The Dragon Turn

The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fifth Case

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Pub Date 12 Mar 2013 | Archive Date 17 Mar 2013

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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.

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...


Advance Praise

“…Shane Peacock delivers another intriguing novel exploring the boy detective… His Sherlock is a penniless but resourceful young man living with an eccentric apothecary who encourages his curiosity and his powers of observation. In The Dragon Turn, he attempts to unravel the mystery of a magician's illusion, which has apparently caused the death of a rival magician … the Canadian-made Sherlock has a real feeling for Victorian London.” – Winnipeg Free Press

“…The Dragon Turn opens with a dramatic stage illusion involving a dragon and a woman vanishing, setting the tenor for the fun to come in the book as the young Sherlock rips into another adventure. Bad dudes like Malefactor and Moriarty make an appearance. Irene Dole, clearly a capable female foil for our young detective, is a strong personality in the book. She has her own ambitions; she is not just a pretty support for Sherlock.” – Northumberland Today

“…Shane Peacock has done his research well. His character makes a very believable younger version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Shane has also accurately portrayed London of the 1860's. True to the style of the original master, this novel is filled with excellent deductions by the young Holmes, numerous twists and turns and an exciting climax that kept me reading at the edge of my seat.” – Jewish Book World

“…Peacock’s fifth mystery featuring the boy Sherlock Holmes does not disappoint. Drama, love, and a fine trail of clues lead the reader through another memorable romp into the heart of a Victorian murder mystery. This historical novel is rich in detail, setting, and culture.” – Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

“…The mystery is well-paced, full of night-time thrills and shady characters, and our fallible hero … hopefully Shane Peacock isn’t done with his youthful protagonist yet.” – Excellent, Resource Links

“Peacock’s Sherlock is a highly intelligent, logical fifteen year old…. The Dragon Turn is a wonderful book. I think its target audience (ages 10 – 14) will love it for its adventure, mystery and characters….” – Literary Treats

“…He became such an admirable character, especially when you got to see more of his personal and family life. It added a new dimension to my current image of Sherlock Holmes.” – Hooked on Books

“Each time that a new The Boy Sherlock Holmes case book arrives in my mail, I ask myself the question ... can Shane Peacock maintain the quality and the intrigue? … indeed, he has done it again! … If you have read Shane Peacock's other case books you will know Sherlock to be very astute, organized and successful…. Bravo, Shane Peacock! What an adventure....” – Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“…Shane Peacock delivers another intriguing novel exploring the boy detective… His Sherlock is a penniless but resourceful young man living with an eccentric apothecary who encourages his curiosity...


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