Books About Sherlock Holmes Throughout The Years

Elementary Sherlock HolmesI think there has never been a more copied, worked and reworked character in the history of literature than Sherlock Holmes. The original 60 stories in one of the best mystery series by Arthur Conan Doyle were published between 1887 and 1927 in 4 novels and 5 collections of short stories. And that should have been the end of it.

Yet even today new stories with Sherlock Holmes and his friend and colleague Dr. Watson are still being published year after year. We see him in mysteries ranging from America to the Far East and the Orient. We see him in detective novels and – not that surprising, in horror and supernatural stories as well.

And we see non-fiction books about him written from every angle possible and unimaginable. Sherlock Holmes is a legend and with good reason.

I wanted to keep a list of all the Sherlock Holmes books published so far, however soon I realized that it is not only a monster of a work – but it has already been done by several other bloggers. With over 400 Sherlock Holmes related novels and 1200 short stories, the total amount of works involving this by now immortal detective comes close to 2000. A staggering number indeed!

Instead of duplicating the lists available online I figured I’ll give you here all the resources currently available with all the books published online. I will only list here books that are not mentioned in the sources below.

If one were to dedicate their time reading only Sherlock Holmes stories, it would probably take them a whole lifetime.

The Original Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

A list of over 350 novels written by various authors

Over 1200 short stories

Over 100 children stories

List of books, magazines and short stories

Sherlockian pastiches

In addition here are some SH books that I’m still intending to read and review soon:

The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin, 1978

The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Ted Riccardi, 2003

The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Caleb Carr, 2006

My Dearest Holmes by Rohase Piercy, 2007

Kissing Sherlock Holmes by T.D. McKinney, 2011

Barefoot On Baker Street by Charlotte Anne Walters, 2011

The Case of the Russian Chessboard: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Only Now Revealed by Charlie Roxburgh, 2011

Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula by Stephen Seitz, 2012

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston: The Deadwood Stage by Mike Hogan, 2012

Sherlock Holmes And The Case of the Crystal Blue Bottle by Luke Benjamen Kuhns, 2012

Sherlock Holmes and The Element of Surprise: The Wormwood Scrubs Enigma by J. Andrew Taylor, 2012

The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Luke Benjamen Kuhns, 2012

Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus by P.C. Martin, 2012

Sherlock Holmes and The Case of The Edinburgh Haunting by David Wilson, 2012

Sherlock’s Home: The Empty House by Steve Emecz, 2012

The Detective and The Woman: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes by Amy Thomas, 2012

The Devil’s Grin by Annelie Wendeberg, 2012

Doyle After Death by John Shirley, 2013 (novel involving A.C. Doyle)

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz, 2014 (second book in the Sherlock Holmes series)

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box by George Mann, 2014

Elementary – The Ghost Line by Adam Christopher, 2015 (based on the Elementary TV series)

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  1. I have been managing the “Database of Sherlockian Pastiches, Parodies and Related Fiction” for over ten years. At last count, it lists more than 10,900 items of fiction set in the “Sherlockian Universe.” I have copies of more than 8,000 of the items listed. The only fictional characters that I know of that have more additional fiction written about them are accounted as sacred to some cult or another. Copies of this EXCEL spreadsheet are available free of charge upon request.


    1. Philip you haven’t left your website in the comment, however I found it, so added to the list of links for anyone who wants to download the Excel spreadsheet.

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