"The Sherlock Holmes Handbook is a great tool for those unfamiliar with Sherlock Holmes ... or the perfect way to refresh your knowledge of the series." - Fandomania

"My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know."

This reader’s companion to the casework of Sherlock Holmes explores the methodology of the world’s most famous consulting detective. From analyzing fingerprints and decoding ciphers to creating disguises and faking one’s own death, readers will learn how Holmes solved his most celebrated cases—plus an arsenal of modern techniques available to today’s armchair sleuths. Along the way, readers will discover a host of trivia about the master detective and his universe: Why did Holmes never marry? How was the real Scotland Yard organized? Was cocaine really legal back then? And why were the British so terrified of Australia? Full of fascinating how-to skills and evocative illustrations, The Sherlock Holmes Handbook will appeal to Baker Street Irregulars of all ages.

Here's a nice write-up from the LA Times.

I was on NPR's "Here and Now" to talk about both Sherlock and the Handbook. Listen to the segment.


"There are two types of people in the world: those who have heard of Sherlock Holmes and those who want to be Sherlock Holmes. This book is perfect for both audiences. For lovers of criminal intent, it features a range of skills that would-be sleuths and curious onlookers should know. Throughout the pages of this beautifully bound book, readers will also learn about the Victorian detective's universe ... a great way to get re-acquainted with the master."

- Z!NK Magazine

"Nicely organized and illustrated, not to mention compact and durable, you can keep this volume in your coat pocket or under the seat of your hansom for those tough spots when stress and danger strain your memory. If you're the kind of person who aspires to use the power of analytical reasoning to bring justice to the world, this is your handbook. If you're the kind of person who aspires to learn the secrets of royalty, to the life of the mind, to do interesting things with zest and enthusiasm--this is your handbook."

- Guyslitwire

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