Artie Conan Doyle and the Scarlet Phantom

Robert J. Harris

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  • Third book in the exciting, well-received new series that will appeal to all amateur sleuths
  • An ingenious detective story full of twists, turns and shocking reveals set in the world of magic and illusions in 19th century Edinburgh
  • Introduces a strong new female character to aid the crack detective team

Before the world meets Sherlock Homes, twelve-year-old Artie Conan Doyle has his own mysteries to solve. A mysterious jewel thief seems to walk through walls and disappear at will. Can Artie catch the Phantom and stop the greatest robbery in history?

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
240 pages
Publication date:
17 Oct 2019
Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries


One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now, Artie Conan Doyle is a twelve-year-old Edinburgh schoolboy with a mystery of his own to solve.

Artie and his best friend Ham are investigating the strange case of the Scarlet Phantom, a jewel thief who seems to walk through walls and disappear at will. But there's a rival detective on the case, a paranormal investigator who claims that only he can capture this phantom thief.

With the help of their new friend, girl scientist Peril Abernethy, Artie and Ham follow a trail of baffling clues and impossible dangers, but can they catch the Phantom before the invisible fiend pulls off the greatest robbery in history?

Robert J. Harris, author of The World's Gone Loki series and Will Shakespeare and the Pirate's Fire, brings the young Conan Doyle to life in the third instalment of this ingenious detective series full of twists, turns and clever reveals.


'Like all the other books in this series, there is a fantastic plot full of imagination, which has been executed particularly well. It has twists and turns which leave many possibles alternatives to develop and explore. There are many quirky details included which provide a great reading experience. The time and gothic setting have a wide and fantastic appeal. Historically, it makes the story very interesting and atmospheric...'
-- Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

'Amusing, exciting and -- dare I say it -- educational.'
-- The Sherlock Holmes Society

'This book was so fun to read as an adult. I am positive that kids would love it as well. There is a lot of great banter in this friend group. There are also lots of great personality quirks that really give the reader a well-rounded set of characters… Overall, this was a fun read and I will be looking for the previous books in the series to add to my classroom book collection.'
-- NetGalley Educator

'A first rate, page-turning middle grade mystery narrative.'
-- Ted McCoy, Austin Public Library

Praise for Artie Conan Doyle:

'A great series to snatch the attention of reluctant readers away from screens and get them reading.'
-- Carousel

'For parents out there who are avid Sherlock Holmes fans, this book offers a way for the magic to live on.'
-- Scottish Field

'A brilliant and well-imagined story.'
-- Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books


Robert J. Harris was born in Dundee and now lives in St Andrews with his wife, sons and his dog. He is the author of many children's books, including zany Norse-god trilogy The World's Gone Loki! And two other books in the Artie Conan Doyle series.

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