|A Study in Sherlock|
Stories Inspired by
the Sherlock Holmes Canon
ed. by Laurie R. King &
Leslie S. Klinger
October 25, 2011
A Study in Sherlock, edited in part by Laurie R. King (the author who brought us the Miss Mary Russell series) is a sixteen-story collection inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most astute detective.
Some of these take place within the confines of the Holmes universe (i.e. in between Doyle stories). One of these was a "lost" story called "The Startling Events in the Electrified City," about Holmes and Watson's attendance at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901, by Thomas Perry. Others are residents of a universe similar to our own whose only difference is an accepted belief in Holmes as a flesh-and-blood person, one of which is "As to 'An Exact Knowledge of London'" which poses the idea of Watson, Holmes and their enemies living on, even today, waging a silent war.
|Why, yes, that IS Frank Langella you've|
spotted nearest Sherlock's nose!
Each of the stories in the collection is appropriately methodical while also providing a necessary dose of whimsy. And no one, I think, is better at that than Neil Gaiman, whose "The Case of Death and Honey" manages to cross yet another plane into a hint of the supernatural. As to whether these stories are true to Holmes and to Doyle, that's difficult for me to say - I must confess I've never actually read the Holmes Canon.
However, it did make me wish I had read it. Moved the canon up on my To-Be-Read pile. I will say, though, being familiar with Holmes only on the basest terms (I've watched "Wishbone" and "The Great Mouse Detective") did not put me at any disadvantage - I wasn't left behind in the mud because I missed a reference here or there. For that reason, I think it could actually make a great introduction to it all.