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Listed: A STUDY IN SHERLOCK: 10 books for Sherlockians

This week, the lovely Rachel has offered up her services as resident Sherlock fangirl for my Listed feature. I have to admit that I haven’t actually read anything Sherlock-esque (including the originals) so I am quite happy that Rachel was kind enough to agree to guest-post this week! Here’s what she has to say:

Whether you enjoy a good pastiche, Sherlock re-imagined on the plains of the Wild West, or some horror and unexpected romance in your Sherlock, you have everything needed here. From encyclopedias to mind-blowingly precise annotations (with enough minutiae to addle the brain of even the most devout), every Sherlockian needs to have these books in their collection. You can skip the details and pick up “Sherlock Holmes for Dummies” as a reference guide; find spiritual philosophy in Holy Clues! or just spend some time examining the greatest friendship ever written.

  1. The Seven Per Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer LT
  2. Holmes and Watson: A Study in Friendship by June Thompson LT
  3. The Complete Annotated Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleLT
  4. Encyclopedia Sherlockiana by Matthew E. Bunson LT
  5. Sherlock Holmes in London: A Photographic Record of Conan Doyle’s Stories by Charles Viney LT
  6. A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen LT
  7. Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith LT
  8. The Private Life of Dr. Watson by Dr. John H. Watson (Harwick, ed.) LT
  9. Holy Clues: The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes by Stephen Hendrick LT
  10. Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Stephen Doyle LT

If you like Sherlock in your KidLit:

  • The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer LT
  • Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus LT
  • The Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock LT

…or a woman’s touch befuddling our asexual sleuth:

  • Goodnight, Mr. Holmes: An Irene Adler Novel by Carole Nelson Douglas LT
  • the Beekeeper’s Apprentice: A Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell Mystery by Laurie R. King LT

…some horror in your Holmes:

  • Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren D. Estleman LT
  • The Whitechapel Horrors by Edward B. Hanna LT

Do you like this feature? You should also check out Librarian’s Book Reviews’ Listless Monday, A Bookshelf Monstrosity’s Books By A Theme and Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog’s Birdwatching.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:14 am November 29, 2010.
Category: Listed

  • Shannon

    It’s also been suggested that some of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories were the basis in part for Sherlock Holmes.

    And there’s a new BBC series written or produced or something like that by Steven Moffat called Sherlock which is Sherlock Holmes in mordern London.

  • deslily

    I was surprised to see Nicholas Meyers book on the list.. he wrote 3 Holmes books all are very good.

  • rachel

    @Shannon you are right. detective Dupin is mentioned by Watson ( in a nod or homage to Poe ) in the very first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet).

    With the exception of the wonderfully true Granada adaptations of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett, I think that the BBC Sherlock is the closest and second most definitive adaptation thus far. Benedict Cumberbatch embodies all I think Holmes is!

    @deslily I have read all three of the Meyers’ books. I think he is one of the strongest writers of Holmes pastiches!

  • Ruth

    Great list, Rachel! I am a huge fan of all things Sherlock, Jeremy Brett, and Laurie R. King – and most recently the BBC Sherlock series. I can’t wait for series 2 of that show!