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Published by ECW Press on September 15th 2015
Genres: entertainment, Non-fiction
An essential companion to the hit BBC showAmazon •
He’s been depicted as a serious thinker, a master of deduction, a hopeless addict, a bare-knuckle fighter. His companion is a bumbler, a sympathetic equal, someone helpless in the face of his friend’s social inadequacies. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson remain the most-adapted fictional characters of all time. In 2010, when Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman stepped into the roles, they managed to meld many previous incarnations into two glorious performances. Over Sherlock’s first three seasons, the Emmy-winning series has brought new life to stories almost 130 years old and, with its Holmes and Watson for the 21st century, created a worldwide fandom unlike any other.
Investigating Sherlock, written by bestselling author Nikki Stafford, examines each episode through in-depth and fun analysis, exploring the character development and cataloguing every subtle reference to the original stories. With biographies of Cumberbatch and Freeman, as well as Arthur Conan Doyle, Investigating Sherlock is the ultimate guide to the great detective.
“This is not the story of a great detective and his sidekick, but of two men: John Watson, a man who is missing something in his life and who finds it in Sherlock Holmes, a man who doesn’t realize he needed someone until he finds John.”
This book starts with an introduction on how the BBC series started, casting Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch into their respective rolls, and a chapter on Conan Doyle. There’s nothing new in these chapters that I haven’t heard before or that can’t be easily looked up, but it’s nice having it all in one place or for someone not familiar with Conan Doyle’s original works.
What fan will really get a kick out of is the following chapters which is basically a highlight of each episode from the first three seasons of BBC’s Sherlock. Each chapter points out different facts about the episode and how it compares with the American movie version and the original book version. It even highlights references made to the book version (in the original (“A Study in Scarlet” the note left was rache referring to the German word revenge, while in “A Study in Pink” Anderson suggested that and Sherlock called him an idiot).
Overall, this would be a nice book for any fan of the BBC show.