January 29, 2014 by Alice in Readerland
While on summer vacation, little Irene Adler meets a young William Sherlock Holmes. The two share stories of pirates and have battles of wit while running wild on the sunny streets and rooftops. When Sherlock’s friend, Lupin, joins in on the fun, they all become fast friends. But the good times end abruptly when a dead body floats ashore on the nearby beach. The young detective trio will have to put all three of their heads together to solve this mystery.
Special thanks to the publisher, Capstone Young Readers, and Netgalley for giving me this title in exchange for an honest review. The Dark Lady (Sherlock, Lupin, and Me) by Irene Adler will arrive in stores February 1st, 2014.
A Scandal in Bohemia has always been my favorite Sherlock Holmes story ever since I read the books when I was ten. I was fascinated by the character of Irene Adler and I thought it was so cool that the one person to outsmart Sherlock Holmes was a woman. So when I saw that this book had a young Irene as the main character, I knew that I just had to read it! Seeing this book basically made me go like this:
Here’s what I enjoyed
* Obviously, I enjoyed reading about young Irene and seeing some foreshadowing/references to A Scandal in Bohemia, like how well Irene sings, mentions of Bohemia, etc.
* There were also neat sketches every couple pages and I thought that that was cool.
* The town where the book was set was very cute, so I thought it was a great setting.
Cynical Cindy Says
I don’t think many young readers will understand the literary character/reference that Lupin is (Arsene Lupin Vs. Herlock Sholmes from 1908, anyone?) and at times, Irene Adler’s character seemed too perfect, but other than that, it was a cute read.
All in all, this was a cute, fun book I’d recommend to young readers just starting to get interested in Sherlock Holmes, or for fans of Irene Adler who want to get their hands on whatever reading material there is about her. I’d also be curious to see how the series develops!
3 out of 5 teacups