Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Emma Manning

Character Analysis - Sherlock Holmes

A brilliant 14 year old boy who mostly keeps to himself but longs for a friend. He is going to a boarding school called Deepdene for boys. His dad suddenly decides to ship off to India, so Sherlock has to stay with his Aunt and Uncle. When he starts his holiday, he is a curious slightly naive young man, but through the series of events that occur in the book Holmes matures and is changed profoundly, he has faced death, found love and defeated true evil. In terms of his relationships, he idolises his older brother Mycroft, he likes Matty who becomes his new sidekick, has developed confused feelings for Virginia, and is intrigued by the mysterious astute Crowe.

Plot

(Rising Action) He gets sent to an all boy boarding school in Hampshire and has to live with his Aunt and Uncle who he hardly knows. He becomes very close friends with a boy named Matty. (Climax) Together they try to uncover the truth about a murder. (Falling Action) They get kidnapped and interrogated but they end up escaping.

Setting

Summer of 1868, Hampshire.

Author

Andrew Lane (born 1963), who also writes as Andy Lane, is a British author and journalist. He has written a number of spin-off novels in the Virgin New Adventures range and audio dramas for Big Finish based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who (and a novel for the Doctor Who spin-off TorchWood), as well as assorted non-fiction books based upon popular film and TV franchises such as James Bond. He has also written TV story lines and scripts for the Sky One science fiction series Space Island One.
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Summary

It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.