John Watson has barely settled into his new school, Baker Street Academy, when his teacher announces a trip to one of London’s top museums, home to the world’s most famous jewel. But it’s been stolen! When police catch the thief it seems the case is closed. Can Sherlock Holmes uncover the mystery behind this extraordinary gem?
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10 Random Things About Baker Street Academy:
1. Baker Street Academy: Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond’ was actually going to be called ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case Of The Alpine Star’. I’ll admit that a disappearing diamond is probably a bit more attention grabbing!
2. Lots of the characters in the book are drawn to actually look a bit like friends of mine, or people that I have met. They don’t all know about it though! My Mum and Dad also make a fleeting appearance somewhere in the story. Hehe!
3. Lots of characters are named after friends too – I’ve also used the names of some of my old school teachers, the name of my old Primary school and the housing estate where I grew up too!
4. At first, the story was based a lot more closely on ‘The Adventure of the Six Napoleons’ from the Conan Doyle originals, which is one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes adventures.
5. John’s favourite biscuit is actually a dark chocolate Digestive, but he fancied bit of a change on his first day at Baker Street Academy and filled his pockets with Custard Creams instead! No biscuits for me thank you.
6. Another character of mine; Inspector Hector: Insect Detective ( at your service ) makes an appearance in Baker Street Academy. Can you find him? He is an Insect, but also a clever Detective! ( see what I did there? ) I hope to be able to make a book about him one day.
7. There are loads of references and pointers to the original Sherlock Holmes stories throughout the book, both in the drawings and the writing. This was probably the most fun thing about writing a Sherlock Holmes story. There’s also plenty of nods to the classic film and TV adaptations along the way too. There’s far too many to name in one go actually, but I hope that the readers have fun discovering them!
8. The Victorian portraits that the gang see in the museum are actually based on the very same pictures that hang on the bedroom wall in the Sherlock Holmes museum at 221B Baker Street.
9. If you want to get from Baker Street, to a particular London museum that I based the ‘B&A’ on, you would actually need to catch the 74 bus – just like Sherlock in the book!
10. Whilst working on Baker Street Academy, I had a packet of Liquorice pipes just like the ones Sherlock has… Unlike John, I didn’t think they were all that bad! I never quite managed three though.