The Mystery of the Yellow Hands
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: The Mystery of the Yellow Hands
Author: Jake Thoene and Luke Thoene
Series: Baker Street Detectives 1
Major Themes: London
Synopsis: When a number of children are kidnapped in London, and Sherlock Holmes can’t figure out the mystery, he asks his friends, the orphans from the Ragged School, to help out.
I’ll have to admit, juvenile mysteries are not nearly as engrossing as they were when I was about ten. It is easier to figure out the solution now, though! I did enjoy The Mystery of the Yellow Hands, but it wasn’t that outstanding.
This book is a spin-off of the Sherlock Holmes books. The Baker Street Detectives are several children who loosely work with the famous detective when he can’t figure out a mystery.
Children are being kidnapped, with no apparent motive, and disappearing with no trace. Some have even been stolen right out of their own homes! A few days after each kidnapping, a picture of the child is sent to the parents, with a demand for ransom—but no one shows up to claim the ransom. What can be going on? Denny, Peachy, and Duff are determined to find out. After their friend Clair disappears, they are frantic to find her before anything happens, and especially after they find evidence that the kidnappers might be from Egypt! And why does the kidnapper have yellow hands?
As you read the story, you’ll learn snippets of history along the way, about the campaign fought in Egypt by the British troops in the 1850s, and hear the Gospel, woven into the story very naturally. Boys who enjoy mysteries will enjoy this book.