Yes, that Sherlock Holmes, who appeared in dozens of short shorts and four novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, will once again be investigating mysteries, sifting through evidence and not saying, “Elementary, my dear Watson,” in a new novel authorized by the Conan Doyle estate. The Guardian reported that Anthony Horowitz, the author of the best-selling Alex Rider novels for young adults, has been tapped by the Conan Doyle estate to write the new book, which will be set in traditional Victorian London and aimed at adult readers.
When I was 12, I read my first Sherlock Holmes. It was Hound of the Baskervilles. In the course of reading it, I’ll confess, I got a bit bored, but it was for school. What to do? I flipped to the end and found that last sum-up bit, where Holmes rounds up all the suspects, reminds everyone of the clues, and outlines his deductive process. After that, whenever I was a bit bored with a book, I’d read the end, and, if the end made it worth my while, I’d go back and fill in the middle. It worked pretty well.