The Sherlock Holmes Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)
September 30th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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The Sherlock Holmes Book, the latest in DK's award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series, tackles the most "elementary" of subjects — the world of Sherlock Holmes, as told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Sherlock Holmes Book is packed with witty illustrations, clear graphics, and memorable quotes that make it the perfect Sherlock Holmes guide, covering every case of the world's greatest detective, from A Study in Scarlet to The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place, placing the sorties in a wider context. Stories include at-a-glance flowcharts that show how Holmes reaches his conclusions through deductive reasoning, and character guides provide handy reference for readers and an invaluable resource for fans of the Sherlock Holmes films and TV series.

The Sherlock Holmes Book holds a magnifying glass to the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective.

Product Details

  • Series: Big Ideas Simply Explained
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DK (October 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465438491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465438492
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds

Customer Reviews


71 people found this helpful.
 on November 3, 2015
By in1ear (John Row)
Most of the reviews are for other products. This is a wonderful book. It isn't the Holmes stories. Still a five star book. The book is laid out to give an overview of Doyle himself and narratives on major characters - Sherlock, Watson, Moriarity, Lestrade. Each description running from five to ten pages each. Followed by well written descriptions of each of the adventures, the four novels. A nice side work of what was happening in Doyle's life and world events etc. There are lots of full color illustrations and black and white photographs included. The descriptive breakdown of each story help fans with insights into what's going on in each story. There are some good pieces on the influence that Doyle's writings and characters continue to have on his readers and other writers as well. A really well done work on the subject. Very interesting reading.

Another fantastic, well researched, high quality book from DK!

One person found this helpful.
 on March 10, 2017
By Christopher C. Courter
"The Sherlock Holmes Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained" is a fantastic, well researched, high quality book from DK.

Excellent Reference Work - Poorly Translated to Kindle Format

One person found this helpful.
 on October 25, 2016
By Sherry B.
This book, by a team of several authors, includes an outline of Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories, along with information on Doyle's life and the background for his work. As a lifelong fan of Holmes, I value this excellent reference work.

This book is perfect for someone who

37 people found this helpful.
 on January 6, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This book is perfect for someone who:

The game is afoot

 on March 4, 2017
By Yochanan
Very informative

Five Stars

 on March 18, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Love it

An Entertaining, Informative Overview of Sherlock Holmes & Company!

12 people found this helpful.
 on February 11, 2016
By Mike O'Connor
Will the reading public ever get enough of Sherlock Holmes? Over one hundred years after Holmes and Watson first graced the pages of THE STRAND MAGAZINE, interest never flags. Novelists continue to try and capture Conan Doyle's lighting-in-a-bottle while others put out learned tomes describing, analyzing and dissecting the most famous fictional character in the English language. The latest such book is the Dorling Kindersley SHERLOCK HOLMES BOOK. A 2015 release, the book is part of that publisher's BIG IDEAS SIMPLY EXPLAINED series. It's also catnip for the legions of Holmes fans.

A Great Summary of the Canon

10 people found this helpful.
 on March 2, 2016
By Ivo Shandor
The correct title of this book should be “The Sherlock Holmes Canon Book,” not “The Sherlock Holmes Book.” The book goes in depth into each of the 56 Conan Doyle short stories (2-6 pages each) and longer sections on the four novels, breaking them down by chapter. There are interesting sidebar articles on the real-life inspirations of the characters, life in Victorian times, et cetera, and also nice visual maps to the story locations and relationship charts showing the character interactions. Most enjoyable of all are the iconic Sidney Paget illustrations (which leaves one wanting to see a book reproducing all of them).


9 people found this helpful.
 on December 26, 2015
By TeaCat
Received this as a Christmas present. Chock-full of Sherlock Holmes information, trivia and case histories explained. A treat for every Holmes fan, this book includes every Holmes case illustrated with pictures from film, television and books; diagrams showing Holmes' deduction process; quotes from each case and much more. If you love Sherlock Holmes, this book will delight you.

Fun and thoughtful and full of exciting details and facts ...

5 people found this helpful.
 on November 11, 2015
By S. Ketchum
Fun and thoughtful and full of exciting details and facts about Sherlock Holmes. Beautifully made hard back book. Must have for all fans and those soon to be fans.

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