For those who have never heard of him, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Based in London our gallant socio-path or as he likes to be known “consulting detective” has abilities that are just fantastic. Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases, pre-dates CSI by 110 years!!
Sherlock made his first appearance in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with “A Scandal in Bohemia” in 1891; further series of short stories and two novels published in serial form appeared between then and 1927. The stories cover a period from around 1880 up to 1914…some great reading.
On the screen we also had Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce which were fun but didn’t really give a truthful representation of Holmes and Watson. However that was in the 40’s but the most faithful on screen was probably Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes in the Granada Series which ran in the 1980’s.