Booklist: Sherlock Holmes Mysteries!

Booklist –  Sherlock Holmes

Do you know who the most famous detective in literature is?  The detective who has more books, movies, and even television shows dedicated to a “new” version of his story? (Or even some new faithful adaptations?)

It’s Sherlock Holmes, of course!  In 2011, two new books came out featuring Holmes…a prequel, showing the origins of his famous skills by Andrew Land, and a young detective’s view of his more famous colleague, by Jason Lethcoe.  Both are fun mysteries, and both have a second book coming out soon.  So, sit back, grab an armchair, and prepare to face some of the most intriguing and adventurous puzzles in the following tributes to the greatest detective of all time!

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 2011 Takes on Sherlock Holmes:

Lane, Andrew.  Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes)
It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.  J & YA

Lethcoe, Jason.  No Place Like Holmes
When Griffin is sent to stay with his detective uncle at 221A Baker Street for the summer, he is certain that his uncle must be the great Sherlock Holmes! But Griffin is disappointed to discover that Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street and his uncle lives unit 221A. His uncle is a detective, just not a very good one. But when Griffin meets a woman with a case that Holmes has turned away for being too ridiculous, he and his uncle team up to help her. Along the way, Griffin shows his uncle just what it means to have true faith in God, even when the case challenges that.  The woman claims that her husband was eaten by the Loch Ness Monster, but monsters aren’t real-or are they?  J

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Other books featuring Sherlock Holmes or his relatives:

Altman, Steven-Elliot. The Irregulars in the Service of Sherlock Holmes
A madman stalks the streets of London’s Whitechapel slum, leaving a trail of grisly murders in his wake. The police have only one suspect: a prominent and respected physician named John Watson! The master detective Sherlock Holmes, in order to solve the most fantastic mystery of his career and save his greatest friend from the gallows, employs a band of young street urchins to infiltrate the alleys of Whitechapel. They can go everywhere, see everything, overhear everyone. They are the Baker Street Irregulars. Join the Irregulars in the most fantastic and terrifying adventure of their lives, as they uncover an evil unlike anything Sherlock Holmes has ever faced!  J

Barrett, Tracy. The 100-Year-Old Secret (The Sherlock Files series)
Xena and Xander Holmes think living in London will be boring. But one afternoon they’re handed a cryptic note that leads them to a hidden room—and a secret society. When they discover they’re related to Sherlock Holmes and inherit his unsolved casebook, life becomes so much more exciting. The siblings set out to solve the cases their famous ancestor couldn’t, starting with the mystery of a prized painting that vanished more than a hundred years ago. Can two smart twenty-first century kids succeed where Sherlock Holmes could not? J

Mack, Tracy. The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas  (Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars series)
When the tightrope artists the Amazing Zalindas fall to their deaths, Sherlock Holmes suspects foul play and enlists the youthful “street sleuths,” to find ties between the deaths and a valuable stolen book. Savvy street urchins, the Irregulars pursue terrifying villains, dodging danger at every turn.  Can they solve the mystery themselves?  J

Peacock, Shane. Eye of the Crow (The Boy Sherlock Holmes series)
Sherlock Holmes is a misfit. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way. But what wits they are! He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused…and in London, they hang boys his age.  J

Shaw, Murray. The Adventure of Black Peter/The Gloria Scott (Match Wits with Sherlock Holmes series)
Two adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are retold for younger readers, each accompanied by a section identifying the clues mentioned in the story and explaining the reasoning used by Holmes to put the clues together and come up with a solution. Also includes a map highlighting the sites of the mysteries.   Young J

Simmons, Alex.  The Raven League
When Archie Wiggins is kicked out of the Baker Street Irregulars, the gang of urchins that assists famous detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea what to do next. But then Holmes himself goes missing—and it seems the Irregulars might have had something to do with it. Now Wiggins and a few other misfits must take matters into their own hands.  Along the way, they uncover two murders and a plot—and when the adventure is over, they find they’re misfits no longer, but part of a new team: the Raven League!  J

Springer, Nancy. The Case of the Missing Marquess  (The Enola Holmes series)
When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers—all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother’s strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?  J & YA

