Reviews for Case That Time Forgot

Booklist Reviews 2010 May #1
American kids living in London with their parents, Xena and Xander are not just the descendants of Sherlock Holmes. They have his notebook of unsolved cases, and they're not afraid to use it, even when they run up against the nefarious schemes of twenty-first-century opponents. After a classmate of Egyptian descent asks for help finding an ancient amulet, the young sleuths spring into action. No surprises here, but the third mystery in the Sherlock Files series will please fans intrigued by ancient Egypt, codes, danger, and the tantalizing possibility of magic. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
In their third outing, Xena and Xander, the great-great-great-grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes, tackle another one of their ancestor's unsolved cases. This time they're in hot pursuit of a missing Egyptian amulet. A DaVinci Code-esque search leads them to London landmarks including Cleopatra's Needle and Big Ben. The mystery itself isn't particularly suspenseful, but the scavenger hunt around London is mildly diverting. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 July

Gr 4-6--Xena and Xander are crunched for time with only one week to solve their next case. After sending the duo a cryptic note to test their detective skills, Xander's friend Karim tells the siblings about an Egyptian water clock stolen years ago that contained a hidden amulet. Now missing, it may have the power to invoke the god Thoth, and possibly, to stop time. Sherlock Holmes's famous cold-case book goes missing and his youthful ancestors receive a threatening note warning them off the case. Meanwhile they follow enigmatic, century-old clues leading to the talisman. Red herrings abound, mixed with the real clues. The siblings use rock-climbing skills, a photographic memory, cell-phone cameras, and computers to solve the mystery. The action progresses pleasingly and the characters are a good mix of caution and risk. Even better, the story features some London locales and references to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories.--Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ

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