The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective
Shelby Holmes is the best detective in her neighbourhood but has never quite learned the knack of making friends. When the beloved dog of a wealthy classmate is stolen, and the facts seem to indicate an impossible crime, Shelby is called in to track down the pampered pooch.
Although used to working alone, Shelby discovers that her new neighbour, John Watson, is not only useful to her investigation but might also become her first real friend.
Brilliantly clever characterisation brings the essence of the Conan Doyle stories to life in contemporary New York. Even if 'dognapping' doesn't sound like the most serious of crimes, wit, sensitivity and the gradual unveiling of the mystery will keep readers hooked to the end and may well inspire them to go in search of the originals.