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Still Afoot: Sherlock Holmes Pastiches

Updated: December 30, 2015

A selection of novels and anthologies published well after Arthur Conan Doyle's death in which Sherlock Holmes appears as a main character, supporting character, or inspiration.

The Baker Street letters
Robertson, Michael, 1951-
Call Number: M
A new series about two brother lawyers who lease offices on London's Baker Street--and begin receiving mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes.

The beekeeper's apprentice : or the segregation of the queen
King, Laurie R.
Call Number: M
The first in a very popular series of novels focusing on the character of Mary Russell, who, with Holmes as a mentor, embarks on a number of adventures.

Between the Thames and the Tiber : the further adventures of Sherlock Holmes in Britain and the Italian peninsula
Riccardi, Theodore.
Call Number: M
After explaining Holmes' absence during the Great Hiatus in The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, author Riccardi now has Holmes and Watson spending time in Rome. While the tone is right, Riccardi's stories are starting to take Holmes pretty far afield.

Dust and shadow : an account of the Ripper killings by Dr. John H. Watson
Faye, Lyndsay.
Call Number: M
Holmes' pursuit of Jack the Ripper turns personal when he is both stabbed by the Ripper and accused by a journalist of being the Ripper himself. The author works hard to mimic Doyle's writing style.

The empress of India : a Professor Moriarty novel
Kurland, Michael.
Call Number: M

With Sherlock Holmes sometimes appearing in little more than a cameo, Michael Kurland's novels feature the adventures of "The Napoleon of Crime" - Professor James Moriarty: prominent scientist, keen analytical mind, and dabbler in less than savory doings. Others in the series include The Infernal Device and The Great Game.

Exit Sherlock Holmes : the great detective's final days
Hall, Robert Lee.
The sudden disappearance of Holmes and efforts by Watson to find his friend turn up a pattern of duplicity in Sherlock's personal past.

The final solution : a story of detection
Chabon, Michael.
Call Number: M
Set in the English countryside during World War II, this book follows an 89-year-old Holmes as he investigates a mute 9-year-old boy and a parrot that may know a secret Nazi code.

Good night, Mr. Holmes
Douglas, Carole Nelson.
Call Number: M Ed.a
Created by Arthur Conan Doyle, the fictional character of Irene Adler appeared only in one Holmes story, "A Scandal in Bohemia," but was known as "the only woman to have beaten Sherlock Holmes." Douglas' first novel in the series, Good Night, Mr. Holmes, was followed by a number of novels and short stories in which Adler often worked side-by-side with Holmes.

Holmes on the range
Hockensmith, Steve.
Call Number: M
Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes stories they read in Harpers Weekly, Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer solve crimes in the Old West. Other books in the series include On the Wrong Track, The Black Dove, and The Crack in the Lens.

The Holmes-Dracula file
Saberhagen, Fred, 1930-2007.
Call Number: SF Ed.a
Holmes, Dracula, the Black Death, Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and the dreaded "Giant Rat of Sumatra" all come together in this entry in Saberhagen's Dracula series. The author captures Doyle's writing style quite well.

The house of silk : a Sherlock Holmes novel
Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-
Call Number: M
Sherlock Holmes returns for the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the first novel sanctioned by his estate. Not a pastiche or a parody, this novel by Anthony Horowitz claims to be "the new Sherlock Holmes novel."

The Italian secretary : a further adventure of Sherlock Holmes
Carr, Caleb, 1955-
Call Number: M
Summoned by his brother, Mycroft, to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland, Holmes works to solve a series of murders that may be key elements of a much more elaborate and pernicious plot on the Queen's life.

The last Sherlock Holmes story
Dibdin, Michael.
Call Number: M
It wasn't, but Dibdin, the author of the Aurelio Zen mysteries, turned the mythology of Holmes upside down with this tale of Holmes, Jack the Ripper and a 50 year-old manuscript by Dr. Watson. Controversial when first published and hated by many Sherlockians.

The mammoth book of new Sherlock Holmes adventures
Call Number: M
Divided by era, this anthology contains 25 new Sherlock Holmes stories by such writers as H. R. F. Keating, Michael Moorcock and Peter Crowther.

