Why has the distant and rather unrelatable character of Holmes made such an impression on us? It’s the height of irony that a character the author himself despised has endured so well. Stephen Fry, who (in a brilliant casting decision) plays Mycroft in the upcoming Ritchie sequel, is a lifelong Holmes fan. Of Holmes mania, he says: “People who love them [the stories], love them intensely, and I was like that as a boy.” Once the youngest member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, Fry credits Holmes with determining the course of his life. He’s not alone. I remember reading The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, footnotes and all, cover to cover as a child—as well as the sense of wonder I felt when I found a listing for an S. Holmes in the local white pages (I made the page into a bookmark, but never called). For me, the obsession never lessened. In my office, I have an entire bookcase dedicated to Holmes literature. Every time I see (or read) a new Holmes, whether tall, short, modern or classic, I cheer. Maybe it will inspire a new generation to pick up a book and meet the great man for themselves.
-Chantelle Aimee Osman
The Sherlockian, already in its second printing, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been receiving equally positive reviews everywhere. To see one click here.
Members of The Poisoned Pen first mystery club will be pleased to know they all will be receiving their signed copy, however we have already sold out of our stock.
If you are interested in joining the First Mystery Club, email Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.