It's the summer of 1868 and 14-year-old Sherlock Holmes is on a break from school. He lands at the estate of some relatives he doesn't know and is soon embroiled in a mystery. When a runaway named Matthew witnesses a bizarre murder and Sherlock discovers another dead body in the woods, the teens seek out the truth. On their adventures, they encounter a mysterious evil housekeeper, beekeepers, and a crippled criminal mastermind. The game is afoot.
Turtle in Paradise is a great experience for young and older readers. It gets a little fantasy based close to the end, but the realistic and somewhat shocking end clears that up. Turtle, a young girl in the 1930s, is sent to Florida to live with her aunt temporarily.