Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sherlock Holmes for Dummies Publishes This Week

Sherlock Holmes for Dummies
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We're actually a bit surprised it took this long for this book to come out, but Sherlock Holmes for Dummies publishes this week. Written by Steven Doyle, co-founder of Wessex Press/Gasogene Books, a small press specializing in Sherlock Holmes books, including the Sherlock Holmes Reference Library, the book is described as a comprehensive guide to this important literary figure and his author.

About Sherlock Holmes for Dummies (from the publisher): 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.

• A plain-English guide that helps you better understand and enjoy this influential literary character;
• 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;
• Explores the appearance of Sherlock Holmes on film, TV, and stage;
• Discusses Holmes today -- from the ever-expanding network of fans worldwide to story locations that fans can visit.

An overview of the Sherlock Holmes canon can be found on the publisher website as a Sherlock Holmes for Dummies Cheat Sheet.

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