Elementary, Dear Reader!

mystery-month-2014Thanks to the popular Sherlock series on Masterpiece, there’s been renewed interest in the Baker Street detective.  Of course,  Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless stories will sell themselves. Here’s what you can recommend to readers wanting even more:

The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr
When two workers are killed while renovating Queen Victoria’s Royal Palace of Holyrood, Holmes and Watson are summoned to Edinburgh. Similarities emerge between the killings and the death of Mary, Queen of Scots’s confidant David Rizzio three hundred years earlier.

The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
A pipe-smoking detective briefly comes out of retirement in 1944 when he is asked for help solving the murder of a visitor to his small village. Was the man drawn there by the recent arrival of a young Jewish refugee in possession of a parrot who recites a baffling series of German numbers?

A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin
At 93, Holmes’s days are filled with his beloved beekeeping, daily visits with his housekeeper’s inquisitive son, and writing about his famous cases–including an investigation that left a lasting emotional mark on the man.

Good Night, Mr. Holmes by Carole Nelson Douglas
Opera singer Irene Adler outwitted Sherlock Holmes in the short story “A Scandal in Bohemia,” and was never mentioned again. This mystery series imagines a sleuthing career for Miss Adler and her prim sidekick, parson’s daughter Penelope Huxleigh.

Against the Brotherhood by Quinn Fawcett
Holmes’s supersmart older brother Mycroft stars in this entertaining series. In days before World War I, Mycroft infiltrates the  secret society “the Brotherhood” to prevent  the overthrow of European rulers and the ensuing chaos it would cause.

The List of Seven by Mark Frost
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is called to serve Queen Victoria and put a stop to the dangerous group of occultists who call themselves, simply, “7” and plan to reincarnate the devil. (Frost was co-creator and writer for the delightfully odd TV show “Twin Peaks.)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
The first in this award-winning series introduces 15-year-old American Mary Russell as she first meets retired Sherlock Holmes in rural Sussex Downs. The two collaborate on a several local cases, but things turn dangerous when a London kidnapping case leads to a master criminal who will kill to remain at large.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D.
by Nicholas Meyer
Watson’s memoir reveals that his earlier books did not accurately portray the dark side of Holmes. Here he describes taking Holmes to meet Sigmund Freud and get treatment for his escalating cocaine addiction. Hypnosis reveals the real reason for Holmes’s obsession with the shadowy Moriarity.

Sherlock in Love
by Sena Jeter Naslund
Researching a complete biography of his late partner, Dr. Watson discovers unknown cases, a vengeful nemesis, and a tragic love affair.



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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  1. Mitch Cullin’s “A Slight Trick of the Mind” is receiving a screen adaptation directed by Bill Condon, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Laura Linney: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3168230

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