Friday, December 30, 2011

Review: The Missing Heir - Tracy Barrett

The Missing Heir by Tracy Barrett
Series: The Sherlock Files #4
Genre: Middle Grade, mystery, Sherlockian fiction
Published on June 7, 2011
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 176
Read From: 12.9.11 - 12.10.11

Xena and Xander Holmes have just learned that their shy classmate, Alice, is heir to a royal throne. Then they discover that their ancestor Sherlock Holmes had his suspicions about the kidnapping and return of Alice's grandmother, the princess of Borogovia. Alice is to be crowned on her thirteen birthday. . . .but she goes missing days before the ceremony. Who
would kidnap a princess? How would they hide her in a city where Xena and Xander Holmes - and the police! - are looking for her? Will Xena and Xander be able to solve a mystery that started years ago?


In many ways, this was the best installment in this series. While still lacking a true villain, the culprit in The Missing Heir is the closest to a bad guy that the Author has gotten to so far in the series, and that is better than nothing. My opinions on The Missing Heir don't much differ from the others; it would be nice for an actual villain who means true harm to the siblings - villain make a mystery, after all, - and I was impressed with how the Author tied one of Sherlock's old, unsolved cases into modern occurrences. And it especially worked in this one.I look forward to any other installments Tracy Barrett intends to write!

Others in The Sherlock Files:
1)The 100-Year-Old Secret
2)The Beast of Blackslope
3)The Case That Time Forgot
4)The Missing Heir

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