Beyond Conan Doyle - Best of the Continuing Cases of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character that has been inspiring writers for years. Here is a list for the best Holmesian fiction starring the world's greatest consulting detective.
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message 1: by Jacqui (new)

Jacqui What about Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye? Another take on Holmes versus Jack the Ripper, and I thought it was excellent.


message 2: by Sara (new)

Sara Shakouri Is The Alienist qualified to be in this list? As far as I can remember it had nothing to do with Holmes, at least no direct connection. Have I missed something in the book?


message 3: by Bre (new)

Bre ooh add giant rat of sumatra in the further adventures of Holmes series. it's really good!


message 4: by Philip (new)

Philip Jones Sara wrote: "Is The Alienist qualified to be in this list? As far as I can remember it had nothing to do with Holmes, at least no direct connection. Have I missed something in the book?"

I maintain the database of Sherlockian pastiches, parodies and related fiction. "The Alienist is NOT one of the 9,694 entries in that database. Philip K. Jones


message 5: by Philip (new)

Philip Jones Bre wrote: "ooh add giant rat of sumatra in the further adventures of Holmes series. it's really good!"

To the best of my knowledge, there are more than sixty versions of that tale available, including one featuring The Hardy Boys. Which one is the best? Have you read them all? Philip K. jones


message 6: by Philip (new)

Philip Jones Jacqui wrote: "What about Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye? Another take on Holmes versus Jack the Ripper, and I thought it was excellent."

In my opinion, it is the best representation of Holmes vs Saucy Jack of the more than one hundred available. Philip K. Jones


message 7: by Philip (new)

Philip Jones Just as a note, I have copies of more than 7,500 Sherlockian fiction tales and I have read most of them. My own favorite is "The Case of the Missing Kitten" which Dorothy Sayers wrote for the BBC celebration of Holmes' 100th birthday. It features a very young Lord Peter Wimsey, who takes a very important problem to Mr. Holmes. In so far as I know, it is only available in her book, "Sayers on Holmes." Philip K. Jones


message 8: by Philip (last edited Oct 30, 2012 10:36AM) (new)

Philip Jones As a final note: I am an active reviewer of Sherlockian fiction. I have posted and/or published reviews of well over 100 items of Sherlockian fiction and I do not feel I can maintain my credibility as a reviewer if I rank items on such a list as this. Many of my reviews of these books are posted on Amazon.com, Alibris and Barnes and Noble and you are welcome to read my appraisals on those websites.

Philip K. Jones, An Ill-dressed Vagabond.


message 9: by Angel (new)

Angel Sara wrote: "Is The Alienist qualified to be in this list? As far as I can remember it had nothing to do with Holmes, at least no direct connection. Have I missed something in the book?"

I agree. I don't recall The Alienist having anything to do with Holmes.


message 10: by Philip (new)

Philip Jones See Message #2 and my reply. His only Sherlockian book is "The Italian Secretary," which is actually quite good, except that it allows ghosts.


message 11: by Mike (new)

Mike Hogan Quite right Philip: no ghosts need apply. Except they do slip in now and then. I had three of the tricksy beggars infest a short story of mine.


message 12: by Dennis (new)

Dennis Here's one that I'm going to track down : A Study in Terror Ellery Queen Vs. Jack the Ripper by Ellery Queen


message 13: by Jon (new)

Jon Terry Caleb Carr's "The Alienist" is not a Holmes novel.

David Stuart Davies' "The Veiled Detective" is listed twice.


message 14: by John (new)

John Yeaton "The Alienist" is mistakenly on the list because its author, Caleb Carr, also wrote "The Italian Secretary", which does belong on the list.


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