The Dragon Turn

The Dragon Turn : The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 5th Case

3.85 (472 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.85 (472 ratings by Goodreads)

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Summer 1869, and Sherlock Holmes and his friend Irene celebrate her sixteenth birthday by attending the theater to watch a celebrated magician make a real dragon appear on stage. It is the London sensation. Sherlock and Irene meet the magician, Alistair Hemsworth - just as he is arrested for the murder of his rival, The Wizard of Nottingham.

It seems that traces of the missing Wizard's blood and his spectacles were found in Hemsworth's secret studio. Hemsworth has a motive: not only is the Wizard his rival, but he also caused a scandal when he lured Hemsworth's wife away. But is Hemsworth guilty? Sherlock has his doubts, and soon, so does the reader.

With humor and plot turns as dizzying as a narrow London lane, Shane Peacock invites his readers into a fascinating world, and a fresh adventure with one of literature's favorite characters. The Boy Sherlock Holmes series is an international success with readers and reviewers alike.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 139 x 200 x 22.86mm | 365g
  • Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • New
  • 1770492313
  • 9781770492318
  • 908,865

Review quote

"...The Dragon Turn is a wonderful book. I think its target audience will love it for its adventure, mystery and characters, and, as an older reader, I enjoyed it for the way Peacock wrote Sherlock Holmes."
--Literary Treats

"...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

"...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...."
--Winnipeg Free Press

"With a trail of clues, a cast of shady characters, and even a hint of romance, The Dragon Turn has more twists and turns than a carnival ride and will keep readers guessing until its satisfying conclusion... Peacock is a master storyteller, and his richly imagined details of murder, revenge, betrayal, theatre, magic and exotic dragons combine to create an absolute page-turner of a book."
--TD Canada Trust Canadian Children's Literary Award Jury Comments

"Peacock flawlessly recreates the London of the Victorian era... Readers feel as if they are walking along with the young Sherlock Holmes as he begins to awaken to his prodigious skills and fights to figure out how a magician can make a dragon appear... and disappear... Beautifully written with whip-smart dialogue."
-- John Spray Mystery Award, Jury Comments
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About Shane Peacock

Shane Peacock was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up in Kapuskasing. A biographer, journalist, and screenwriter, he is also the author of several novels and plays. He has received many honors for his writing, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Eye of the Crow and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Vanishing Girl, both titles in his boy Sherlock Holmes series. Shane Peacock lives with his wife and three children near Cobourg, Ontario
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Rating details

3.85 out of 5 stars
- 472 ratings
5 30% (140)
4 37% (173)
3 25% (117)
2 7% (33)
1 2% (9)

Our customer reviews

Reason for Reading: next in the series. I always look forward to reading the next installment of The Boy Sherlock Holmes, knowing I'm in for a good mystery, period piece and adventure. The fifth book in the series, The Dragon Turn was no disappointment! Set in the world of Victorian prestidigitation, the reader is planted back stage at the antics of self-important magicians and the violent death of one leaving very few remains other than pieces of flesh, whilst a rival is collared for the offense. But Sherlock is not convinced things are as they seem and with some coercion from Irene he takes on the case to prove the magician is innocent but after he has gained his freedom, Sherlock begins to have second thoughts of his innocence and takes the case on himself seriously when he realizes a woman's life may be in danger. As usual for this series, the action is non-stop. The pace rushes forward from one reveal to another always keeping the reader on his toes. Guessing "whodunit" may come sooner or later but guessing the full motive and execution of the crime is saved for the last twists. An exciting mystery steeped in a well-researched Victorian time period. Sherlock has grown-up in this volume, fifteen going on sixteen finds him a teen on the verge of manhood and much less impulsive and more discerning in his actions before he leaps. Hi personal life moves forward in this volume as well, with all his previously established relationships taking on new directions. This is a satisfying book all round for the reader who has been following the more
by Nicola Mansfield
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