The Baker Street Irregulars are a group of homeless children who help the great detective Sherlock Holmes on his cases. They enjoy the work, although they are always a little bit irritated that Holmes' assistant Watson plays down their help in the cases.
When a rope breaks during the high wire act at a local London circus it results in the death of the Zalindas family, a group of high wire performers. Although this appears to be a deadly accident, Sherlock Holmes thinks that it is a murder case tied in with another important case that he is working on for the royal family.
Once again the Baker Street Irregulars are employed to help Holmes find the facts that he needs. As the children interview circus performers they begin to uncover the traces of an important crime. It appears that the Zalindas brothers used their high wire skills to help a criminal steal The Stuart Chronicle, an important royal book. The criminal then killed the brothers so that they couldn't expose him. But no one can find the criminal himself or the book he stole. What is more, the deeper Holmes delves into the case, the more it appears that an infamous crime leader named Professor Moriarty is involved.
“The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas” is a well written mystery that does an admirable job of recreating the London of Sherlock Holmes' original stories. A strictly traditional Holmes fan will probably despair at the negative way that Watson is portrayed in this storyline, but I enjoyed reading more about the Baker Street Irregulars. The mystery itself is well thought out, neither too predictable, nor too unlikely. I feel that Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin did a good job in writing “The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas.” I recommend this mystery novel to all young readers.