Not So Sherlock: Secret Letters by Leah Scheier

Posted by Steph on March - 29 - 2013


Secret LettersLeah ScheierYA MysteryRating: 3

Secret Letters
Leah Scheier
YA Fiction
Rating: 3


I picked this one up while I was putting away some library books at work because the premise sounded so promising: A young girl wants to be like Sherlock Holmes, who is a real person in the story, and solve mysteries in old-time London. This wasn’t a bad read, it just fell a bit flat for me.  I guess I had high expectations because I saw that Sherlock Holmes was going to be in it and was a bit disappointed when I found out he has died in the very beginning of the story (so it’s not a spoiler :P).  In my opinion, if you’re going to involve Sherlock Holmes as a character in a story it better be very well done to be believable and accepted. For me, there was just something lacking and I can’t quite put my finger on what it was.  I didn’t find the involvement of Sherlock believable, or frankly, very interesting. (Maybe my expectations are too high from watching too much of the BBC’s Sherlock. So Amazing!!) Anyway, thinking of this as a non-Sherlock story, it was a pretty decent YA read.  It has enough mystery, action, and suspense to keep you turning the pages

Dora convinces her cousin to take her to London to seek the help of Sherlock Holmes, only to find out that he has died. Dora’s cousin is devastated because she is being blackmailed by compromising letters given to an ex-lover and needs Sherlock’s help to get the letters back. However, Dora takes the news much worse than her cousin for reasons she doesn’t care to share. Despite the devastating news, the girls decide to enlist the help of two other investigators in London. One of which, a Mr. Cartwright, is close to Dora’s age and works in ways reminiscent of Mr. Holmes. Together, Mr. Cartwright and Dora work to solve the problem Dora and her cousin came to London to eliminate. However, they have stumbled upon a situation worse than they bargained on, and put themselves in danger instead.


Does anyone know of good books involving Sherlock Holmes as a character?


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2 Responses so far.

  1. JAHirsch says:

    It’s incredible how many reincarnations of Sherlock Holmes have been coming out in movies and television, and now books! I wonder why he’s grown so popular again?

    I don’t know of any books with him as a character, except of course those by Arthur Conan Doyle. And those are always a fantastic read.

  2. Steph says:

    I love Sherlock Holmes and I find it fascinating that Doyle’s works still read so well despite their age. Truly classics. I’m glad he is re-surfacing 🙂
    Do you watch any of the new Sherlock shows on TV now? I’ve only seen the BBC version and think it’s wonderful! I also enjoy the new movies which have been coming out too.