Sherlock: The Casebook

If you enjoyed the first two series of Sherlock as much as I did, you’ll probably like this little book. It’s presented as John Watson’s notes on each of the six stories seen so far, with sarcastic interjection from Sherlock Holmes. There are lovely exchanges of comments on sticky notes (well, not actual ones, they’re just printed on the pages), rude remarks about police officers, assorted documents and lots of other fun bits. These won’t mean very much at all if you haven’t seen the shows, but if you haven’t, you probably wouldn’t be inclined to pick up the book, so that doesn’t really matter, does it?

Along with the “scrapbook” elements are some more general articles on the creation and development of Sherlock, with comments from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, not to mention some material on previous versions of Sherlock Holmes on TV and film.

Oh, and Sherlock doesn’t think it’s any good at all. In a delicious note on the dust jacket, he says

Don’t buy this book. The author has transformed what should have been a series of lectures into a gross and tasteless entertainment.

Which should sound familiar to readers of the original stories. Nicely done, and a nice souvenir of the show, which is due to start filming again early next year.