Certainly the most popular detective in the world, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is also the most influential. Being a public domain character for some time now, Holmes and his partner, John Watson, have been revisited by numerous authors, plunged into extraordinary mysteries, sometimes supernatural ones, and moved into all sorts of different settings, historical or contemporary (most are still set during the Victorian era).
At that point, we should all be tired of hearing about Sherlock Holmes, but that’s not the case. He is still fascinating and his universe inspires creators in all types of media. So, today, we are staying in the literary realm to take a look at just a few of the new angles introduced to tell Holmes stories with some book series.
The Mary Russell Series by Laurie R. King – A young, intelligent, and independent woman, Mary Russell becomes a protegé and eventually a partner to the retired Sherlock Holmes. Together, they naturally tackle various mysteries and criminal cases, combining their deductive skills and unique perspectives. The stories mostly take place between 1915 and the late 1920s.
The Enola Holmes Series by Nancy Springer – Set in Victorian England, the series follows the adventures of Enola Holmes, the younger sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. It all begins with Enola’s discovery of her mother’s disappearance on her 14th birthday. Enola tries to unravel the mystery of her mother’s disappearance and becomes in the process a detective like her brothers.
The Holmes and Hudson Series by Martin Davies – In this Victorian crime series, Mrs. Hudson is working for the famous Sherlock Holmes at Baker Street, with her helper, an orphan rescued from the streets of London named Flotsam. But that’s not all she does as she also investigates complex mysteries behind his back.
The Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas – In this gender-flipped version of the detective, Charlotte Holmes possesses keen powers of observation, deduction, and a sharp intellect. But she’s still a woman in the Victorian era. To operate as a detective, she has to hide behind a fictional brother, “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective.” With the help of a female benefactor and a handsome gentleman, Charlotte goes on to solve mysteries.
The Sholto Lestrade Series by M.J. Trow – A different take on Scotland Yard’s own Inspector Lestrade as he is here the main investigator who is solving crimes and mysteries in Victorian London. The series follows him from 1879 to 1923 as he retires and his daughter takes over the detective work.
The Young Sherlock Holmes Series by Andrew Lane – As the title suggests, this young adult book series explores the early life and adventures of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. We follow him as he encounters various mysteries and adversaries, and his experiences shape him, helping him develop his deductive reasoning, observational skills, and other characteristics that will define him as the great detective in later years.
The Mycroft Holmes Series by Quinn Fawcett – Mycroft Holmes is the older brother of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and, in this version, he is reimagined as a capable and intelligent detective in his own right taking on various cases that involve espionage, political machinations, and international intrigue. His work is to safeguard the interests of the British government.
The Irene Adler Series by Carole Nelson Douglas – Known for her role in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story “A Scandal in Bohemia,” the beautiful American opera singer Irene Adler is back and shows her own impressive detective skills–and continues to outwit the famous Mr. Holmes.
The Baker Street Boys Series by Anthony Read – In this young adult mystery series, the Baker Street Boys is a group of street urchins in Victorian London who form a detective gang. The boys encounter various challenges, face dangers, and use their wits to uncover the truth. Along the way, they sometimes cross paths with the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, who becomes aware of their endeavors.
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