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Secrets, Spies & Sherlock Blog Tour

4 March 2014 6 Comments

Welcome to Day 7 of the SECRETS, SPIES & SHERLOCK BLOG TOUR, featuring two exciting new middle grade mystery series: Sherlock, Lupin & Me: The Dark Lady by Irene Adler and Secrets & Spies: Treason by Jo Macauley. Each stop on the 2-week tour will feature fun posts and a chance to win a set of finished copies of the books!  Today’s post features The Dark Lady by Irene Adler.

Excerpt from The Dark Lady

I saw that Sherlock had searched inside the man’s jacket pocket with the driftwood and had pulled out two large stones and a soggy piece of paper. It was a note. Lupin picked it up. I put my hands over my mouth. Although the ink had run, you could still read what was written on it.“The sea will wash away my guilt,’” read Sherlock.I stepped back and looked around again. But this time I saw someone at the other end of the beach. He was wearing a blue cloak that completely hid his face and was standing in front of the trees between the beach and the trail we’d followed that afternoon. He seemed to be looking straight at us.Terror washed over me like a wave. I pointed at him and screamed with all my might, “Let’s go!”Lupin and Sherlock sprang to their feet. I wasn’t sure if they’d also seen the hooded figure, but my scream had certainly frightened them. All three of us started to run as fast as we could along the beach, and we didn’t stop until we reached the gates to the town.Once we were there, we leaned up against the stone wall, which was still warm from the late afternoon sun, and let ourselves slide down onto the ground, all of us panting.“What happened?” asked Lupin, when he finally managed to catch his breath.“There was a man,” I said. “A man wearing a blue cloak with a hood. A hooded man by the trees.”Sherlock closed his eyes. “Are you sure?” he asked.I nodded, still gasping for breath. “He was looking at us. At us and the dead man.”“The man with no name,” said Sherlock. He opened his hand. He’d brought the note they’d found in the dead man’s pocket.Thoughts swirled through my mind like swarms of mad bees. What should we do? Who should we tell? Had anyone else seen us? And who was the mysterious figure who’d been spying on us?“We do nothing,” said Lupin, as if he’d been reading my mind. “We do nothing and say nothing. We were never at the beach. We didn’t see a body.”

“Our footprints are all over the sand,” said Sherlock.

“The tide’s coming in,” Lupin said. “It will cover them.”

Sherlock nodded. “But the fact remains that someone saw us,” he said, pointing in the direction of the beach with his chin. “And they were undoubtedly close enough to see our faces.”

“We’re not sure anyone was even there,” Lupin said, briefly glancing at me.

“He was there!” I insisted. “I’m sure of it!” “You’re probably right,” Sherlock said.

“So what do we do?” I asked. “We have to tell someone!”

Lupin shook his head. “No. We’ll wait to see if the hooded man says something. Otherwise, we don’t do a single thing.”

“And you think the man I saw will tell someone?” I asked.

Sherlock stood up, casting a long shadow over us both. “Lupin’s right. If this mystery man goes to the police, within a few hours everyone in town will know about it all anyway.”

“And if he doesn’t?” I asked.

“Well, in all probability, Irene, it will mean that you’ve just seen the murderer,” he concluded grimly.

Enter below for a chance to win The Dark Lady, as well as a copy of Treason by Jo Macauley!


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***Stop by Candace’s Book Blog tomorrow for the next stop on the SECRETS, SPIES & SHERLOCK BLOG TOUR and another chance to win!***
Secrets, Spies & Sherlock Blog Tour Schedule:
February 24th: The Dark Lady at The Write Path
February 25th: Treason at I Read Banned Books
February 26th: The Dark Lady at Buried in Books
February 27th: Treason at Loves2Read
February 28th: The Dark Lady at Akossiwa Ketoglo
March 3rd: Treason at GeoLibrarian
March 4th: The Dark Lady at Bookshelf Banter
March 5th: Treason at Candace’s Book Blog
March 6th:  The Dark Lady at Through the Looking Glass
March 7th: Treason at Unconventional Librarian

About Sherlock, Lupin & Me: The Dark Lady by Irene Adler:
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.


I (Kallie) found Sherlock, Lupin & Me to be a great introduction to the quirky and fascinating character, Sherlock!  I’ll be passing this along to my daughter (who is in 5th grade), and I know she’ll  adore Irene’s point of view.  Challenging vocabulary, problem solving, and a strong female who spurs Sherlock into his early detective days, are all reasons I loved the novel and plan to pass it on!

About Secrets & Spies: Treason by Jo Macauley:
Fourteen-year-old Beth Johnson is a talented and beautiful young actress. She is also a spy. The year is 1664, and Charles II is on the throne, but all is not well in the bustling city of London, and there are those who would gladly kill the king and destroy the Monarchy. One morning, a mysterious ghost ship drifts up the Thames. Sent to investigate by the King’s Master of Secrets, Alan Strange, Beth quickly finds herself embroiled in a dangerous adventure. Will Beth be able to unravel the plot to kill the King before it’s too late?


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