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Books and stories that are almost, but not quite, Sherlockian enough to be included in the main section.

They may be Sherlockian in title alone, or their Sherlockian content may be limited to a line or two, or an illustration, with no real impingement on the plot.

 

Peter Abrahams

Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery

Junior sleuth Ingrid Levin-Hill investigates strange goings on at the local amateur dramatics society. She is a Sherlock Holmes fan.

 

James Anderson

Murder She Wrote: The Murder of Sherlock Holmes

A novelisation of the pilot episode of the TV series Murder, She Wrote in which Jessica Fletcher solves the murder of a fancy dress party guest who was dressed as Sherlock Holmes.

 

Poul Anderson

A Midsummer Tempest

A fantasy novel set in an alternative English past with a decidedly Shakespearean feel to it. Holmes and Watson appear among a group of customers in the taproom of the Old Phoenix in the Epilogue.

 

A. G. Cairns-Smith

Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story

A scientific treatise on evolution and the origins of life on Earth. Chapters are topped and tailed with canonical quotes.

 

Bruce Coville

The A.I. Gang: Operation Sherlock

Children of scientist parents, a deserted island, a mad bomber, and an artificial intelligence named Sherlock. One of the scientists is named Dr Watson.

 

Jenny Dale

Sherlock's Home

Sergeant Moorhead is looking for a new police dog. Sherlock would be perfect - but his owner is an ex-thief. Number 23 in the "Puppy Patrol" children's series.

 

Sharon De Vita

Sherlock's Home

Same title, but a Silhouette Romance novel this time. T.C. Sherlock is an orphan, and juvenile detective Michael Ryce wants to adopt her. Welfare Agency head Willie Walker stands in his way, but she soon finds that she's losing her heart to him.

 

Carter Dickson (John Dickson Carr)

The Plague Court Murders

Carr's detective, Sir Henry Merrivale, is a former head of the British Counter-Espionage Department, where he became known as "Mycroft". He is a member of the Diogenes Club.

 

Umberto Eco

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

Book dealer Yambo awakes in hospital remembering all the books he has ever read, but no details of his own life. As he explores the attic of the family home in search of his past, the Holmes stories, illustrated by Paget are among the documents, magazines, and books that he finds. There are many references to Holmes throughout the book.

 

Quinn Fawcett

Mme Vernet series

Fawcett wrote a series of Napoleonic detective stories featuring Mme. Victoire Vernet. Presumably she is one of Holmes's Vernet ancestors, although this is not explicitly stated. The author(s) went on to write a series of novels about Mycroft Holmes.

Jasper Forde

Thursday Next series

Thursday Next is a literary detective in a world where it is possible for people to enter books and characters to leave them. Her job is to prevent literary crimes, particularly those that would change the outcome of literary works. The device that allows travel between the real and the literary worlds was invented by her uncle Mycroft, who retired into the Sherlock Holmes stories as Holmes's brother. The fourth book in the series Something Rotten includes a picture of Holmes (and presumably Watson) by the Magic Roundabout realising they are not in this book. The fifth in the series, First Among Sequels, has Holmes on the front cover (UK edition), and a chapter explaining why it is impossible to enter the Holmes stories.

 

 

Kinky Friedman

Spanking Watson

Friedman's novels feature himself as a New York country singer turned detective. He keeps his cigars in a Sherlock-Holmes-head-shaped mug and refers to his band of associates as "The Village Irregulars". The most Sherlockian of his books is Spanking Watson in which he sets himself the task of choosing the "perfect Watson" from among his associates.

 

Jostein Gaarder

Sophie's World

Sophie is taken on a magical journey through the world of philosophy. Among those she encounters on the way is Sherlock Holmes dancing around a midsummer bonfire with Snow White and her Dwarfs, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Pippi Longstocking, Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.

 

Randall Garrett

Lord Darcy series

Garrett's Lord Darcy is a detective in an alternate universe where magic is real. An early case was titled "A Case of Identity". The stories include characters derived from, and frequent references to, the canon and Baring-Gould's biography of Holmes.

 

Bruce Hale

The Hamster of the Baskervilles

Chet Gecko is a lizard detective at elementary school. The story revolves around a giant hamster from the science labs. There are no Baskervilles in evidence.

 

Robert A. Heinlein

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Moon-based science-fiction. The omniscient computer keeping things running is a Holmes Four model, named Mycroft.

 

Jill Jones

Bloodline

FBI profiler Victoria Thomas hunts a modern-day incarnation of Jack the Ripper after attending a Sherlockian symposium in London.

 

Cecil Day Lewis

The Otterbury Incident

In chapter six, local shopkeeper Mr E. Sidebotham, dresses as Sherlock Holmes to investigate the disappearance of money raised by local boys to repair the headmaster's broken window.

 

David McDaniel

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. No. 6: The Dagger Affair

In chapter 10 it is revealed that the origins of THRUSH lie in the remnants of the Moriarty organisation.

 

Kim Newman

Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959

The third of Newman's Anno Dracula series is set in Rome in1959. Once again agents of the Diogenes Club are pitched against Dracula, but this time no canonical characters are featured.

 

The Man from the Diogenes Club

A series of short stories featuring Richard Jeperson and his sidekick Vanessa, agents of the Diogenes Club, as they tackle a variety of cases involving the occult and the outré.

 

The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club

More short stories featuring agents of the Diogenes Club face to face with the bizarre. "Angel Down, Sussex" includes Conan Doyle among its characters.

 

Arturo Pérez-Reverte

The Dumas Club / The Club Dumas

A literary mystery centred around a manuscript of The Three Musketeers and the illustrations in an occult work, The Nine Doors. The heroine has taken the name of Irene Adler.

 

Elizabeth Peters

Lion in the Valley

A character in this Amelia Peabody Egyptian mystery uses the alias "Tobias Gregson".

"The Locked Tomb Mystery"

A detective story set in ancient Egypt. The detective's associate and narrator is named "Wadjsen". In Historical Whodunnits edited by Mike Ashley.

 

Carin Rafferty

Sherlock and Watson

A Mills & Boon Temptation romance. Ian Sherlock has been framed for theft and the only person who can help him is pool hustler Callie Watson. Guess what happens?

 

Leo Rosten

Silky! / King Silky!

The hero is Sidney Pinkus, P.I., otherwise known as Silky, of the "Watson and Holmes, Inc." detective agency.

 

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great

Child detective in a series of children's stories is frequently depicted dressed as Holmes.

 

Michael Slade

Primal Scream / Burnt Bones

In some of the later novels in the "Special X" series Robert DeClerq's adopted daughter Kat has become a Sherlockian. They have a pair of chairs by the fire that they call "The Holmes and Watson chairs" and discuss canonical issues there, usually reaching conclusions derived from Baring-Gould's Annotated Sherlock Holmes.

 

Dr. Watson, Jnr.

Dr. Watson's Case Book: Studies in Australian Crime

A collection of true crime stories from Australia, or with an Australian connection. The dedication is "In reverent and humble tribute to THE MASTER SHERLOCK HOLMES "...the greatest and the wisest man I have known"", but the only Sherlockian connection is the introduction to chapter XII What Happened to "Tosspot" Ted?: "The reflective student of criminology must often share the disappointment of Dr Watson (Adventure of the Copper Beeches) at the disappearance of the main figures in the murder case once the trial is over and done with."

 

J.N. Williamson

The Ritual

A small boy becomes possessed and people start to die. The only one who can save the world is psychology professor, Dr Martin Ruben, who is tired of people telling him he looks like Sherlock Holmes, when he actually looks like Basil Rathbone. He has re-read the canon, and frequently quotes from it.

 

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