This is a review of the audio book.
I have not yet had a chance to read the original Sherlock Holmes books which is something I should rectify in the near future, so aside from TV series I really have nothing to compare this to. Despite this fact, I did find this audio book most enjoyable. The narrator had a proper British accent and he did do the other voices quite well.
Young Sherlock was an intriguing character and I loved how he was portrayed. Sherlock has been sent to live out in the country with his aunt and uncle while his father is off to war. His older brother Mycroft arranged for an American tutor who was to help Sherlock with his studies. The tutor is more than a tutor and Sherlock gets involved in mystery that looks suspiciously like the plague.
The villain in this book is oh, so villainous - evil incarnate. I really want to tell you more about this character but it would give too many things away. Let's just say he's a creepy character with a lot of black-suited minions willing to do his bidding. I kind of imagined a Mr. Burns type character.
This book would appeal to middle grade readers and up. The audio book is entertaining enough to catch most kids' attentions on a long road trip.
I received this book for free from the Sync Young Adult Summer audio book program.