Monday, May 30, 2016

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Sherlock Holmes Will Never Die

Fox’s new TV show about Houdini and Doyle takes a slightly different turn on the fascination for all things Sherlock and extends it to Sherlock’s creator and Houdini. While these two men did know each other, the show turns the relationship into another Sherlock and Watson. It works for me as does some of the spin off books that continue to be produced each year featuring Holmes or relatives or even just his address. A few books worth mentioning are:

“The Baker Street Jurors” by Michael Robertson. This is the fifth book in the Baker Street Letters which revolves around the attorneys who reside at 221B Baker Street and receive letters from people hoping for help from Sherlock Holmes. When a letter arrives for Holmes asking for help in investigating who is killing jurors in the case of the famous cricketer accused of murdering his wife, Reggie and Nigel Heath take on the case.

“Mycroft Holmes” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse. This stand-alone novel has Sherlock’s smarter older brother Mycroft trying to help his university friend whose family is in danger in Trinidad.

“Art in the Blood” by Bonnie MacBird. This book came out in October, 2015 and is the first in a new series about Sherlock Holmes. In this novel, Sherlock is hired to find a beautiful French singer’s missing illegitimate son.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell” by Paul Kane. This stand-alone novel finds Holmes and Watson investigating the disappearance of a man from a locked room.

“The Murder of Mary Russell” by Laurie R. King. This is the fourteenth book in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series which came out in May.
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