Sherlock Holmes

Book Hunters in Brief: Sherlock Holmes

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This week, Book Hunters suggest some updates on the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes. Check 'em out!
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
The Scientific Sherlock Holmes by James F. O'Brien
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

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The End of Sherlock Holmes

sherlock holmesEven Sir Arthur Connan Doyle couldn’t kill him. But this is the end of my blogging about him, at least for now. Here are books by other authors that have taken the Sherlock Holmes story further.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

The Beekeeper's Apprentice  beekeeper's apprenticeis the first in a series, which was recommended to me by a friend. The author, Laurie R. King, reports that a trunk containing the writings of a Mary Russell was mysteriously delivered to her. She has no idea who Mary Russell was, and she finds the story farfetched, but she needed the money, so she published this book.

The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes

sherlock holmes portraitInspired by the original works, several modern authors have written Sherlock Holmes stories, either continuing the saga or taking it into new directions. I’m going to look at some of these in the new few weeks.


sherlock holmesSherlock Holmes is the most frequently portrayed character in movie history. Any Sherlock Holmes fan will be interested in the new movie, either hating it or loving it. The stories do refer to Holmes' study of fencing and martial arts, so the action in the new film does seem warranted. I for one will be rereading some of my favorite stories so that I will be ready for the movie. If you want to read a few of the stories, there are 56 in all.

Holmes On The Range?

The Holmes referred to in the title is, of course, the master himself, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.  While he does not actually appear in the story, he is central to the plot. Two cowboys, using the methods of the beloved detective, solve a rather convoluted mystery on a Montana ranch in 1893. This story has a lot to offer: murder (of course), and mayhem, shootouts, great characters, even good horses, all turned out with nice dashes of humor and some pathos.  The pacing builds a bit slowly, but the people you meet make the wait worthwhile. The reading by William Dufris is masterful; he even handles the women's voices well.  I love the way Mr. Holmes (or at least his legacy) keeps turning up in the most unexpected places!

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