My book club has chosen to read a Sherlock Holmes book for it’s May discussion. None of the members have ever read one. So I’ve been doing a bit of research on the world’s most famous detective, using Wikipedia and Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Steven Doyle. I was surprised to discover that while there is an abundance of short stories featuring Holmes and Watson, there are only 4 novels written by Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They include:
- A Study in Scarlet
- The Sign of the Four
- The Hound of the Baskervilles
- The Valley of Fear
We’ll have to choose one of these novels. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most popular, but I’d prefer to start with the first book.
Although I haven’t read any Sherlock Holmes books or stories, I have read some that were influenced by the great detective. Just recently, in fact, I’ve read three:
- The Chihuahua of the Baskervilles by Esri Allbritten
- Holmes on the Range and
- On the Wrong Track by Steve Hockensmith.
The Chihuahua of the Baskervilles is the first in the Tripping Magazine Mystery series, which uses famous mysteries for a bit of inspiration. The second book in the series is The Picture of Doreene Gray.
The others listed are the first two in the Holmes on the Range series. In this hilarious series, set in the late 1800s, two brothers attempt to switch careers from cowboys to detectives after reading and studying some Sherlock Holmes stories. The audio books have a wonderful reader.
When you begin to look at all the plays, movies and radio programs inspired by the famous detective, not to mention the many, many books and stories for all ages based on the Holmes canon, it’s easy to see that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation has had a huge impact on our culture. I plan to post more on Sherlock Holmes and other famous detectives in the future.