The Great Shelby Holmes and the Haunted Hound
Now infamous in their Harlem neighborhood for solving the most difficult mysteries, super sleuths Shelby Holmes and John Watson stumble into their creepiest case yet. Residents of a local apartment building are hearing scary noises at night, like screams, scratching, and an unearthly dog's howl. It can't be a ghost . . . Can it?
Well, Shelby Holmes doesn't believe in ghosts, and she plans to prove they don't exist! But Watson can't help but wonder if there are more supernatural forces at work--especially after he and Shelby hear rumors that the building's previous owner, Hugo Baskerville, and his loyal hound haunt the premises.
If Shelby and Watson want to find out who (or what!) is behind the spookiness, they'll have to prove they're not afraid of ghosts--by surviving an overnight Halloween stakeout!
Elizabeth Eulberg's charming middle-grade take on Sherlock Holmes continues in this retelling of The Hound of the Baskervilles that reunites readers with the charming detective pairing of Shelby and Watson.
BEHIND THE STORY
Every Shelby Holmes case takes inspiration from one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories. With The Great Shelby Holmes and the Haunted Hound, I decided to tackle one of the most famous: The Hound of the Baskerville.
Haunted house mysteries were some of my favorite as a kid to read. I had a lot of fun writing this story. I got to haunt an apartment building! (Well, not really...) I also got to do lots of research on ghosts, including scientific explanations for why people think they've seen ghosts. I watched a couple ghost hunting shows. I also had to go to Brooklyn to each a HUGE ice cream sundae. All in the name of research.
One of my favorite parts of this story is that Shelby and Watson already know their client: John Bryant. If his name is familiar, it's because he is one of Watson's friends...and he is NOT a fan of Shelby's. Needless to say, there is some tension.
The only thing about this book that makes me nervous is that Shelby talks A LOT about how ghosts don't exist. A LOT. And I just feel this means I'm so going to get haunted. I'd rather eat a sundae.