January 6th marks the birthday of one of my all-time favourite fictional characters – Sherlock Holmes.
Aside from myself, Sherlock’s avid fans have included Roosevelt and Harry Truman, who were both members of The Baker Street Irregulars, the most famous Sherlockian society (not to mention exclusive…. one can only join by receiving an invitation. BSIs, think of your friendly Mystery Maiden when next handing out shillings, please!)
Sherlock first came to light in Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories. The Scottish author never intended Holmes to be his most noteworthy work, and had a love/hate relationship with his protagonist. But since Holmes first appeared in Beaton’s Christmas Annual in 1887 (A Study in Scarlet), mystery enthusiasts haven’t been able to sate their thirst for the sometimes curmudgeonly, always entertaining detective. He is brilliant and sees things no one else sees, has a nemesis (Moriarty), an ‘un-clubbable’ brother (Mycroft) and a woman (Irene Adler) whose memory he kept alive by carrying her picture. Throw in some murder – what’s not to love?
In honour of Holmes’ birthday today, I’d like to share with you some of my favourite Sherlockian works.