In Cape May, NJ, it's Sherlock Holmes weekend! This event happens twice a year, including a ball, actors, and a mystery that participants have to solve. It also happens on other weekends in other towns. It sounds like a lot of fun. For those of us who can't be there, here are some Holmsian books to read at home.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The original is still the best, and does have teen appeal, which is gaining with such TV shows as Elementary and Sherlock.
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane. When on a school break, a young Sherlock Holmes looks into the mysterious death of some neighbors, starting his career as a detective. The first in the series Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins, follow it with Rebel Fire.
Secret Letters by Leah Scheier. Dora's cousin is being blackmailed with some old love letters. Luckily, Dora just learned her biological father might be Sherlock Holmes. But when she gets to London to get him to help, he's dead. Now it's up to Dora to help her cousin.
Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock. Another series that looks as Sherlock as a young teen. In this one, Sherlock's unconventional parents make him a bullied outcast. When a murder grabs the headlines, he sees if he can solve the case, but his involvement makes the authorities list him as a suspect. The first in the Boy Sherlock Holmes series, the second is Death in the Air.
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer. When her mother goes missing, Enola is forced to turn to her older brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft for help. Unfortunately, they think she belongs in boarding school, so she escapes and quickly gets caught up in another mystery. The first in a series, fans will want to have The Case of the Left-Handed Lady on hand.
Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams. Ingrid's hero is Sherlock Holmes, which comes in handy when she gets tangled up in a murder mystery. Things in Echo falls are getting weirder by the minute. Can Ingrid get to the bottom it while still staying on top of school, play rehearsals, and soccer practice?
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Edginston, illustrated by ING Culbard. It's an Illustrated Classic, but a fun look at the classic story, which is especially good with the potentially supernatural spookiness of this particular story.
Sherlock Holmes and a Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Murray Shaw, and MJ Cosson, illustrated by Sophie Rohrbach. The King of Bohemia's ex-girlfriend has stolen and hidden a very important photograph. It's up to Sherlock Holmes to find it. The On the Case with Holmes and Watson series illustrates many of the Doyle's Sherlock Holmes short stories. Aimed at younger teens, many older ones will enjoy them, too.
What are your favorite Holmes books?
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