Note: I received a digital copy of this book from the author for review consideration.
If you are the most dedicated of Sherlock fans, an academic nerd as well as a TV geek, you will adore Valerie Frankel’s books. In this book, Frankel details every canon reference in the BBC series, Sherlock. She turns to Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, as well as portrayals through the years, from the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce movies from the 1940s to present-day Elementary and the Robert Downey, Jr. movies.
Each chapter starts with a brief overview of the episode’s plot, the meaning of the title, and how the episode compares with the original Sherlock Holmes story. Frankel then walks you through every detail of the episode that pays homage to part of the canon, from quotes taken from the original Doyle stories to signature movements from other Holmes actors to establishing shots from old movies. She even takes information from John’s blog, which, it turns out, you can actually view online!
Needless to say, spoilers abound. Although the author doesn’t go out of her way to explain every detail, enough is revealed that you’ll want to make sure you’ve seen the episodes before you read this book. Then again, if you’re the kind of fan who’s obsessed enough to pick this book up, you’ll undoubtedly have already seen them–at least once. If you consider yourself a superfan of Sherlock, you need to pick up this book. It will give you a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the amount of detailed work Moffat and Gatiss put into the show, and possibly hold you over until the fourth season is finally released!
Rating: Pretty Darn Good