Best Sherlock Holmes Fiction (Pastiches)

A story in the style of, or using the characters of Sherlock Holmes
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418 books · 460 voters · list created May 31st, 2011 by Steve Emecz (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Great list, but Starrett's The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes is nonfiction if I remember correctly, not a pastiche ...


message 2: by Philip (new)

Philip Jones Unfortunately, I must insist that "The Private Life OIf Sherlock Holmes" IS a pastiche, or, at the very least, it is Sherlockian fiction.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Congrats to "The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" - 9 ratings and 26 votes! People who haven't read it love it, obviously.


message 4: by Henrik (new)

Henrik Havighorst Great List !


message 5: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Pickering The 1966 Ellery Queen & P.W. Fairman novel, A STUDY IN TERROR (Lancet Books), was overlooked; it remains an interesting effort, and far more sensitive to pre-1914 Victorian English than other efforts. I am especially pleased to see Mr Chabon's THE FINAL SOLUTION listed, as it is a formidable, under-estimated study, elegantly organised.
STEPHAN BOROWSKI PICKERING / Chofetz Chayim benAvraham
Philologia Kabbalistica Speculativa Researcher / Torah G-ddess Jew Apikores Yehudi Ishi


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add A Study in Terror; it's easy to add books to lists. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 7: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Pickering Shalom & Boker tov, Susanna. I tried adding it. Nothing transpired.
STEPHAN BOROWSKI PICKERING / Chofetz Chayim benAvraham


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads If it's on your own shelves it may be easier to find that way than doing a general search.


message 9: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Pickering Shalom & Erev tov, Susanna...yes, I have a copy of it. It is far better than the other 'ripper' novels I have read with Mr Holmes as a key figure, with the exception of MURDER BY DECREE's script (which has never been published), and the work of Michael Dibdin (1978) and Lyndsay Faye (2009). Interestingly enough, ACD's daughter suspected her father knew the identity of the 'ripper', but he (even with his children) kept silent -- the inference being ACD's fear of a pogrom in the East End against immigrant Jews from Eastern Europe, as she suspected one of the murder victims was killed by a Jewish immigrant. I have always thought there was more than one killer...and that it is a pity Mr Holmes was never called into service...or, perhaps, he did?
STEPHAN BOROWSKI PICKERING / Chofetz Chayim benAvraham


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads In that case, you should be able to find it by doing a search of your shelves here at GoodReads.


message 11: by Karen (new)

Karen I would love to have the time and fortune to read them all.


message 12: by Biscuitbear (new)

Biscuitbear Phillip, you're confusing Vincent Starrett's book "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" which is (mostly) non-fiction, with Michael's Hardwick's novelization of Billy Wilder's film of the same name. The latter is indeed a pastiche, but Starrett's is a collection of essays.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Because some people don't pay attention to title/sub-title on lists.


message 14: by Richard (new)

Richard is there a list with recommended reading order for these pastiches/homages to Conan Doyle?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Well, in the series books, I'd read them in the series order.


message 16: by Tim (new)

Tim Symonds I'm hoping Goodreads will at some point add my own latest sherlock - titled Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein's Daughter.
I based it on a completely true story about Einstein during his student days in Berne, and it remains one of the unsolved mysteries of the 20th Century. I am hoping that as a result of my novel an international forensic team will travel down to Serbia to see if the infant daughter's remains can be located, after 111 years.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads "Goodreads" doesn't add books; we the voters add books. (At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.")


message 18: by Tim (new)

Tim Symonds Understood! Best to all, Tim Symonds. Ps. I'm starting on my fourth Sherlock Holmes novel, this time located in Stamboul in 1906, when the mighty Ottoman Empire was breaking apart, with immense implications for the British Empire...


message 19: by Jon (last edited Jan 11, 2015 01:16AM) (new)

Jon Terry Several books are listed twice:

The Seven Per Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyers
The Giant Rat of Sumatra by Richard Boyer
Night Watch by Steven Kendrick
The Ice Palace Murders by Larry Millett
The Disappearance of SH by Larry Millett

And the Will Thomas novel, while very good, is not a Holmes novel.


message 20: by Tim (new)

Tim Symonds I have just about completed my fourth Sherlock Holmes novel which I'm titling Sherlock Holmes And The Sword of Osman. Set in 'Stamboul' in 1906, Holmes and Watson have to save the Sultan from overthrow in the interests of England's own Empire.
As with my previous novels such as Sherlock Holmes And the Mystery of Einstein's Daughter the cover will be by Bob Gibson.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I combined duplicates; now off to track down the Will Thomas novel.


message 22: by Rory (new)

Rory Just wondering, have any one of you read Sherlock Holmes and the Chinese Junk Affair?

So far that is my first Holmes pastiche and I have to say that I quite enjoyed it, myself personally.

It is quite an obscure title but I was curious if any of you came across it before.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads On this list? No; listopias don't work that way, and are not sortable. The books with the most points (generally from getting the most votes, or the highest votes from the most people), and a lot depends on who is voting on the list. Though the latter is probably not as much an issue when a list has over 400 voters, as this one does.

However, you can see the average rating under the author's name, with each book, and weed out anything under a four. (You might also want to take into consideration how many people have read and rated the book in question.)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads If you're looking for "as similar as possible to the canon" - I would stay away from the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes stories (the first of them is second on this list) - they are enormous fun, but the setup is "The "retired" Sherlock Holmes takes an assistant - a 15-year-old girl." I suspect they would not be your cup of tea.


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