I’ve just finished an amazing novel, entitled Death Cloud (the only teen series endorsed by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate). It revolves around the story of Sherlock Holmes, but as a teenage boy in the 1860s. It was written by Andy Lane, and has extremely gripping and suspenseful writing. In the story, Sherlock meets a boy named Matty Arnat, a poor but extremely knowledgeable “sailor” (he lives on a boat carried around by a horse). Before meeting Matty, Sherlock has moved to spend the summer with his uncle Sherrinford, a wealthy “clergyman” (as he just writes pamphlets for churches). Sherlock meets a man, his tutor, named Aymus Crowe, an American. (I apologize for these confusing details, but It’s a very complicated story. If you read it, everything will make sense.) Matty has told Sherlock of a sight he saw: a black cloud flying and going into a room in a building, escaping, and from that room the townspeople carried out a boil-covered corpse. Sherlock and Aymus find another one of these boil-covered corpses, and they finally trace these deaths to a man named Baron Maupertuis. The black clouds — SPOILER ALERT — are a very aggressive species of African bees. I would give this book 4 1/2 to 5 stars (on a scale of 1 to 5). I hope you enjoy it, too.