I won this book in a competition and I'm glad I did!This is the story of Sherlock Holmes as a teenager set in Victorian England. He is staying in a small village, Farnham, with his Uncle Sherrinford and his Aunt Anna. His Uncle is the resident Vicar and they live in a large estate, which Sherlock seems to be embarrassed about. Sherlock is helping his Uncle catalogue some sermons one day, when he over hears a conversation between his Uncle and their housekeeper, Mrs. Eglantine. This conversation intrigues Sherlock into investigating and he finds more than he bargained for. Along with his violin teacher, Rufus Stone, and Matty a street urchin, Sherlock is thrown into a mystery that sees him travelling through the country to Scotland to find his girlfriend and her father before an evil man finds them.I loved the story, as it gives Sherlock a back story as a teenager, and how he develops into the character that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about. My only quibble is that this book is actually the forth in the series! I'm now going to have to get the first three - Death Cloud, Red Leech and Black Ice; it was that good! I recommend this book to both boys and girls of all ages who love mystery/adventure.