(or at least, that's what I like to think)
The Sherlock Holmes Handbook is a nonfiction book about the methods and mysteries of the world’s greatest detective written by Ransom Riggs and published in 2009 by Quirk Books in its collection Irreverence, dedicated to give real information about a determined subject in a way that it also entertains or amuses the reader.
The author, who has coauthored several books about what he likes to call “pop nonfiction” and a regular contributor to and blogger for mental_floss magazine, has divided these more than 220 pages in three parts: detective Skills, Survival Skills and Life Skills. At the end you’ll find an appendix as well, which contains a brief biography of Conan Doyle, famous quotes from the Sherlock Holmes adventures protagonist and a complete list of all the stories and novels about the detective.
Riggs is clearly a methodic author and the reader gets that in the way he structures the information, and, although he doesn’t state anything extraordinary or revealing that a Holmes fan hasn’t learnt yet, and most of the things and the advise he gives are pretty common sense deductions, this doesn’t mean that the book is boring or difficult to digest, since there is a peculiar sense of humor all over it, plus pretty cool black and white illustrations by Eugene Smith.
All these, along with a cute and cool paperback cover make The Sherlock Holmes handbook a perfect gift for a Holmes fan, and enjoyable and entertaining opportunity to immerse yourself in Holmes world and learn a thing or two about the world’s greatest detective. Enjoy!
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