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Read on, Sherlock

books Updated: Jan 07, 2010 19:52 IST
Girija Duggal
Girija Duggal
Hindustan Times
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The literary world’s most famous detective may have retired to take up beekeeping in

His Last Bow

(1917), but writers across the globe continue to draw ‘inspiration’ from Sherlock Holmes. As the much-talked about movie Sherlock Holmes hits the screens today,

HT City

brings die hard fans a selection of books by some such authors:

Holmes of the Raj by Vithal Rajan: This recent publication places the detective and his friend Dr Watson in a series of adventures in late-19th century India — these include foiling a murder attempt on Annie Besant and exposing the identity of Jack the Ripper. Along the way, they meet Nehru, Jinnah, Lord Ripon and even Mowgli!

The Curious Case of 221B: The Secret Notebooks of John H Watson, MD by Partha Basu: The accidental discovery of Dr Watson’s letters and notebooks in India reveal that he has kept many truths about Sherlock Holmes hidden from public view. Why he did that and how the notebooks reached India are some questions the book deals with.

Detective Comics Golden Anniversary issue: Sherlock Holmes, now 135 years old, joins hands with Gotham city’s superhero, Batman, in a plot involving his archrival James Moriarty’s descendants.

A Double-Barrelled Detective Story by Mark Twain: The American author parodies the mystery genre by taking Holmes out of London and placing him in a rough California mining town. Here, he uses his skills to solve a melodramatic murder mystery, only to be proved wrong by an amateur detective.