Wednesday, November 02, 2011
The Irresistible Sherlock Holmes
The first new Sherlock Holmes novel authorized by Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate, The House of Silk, was released yesterday, writes USA Today. (Sherlock Holmes: Alive and Well, Nov. 1, 2011).
Penned by Anthony Horowitz, author of the popular Alex Rider books for teens and the public television series “Foyle’s War,” it is but one of several new Holmes-inspired books either just published or in the works.
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes’ creator, died in 1930, he had written four novels and 56 stories and didn’t realize he was creating an industry.
My favorite Holmes-inspired mysteries are those by Laurie King. The first in the series is The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, which introduces 18-year-old novice sleuth Mary Russell, who assists the retired Holmes in a new series of mysteries.
Here are a few others that feature the popular Victorian detective:
Sherlock Holmes: The American Years by Michael Kurland
Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killers by Dr. John H. Watson
by Lindsay Faye
Ghosts in Baker Street by Martin Greenberg
An Opened Grave: Sherlock Holmes Investigates His Ultimate Case by L. Frank James
Of course there is nothing like the original: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.