The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes

The Most Famous Detective In History

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective that first appeared in the story, A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. He is well-known for his deductive reasoning, observation and even some early forensic science. He is noted as the "most portrayed human literary character in film and television history" by Guinness World Records.

Sherlock Holmes Inspired Movies and TV Shows

A list of recommended movies and TV shows inspired by Sherlock Holmes and his crime-solving abilities.

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Iconic Items And Images

There have been many items associated with Sherlock Holmes that makes the character easily recognizable. Some of these include his deer stalking cap, his smoking pipe, a magnifying glass and his violin. Additionally, there are well-known quotes that permeate society even to this day such as "Elementary my dear Watson" and "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." The stories, which were first published in The Strand Magazine, have inspired countless other stories.

Young Adult Mysteries Like Sherlock Holmes

All of these YA mystery novels have action, depth and intrigue, just like the original literary detective.

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Sherlock Holmes-Like Mysteries for Young Readers

A list of books full of mystery and intrigue, perfect for middle grade readers.

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Sherlock Holmes In Real Life

The famous consulting detective lives on throughout our world, even to this day. The Sherlock Holmes stories cemented crime fiction as a valid and reputable genre in literature. In 1990, the Sherlock Holmes Museum opened on Baker Street, the street the fictional character was said to have lived. His studies of blood, fingerprints and other forensic techniques were adopted by various investigative organizations. In Cape May, NJ, there is even a Sherlock Holmes weekend that has murder mysteries to solve, live performances and immersive experiences throughout the three-day celebration, usually taking place in October. 

Nonfiction Books About Sherlock Holmes, Detectives and Crime Fiction

A collection of nonfiction novels that examine the influence of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on the history of crime fiction along with some true stories about real figures like Sherlock Holmes.

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Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? Have you read any of the original stories? Love a movie/TV adaptation? Or enjoy a book series that was inspired by the most famous fictional detective in history? Let us know in the comments!