Thone, Jake. The Mystery of the Yellow Hands
When Sherlock Holmes needs help solving some of London’s greatest crimes, he calls on the Baker Street Brigade for assistance. Danny Wiggins, “Peachy” Carnehan, and Duff Bernard are able to travel freely and without suspicion throughout the city providing Holmes with all the right information to catch the bad guys. From rescuing a kidnapped friend to uncovering the conspiracy trying to delay the construction of the Underground Railway, the Baker Street Detectives are on the job to uphold justice!  J

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   Inspired by Sherlock Holmes

Abrahams, Peter. Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls Mysteries)
Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. And getting them back will mean getting tangled up in a murder investigation as complicated as the mysteries solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes. With soccer practice, schoolwork, and the lead role in her town’s production of Alice in Wonderland, Ingrid is swamped. But as things in Echo Falls keep getting curiouser and curiouser, Ingrid realizes she must solve the murder on her own — before it’s too late!  J & YA

Hale, Bruce. The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse (The Chet Gekko Mysteries)
Chet Gecko loves a good mystery, almost more than he loves his fee–stinkbug pie. So when fellow fourth grader Shirley Chameleon asks him to find her missing brother, Billy, Chet expects the case to be as easy as pie. But Billy’s disappearance is part of a larger plot, one that involves the Rat Sisters, a riddling junkyard dog, and a vicious Gila monster named Herman. If Chet doesn’t solve the case fast, the entire school could be humiliated. Worst of all, Chet might not get his fee. And Chet’s hungry…   J

Keane, Dave. The Haunted Toolshed  (Joe Sherlock, Kid Detective series)
Why are cakes vanishing into thin air? How can a mailbox disappear without a trace? When did something evil move into Mr. Asher’s toolshed?   Strange and unexplained things are happening on Baker Street after dark, and Joe Sherlock must come face-to-face with the things that go bump in the night. Even though a cold tingle of terror gallops down his spine like a herd of wild gophers, Joe is determined to solve the case — and have his bundt cake, too.   J

Kotzwinkle, William. Trouble in Bugland: A Collection of Inspector Mantis Mysteries
Inspector Mantis and his capable companion Doctor Hopper star in this collection of mysteries, ranging from “The Case of the Missing Butterfly” to “The Case of the Caterpillar’s Head.” Yes, they’re insects, solving crimes in Bugland, with a cast of characters that includes the circus owner, P. T. Barnworm, and Captain Flatfootfly. A clever collection of mysteries in which Inspector Mantis and his grasshopper sidekick ferret out entomological evildoers in foggy Bugland.  J

Richards, Justin. Double Life (The Invisible Detective)
Who is the Invisible Detective? To the people of London, 1936, he’s a shadowy crimefighter whose face has never been seen. Truth is, he’s the creation of four extraordinary kids who solve mysteries in his name. And neither an army of murderous zombies nor a subterranean monster can stop the Invisible Detective once the kids are on the case. Meanwhile, in present day, Arthur Drake finds the casebook of the Invisible Detective in a strange old antique store. Stranger still, the casebook is in his own handwriting. With a little help from his grandfather, Arthur not only uncovers his link to the Invisible Detective, but soon finds himself plunged into mysteries of his own.  J

Sobol, Donald. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown series)
Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville neighborhood’s ten-year-old star detective. With an uncanny knack for trivia, he solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his own detective agency. But his dad also happens to be the chief of the Idaville police department, and every night around the dinner table, Encyclopedia helps him solve his most baffling crimes. And with ten confounding mysteries in each book, not only does Encyclopedia have a chance to solve them, but the reader is given all the clues as well.  J

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Other mysteries set in the time of Sherlock Holmes, but with no “master detective”

Avi. Traitors’ Gate
It’s 1849, the year John Huffman’s father is sentenced to London’s Whitecross Street Prison. He’s been put away for gambling debt—leaving fourteen-year-old John and his family out on the street. But it seems gambling is the least of their problems: Father Huffman is accused of treason. Surrounded by a cast of sinister and suspicious characters, John’s not sure what to believe…or whom.  YA

Barrett, Mark. Joe Rat
In the dark underbelly of Victorian London a boy named Joe scavenges for scraps in the rat-infested sewers of the East End. Exploited a monstrous criminal mastermind known as Mother who controls everything in the boy’s world,  Joe scrapes a living in a city where no one can be trusted. A chance encounter with a runaway girl and a ‘madman’ turns Joe’s world upside down. But is it a change for the better or are things about to get a lot worse for the boy they call Joe Rat?  J

