle”, ad affiancare il giovane Sherlock Holmes in questa sua pericolosissima avventura che lo porterà nella gelida e pericolosissima Russia a caccia dell’organizzazione intenzionata a far fuori lui e suo fratello.Anche in questo romanzo appare lampante come Sherlock stia lentamente affrontando quegli ovvi cambiamenti caratteriali che ritroveremo nella sua versione 2.0, ovvero il Detective che tutti noi conosciamo. Finalmente conosceremo il nome del suo mentore musicale, la storia dell’acquisto del suo amato e importantissimo violino, l’inizio del lento ma continuo congelamento delle emozioni del giovane per dare priorità assoluta alla logica, l’inizio dei piccoli problemi di fiducia verso il prossimo e le prime schermaglie con l’aspetto pianificatore del fratello maggiore. Tutti aspetti che vengono accennati, curati, tratteggiati e descritti con maestria e attenzione da Lane.Nulla viene imposto al lettore come un dato di fatto, solo perché deve essere a quel modo. Tutto, nelle opere di Lane, porta la mente del lettore, amante delle opere di Doyle, a cogliere riferimenti, a fare congetture e verificare tesi. Mentre, per un lettore giovane, niente gli impedirà di amare alla follia una nuova avventura ben congeniata, descritta e curata nei minimi particolari.L’unico personaggio che, per adesso, risulta difficile da inquadrare con quello descritto da Doyle, sembra essere proprio Mycroft, forse troppo affettuoso e espansivo nei confronti del fratello.Come l’autore stesso, anche noi ci chiediamo il motivo dell’assurda traduzione del titolo, che da Black Ice (Ghiaccio Nero) si è magicamente trasformato in “Ghiaccio Sporco”, ma a parte questo, in definitiva questo terzo volume di Andrew Lane è sicuramente da leggere, assaporare e amare alla follia.

  • Reese Snell
    2019-05-24 12:56

    Goodreads Book ReviewWhen writing his book, Black Ice, Andrew Lane had a clear purpose for his readers. He wanted to write an action packed, thriller that would entertain his readers. It is clear that he wanted to make his readers be on the edge of their seats every single chapter. As Andrew Lane says, “‘No escape for you, sonny,’ he said. He raise his hands. The meagre light glinted off the metal spikes on his knuckle dusters. ‘And it looks like I saved myself a half-crown into the bargain’” (103). This quote proves that he wanted to entertain because in every single chapter the author creates some sort of cliffhanger to make you want to read more. In Black Ice, Sherlock Holmes, his mentor, Amyus Crowe, are on a trip to London to see Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, but find themselves confused when Sherlock and Amyus walk into a room finding a Mycroft holding a knife in a room with a dead corpse. The three of them have to go on missions to find out what really happened. To further investigate the murder, Mycroft takes Sherlock as his companion to an upcoming trip to Russia. When finally Sherlock has one of what they call it his “eureka moments,” Sherlock and Mycroft try to find a resolution to all of this confusion about the murder, in what will hopefully result in a solved mystery. Through all of the mystery, action, and excitement Andrew Lane wrote into this book, it will almost guarantee entertainment for all of its readers.By the way the author writes this book, and while you’re reading it, it is very easy to tell what the theme of this book is. I believe that the theme of this book is to never give up and to always try your best. One quote to prove my point is, “‘Practice,’ Crowe said, smiling. ‘That and natural talent. One day you’ll be able to do it to.’” Sherlock shook his head. “‘I doubt it,’ he said with a laugh. ‘I really doubt it.’” (Lane 40). This quote proves my point on the theme because in this scene, Sherlock is talking to his very smart mentor and his mentor has a very good talent on guessing people’s lives just by how they look and what they do. Sherlock becomes curious on how he does it and so then Amyus tells him that he will be able to do just as good as he can if he practices. This proves the theme because Amyus is basically telling Sherlock that with consistent practice, and not giving up, that he will be able to do very good things.I think that Andrew Lane’s style of writing for the book Black Ice narrative. I believe so because in this book, there are not a lot of things that seem to persuade or describe anything. As Lane says, “He kept moving around the room, letting his eyes move everywhere. As he got to the corner of the table he noticed something on the floor beneath it: a small leather case, left in the shadow of the table leg as if someone had wanted to put it quickly out of the way” (Lane 52). This quote easily explains why the style of the book should be narrative because in the quote, as you read through it it makes you interested in what is going to happen next which just further pulls you into the story. Another quote to prove my point is, “The small man with the long, stringy hair was standing right behind him. ‘You’ve been following me,’ he said. ‘I want to hear you tell me why. And then, just for giggles, I want to hear you scream’” (Lane 83). This quote proves why this book is narrative because in this quote the author leaves you at a huge cliffhanger. I think that the only reason there would be a cliffhanger in a story is to entertain the reader with a story. And that is exactly what I think he is trying to do here. In my opinion, this book was one of the greater books that I have read. I didn’t think the book had become boring at any time I was reading. It was a very exciting book. Although it is my favorite I would say that it would be one of mine. I think I would definitely recommend it to someone who is into action and exciting books. Another thing I like about this book is the mystery aspect of the book. The only Sherlock Holmes I’ve seen or heard were the movies but I now can say that I like the book also.

  • Martin Vu
    2019-05-25 09:17

    Andy Lane has done an impeccable job at creating such an interesting, plot-twisting and mind turning novel. Following as a continuation of the Young Sherlock Holmes series, Young Sherlock Holmes: Black Ice is a must read! You are reconnected with the characters again and get to see the development of characters along the story. The book is like an adventure literally and figuratively as you try to grasp each clue set in each of the chapters which leads up to an ultimate build up and great complications during the story. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for adventure, major plot twists, action and mystery.

  • Danie
    2019-05-29 10:11