A Review of The Dragon Turn by Shane Peacock

The Dragon TurnThe Dragon Turn

The Boy Sherlock Holmes , His 5th Case

Written by Shane Peacock

I received this book from NetGalley. When I requested it, I was expecting a Young Adult novel written for a tween audience similar to The Uglies series or maybe The Hunger Games. I hadn’t read the earlier books in this series, but since I have always enjoyed a good Sherlock Holmes story, I figured that I would be safe requesting this book.

Well I was wrong on two counts. First this book is definitely aimed at a younger group than I had imagined. I would say that this is for third grade up through fifth grade. Most middle school kids would think that the story was a bit too simple for them. They are used to the adventures of Katniss or the vampires from Twilight. Second, I was looking for a good Sherlock Holmes story. The boy Sherlock Holmes doesn’t have any of the insight that you expect from a young Sherlock. He acts much younger than his age in the book.

On the positive side the story has a few twists and a good bit of action that an elementary school child would enjoy. This may even coax them into exploring an adult Sherlock Holmes book in the future.

I give this 3 stars out of 5.

Product Details

Category: Juvenile FictionMysteries & Detective Stories; Juvenile FictionLaw & Crime; Juvenile FictionHistorical

Imprint: Tundra Books

Format: Trade Paperback

Pub Date: March 2013

Age: 10 and up

Trim Size: 5-1/8 x 7-5/8

# of Pages: 256 pages

ISBN: 978-1-77049-411-4 (1-77049-411-1)


Sherlock Holmes and Irene Doyle are as riveted as the rest of the audience. They are celebrating Irene’s sixteenth birthday at the Egyptian Hall as Alistair Hemsworth produces a real and very deadly dragon before their eyes. This single, fantastic illusion elevates the previously unheralded magician to star status, making him the talk of London. He even outshines the Wizard of Nottingham, his rival on and off the stage.

Sherlock and Irene rush backstage after the show to meet the great man, only to witness Inspector Lestrade and his son arrest the performer. It seems one-upmanship has not been as satisfying to Hemsworth as the notion of murder. The Wizard is missing; his spectacles and chunks of flesh have been discovered in pools of blood in Hemsworth’s secret workshop. That, plus the fact that Nottingham has stolen Hemsworth’s wife away, speak of foul play and motive. There is no body, but there has certainly been a grisly death.

The Lestrades are certain they have their man, but ever-observant Sherlock is not so sure. Night visits to the workshop turn up clues that don’t add up to a closed case. The deeper Holmes digs, the more this mystery becomes an illusion; a deadly game of smoke and mirrors. Before it plays out, the boy will have to consider far more than Hemsworth’s guilt or innocence. He may even come to believe in magic and the existence of dragons.


Shane Peacock was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up in Kapuskasing. A biographer, journalist, and screenwriter, he is also the author of several novels and plays. He has received many honors for his writing, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Eye of the Crow and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Vanishing Girl, both titles in his boy Sherlock Holmes series. Shane Peacock lives with his wife and three children near Cobourg, Ontario

The book description and author information is from Tundra Books. The Dragon Turn

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