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Holmes books without Holmes

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Août 26, 2006, 3:13pm

Has anyone read the Mycroft Holmes novels by Quinn Fawcett? It's been a long time, but I remember enjoying the glimpses of Sherlock's older brother and the more main character Guthrie. Against the Brotherhood is the first, I believe. Fawcett also wrote two (?) books featuring one of Holmes ancestors, Madame Vernet. Again, it's been ages since I read it, but I enjoyed it enough to wish that there were more in the series.

Are there any other Holmes books that don't feature Holmes directly that you like?

Sep 20, 2006, 7:06pm

Does Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose count, with its William of Baskerville and Adso (or Adson) of Melk?

Because I really loved that book... and the hommage to Conan Doyle was obvious.

Sep 21, 2006, 7:43am

well, chamekke, perhaps that would be stretching it a bit too far, even though I agree with you in the fact that Eco obviously admires Conan Doyle.

Modifié : Sep 27, 2006, 1:45pm

Does The List of 7 by Mark Frost count? Cheesy and trashy as it is, I love this book. I thought the sequel was atrocious, but 7 is ridiculously angsty and involves Doyle meeting a mysterious fellow named Jack Sparks who has oh-so-similar qualities to our Mr. Holmes and getting involved in an absurd spiritualist-related mystery. I recommend it for pure escapist weirdness.

Mar 22, 2007, 1:49pm

The Patient's Eyes by David Pirie is a book I read a long time ago starring Dr. Joseph Bell (the real life inspiration for Holmes) as a Holmes'-like detective and Conan Doyle as the Watson figure.

I don't remember much about it, but it may be worth checking out.

According to LibraryThing, "The Night Calls" and "The Dark Waters" also feature Dr. Bell and Dr. Doyle.

Juin 4, 2007, 6:59pm

Enter the Lion: A Posthumous Memoir of Mycroft Holmes is enjoyable. Sherlock is involved, but Mycroft is front and center.

I wish the Quinn Fawcett team would write more Mycroft books! They also wrote some Ian Fleming novels, but the reviews on those are lukewarm.

The Mme. Vernet mysteries that I know of are Death Wears a Crown and Napoleon Must Die.

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