My friends and I all seem to be quite obsessed with everything Sherlock Holmes, and rightly so. I mean a brooding, and usually handsome, genius who has a sly and sarcastic wit. I wanted to create a post to give a few movie, book, and television suggestions for people like me who love anything related to Sherlock Holmes.
Most of you probably already watch Sherlock, but I do still have to put it in here because it is the best of the best if you’re Sherlock Holmes obsessed.
Then of course there are the Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jr., who was basically made for the role of Sherlock Holmes. His version of Sherlock Holmes is eerily similar to Iron Man in portrayal, which makes sense. They are both weird, slightly mad geniuses with huge egos. Plus Rachel McAdams is in it! I do so love her. Although I don’t think she fits the role of Irene Adler very well. Noomi Rapace, of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus fame, plays a sort of gypsy in Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows.
There is also the new American TV version of Sherlock Holmes called Elementary. It stars Lucy Liu as a female version of Dr. Watson and Johnny Lee Miller as a recovering drug addict version of Sherlock Holmes. It’s honestly not fantastic, it just doesn’t have the same kind of intelligence to it as the previously mentioned movie and TV show. You can usually tell where the plot is going and who did the crime. It’s more of a stereotypical procedural crime drama with the Sherlock name attached. All that said, it’s still an entertaining show if you go into thinking of it more as an American detective show and not as much as Sherlock Holmes.
Now, onto wonderfully Young Adult book suggestions for Sherlock lovers. I recently started reading The Stoker and Holmes series by Colleen Gleason. A wonderful and addictive series that revolves around Bram Stoker’s sister and Sherlock Holmes’ niece working with Irene Adler to solve crimes in a steampunk version of 19th century London. It is a quick and easy read, entertaining, with an interesting plot. The characters are not incredibly well developed, and the scenery could be more descriptive since the hints of it that I read just left me wanting to get a better visual of this interesting world. I still found the series very interesting and am whipping through the second book right now.
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.
Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.
Another book that I have not read yet, but am very excited for, is Every Breath by Ellie Marney. I can’t say much on this one, because I have not started it yet, except that it seems like a cheesy but enjoyable young adult novel about a modern day teenage Sherlock Holmes and female Watson.
Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally.
P.S. Not so much Sherlock Holmes related, but if you like books about crime solving teenagers with crazy abilities of deduction then you will love The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. The first two books are out and I’ve read them both and loved them. Both would get 4.5/5
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.
What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.
Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.