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Tracy Mack Books In Order

Publication Order of Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars Books

The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Conjured Man (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Search of Watson (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Meeting (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Drawing Lessons (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Birdland (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Tracy Mack
As an author of mostly Young Adult literature, the American writer Tracy Mack is unsurpassed within her particular field. With a strong grasp of the genre, she definitely knows and understands it both inside and out, experimenting with it and making it entirely her own. She also clearly knows what works and what doesn’t, as her stories have proven to be massively successful with a wide ranging audience all over the world. Giving her characters each a strong personality, she allows them to really speak for themselves, as they leap off of the page almost.

Continually reaching the top of numerous bestseller lists as well, Mack is fast becoming renowned both nationally and internationally. Drawing inspiration from her own background, her work feels both wholly authentic and true in a manner few other authors achieve. This has placed her at the top of her field, placing her alongside some big names, occupying what is very much her own space. Continually receiving awards for her work too, she’s also a hit with the critics, as well as being popular with the general public.

Writing about a diverse range of topics, from the pains of family heartache and abandonment, to general action packed mystery novels. Knowing how to emotionally move and entertain her readers in equal measure, her stories are well balanced, understand perfectly when to strike a certain chord. Always speaking to her readers in a manner that is direct and to-the-point, she doesn’t waste a single word upon the page. With plenty more titles to come yet, she definitely isn’t stopping any time soon either, as her writing career grows from strength-to-strength.

Early and Personal Life:
Born and raised in America, Tracy Mack would grow up with a strong passion for the written word in whatever form. This would develop over the intervening years, leading to her establishing a strong voice and presence within the industry. Growing up in a small village of just one-square mile, she was raised not far from the Hudson River, which was just north of New York City.

Studying art history and literature at the University of Pennsylvania, she has worked in a number of different roles prior to become a full-time writer. Working as a waitress, camp counsellor, Spain based English teacher, she would also work as Executive Editor at Scholastic Press, a position she still continues in. Living with her family, she spends much of her time divided between the Berkshires, New York, and Brooklyn, as she continues to write to this very day.

Writing Career:
It would be in 2000 that Tracy Mack would make her big literary debut with the novel ‘Drawing Lessons’, which would focus on the young character of Rory. Here she would be seen dealing with serious family issues, written in a wholly authentic manner, and one that was both sympathetic and compassionate. It would also feature a strong message within the work, speaking of people being true to themselves and secure with that.

This would prove to be a hugely popular hit with younger readers, as her work managed to strike a chord quite unlike any other. Opting for realism here, Mack has also written many Sherlock Holmes mysteries, which she’s created alongside fellow author and husband Michael Citrin. These have also been illustrated by Greg Ruth, and she’s gone on to be awarded the Booklist for her first novel, with a lot more acclaim to come still.

Drawing Lessons
Released through the Scholastic Signature publishing label, this was first brought out in 2000 marking the big debut of Mack as an author. Introducing her to the reading public at large for the first time, it establishes both her style and tone of storytelling in an excellent novel. Working entirely as a stand-alone too, it’s not a part of any overall series either, with it having an entirely self-contained Young Adult narrative.
This is an intelligent and sensitively told story, filled with heart and warmth in a tactful and insightful manner. Fully fleshing out her characters and who they really are, Mack makes the most of her subject matter here, really bringing it to life. Dealing with the deeper meaning of her story in a sensitive manner too, the characters really resonate long after the book’s finished.

Learning everything from her artist father, Rory is also highly talented at art, knowing about light, perspective, and form. Close to her father, she’s distraught when he one day simply vanishes, leaving his family completely behind, along with his own daughter. Now she must find her own path, becoming who she wants to be on her own terms, and finding the truth about who she really is. Can she be who she really wants to be? Will she be able to truly move on from the pain of the past? What has she learned from her drawing lessons?

The Final Meeting
Published through Orchard Books on the 1st of July in 2010, this would be the fourth in the ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars’ series. Providing another mystery for the group to solve, it works within the confines of the original Sherlock Holmes series of novels. Writing alongside her husband Michael Citrin, Tracy Mack definitely delivers here with a solid and intelligent mystery.

Taking the classic character of Sherlock Holmes, it really does him justice, respecting the work of Arthur Conan Doyle as an author. Providing another slant to the material, it also provides a fresh new spin on it, making it feel wholly new and exciting in the process. The world-building is also exemplary feeling entirely believable, as the reader can easily lose themselves within it.

Hot on the trail of one nefarious Professor Moriarty, the Baker Street Irregulars, lead by none other than legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, aim to bring him to justice. Set to dismantle his criminal empire, they will do whatever it takes to bring the wicked villain down finally once and for all. Heading across Continental Europe, they’ll track him down, capture him, and save the day, if only they can keep their wits around them. Will they stay alive long enough to manage it? Can they track Moriarty down and bring him in? What will become of their final meeting?

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