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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Book Review: The Man From Hell by Barrie Roberts

The Man From Hell by Barrie Roberts
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The Man From Hell
by Barrie Roberts
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Titan Books
ISBN-10: 1-84856-508-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-84856-508-1
Publication Date: February, 2010
List Price: $9.95

Review: Barrie Roberts has done it again! Another tale has been added to the endless adventures of the famous Sherlock Holmes. The new book is titled Sherlock Holmes, The Man from Hell. In this case, Holmes has to deal with the mysterious murder of a well-liked Lord Backwater of Backwater Hall. While investigating, Holmes and Watson learn of the late Lord Backwater’s past and gain valuable information from the new Lord Patrick. Lord Patrick and many others accompany Holmes and Watson on this journey to find the truth of the murder. Though many follow, some may not return. At the end an unexpected suspect surfaces and turns the whole case upside down. Will Holmes be able to figure out the murder of Lord Backwater without being murdered himself? Find out in Barrie Roberts’ Sherlock Holmes, The Man from Hell.

This book really caught my interest. The way Barrie Roberts is able to put so much knowledge and character into his stories is unbelievable. Sherlock Holmes is a famous figure in the eyes of the youth today. He definitely is the world’s greatest detective. Many people thrive to acquire the knowledge of his ways and wish to think in a similar way. It inspires this generation to organize our thoughts to be able to figure out our own mysteries with not-so-common information. There are many legends and flashbacks within this story, which makes it seem all the more real. The final twist at the very end will throw readers’ minds in a whirl. It is a surprise no one will see coming, and Holmes not only astonished his followers, but his readers as well. These pieces of literature are of great value and deserve to be cherished. Out of a five star rating, I definitely give Sherlock Holmes a solid 5. Reasonable age groups to be considered are ages 12+ due to the amount of foul language (not much but enough to be aware of) used throughout the book. I wish to personally thank the author (Barrie Roberts) for creating such a thrilling story. I was on edge the whole time, and I hope to get my hands on the many other Sherlock Holmes books out there. He is probably my favorite character out of every book I’ve ever read.

Review written by Lynnea (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Titan Books for providing a copy of The Man From Hell for this review.

Have you read The Man From Hell? How would you rate it?

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