The dragon turn by Shane Peacock will captivate readers, even if they have not read the first four cases in the award winnning The Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Actually, Sherlock is an astute teen, not boy, in these books and in addition to solving crimes Scotland Yard cannot, he is dealing with male teen coming-of-age issues. Malicious magicians, affairs d'amour gone awry, a missing body, terrifying creatures, and hidden identities keep Sherlock and readers searching for clues that will illuminate what is really going on behind the scenes of The Egyptian Hall. Adding to Sherlock's agony, is his conviction that a female's guiles has spurred him to win the freedom of a wizard who really is the murderer.
I pretended I was an archaeologist at a replica of an Egyptian tomb at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
The brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson — Continuing my Sherlock Holmes run, this is a modern mystery story. It centers on an English barrister who lives at 221B Baker Street, and who must answer Holmes' fan mail as per his lease. Very twisty, but fairly easy to see where the twists are going. Decent.