Andrew Craigie is an orphan, or so he supposes, who comes from Cornwall to London with his guardian, Mr. Dennison, after the aunt with whom he has been living dies. When Dennison is kidnapped, Andrew makes friends with the Wiggins, Sam and Sarah (Screamer), who are among the “Baker Street irregulars” that often work for Sherlock Holmes. Andrew helps to solve one of Holmes’s cases, which ends up involving people from his own past. It is a very readable and interesting book. The “d” word is used just once. There are a few
references to drinking whiskey and gin, and a couple of plot devices involve a woman who says that her husband has a mistress and a child who was born out of wedlock, but these are not emphasized.
Newman has published three sequels involving Andrew. Unfortunately, these sequels all seem to be out of print. There is another set of youth fiction books about “The Baker Street Irregulars” by Terrance Dicks, but these, too, seem to be out of print. In 2006, still another series of books for young people about the “Baker Street irregulars” was begun with Fall of the Amazing Walendas (Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, Casebook No.1) by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin. However, Newman’s original work seems to be the classic.