The Many Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The world famous (mostly) public domain detective Sherlock Holmes is the most famous creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—much to his dismay—and one of the most well-known fictional characters of all time. Due to his popularity, he’s seen countless adaptions of his canon works, additional facets of his life explored, as well as being featured in crossover works. Whether faithful or imaginative, there’s never a lack of mysteries for readers to solve.

1. Sherlock Houn

The Italian-Japanese animated series features steampunk technology and a cast of anthropomorphic dogs. Six of the episodes were even directed by Hayao Miyazaki; issues with Doyle’s estate led to a pause in production and Miyazaki moving on to other projects. Fans of classic anime are sure to fall in love with the style.

2. BBC’s Sherloc

The phenomenon that took modern fandoms by storm and made Benedict Cumberbatch a household name. Set in modern-day London, Holmes helps both average citizens and the British government solve mysteries while Dr. Watson chronicles it in his blog.

3. The Case of Death and Honey by Neil Gaima

Found within an anthology of Holmesian tales by modern famous writers, Gaiman’s entry features an older Sherlock, tired from a lifetime of solving mysteries. The challenge of solving crimes is what excites him, but with so few cases bringing challenges, what’s left? This final case takes the great detective to China and is told through his journals and the recounting of an elderly beekeeper, his insects a focal point to the mystery.

4. Arsene Lupin vs Herlock Sholme

French gentleman thief Arsene Lupin, like Holmes, has a long history of publication in various stories and serials. It was only natural that such a criminal would eventually square off against the detective. Once the first story was published, Doyle took issue with it and the name was changed to Herlock Sholmes, though some modern translations have reverted back to the original name. Due to similar legal issues, and as a nod to Leblanc, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles uses the names Sholmes and John Wilson for its depiction of the characters.

5. A Double Barrelled Detective Stor

Not everyone who writes about Holmes is a fan. Twain’s novelette has the British detective in the American Old West, where his nephew kills a silver miner by exploding his cabin. Holmes uses his trademark reasoning, logic, and scientific methods to arrive at a conclusion…which happens to be completely incorrect. This story is also notable as Twain appears as a self-insert character and responds to letters sent to the editor while the piece was being serialized.

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