Saturday, January 21, 2017

Reads for Sherlock Fans

by Kristin Baer, E-Services/Web Marketing Librarian

The season finale of BBC Sherlock aired this past Sunday on PBS, leaving fans with many questions; some tentative theories to explain plot and character elements; and the almost certain knowledge that they will have to wait at least a year or two (until the next season is released) for any answers. In the meantime, the famously long-suffering BBC Sherlock fandom has taken to its usual consolations: posting reactions via social media; exchanging speculations on the Internet; writing and consuming fanfiction; and revisiting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original texts to trace episode references and find "clues."

Thanks to the creative vision of some Sherlock Holmes fans, who happen to be authors, we now also have a growing selection of Sherlock-inspired reads to tide us over until...well, hopefully before we look like this:

Here are 5 Holmesian books to read while you're waiting on season 5. (Click the links to locate in our Library).

A Study in Charlotte, by Brittany Cavallaro

In this first book of Cavallaro's witty, new trilogy, John Watson's and Sherlock Holmes' great-great-grandchildren team up to solve a mystery. Having inherited some of the family traits (Charlotte, for instance, has a bit of Sherlock's trademark moodiness and addictive personality), they couldn't make for a less likely pair, but circumstances throw them together. When a student they both have a history with is murdered, they become the prime suspects and they soon find that the only people they can trust are each other.

Jackaby, by William Ritter

If you enjoy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories but you don't mind a few supernatural beings in your fiction, you'll probably find William Ritter's  Jackaby quite delightful. Set in the 1890s, Ritter's Holmesian tale follows the adventures of R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of paranormal phenomena, through the impressions of his new assistant, Abigail Rook. New in town and in need of a job, Abigail gladly accepts the position, but her powers of deduction are put to the test right away--on her very first day, in fact! Together, Jackaby and Abigail trail a serial killer who may not be human.

Chicago Tribune described this one as “Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Scarlett Undercover, by Jennifer Latham

When smart, sarcastic fifteen-year-old, Scarlett is called on to investigate a local boy's suicide, she figures it will be an open-and-shut case, easy money, but she couldn't be more mistaken. She soon finds herself at the center of mystery, involving ancient curses, priceless artifacts, and jinn--and, as she investigates, it seems that closing this case could even lead to solving her father's murder.

The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker and Holmes Novel, by Colleen Gleason

In this one, the sister of Bram Stoker and Sherlock Holmes' niece are mysteriously summoned by Miss Irene Adler to help solve a series of deaths and disappearances of young society women in London. They have just one clue to go on: a strange Egyptian scarab. Eager to prove themselves worthy of their family legacies, and conscious that they could become the next victims if they don't crack the case, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes set aside their rivalry and get down to business.

Trouble is a Friend of Mine, by Stephanie Tromly

When Zoe Webster meets Phillip Digby, she can't stand him. He's rude, annoying, brilliant...and strangely charismatic. Zoe just can't seem to say no to him, letting him drag her into a series of ridiculous, dangerous, and barely legal adventures.

Eventually, Zoe comes to suspect there is more to Digby's manic, crime-solving than meets the eye. Might he be trying to silence his own personal demons and repair the trauma caused by his little sister's kidnapping?

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