Elementary Reads

by Anne M

2017 marked the 125th anniversary of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s collection of the first twelve Sherlock stories. These short stories created a sensation among readers of the day. Holmes became so popular that Doyle was publicly pressured for more stories, even though he killed off the character to write something different. Unlike Victorian readers, we will never have new Doyle stories, but that doesn’t mean the story has to end. These books give new life to the Holmes saga.

The murder of Mary Russell : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

Laurie R King

MYSTERY King Laurie

"Has Laurie King followed in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's footsteps and killed off her protagonist? Sherlock Holmes is back in the latest in the New York Times bestselling series that Lee Child has hailed as "the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today"--but is Mary Russell? When the novel opens, the shabby carpet of 221B Baker Street is drenched in blood--and no one knows the fate of Mary Russell. Could this be the final performance for the world's best-known Holmesian author?"--

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For over twenty years, Laurie R. King’s mystery series has followed the character of Mary Russell, a protégée turned partner turned husband of Sherlock Holmes. In King’s most recent novel, The Murder of Mary Russell, Holmes is faced with the murder of his wife at the hands of Mrs. Hudson’s son and must dig into his housekeeper’s past to finds answers. What’s there isn’t pretty. -Anne M

A study in Charlotte : a Charlotte Holmes novel

Brittany Cavallaro

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Cavallar Brittany

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery.

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Fast-forward to the 21st century, Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte brings the Baker Street duo’s great-great-great grandchildren together at a Connecticut boarding school. However, this isn’t a natural friendship. Jamie Watson, a new athlete on campus keeps his distance from Charlotte Holmes, who is as odd and temperamental as her ancestor. Finding themselves framed for the murder of a fellow student, they must team up to catch the real killer. -Anne M

Mycroft Holmes : a novel

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

MYSTERY Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem

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Perhaps you would rather stick to a character closer to Holmes. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar does just that in his novel Mycroft Holmes by imagining the beginnings of the civil servant career of Sherlock’s brother. Of course, Mycroft is no paper pusher. Working for the Secretary of State for War, Mycroft and his friend Cyrus Douglas are sent to Trinidad to investigate reported supernatural events and mysterious deaths. Is it really the work of a rougarou or something more sinister? -Anne M

Dust and shadow : an account of the Ripper killings by Dr. John H. Watson

Lyndsay Faye

MYSTERY Faye, Lyndsay

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From the acclaimed writer of Jane Steele, Lyndsay Faye’s novel, Dust and Shadow, follows Holmes and Watson as they try to quickly find and stop Jack the Ripper. However, it is Holmes’ unconventional means to catch the killer that leads a tabloid journalist to accuse him of the murders. -Anne M

The house of silk : a Sherlock Holmes novel

Anthony Horowitz

MYSTERY Horowitz, Anthony

With approval from the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a best-selling novelist and Sherlock Holmes expert brings the greatest detective in literary history back to life on Baker Street for the first time since 1930.

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Anthony Horowitz tries to be as true to Doyle’s literary style as possible. His mystery novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty, are authorized by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. -Anne M