Sherlock Holmes FAQ

Sherlock Holmes FAQ

All That’s Left to Know About theWorld’s Greatest Private Detective

by Dave Thompson


No single character in Western fiction has inspired more authors to write about him than super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. The very name conjures up a legacy far greater than anything his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, could ever have imagined.

Although just four novels and fifty-six short stories constitute the complete canon of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the sheer volume of adaptations, reimaginings, and mythologies are overwhelming. The last few years alone have brought us two Guy Ritchie movies, CBS’s crime drama Elementary, and the BBC’s immensely popular series, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as the ever-faithful Watson.

The Sherlock Holmes FAQ (Applause Books, February 2014, $24.99) is your one-stop guide to over a century’s worth of mystery, mayhem, and deduction. Author Dave Thompson has crafted a dramatic and detailed digest of the Baker Street detective and his best friend, loyal army doctor John Watson, from the 19th century originals to all of the modern-day incarnations. Thompson brings the foggy London that the deerstalker-clad Holmes once explored to life, and examines Doyle’s real-life fascinations and inspirations.  Chapters discuss the influence that Holmes has had not only on other writers, but also on real-life police procedures.

The Sherlock Holmes FAQ is a rollercoaster ride through little-known facts and observations that will delight even the most seasoned Sherlock fan. Holmes’s brother Mycroft, his nemesis Moriarty, his adversary Irene Adler, his favorite policeman, Inspector Lestrade, all make their appearances in this be-all-and-end-all guide to the enigma that is Sherlock Holmes.

February 19, 2014
6.0″ x 9.0″
400 pages
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group


DAVETHOMPSONDAVE THOMPSON, ex-pat British writer, has penned over one hundred books including of the Doctor Who FAQ; Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell; and Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter. He has also written books on Cream, Kurt Cobain, Genesis, Jeff Beck, Bob Marley, and Deep Purple, and he has been a contributor to Rolling Stone, Goldmine, MOJO, All Music Guide, and more. He lives in Newark, Del.






Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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