Sherlock, the BBC’s modern reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Homes mysteries, is one of the best things on television. I’m hardly alone in my opinion: check out Jessica’s glowing staff review of the first season. PBS is finally airing its second season (already available to put on hold at CADL), but there’s a major problem: each season is only three episodes long, and for a raving fan like me, that’s hardly enough.
If you find yourself wanting more, take a look at some of the source material. Series 1 was inspired by A Study in Scarlet, The Valley of Fear, and “The Adventure of the Dancing Men” and other stories from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Series 2 hews closer to the books, the three episodes having been inspired by “A Scandal in Bohemia” (From The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes), The Hound of the Baskervilles, and “The Final Problem” (from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes). If someone could convince Benedict Cumberbatch to narrate an audiobook of the stories, I’d never again be seen without headphones.
The show departs wildly from the original material, however, and if what you’re really looking for is more of Sherlock‘s signature wit and style, you’d be well advised to pick up Mark Gatiss’s Edwardian mystery novel The Vesuvius Club. Gatiss is a producer, writer and actor on Sherlock: he takes sole writing credit for my favorite episode to date, “The Great Game” and plays Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes. Now get reading! The game is afoot!
– Sara D., Public Services Librarian at CADL