By Daniel Smith
This "Elementary Guide" was originally published in 2009; this new edition has a full update of all the exciting detective developments from both the small and big screen as well as further details on all the major characters and locations.
Illustrated throughout with more than 150 pictures ranging from period engravings and book jackets to modern-day location shots and film stills from TV adaptations, this is a compendious guide to all the stories, their author and the enigmatic pipe-smoking creation at their heart.
Smith's witty and informed text provides plot summaries of every single Sherlock Holmes story, potted biographies of Holmes, Moriarty, Watson and of course Conan Doyle, and interviews with many original interviews with the actors who've played Holmes over the years.
This is a book is both comprehensive and nostalgic while also rigorously critical and not afraid to rank the better Holmes stories against the lesser.