Buzzbee, Lewis. The Haunting of Charles Dickens
Meg’s older brother, Orion, has disappeared. One night, she steals out to look for him, and makes two surprising discoveries: she stumbles upon a séance that she suspects involves Orion, and she meets the author Charles Dickens, also unable to sleep, and roaming the London streets. Mr. Dickens fears that the children of London aren’t safe, and is trying to solve the mystery of so many disappearances. If he can, then perhaps he’ll be able to write once again.  J

Heneghan, Katherine. The Magician’s Apprentice
In 1874 Winchester, England, Jago Stonecipher is a poor magician’s assistant to his unscrupulous uncle.  When he discovers his uncle’s real business, he  becomes involved in a series of plots and deceits revolving around a lady’s maid and her employer’s family.  Can he escape his past by fleeing out to sea, or will trouble follow him, even outside of England? J

Lee, Y. S.  A Spy in the House (The Agency series)
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, Mary must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there?  YA & J

Michael, Livi. The Whispering Road
Joe and his sister Annie escape from a farm where they are treated like slaves to make their way to Manchester in hopes of reuniting with their mother. They get help from a kind stranger and a mysterious dog-woman before finding a place with a traveling fair. Trouble is, Annie fits in with the fair—especially once they learn she can speak to the dead—but Joe doesn’t. He leaves her behind to join a street gang, but living rough is more dangerous than he thought, and he ends up being taken in by a rich man as a social experiment on educating the poor. The food and housing aren’t enough to contain Joe, though, and he flees to the employ of a reformist newspaperman, vowing to find Annie again.  J

Pulman, Philip.  The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart series)
“BEWARE THE SEVEN blessings . . . ” When she first utters these words, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart doesn’t know their meaning. But when an employee of her late father hears them, he dies of fear. Thus begins Sally’s terrifying journey into the seamy underworld of Victorian London, in search of clues to her father’s mysterious death.  YA & J

Stuart, Paul. The Curse of the Night Wolf  (Barnaby Grimes series)
Barnaby is a tick-tock lad, running errands in his city, day and night, and “highstacking” around the rooftops in search of new mysteries to solve. One night, Barnaby is attacked by an enormous dog and soon finds himself swept up into a world of crooked doctors, poor and ill-advised patients and strange tonics. What is the sinister doctor up to—and what is his relationship with the owner of a fashionable fur salon?  Barnaby will have to use all his wits to solve the mystery.  J

Updale, Eleanor. Thief, Liar, Gentleman?  (The Montmorency series)
When a petty thief falls though a glass roof in his attempt to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a whole new life. After his broken body is reconstructed by an ambitious young doctor, he is released from prison, and–with the help of Victorian London’s extensive sewer system–he becomes the most elusive burglar in the city. He adopts a dual existence as a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency, and his degenerate servant Scarper. But Montmorency must always be on guard. The smallest mistake could reveal his secret and ruin both his lives.  YA

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Out of Print (but at other libraries):

Newman, Robert. The Case of the Baker Street Irregular  (Baker Street Irregular series)
Brought to London under mysterious circumstances by his tutor, Andrew seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes when his tutor is kidnapped. When it looks like he himself is threatened with the same fate, he meets a strange girl named Screamer, whose brother just happens to be one of Sherlock Holmes’ Irregulars. Soon, Andrew, Screamer and the Irregulars are trying to find out the mystery behind Andrew’s unknown enemies.


Powell, Martin.  The Hound of the Baskervilles
Graphic novel adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mystery in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson travel to the bleak wastes of Dartmoor, England to solve the mystery surrounding the late Sir Charles Baskerville and a ghostly hound.  J

Storck, Patrick. The Muppet Sherlock Holmes
“Once you eliminate the rational, whatever remains, no matter how absurd, must be the Muppets.” Join Gonzo as Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective and his associates Dr. Watson (Fozzie) and Inspector LeStrade (Kermit) as they embark on The Adventure of the Speckled Band.  J

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Adult (but older teens would enjoy):
King, Laurie.  The Beekeeper’s Apprentice  (Mary Russell novels)
In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes–and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator’s daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary–a bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership.

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If we forgot any other versions of Sherlock Holmes that you know and love, let us know!




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