Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional creation of Sherlock Holmes, "the World's First Consulting Detective", has not only endured since his first novel "A Study in Scarlet" was published in 1887, but has thrived, continuing to intrigue and delight us in novels, TV series and films.
It's no mystery that your local Manatee County Public Library is the go-to place for all things Sherlockian.
Set in present-day London, the BBC series "Sherlock" stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. Many elements of the original stories are incorporated into the award-winning show, with current technology utilized in solving the crimes.
Older viewers may remember the British television series, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" a series of films made between 1984 and 1994. It starred Jeremy Brett, the late British actor whose portrayal of Holmes remains very popular and is accepted by some as the definitive on-screen version of the famous detective. "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: DVD Collection" includes the last six episodes of the series.
2009's award-winning "Sherlock Holmes" and its sequel "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows" stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson.
Many well-known authors have tried their hand at Sherlock Holmes stories. Caleb Carr's "The Italian Secretary: a Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes" and Michael Chabon's "The Final Solution: A Story of Detection" are both available.
Prolific author Dan Simmons has penned "The Fifth Heart" which pairs Sherlock Holmes and American author Henry James in an adventure to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of "Clover" Adams (wife of historian Henry Adams) which was ruled a suicide, but might have been murder. Simmons incorporates personages like Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt, as well as fictional characters like Hercule Poirot.
Anthony Horowitz has written two Sherlock Holmes novels, "The House of Silk" and a sequel, "Moriarty". In "The House of Silk" Dr. Watson narrates a case sealed away for a century due to its explosive nature. "Moriarty" begins shortly after the fateful struggle between Holmes and arch-nemesis Professor James Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. When Moriarty's death leaves a convenient vacancy in London's criminal underworld, a Pinkerton detective and a Scotland Yard inspector, join forces to track down the criminal mastermind determined to take Moriarty's place.
"The Sherlockian," a debut novel by Graham Moore, is based on fact. In 2004, Richard Lancelyn Green, a British "Sherlockian" scholar, was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Moore took this fact and created a novel told in alternating chapters between a mod
ern day search for the killer of a Sherlockian scholar and Arthur Conan Doyle, who with his friend Bram Stoker, are hunting a serial killer. Working in two different places and time periods and using Sherlockian wit to solve their respective crimes, the book has been called a "twisty, clever mystery."
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