Mystery Book Review: Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins: Black Ice

Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins: Black Ice by Andrew Lane

When Sherlock and Amyus Crowe, his American tutor, visit Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, in London, all they are expecting is lunch and some polite conversation. What they find shocks both of them to the core: a locked room, a dead body, and Mycroft holding a knife. The police are convinced Mycroft is a vicious murderer, but Sherlock is just as convinced he is innocent. Threatened with the gallows, Mycroft needs Sherlock to save him. The search for the truth necessitates an incredible journey, from a railway station for dead bodies in London all the way to the frozen city of Moscow—where Sherlock is afoot in a world of secrets and danger.

This is the 3rd young Sherlock novel in an exciting series that takes him from London to Moscow this time. Several minor characters make a return, and though the mystery is a standalone, it’s helpful to have read the previous installments to know who all the characters are and their histories with Sherlock. Black Ice was a pleasantly unpredictable journey that focuses on Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. Intrigue and mystery abound with plenty of twists and surprises. A fast-paced read, I thoroughly enjoyed this new Sherlock Holmes adventure.