The Dark Lady

The Dark Lady (Sherlock, Lupin & Io #1)
Irene Adler – Iacopo Bruno (illustrator)
Publishing house: Capstone Young Readers
240 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2014
Review written by Lady Entropy

REVIEW of an ARC kindle given by Netgalley

This book was okay.

As an adult, I didn’t like it, but I tried to read it as my younger self who loved Famous Five, Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. Ultimately, it’s main problem was that it ended up being slightly underwhelming. The cleverness of Sherlock Holmes and the wit of Irene are very understated and it ends up feeling more like a book that uses the three characters as a gimmick and doesn’t use them enough. To truly appreciate it, you’d have had already read Sherlock Holmes (and Lupin) — and if you did, you’d find this book unimpressive at best.

It still has a solid romance, the three characters are endearing, and the final twist is okay even if somewhat — eh?

It shows it wasn’t originally written in English, because there is a subtleness in the construction of sentences that comes more with the latin languages (being Portuguese, I can tell), and ends up sounding a little off when translated.

I think children will enjoy it, even if it’s not particularly memorable.

While on summer vacation, little Irene Adler meets a young William Sherlock Holmes. The two share stories of pirates and have battles of wit while running wild on the sunny streets and rooftops. When Sherlock’s friend, Lupin, joins in on the fun, they all become fast friends. But the good times end abruptly when a dead body floats ashore on the nearby beach. The young detective trio will have to put all three of their heads together to solve this mystery.


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