Sherlock Holmes For Dummies
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Get a comprehensive guide to this important literary figure and his author. A classic literary character, Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers for decades -- from his repartee with Dr. Watson and his unparalleled powers of deduction to the settings, themes, and villains of the stories. Now, this friendly guide offers a clear introduction to this beloved figure and his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, presenting new insight into the detective stories and crime scene analysis that have has made Sherlock Holmes famous. Inside you'll find easy-to-understand yet thorough information on the characters, recurring themes, and locations, and social context of the Sherlock Holmes stories, the relationship of these stories to literature, and the forensics and detective work they feature. You'll also learn about the life of the author. Better understand and enjoy this influential literary character with this plain-English guide. Gain insight on these classic Doyle tales -- from the classic Hound of the Baskervilles to the lesser-known short stories to Holmes stories written by other mystery writers. Explore the appearance of Sherlock Holmes on film, TV, and stage. Examine Holmes today -- from the ever-expanding network of fans worldwide to story locations that fans can visit. It's elementary! Sherlock Holmes For Dummies is an indispensable guide for students and fans alike!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470484446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470484449
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

Want to know more about Sherlock? This book has it all!

37 people found this helpful.
 on March 17, 2010
By Donald E. Curtis
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle only wrote 60 Holmes stories, but he created an enormous crime-fiction sub-genre with his memorable characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Steven Doyle explores every avenue of this Victorian world in this comprehensive compendium. All the basics are there: introductions to Holmes and Watson, mini-synopses of all the original stories, and lots of background material on the Victorian world. There is so much more... learn about Scotland Yard and the state of criminal investigation in the 1890's, read the history of Sherlock Holmes' impersonators on the stage and in films, and find out all about the hundreds of clubs around the world whose members share their common interest in Holmes. You'll also find out more about Sherlock Holmes' love-life (or the lack thereof) and even his religious views. You'll learn of great places to visit in your travels that have clear associations with Holmes' adventures. You'll be amazed at the thousands of writers who have tried to re-create Holmes in new exploits (only a few have even come close.) Mr. Doyle has a light and entertaining style in conveying his enthusiasm for Holmes to his readers, but it is infectious! Be careful, or you may become a Sherlockian!

This is the Sherlock Holmes Encyclopedia Bar None!

4 people found this helpful.
 on February 6, 2012
By DickMcDermott
As a WWII history buff I was never very knowledgable about Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. I admit I was one of those who didn't know if Holmes was fact or fiction. In London a few years ago on business I had a pint at the lengendary Sherlock Holmes Pub where my host and a few others tried to fill me in on Holmes. I had promised to give Doyle's work a chance although I didn't commit to the "Canon". Well a few years went by and my promise went unfulfilled. Then I noticed the Steven Doyle "Sherlock Holmes For Dummies" book here on amazon. I am an owner of several books in the dummies series and thought I would give it a try. Boy am I glad I did! Doyle (Steven, that is) has done a masterful job.

Great for non-dummies, too.

9 people found this helpful.
 on April 7, 2010
By John Bergquist
An impressive achievement! I'm surprised to find myself writing that about a "Dummies" book, but Steven Doyle has hit a home run with this volume. Although the publisher's main target audience most likely is novices who are interested in finding out more about The Great Detective after having seen the recent movie starring Robert Downey, Jr., even the most seasoned Sherlockian might be surprised to find they are learning a new tidbit or two from this offering. Especially impressive is that the author doesn't merely give a survey of the original Holmes stories, their many adaptations in other media and Holmes's impact on popular culture. That has been done often before. This volume goes beyond that by putting the Holmes stories in social and historical context, providing welcome richness for readers the next time they go back to the originals by Arthur Conan Doyle. Speaking of Arthur Conan Doyle, Steven Doyle (no relation) does a great job of outlining the Sherlockian "Game" -- the happy fantasy that Sherlock Holmes really lived and that Dr. Watson's writings are actual historical accounts that just need a bit of explaining to reconcile apparent contradictions -- while still giving full credit to Conan Doyle's genius. Heartily recommended!

Must have for Sherlockians or novices

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 2, 2013
By ladybugtrekker
I am a Sherlockian/severe fan. I have bought all sorts of research type books, but this is a Must-Have. I spent the weekend reading cover to cover (skipped 2 chapters to read later - the book is set up to do that). Very interesting even for someone who is a lay-expert on SH. I especially liked how it tied Conan Doyle's writing to actual world history - no one writes in a vacuum. Now the "later" SH stories make sense, realizing in what area of history they were written (WWI/roaring 20s). And I like the sections on TV/Movie portrayals.If you are NEW to SH - a must have as well - first chapters are great "Cliff Notes" to get up to speed on Sherlock Holmes, etc (can skip the detailed chapters til later).

It is not just for dummies

18 people found this helpful.
 on October 7, 2010
By A. M. Moody III
It is not just for dummies.

A great place to start in the world of Sherlockiana!

7 people found this helpful.
 on April 7, 2010
By Vincent Wright
Steven's book does a great job of introducing readers to the world of Sherlockiana. It helps to explain many aspects of it and entertains at the same time. His love for the hobby and 'The Game', as it is called, is apparent and assists him in delivering Sherlock Holmes and his world to novices and experts alike. This book has a lot of information in it and even lifelong Sherlockians will find something that they did not know. In one of the last sections of the book he lists some titles that are recommended reading for those interested in this realm. Steven would have done well to add this book to that list as it will easily become one of those recommended titles, and will remain so for as long as there is interest in The Great Detective.

Excellent resource and a great read!

5 people found this helpful.
 on June 7, 2010
By Jacquelynn Morris
As the other reviews have stated, this is an excellent resource for new fans of Sherlock Holmes as well as seasoned ones. Many of us have been fans of Holmes since our middle-school years or earlier,and enjoy introducing young people of all ages to discover the Master Detective. This book is perfect for the budding "Sherlockian." In fact, my local Sherlock Holmes group sponsors an annual Sherlock Holmes essay contest for 7th grade students in our area and, along with a copy of all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, copies of "Sherlock Holmes for Dummies" has been added to the prizes for the winning students! If you know of a young person around 11 years old or older whom you would like to encourage to read the Sherlock Holmes stories, this book would be a perfect reference to have on hand for them (and yourself!).

Great for scholars and beginners

 on February 6, 2014
By brg
Excellent resource whether you're a Sherlockian scholar or a beginner who has never read a Sherlock book.

Great book

One person found this helpful.
 on May 14, 2013
By Debbie
Gave this as a gift for someone that is watching the Sherlock BBC show but had never read the actual Sherlock storied. She loves it. She says that there is so much information that will help her not only when she reads the books but has explained some of the nuances she missed when watching the t.v. show. Highly recommends the book. I can't wait to borrow it from her.

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