The Sherlock Files Book 2:
The Beast of Blackslope
by Tracy Barrett
Genre: Middle Grades Mystery
Review: The cover of this book looks overdramatic, but I enjoyed the book once I started reading. The bro-and-sis sleuth team of Xander and Xena Holmes open their casebook to find out Sherlock Holmes has visited the tiny village where they are vacationing, Blackslope, England. After hearing a strange howl, they set out to investigate. Once again, the book is well-paced, with a nice change of setting (including castles, dark woods, and a country manor). Xena and Xander have great dialogue/banter that kids will enjoy.
Song to Read By: "Beauty and the Beast" song from the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDsmPld9Kos