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Ellen Grant
• Thursday, 12 November, 2020
• 11 min read

Sign in with Facebook New tales of Sherlock Holmes to be released in 2020. A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book.

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Before we start talking about SherlockHolmesbooks, I am intrigued about what goes on in the Baker Street Irregulars group, which you were inducted into in 2002. The Morley kids had grown up reading the SherlockHolmesbooks and used to tease each other with questions about the most minor details in them.

The Baker Street Irregulars continues to flourish, hosting an annual birthday banquet with lots of toasts and talks. Being an invested member of the group is a lot of fun, especially since my fellow Irregulars range from the retired chief technical officer for Apple to judges and lawyers and notable writers such as Neil Gaiman.

Your first choice is A Study in Scarlet, which describes how the famous detective pair, Holmes and Watson, met. If you’ve never read any SherlockHolmesbooks you really need to start with that one because it introduces this rather mysterious and romantic character.

At the beginning, Doctor Watson tries to puzzle out the profession of his strange roommate at 221b Baker Street. Happily, the 21st century Sherlock produced by the BBC, with Benedict Cumberbatch as this very Aspersion Holmes and Martin Freeman as this vulnerable and engaging Watson, gives us a more accurate portrait of their relationship.

I can remember buying the novel as part of a school book club and waiting until just the right November evening to read it, one when my sisters and parents would be away. It was literally a dark and stormy night and I pulled all the covers down from my bed and turned off all the lights in the house except one and read the pages absolutely wide-eyed.

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When you come to the end of that second chapter, there is this particularly brilliant exchange when Doctor Mortimer describes the death of the latest Baskerville and mentions that there were footprints seen near the body. You know that he killed off the detective at the end of the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and people thought for several years that their beloved Sherlock was dead after the tumble with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.

I would say the only real flaw lies in the middle of the novel, where there is a long period in which Holmes isn’t around, and we are only following Doctor Watson’s adventures at Baskerville Hall. But the idea of this hound from hell really gives the story an air of the uncanny that readers love.

It introduces Professor George Edward Challenger, a self-important but wonderfully funny and committed scientist who discovers a plateau in a South American jungle where dinosaurs still roam the earth. Challenger is a larger than life, humorous character, and I stress repeatedly that Conan Doyle is often very funny.

He’s a man who lives purely by his wit, who kowtows to no one and who disdains the conventions of society that most of us have to observe. He can shoot his gun inside his house, he can be as messy as he cares to be, he gets to wear lots of disguises, and he can go out and have great adventures fighting the bad guys.

Finally, you have chosen Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, edited by Jon Heisenberg, Daniel Sta shower and Charles Foley. Particularly after he became famous, Conan Doyle thought of himself as a public intellectual, and he wrote many letters to The Times protesting about atrocities in the Belgian Congo, arguing for divorce law reform, and trying to right the wrongs of people unjustly incarcerated.

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ArthurandGeorge, Julian Barnes’s novel previous to his Booker Prize winner, was about Arthur Conan Doyle in one of these cases. Conan Doyle is funny, witty, concerned with his family life, and he writes very entertainingly about all sorts of subjects.

Above all, with its abundant annotation, the book offers a good survey of Conan Doyle’s career and some of his many interests. I drew on the letters, of course, but also his essays and memoirs, the Shylockian scholarship of the Baker Street Irregulars, various biographies.

I naturally touch on the many films and stage plays and pastiches that employ the great detective. I certainly hope people enjoy my book for itself but also use it as a means to better appreciate the Sherlock Holmes stories and as a gateway to Conan Doyle’s other work.

The complete set includes all 60 original stories, accompanied by hundreds of illustrations and a wealth of notes by Linger that explain the Victorian world and delve into the nuances of the tales. The printed version includes many illustrations and extensive annotations adjacent to the text, and so I think most users will find it more enjoyable than the e-book.

If you want a paperback volume that's less expensive and easier to carry and hold, get this Oxford edition of The Adventures. Conan Doyle expert Richard Lancelot Green provides an excellent introduction and fine annotations that don't interfere with reading the story.

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It has no illustrations, but the overall quality of information and accurate text makes it the best paperback choice for a new fan. This book includes twelve short stories based on some untold tales in Sir Arthur's originals.

The stories are written by his son and by noted mystery author John Dickson Carr. On the New York Times bestseller list for more than eight months, this classic sparked the Sherlock Holmes revival of the 1970s.

We learn the truth about Professor Moriarty, Holmes's cocaine addiction, and his meeting with Sigmund Freud. A clever concept and brilliantly executed, Meyer blends historical figures with Shylockian insights and a bit of adventure.

Set in London from 1919 to 1939, this spinoff version of Holmes features the detective Solar Pons, his partner Dr. Parker, a brother named Bancroft, and Mrs. Johnson the landlady. There are other Solar Pons stories written by Basil Cooper and by David Marcus, but I have not read them.

Conan Doyle's other classic creation took readers to a world of dinosaurs and adventure. It's a great adventure story and inspired numerous movies and books, including Jurassic Park.

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With his 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey, Jr. joined more than 70 actors who have played the great detective in over 200 films. That makes Holmes “the most portrayed literary human character” on screen according to Guinness World Records.