Night watch : a long-lost adventure in which Sherlock Holmes meets Father Brown
Kendrick, Stephen, 1954-
Call Number: M
Holmes, his brother Mycroft, and Watson are called to a convention of clerics of the world's major religions, where someone has murdered the host. Throughout the night, more deaths are discovered, but in the space of 24 hours, Holmes apparently solves the case. However, two weeks later, Father Brown, in his quiet, self-effacing way, pays a call at Baker Street to reveal "a few loose ends."

The perils of Sherlock Holmes : short stories
Estleman, Loren D.
Call Number: M

Genre fiction stalwart Loren D. Estleman collects all of his Sherlock Holmes short stories and essays in one volume authorized and licensed by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle.  Included is a suggested reading section for books about Sherlock Holmes.

Pirate king : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
King, Laurie R.
The Pirates of Penzance, the early days of cinema, and Sherlock Holmes, blended together to create a frothy and enjoyable addition to the popular series.

The revenge of the hound
Hardwick, Michael, 1924-
Call Number: M
Endorsed by both the Baker Street Irregulars and the Conan Doyle estate, the author weaves a number of familiar Sherlockian elements into a new story. Hardwick also wrote a number of other Holmes stories, including The Prisoner of the Devil and Sherlock Holmes: My Life and Crimes.

The seven-per-cent solution; being a reprint from the reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D., as edited by Nicholas Meyer.
Meyer, Nicholas, 1945-
Call Number: M
Purporting to be the lost manuscripts of the late Dr. John H. Watson as found and edited by Nicholas Meyer, these novels utilize real life figures such as Sigmund Freud, George Bernard Shaw, Gilbert & Sullivan and Oscar Wilde. Others in the series include The West End Horror and The Canary Trainer.

Shadows over Baker Street
Call Number: M
With stories by Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite and Barbara Hambly, this volume introduces all new stories featuring the deductive prowess of Sherlock Holmes and the landscape and society of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.

Sherlock Holmes : the army of Dr. Moreau
Adams, Guy, 1976-
Call Number: M

While following the trail of several corpses seemingly killed by wild animals, Holmes and Watson stumble upon the experiments of Doctor Moreau. This is Adams's second Sherlock Holmes novel, the first being Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God.

Sherlock Holmes : year one
Beatty, Scott, 1969-
Call Number: 740.9999 S5525

This book collects the 6-issue graphic novel series in one volume, plus bonus material and a complete cover gallery.

Sherlock Holmes and the ghosts of Bly : and other new adventures of the great detective
Thomas, Donald, 1926-
Call Number: M
The author's fifth collection of Sherlock Holmes tales includes "The Case of a Boy's Honor," "The Case of the Matinee Idol," and the title story, in which Holmes navigates the occult underworld of Victorian London in order to find a child's true killer.

Sherlock Holmes and the red demon
Watson, John H.
Call Number: M

In St. Paul, Minnesota in 1994, a handwritten manuscript bearing the signature of John H. Watson, M.D. is discovered in an old wall safe. The manuscript details an 1894 case that took Holmes and Watson to Minnesota to track a murderous arsonist known only as the Red Demon. The latest in the series is called The Magic Bullet: A Locked Room Mystery Featuring Shadwell Rafferty and Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes and the Swedish enigma
Grant, Barry.
Call Number: M

This time Sherlock Holmes is unfrozen from a Swiss glacier in order to solve crimes in the 21st century. This time instead of having Dr. Watson at his side he does his sleuthing with his roommate, James Wilson. Earlier entries in the series were The Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Homes and the Shakespeare Letter.

A Slight Trick of the Mind: A Novel
Cullin, Mitch

It is 1947, and the long-retired Holmes lives with a housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Holmes has settled into the routine of tending his apiary, writing in journals, and grappling with the diminishing powers of his razor-sharp mind, when Roger comes upon a case hitherto unknown. It is that of a Mrs. Keller, the long-ago object of Holmes's deep infatuation.

The Star of India : a novel of Sherlock Holmes
Bugge?, Carole.
Call Number: M
Holmes meets Professor Moriarty again in a case involving a missing sapphire, a secret love affair, and a chessboard full of clues. Followed by The Haunting of Torre Abbey.

A study in Sherlock : stories inspired by the Holmes canon
Call Number: M
An anthology of 16 new short stories by noted contemporary authors. This anthology is more of a homage to Doyle and his famous character than a collection of stories written in Doyle's style.