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Very few clues exist in the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about the childhood of Sherlock Holmes; nor that of his older, smarter brother Mycroft. Not even Dr. Watson is privy to such information. So secretive was the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes.

After the believed death of the famous detective, Josiah Cobbett, a reporter for The Guardian, begins the daunting task of discovering and documenting the childhood of Sherlock Holmes.

Cobbett discovers far more than he’d ever bargained for. He doesn’t even have a clue about where the legendary sleuth lived as a child. And when he gets that clue from a former Baker Street Irregular, Wiggins, that leads him to the area in rural, Victorian England where the once proud Holmes family had lived, Cobbett hits a wall of silence, compounded by mysterious deletions of Holmes family history.

Far more questions than answers arise. But Cobbett, ever the newshound, finally finds the one man who knows the whole story of the Holmes family – 84-year-old, long-retired butler Percy Brewster. The old man tells a tale blended with triumphs and tragedies. He reveals events that answer many questions about how Sherlock Holmes was molded into the world famous detective he became.

Cobbett poises himself to accept the world acclaim and fortune he knows will come his way upon publication of what he’s discovered. But, as already noted, Josiah Cobbett discovers far more than he’d ever bargained for.

Mona Morstein has written a classical 19th century Victorian-style masterpiece that charts new ground in Sherlockian literature, revealing the childhood of Sherlock Holmes. Critics hailed her original work, The Childhood of Sherlock Holmes, which was published by Galde Press in 2000. By agreement with Galde Press, that book has been "repackaged" as The Holmes Boys in hopes of widening international readership of this epic literary work.

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