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


75 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.

Nicely presented history and review of the Sherlock Holmes tales.

One person found this helpful.
 on September 24, 2016
By BillH
Another fascinating book from DK, publisher of hundreds of books that graphically explain stuff. It's a new format for DK but clear with many illustrations. Perhaps aimed at the older kid to the young adult market but delightful for nearly any age. Hard-core Sherlockians may not be entirely pleased, but for those of us who just enjoy the stories and the several TV and movie presentations it's just fine.

The 'Sherlock Holmes Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)' was compellingly ...

 on June 23, 2016
By Kate O.
The 'Sherlock Holmes Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)' was compellingly readable; in fact, it was extremely hard to put down, and was not only very entertainingly illustrated, paced, descriptive, captioned, and the short stories and novels summarized cleverly, but there was so much I learned over the course of these summaries with supporting commentary by the editors of the book regarding Conan Doyle, the historical era, the publishing industry standards and players at that time, the society, and major topics and controversies of the period. Absolutely an essential reference on the world of Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle.

Informative and enjoyable

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 26, 2016
By Anne M. Kleinginna
I've been a Holmes fan for over 60 years, and have thoroughly enjoyed revisiting all the 56 stories and 4 short novels through the review/summaries. The background information is very informative and interesting, and the illustrations are wonderful. Highly recommended for old and new fans.

The ultimate guide

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 12, 2016
By MD.
I bought this book because I'm a translator and I was translating the four Sherlock Holmes novels into Brazilian Portuguese.

DK books do a nice job of summarizing the history

One person found this helpful.
 on September 27, 2016
By Mark
DK books do a nice job of summarizing the history, information, trivia, and other details for their topics. This book is no exception. Fun. Great selections and commentary on all things Sherlock Holmes. Especially enjoyed the parts details errors in the stories, and development of Holmes character over the timeline of the stories. Highly recommended for any fan of Sherlock Holmes.

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:

Background and details on the original Holmes stories

 on June 7, 2017
By Kendall L. Mccarty
Great collection of information, whether you are an expert or newcomer to the original published stories of Sherlock Holmes and the life of AC Doyle. All kinds of details on every page.

Great book for Sherlock Holmes fans!

 on August 18, 2017
By Positively Life
Gave this as a gift. It was very in-depth, with many pictures and illustrations on most pages. Heavy book, beautiful cover (for us SH fans)!

Great packaging-very inviting

 on December 5, 2016
By Sinjin
Great book for all fans of Sherlock. Well written with great illustrations, fun to peruse on a rainy afternoon or in bed before a long winter's nap. Also great resource for quickly answering questions on the stories. Sure you could Google them but you wouldn't get this wonderful, well-organized ride!

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