In part that's because he made 14 Holmes films, but it's also a reflection of his acting skill, his striking appearance, and the quality of at least some of these movies. For extensive details, see my list of the Ten Best Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes Movies on DVD.

It gives you two of the top three Rathbone films, plus extras including audio commentary for both movies, a photo gallery, and a trailer for The Scarlet Claw. Ignore the color cover and Amazon details: these are in the original atmospheric black & white.

You can usually buy it in a special double-feature with the lower-rated Pursuit to Algiers for a few dollars more than the separate DVD version. There is a Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection 5-DVD set for people who want a good deal on all 14 Rathbone movies.

Although not a movie, this new vision of Holmes in present-day London truly captures the sense and spirit of the Conan Doyle stories and characters. Shylockian will delight in the clever use of elements from the originals, while casual viewers will enjoy the fast-paced modern mysteries and adventures.

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The two discs feature all three original uncut UK BBC episodes, which are each 8 minutes longer than the abridged versions shown by PBS in the USA. This marvelous book offers the best introduction and general reference to the world of Sherlock Holmes.

Chris Redmond is a noted Shylockian expert: be sure to get the 2009-second edition by him, not something by other authors with similar titles. This up-to-date, comprehensive biography of Conan Doyle is ideal for new fans and even seasoned Shylockian.

The first book of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's private letters provides a first-hand, unvarnished account of his life until 1920. Five members of the BSI go to Hollywood in 1940 to help with a new Sherlock Holmes movie, but are soon involved with an impossible murder where they are suspects.

Middle-schooler Shelby Holmes and her friend John Watson investigate a haunted apartment building in Harlem. Young readers will find relatable characters, albeit with a bit too much political correctness, and some reasonable clues and deductions.

However, older Shylockian will enjoy how the author adds allusions to the original tales beyond the many character names. King continues to offer some of the best -written stories involving Sherlock Holmes, with interesting characters and good pacing.

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Series newcomers should start with The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or at least read The Murder of Mary Russell to better appreciate the role of Mrs. Hudson in Riviera Gold. In the days before Christmas, Holmes and Watson investigate a murder and a haunting that threatens the sanity of a young heiress.

Although the resolution is only average, the echoes from The Hound of the Baskerville and other Holmes stories add to the enjoyment. A serial killer with a flair for exotic murders stalks London in 1890, and even threatens Mycroft Holmes.

She has a cinematic style and an action-packed approach that is a bit similar to the Robert Downey Jr. movies. Mac Bird has an interesting take on Sherlock's relationship with Mycroft, and her street-savvy “irregular” orphan girl Effie is fun and appealing.

Reading this Golden Age mystery reminded me of that excellent 1934 movie The Thin Man, with a bantering attitude and even a wire terrier. The plot has a few holes, but it remains an entertaining romp that is reissued for the first time in over eighty years.

Morris Flint and Macky McPherson pretend to be Holmes and Watson in a marvelous mix of comedy, mystery, and adventure. With excellent production values and an appealing cast that includes one of Germany's top stars in the 1930s, this movie is solid entertainment for everyone, and a must-see for Shylockian.

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For a limited time the vendor will ship multiple decks to the USA for a flat price. The 3-disc DVD set (released in 2019) is hard to find, but try searching both title variants at your library or UPC# 9555499413158.

In the meantime, you can read about SherlockHolmes's teenage sister in the Nola Holmes mysteries by Nancy Springer, starting with The Case of the Missing Marquess. Critics generally agree this tale of knights and adventure was the best of Conan Doyle's historical novels.

More descriptive and denser than his Holmes tales, this edition provides context and explanations that will help you better understand and appreciate the story. Other highlights include Nicholas Meyer's foreword, full-page color illustrations by N. C. Wyeth, and other drawings by George Willis Bar dwell.

It would be better as a hardcover with a larger gutter that would lay flatter for easier reading, but it remains an impressive work of scholarship. But when it comes to that critical third generation of leadership where groups and businesses tend to falter, few know the full story of Julian Wolff.

Conan Doyle wrote multiple books about his world travels, as well as many essays, articles and stories that provide a unique sense of time and place. He visited the Arctic, Africa, Canada, America, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and more.

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He tells the story of that collection, as well as book selling and literary adventures, through anecdotes about key items in it. Conan Doyle borrowed heavily from a Raffles' story when writing “Charles Augustus Silverton,” but he produced a far more memorable tale.

As with other BSI facsimiles, this volume reproduces his original manuscript with a transcription and detailed annotations, along with the history of its writing and ownership. Other essays discuss Watson's role, TV adaptations, a source for Silverton, illustrations, unanswered questions and anomalies in the tale, and much more.

Typically, the Kindle Edition will be listed in the Formats box to the right of a book's cover photo. The good news for people interested in Sherlock Holmes is that there are so many books and related items beyond the original 60 tales.

I'm a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, have written numerous Shylockian articles, and have spoken about Conan Doyle rarities for conferences at Harvard and the University of Minnesota. I read numerous Shylockian publications for recommended new material and try to examine their top choices.

However, in order to publish this review before the holidays, items released after October 15 are usually evaluated for next year's list. I limit the number of items in order to make this list easier and faster for people to use.

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