I fell in love with Sherlock as a teenager. At a time in my life when nothing made sense, it was reassuring to find someone who always made perfect sense, even if that made others uncomfortable. Sherlock, with his razor-sharp mind and almost supernatural powers of observation, was as much a superhero to me as Batman or Captain America might have been to another kid.
So when I first encountered “The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” Sherlock stories written by authors other than Arthur Conan Doyle, I was apprehensive and doubtful. “Blasphemy!” I thought.
As it turns out, I had passed judgment before having all the facts. Sherlock would have been disappointed.
In The Devil’s Promise Watson convinces Sherlock to take a holiday on the Devonshire coast. But a genteel overture soon bleeds into somber notes when Holmes discovers a body at the bottom of a cliff. He runs to get Watson’s help, but when they return the body is nowhere to be found! As if a disappearing body was not fertile ground enough for mysteries to grow in this quaint coastal village, Holmes and Watson also encounter Enoch and Arabella Blackwood, the only children of an infamous English Devil worshipper who disappeared several years earlier. The vacation quickly comes to an end.
Well-written and distinctly British with a brisk pace, The Devil’s Promise and the other books of the “Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” will delight Sherlock enthusiasts as well as readers of other British murder mysteries. At a bit over 200 pages long, fans of Inspector Morse, Miss Marple, Inspector Lynley, and others may find these books a bit brief, but perhaps excellent interludes. After all, Sherlock Holmes is the character who started it all.
The GPL also has a full range of Sherlock dramas on DVD from the original films of the 1930s starring Basil Rathbone, to the television mini-series of the 1980s with Jeremy Brett, right up to the brilliant BBC reinterpretations (2010-2014) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and the Hollywood films starring Robert Downey Junior and Jude Law.
For the techno-savvy Sherlockians, the GPL’s audio/video streaming service Hoopla! has dozens of films, audiobooks, ebooks, and other content that you won’t find anywhere else available at the click of a button. Imagine, all the Sherlock you need at no charge without ever having to leave the comfort of your favorite armchair!
For Sherlock enthusiasts ready to deepen their experience and knowledge, try typing “Sherlock Holmes” into the GPL’s new federated search tool.
“What’s a federated search tool?” I hear you ask.
Well, a federated search goes beyond the GPL catalogue and returns results from all resources that the GPL has access to: online magazine reviews, academic journals, electronic databases, and more! Using the federated search tool is easy. It’s right on our home page where the normal catalogue search is. Just click the drop down menu to the left of the search box and select “Resources” before entering your search term.