The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes




This wonderful take on our favourite Sherlock Holmes stories is part of a new series called Classics Reimagined. For art and book lovers alike, these collectible titles are each illustrated by graphic artists and illustrators from around the world. Each artist offers their own unique visual interpretation of the most loved and read literature from renowned authors. The results are stunning!

I had been eyeing up this particular volume in my local Blackwells for some weeks before I bought it. Then payday came and it was mine! The cover is soft and luxurious, the pages thick and glossy, the artwork modern and thrilling and of course the twelve stories within are absolutely brilliant.

The 12 gripping crime stories in this book are:

  1. A Scandal in Bohemia
  2. The Red-Headed League
  3. A Case of Identity
  4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  5. The Five Orange Pips
  6. The Main with the Twisted Lip
  7. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
  8. The Adventure of the Speckled Band
  9. The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb
  10. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
  11. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
  12. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

Conan Doyle’s Holmes would only deal with the unusual or fantastic cases. He enjoyed experiences that combined the striking, the bizarre and the criminal. He saw applying his clever logic to help out the frantic characters that knocked at his Baker Street door, as his art. My favourite of these excellent tales was the Red-Headed League which presented Holmes with “quite the three pipe problem.” I also particularly enjoyed The Five Orange Pips and The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.

Reading twelve Sherlock stories one after the other made me realise what a winning formula Arthur Conan Doyle hit upon. Holmes’ unique investigation style always quick to beat Scotland Yard to solving the mystery; “when I have spun the web they may take the flies but not before.”

Excellent writing, beautiful artwork.

Other Classics Reimagined titles out now or coming soon:

Grimm’s Fairy tales

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Edgar Allan Poe

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Pride and Prejudice

Notes on the illustrator – Sophia Martineck:

  • Born in 1981, Berlin
  • Studied illustration in Berlin, New York City and Liverpool
  • Works as a freelance illustrator for New York Times, Le Monde and The Guardian etc.


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