Told as Irene Adler's memories from her childhood, this is an account of how Irene, Sherlock, and Lupin met and became friends. Sherlock, Lupin, and Me: The Dark Lady takes place the summer that Irene is 12 years-old and is staying with her mother in the seaside town of Saint-Malo. The boys already have formed a friendship before Irene comes to town, but they quickly include her. The three of them discover a dead body washed up on the beach and decide to solve the mystery of his identity and cause of death. Each of the children finds out valuable information that they are able to compile into a solution. Along the way they deal with bullies, a criminal organization, a mysterious rooftop prowler, corrupt policemen, and their own parents.
This promises to be an enjoyable series. The young detectives each have different skills, backgrounds, and personalities to keep things interesting. Sherlock's brother, mother and sister (!?) are mentioned but not really described. Lupin's father is only slightly involved in the investigation. Of course, since Irene is telling the story, we hear more about her family than about the others. What we do learn about each of the friends just makes us more curious. Fans of mysteries/detective stories with young sleuths like the kids in Chasing Vermeer will enjoy these books.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.