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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (705 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Barrett Narrator: David Pittu Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sherlock Files Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780739367629
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Go to The Dancing Men and ask for a saucer of milk for your snake. Then all will be revealed.

That’s all the note says–before the ink disappears! Xena and Xander Holmes think living in London will be boring. But when they discover they’re related to Sherlock Holmes and inherit his unsolved casebook, life becomes much more exciting.
The siblings set out to solve the cases their famous ancestor couldn’t, starting with the mystery of a prized painting that vanished a hundred years ago. Can two smart twenty-first— century kids succeed where the celebrated Sherlock Holmes could not?


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/10/2014

    " This was so fun. It is about a sister and brother that find out they are related to Sherlock Holmes. After receiving his notebook they try and solve an old mystery about a painting. I liked that it was fast paced and there was no bad language or anything violent, yet it was a mystery. Very rare, lately. Since it seems to be the start of a series, I am excited to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 2/10/2014

    " We listened to this book on CD. It was just right for our family because my husband loves Sherlock Holmes and this spin on his detective style used by his young distant relatives appealed to my sons. We all enjoyed stopping the CD player and sharing our guesses about who did it. It's an intriguing story appropriately told for young ears. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Truog | 1/27/2014

    " I picked this one as my first club pick for my Bookbusters book club for 3-5th graders at the library. Nutshell: a family moves from the States to London and the kids (brother and sister) find out that they are descendants of Sherlock Holmes. Together, they decide to crack one of his unsolved cases. First in a series. I wouldn't say this book was so wonderful it knocked me down, but I like that it's a book that many kids haven't discovered yet, it's the first in a series (so if it hooks them, they've got a path to go down), and that it's great for boys and girls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 1/25/2014

    " cute with a fun premise: descendants of Sherlock Homes try to solve some of his unsolved cases. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 1/24/2014

    " I really liked how this book started because they had the two descendants of Sherlock Holmes take a test before they solved any cases. I think some of the clues are really cool, but I don't want to tell you them because then it would spoil it. If you really like mysteries, then you should read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/19/2014

    " This looks like a great mystery series for upper elementary aged readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 1/17/2014

    " Gentle mystery that is timeless and ageless relying upon clues as opposed to violence... I liked this for elementary students as a thought-provoking mystery, if not the deepest book in the world... Watson is kind of a weak character.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mustang | 1/17/2014

    " i really liked this book.On every chapter I couldn't stop reading.I am not surprised they solved the mystery.READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Thaler | 11/28/2013

    " Thought it was a cute story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darla | 11/21/2013

    " Cute book. Included some of the logic and deduction skills that should be in anything associated with Sherlock Holmes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 11/20/2013

    " Great great grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes inherit his cold case files, and solve mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 11/15/2013

    " Sweet little mystery. I do like the way the kids unraveled the clues from things that happened to them during the course of the story. It made solving the case quite natural. I'd like to see this out in a paperback series. The names Xena and Xander for the main characters should appeal to kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/19/2013

    " Xena and Xander Holmes not only learn that they are decendants of Sherlock, but inherit his casebook as well. Can they solve a Case he left undone? A new take on Sherlock and a fun adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 10/17/2013

    " Nice , easy mystery for those 4th grade assignments but older kids might enjoy this, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgene | 10/16/2013

    " This was a surprisingly good mystery. The premise was believable, the characters acted like brother and sister would and it kept my attention so that I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorri | 10/14/2013

    " This is a really cute children's mystery. My 12 year old really liked this and my 6 year old really got into the book tape. Usually he does not listen to book tapes while we are driving but this one captured his attention. Hurrah! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cinnapatty | 10/10/2013

    " This is from the Iowa Children's Choice Awards list. It's the first book of three I have read so far. Entertaining, exciting and age appropriate. It was a good, quick read. Great for kids. Premise is the great great great grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes try and solve his unsolved mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Hartman | 1/26/2013

    " A good mystery for young tweens. Story about a brother and sister who are ancestors of Sherlock Holmes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/4/2012

    " Pretty okay--I can see why my students like it. Will read the others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William Crosby | 2/8/2012

    " Way too many exclamation points. Ooh, I'm so excited! Wow! Another clue! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie Au | 12/12/2011

    " Plot was too slow, the unsolved mystery was boring... characters were a bit forced and annoying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 10/23/2011

    " This is a great book for kids who like mysteries. It is a very fast read and students love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 6/21/2011

    " Great intro to detective stories... a brother/sister duo who are descendants of Sherlock Holmes solve some of his unsolved crimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naureen Oneale | 12/16/2010

    " I loved this book! It was so much fun to watch the kids follow the clues and try to solve the mystery of the missing painting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 12/5/2010

    " I had a hard time with the idea of two kids being free to roam around London so soon after moving there. Other than that, the story was good. Not very believable for me as an adult, but my students don't seem to notice the problems I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 9/5/2010

    " This is the first in a mystery series that I believe will be popular for 9-11 year olds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/24/2010

    " Xander and Xena decedents of the famous Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery of a lost painting. The children move to England, are contacted by the Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives (SPFD). They are given Sherlock Holmes's book of unsolved cases. Grades 3-4 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/7/2008

    " Brother and sister Xena and Xander are descendants of Sherlock Holmes, and they decide to follow in their famous ancestors footsteps. All of the adults around them are slightly unintelligent and overfriendly (not believable characters), but the mystery is enjoyable and the kids are clever. "

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About the Author
Author Tracy BarrettTracy Barrett is the author of numerous books and magazine articles for young readers. She holds a Bachelor's Degree with honors in Classics-Archaeology from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Italian Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarly interests in the ancient and medieval worlds overlap in her fiction and nonfiction works.
    A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers led to the writing of her first novel, the award-winning Anna of Byzantium. Since then, she has also written The Stepsister's Tale, Dark of the Moon, King of Ithaka, and The Sherlock Files series.
About the Narrator

David Pittu is an American actor known primarily for his work on the New York stage, in both plays and musicals. He is also a writer and director and a member of the Atlantic Theater Company. He has twice been nominated for a Tony Award.