Book Review: Young Sherlock – Red Leech

Hey Nerds,

Time for a new review! 😀


Young Sherlock – Red Leech

by: Andrew Lane


This book is about a 14 year old Sherlock Scott Holmes.. *side note: This is the 2nd book to this series and unfortunately, I don’t have the 1st book so… yeah, but the story of the Red Leech is not that hard to follow*

We can learn by reading this book that Sherlock has a mentor named Amyus Crowe and he was teaching Sherlock about having a good eye and ear for evidence. Then something happened when one day, Sherlock saw a carriage outside his Uncle Sherrinford’s house that could only be carrying his brother, Mycroft.

An American assassin named John Wilkes Booth is said to be dead but turned out to be alive, hiding somewhere in London. Mycroft thinks that somehow, this is about the Confederate State of America and American Civil War. Now, the American and British government need to track him down with the help pf Mr. Crowe. Sherlock being the curious kid that he was, he went, together with his friend Matty, to the place where John Wilkes Booth is said to be hiding – something Sherlock heard Mycroft and Mr. Crowe talked about. Sherlock eventually found the house where Mr. Booth was hiding but got himself in to trouble. There, he found out that Mr. Booth was out of his mind and that there were other men who want him and was clearly working for a mysterious man. Sherlock managed to escape from them but they got Matty. This left Sherlock the only one who knew what the bad guys look like! And that’s the start of Sherlock’s adventure to America!

When reading the first few pages of this book, I’m actually cringing on some parts because the Young Sherlock is nothing like the Sherlock Holmes we grew to love. But after investing some more time reading this book, you forget that the Young Sherlock is supposed to be the ACD’s Sherlock Holmes. And then you start to enjoy the story.

Andrew Lane gave some of his versions in the history of Sherlock’s skills. Like how he learned to play the violin and his deduction skills. In that note, I’m not actually a fan of the idea that he has a mentor, well aside from Mycroft, that is. But I approved of Rufus Stone, the Irish Violinist. 😀 Some parts also gave us the history on his Mind Palace. Though it wasn’t explained in details but somehow, Sherlock thought about some kind of notebooks where he can write down all the important things and where he can be easily access. He also thought about the probability of of deleting unimportant things from his mind and store only the important ones. The Mind Palace is one of my favorite thing about Sherlock Holmes. <3

I specifically enjoyed Sherlock’s action parts. Like hell yeah, he was 14 but can fight with grown up men with his physical skills and brilliant mind! HAHA. I had fun reading it. It feels like you’re in constant action too, trying to track down the American assassin. Maybe the part I’m not a fan of is Virginia. I just don’t like the idea that Sherlock is in to her. Mycroft was also not the Mycroft I knew. He’s too sweet and vocal about his feelings for Sherlock, although we all knew that he loves his brother dear. Even Young Sherlock, he’s too emotional for my liking. Sometimes, this girl loves the rude, clever and socio-path Sherlock! LOL. 😀

But all in all, I enjoyed this one– bizarre villain and enough action to prick my action bones. I recommend this if you want to read a light version of Sherlock or if you just totally love Sherlock like I do. 😀


Signing off,

Barberry Luz G. Castillo

“A Sherlockian”


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