Investigating Sherlock: The Unofficial Guide by Nikki Stafford

Do you absolutely love the BBC show Sherlock? (And who doesn’t? If YOU don’t, I don’t like you. Go away.) If you DO love it, you will probably love this companion book, which describes each episode of Series 1 through 3.

Investigating Sherlock Front Cover (ECW Press)

Investigating Sherlock Front Cover (ECW Press)

THE COVERAGE: The book begins with an introduction to the show, including some information on stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and of course some background on the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Each episode is divided into several sections:

  • Written by
  • Directed by
  • Original air date
  • Summary Plus Critique
  • Highlights
  • Did You Notice?
  • From ACD to BBC
  • Interesting Facts
  • Nitpicks
  • OOPS

And then, every season has one “Sherlockians Weigh In” feature. There are some mentions of other iterations of the great detective, but not many. If you are strictly a Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett fan, this is NOT your book.

MY TWO CENTS: I love the setup of the book. The author knows more about Sherlock and the connections to the original stories than I do, which is fabulous. I love the different parts of the descriptions. I also like how the author clearly loves the show, but is willing to showcase some “Sherlockians” who offer a slightly less biased opinion of the show. (Not that I agree at all with the one who dislikes Moriarty. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Moriarty; I think Andrew Scott’s portrayal is amazingly fresh and fearless.)

I might be interested in checking out some of the author’s other unofficial guides. Who doesn’t love a Buffy guide called Bite Me? She has also done guides for Lost. In that case, I hope next up is a guide for Once Upon a Time. I would snatch that up fast.

TEACUP RATING: I give the book 4½ out of 5 teacups. If you’re a Sherlock fan, you’ll need this. If you have a friend who’s a Sherlock fan, buy them this. They’ll love it.

ON SALE DATE: Investigating Sherlock will be on sale in paperback and ebook formats on September 15, 2015.

Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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