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Reading for Writers: The Reinventing of Sherlock Holmes

Published on Friday, February 26, 2010 by

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“Reading for Writers”

The Reinventing of Sherlock Holmes

This week I want to talk about some of the recently published books that are a reinvention of the character of Sherlock Holmes. First and foremost is the Laurie R. King series about Mary Russell, the girl, later woman detective who learns the Sherlock Holmes method of solving mysteries as his apprentice. This series which is about to number ten with the April publishing date of her newest adventure in the series, entitled The God of the Hive,is highly recommended. Check out her informative website at www.laurierking.com. Lyndsay Faye’s Dust and Shadow, just out in paperback is a very unique story which puts Sherlock Holmes at the center of solving the mystery of the Jack the Ripper killings. This book is just starting to get some attention on blogs and podcast reviews. Find out more at her website, www.lyndsayfaye.com. First published in 2001, David Pirie has a series of three books that feature Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr.Joseph Bell as criminal investigators in a mystery thriller series. The first book in this series is entitled, The Patient’s Eyes, followed by The Night Calls (2003) and The Dark Water (2004). Donald Thomas has released his fourth collection of novellas featuring Holmes and Watson with the book, Sherlock Holmes and the King’s Evil: And Other New Tales Featuring the World’s Greatest Detective (2009). A very recent addition to the Sherlock Holmes revival is a graphic novel entitled, Sherlock Holmes,Vol.1: The Trial of Sherlock Holmes (2009) authored by Leah Moore, John Reppion, et.al.

Just published is Michael Kurland’s, Sherlock Holmes: The American Years, which contains 10 original stories which focus on the life of a youthful Holmes while in America before he settled in at Baker Street. Later this year there is a new series for children coming out as well as another series of novellas from Donald Thompson. So it would appear that the legacy of the world’s greatest detective lives on and on!!

With the mystery genre as a focus this week, I will bring to your attention a few other recently published books to watch. If you love cozies, Aunt Dimity Down Under by Nancy Atherton comes out this month. This is one of my favorite cozy series and I look forward to this 15th book in the series. This series with main character, Lori Shepherd, detective extraordinaire with the help of her stuffed rabbit and her Aunt Dimity, is definitely my kind of paranormal. If you haven’t tried these I would definitely recommend checking them out. Get the whole list at www.aunt-dimity.com where you can even get the recipes. I may have to do an entire column later on cozy mysteries!

Promising new mysteries: The Bricklayer (2010) by Noah Boyd got a good review and rating by readers at BookBrowse as well as The Crossing Places: A Ruth Galloway Mystery (2010) by Elly Griffiths and Village of the Ghost Bears (2009) by Stan Jones. The Globe and Mail’s Margaret Cannon recommends Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves, a fourth novel in her series set in the Shetland Islands; and Dying Gasp, by Leighton Gage, third novel in his series featuring Mario Silva, Brazilian detective. Two titles also recommended which are first books in a new series are, James Thompson’s Snow Angels and Pleasantly Dead by Judith Alguire. Looks like some more titles to add to my ever growing TBR pile!!

Some websites for mystery lovers:

Cozy Mysteries


Stop You’re Killing Me


The Mystery Reader


The Poisoned Pen


New Mysteries


Looking for a Mystery?


Mystery Books News


Bookspot: Mystery


Mystery Net


Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind


Reviewing the Evidence


Euro Crime


2 Responses
    • Very informative article about how authors are still using the world and characters of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock the American Years sounds very cool and I hadn’t heard of it. Thanks for a great overview of what’s current in mystery, really helpful for me because it is not one of my main genres to read in, but one I am highly interested in reading more of.

    • Very informative read, Hedda and what a wonderful list of resources. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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