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Monday, February 27, 2017

The Initiation by Ridley Pearson

The InitiationIn the new series by Ridley Pearson, Sherlock Holmes along with James and Moira Moriarty are attending Baskerville Academy near Boston (Sherlock is still from London).  It is a Moriarty family tradition that all males attend Baskerville and Moira can go as well because the school now has a middle school.  James gets paired up to room with Sherlock Holmes and the two do not hit if off (foreshadowing their future good vs. evil rival).  However, Sherlock and Moira do get along and their friendship grows.

The Moriarty family Bible is stolen from the Baskerville and James finds himself on a treasure hunt leading him on a quest to recover the Bible.  During this hunt, Mr. Moriarty dies in a suspicious accident.  Sherlock is determined to help James on this quest, but James wants no part of him.  Moira and Sherlock partner up to see if they can find the missing family heirloom.

This story is told through the perspective of Moria for the majority of the story.  It switches to third person when the chapter is just about James or Sherlock.  James is supposed to be very smart, but I thought Moria comes out looking smarter than him.  Everything happens in present day but it still has that old "secret society" feel to it.

One of my favorite genres is mysteries.  I have also enjoyed the other series Ridley Pearson has written, Peter and the Starcatchers and The Kingdom Keepers so when I saw he was the author and that the book was about Sherlock Holmes (one of my beloved detectives), I knew this was a book for me to read. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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