William and his clan of super criminals continue to consult and carry out crimes against nobles who are able to get away with ghastly crimes themselves. In Volume Two, we met Sherlock and Dr. Watson, and Volume Three features them pretty prominently as Sherlock solves a murder for which he is being framed. Next, the Moriarty gang goes up against the Baskervilles, who are continuing the tradition of hunting humans - except they are exclusively carrying out hunts against children. Fred and Louis disagree about how to handle the crime, but in the end, the entire gang must work together to stop this terrible crime for continuing.
I was personally upset by how much of this volume focused on Sherlock, and I actually had to put it down and walk away for a while. It all makes sense in the end why they were focusing on Sherlock, but hopefully he will be in the series less than he was in the last two volumes. He has plenty of books and other things about him! I’m here for the Moriartys! This series is continuing in its violent, bloody scenes, but this volume sort of doubles down on everything with its focus on violence against children. The actual killing blows of children happen off page (in contrast to the adults where we see every kill), but the maiming of the children happens on page, which might be disturbing for some readers.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 11-12
This review was made possible with an advanced reader copy from the publisher through Net Galley.
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Family
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