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Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes!

Not every fictional character is given a fictional birthday, but as one of the most famous literary characters in the world, Sherlock Holmes, the great consulting detective, has his own designated date of birth. Every year the Baker Street Irregulars celebrate his birthday on January 6 at a gathering in New York City. You too can celebrate this special day by reading the stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle or one of the pastiches written by contemporary authors who create even more adventures for Holmes. You can also watch a variety of movies that depict Holmes in his original Victorian setting, in the 1940s, or even in the twenty first century.

If you are interested in reading and discussing some of the books written about Sherlock Holmes, the Keep Me in Suspense Book Group will be discussing A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle on February 14, 2015 at 2:30 and on March 14, 2015 at 2:30, the group will discuss The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, by Laurie King.

Test your deductive reasoning skills by reading or watching the books and movies in the Richland Library collection that are listed here.


Amazon Says: Holmes poses as a foreigner to bait the woman behind so-called pajama suicides. more...
Amazon Says: Holmes poses as a foreigner to bait the woman behind so-called pajama suicides. less...
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Amazon Says: ELEMENTARY, a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes who investigates crimes in modern-day New York City as a consultant to the NYPD and is assisted by J more...
Amazon Says: ELEMENTARY, a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes who investigates crimes in modern-day New York City as a consultant to the NYPD and is assisted by Joan Watson, a former surgeon, who is hired by Holmes' wealthy father to help keep the eccentric detective sober. less...
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Amazon Says: This set collects three different takes on the master sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. First comes Billy wilder's The Private Life Of Sherlock holmes - chronicling the first time Holm more...
Amazon Says: This set collects three different takes on the master sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. First comes Billy wilder's The Private Life Of Sherlock holmes - chronicling the first time Holmes falls in love. Next up is the lauded 1959 British version of the Hound Of The Baskervilles, with Peter Cushing as Holmes and Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville. Lastly, is the marvelous Holmes parody, Without A Clue, which supposes that Holmes was a fictional character devised by his chronicler Dr. Watson (Ben Kingsley). When would-be clients clamor to meet Holmes, a desperate Watson hires an unknown actor (Michael Caine) to portray the Great Detective. less...
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Amazon Says: The celebrated duo of Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke are back as the masterful Sherlock Holmes and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson. Based on the original stories by Sir Arth more...
Amazon Says: The celebrated duo of Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke are back as the masterful Sherlock Holmes and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson. Based on the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES features six tales of mystery, deduction and suspense. Join the famous sleuth and the good doctor on yet another round of adventures. Quick, the game's afoot! Includes: Disc 1 Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax The Problem of Thor Bridge Disc 2 The Boscombe Valley Mystery The Illustrious Client Disc 3 Shouscombe Old Place The Creeping Man Bonus Features: Commentary Track with Director John Madden (Shakespeare In Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin) 1980?? Interview with Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke Sherlock Museum Short Production Notes less...
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Amazon Says: A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. Co-created by Steven Moff more...
Amazon Says: A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. Co-created by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Coupling) and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock stars BAFTA-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking, Amazing Grace) as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office, Love Actually), as his loyal friend, Doctor John Watson. Rupert Graves plays Inspector Lestrade. The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain--they live at the same address, have the same names and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. And so across three thrilling, scary, action-packed and highly modern-day adventures, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth. less...
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Amazon Says: Sherlock Holmes (DVD)From director Guy Ritchie (Rocknrolla, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) comes an all-new take on the classic master detective Sherlock Holmes starring more...
Amazon Says: Sherlock Holmes (DVD)From director Guy Ritchie (Rocknrolla, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) comes an all-new take on the classic master detective Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams. Renowned "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.--Iron Man) has a reputation for solving the most complex mysteries. With the aid of his trusted ally Dr. John Watson (Law--The Aviator), Holmes is unequaled in his pursuit of criminals, relying on his singular powers of observation, his remarkable deductive skills -- and the blunt force of his fists. But now a threat unlike anything Holmes has ever confronted threatens London ... and it's just the challenge he's looking for.]]> less...
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Amazon Says: A cause for international celebration―the most important Sherlock Holmes publication in four decades. This monumental edition promises to be the most important new contribut more...
Amazon Says: A cause for international celebration―the most important Sherlock Holmes publication in four decades. This monumental edition promises to be the most important new contribution to Sherlock Holmes literature since William Baring-Gould's 1967 classic work. In this boxed set, Leslie Klinger, a leading world authority, reassembles Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 classic short stories in the order in which they appeared in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book editions. Inside, readers will find a cornucopia of insights: beginners will benefit from Klinger's insightful biographies of Holmes, Watson, and Conan Doyle; history lovers will revel in the wealth of Victorian literary and cultural details; Sherlockian fanatics will puzzle over tantalizing new theories; art lovers will thrill to the 800-plus illustrations, which make this the most lavishly illustrated edition of the Holmes tales ever produced. The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes illuminates the timeless genius of Arthur Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation of readers. Two-color text throughout; 800+ illustrations less...
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Amazon Says: In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, more...
Amazon Says: In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical a, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes- and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth =century woman proves a deft protegee and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator's daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary. A bomber who has set trip wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership. Full of brilliant deductions, disguises, and dangers, this first book of the Mary Russell- Sherlock Holmes mysteries is "wonderfully original and entertaining...absorbing from beginning to end. ( back cover) less...
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Amazon Says: Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved detectives ever created and many have been inspired to continue his adventures after Sir Conan Doyle's death. In that spirit, The Ma more...
Amazon Says: Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved detectives ever created and many have been inspired to continue his adventures after Sir Conan Doyle's death. In that spirit, The Mammoth Book of The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes brings together some of the more than two dozen stories that Denis O. Smith—regarded as the best Holmes storyteller after Doyle—wrote since the publication of “The Adventure of the Purple Hand” in 1982. less...
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Amazon Says: "Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale."--San Diego Union Tribune London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named more...
Amazon Says: "Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale."--San Diego Union Tribune London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place. THE HOUSE OF SILK bring Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world's greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print....until now. less...
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