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Artie Conan Doyle and the Vanishing Dragon

Robert J. Harris


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Range: Kelpies Paperback 192 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9781782504832 Publication date: 22 March 2018

A world-famous magician.
A sabotaged illusion.
This case can only be solved by the world's greatest detective.

No, not Sherlock!

Boy-detective Artie Conan Doyle, the real brains behind Sherlock Holmes, is once again investigating the impossible.

With the help of best friend Ham, Artie must reveal the secret of the Vanishing Dragon and unmask the villain.

Can Artie solve the mystery -- before it's his turn to disappear?


'[A] fantastic detective series. Riffing on Sherlock Holmes adventures, with tons of awesome cameos and supporting characters, it's a mystery par excellence.'
-- Read It Daddy, book blogger

'...the stories are a clever mix of puzzle, conspiracy and history -- late Victorian Edinburgh is brought to vivid life. Satisfying adventure stories in their own right, with a good helping of humour to ease and then emphasise the tension, these are also excellent introductions to the works of the great man himself.'
-- Lovereading4kids

'... a book that is ideal for younger readers... it's easy to read as well as entertaining, keeping the reader interested... I've really enjoyed reading the first two books in the series, and I'm excited to see where the next adventure for Artie and Ham will take them.'
-- Much Loved Books, book blogger

'It is a brilliant and well-imagined story that will leave you feeling very satisfied as the adventure unravels... This is a great book for the reluctant reader as it is easy to follow, packed with great imagination and no unnecessary dialogue.'
-- Mr Ripley, book blogger

'The colourful range of suspects provided plenty of entertainment, and provided a feeling akin to that of a classic mystery such as Enid Blyton's Five Find-Outers. The culprit and their reason for commiting the crime came as a complete shock, yet still made sense, and overall I had a lot of fun with this and will pick up the next book. 4/5'
-- Golden Books Girl, book blogger

Praise for Artie Conan Doyle and The Gravediggers' Club:

'The ingenious plot is rich enough to keep you guessing until the very end. A great series to snatch the attention of reluctant readers away from screens and get them reading.'
-- Carousel

'A hugely enjoyable crime mystery which this huge Holmes fan absolutely loved.'
-- Lara Mieduniecki, Blackwell's

'I LOVED IT! A perfect combination of a classic mystery and a new adventure.'
-- Sharleen Creasey, Seven Stories

'As soon as you turn the page, you find yourself instantly transported back to 19th century Edinburgh . . . a very enjoyable detective story consisting of some brilliant dialogue. It has a fantastic ending which makes a good impression for the rest of the series. '
-- Mr Ripley

'This is a clever and creative imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle as a middle school kid detective with his sidekick, Hamilton . . . I am reminded a bit of old school Enid Blyton and Franklin Dixon series novels.'
-- GoodReads

'An entertaining story'.
-- The Sherlock Holmes Journal

'A 19th century crime story, which weaves historical detail and interest into its plot to create a fast-moving and well-written novel'
-- School Library Association

'These were a lot of fun and very much in the vein of a couple of other series I have read recently -- Robin Steven's Murder Most Unladylike and Chris Priestly's Maudlin Towers. It also reminds me of series such as Nancy Drew, The Famous Five and The Secret Seven that I read when much younger... I would highly recommend this to the target age group.'
-- Kirstyes, book blogger.

Artie Conan Doyle and the Vanishing Dragon


Robert J. Harris was born in Dundee and now lives in St Andrews with his wife, sons, and his dog. He is the author of many children’s books, including The Day the World Went Loki and Thor is Locked in my Garage, Will Shakespeare and…

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