Librivox Mystery Bookshelf
No character in mystery fiction, perhaps in all
fiction, has become as archetypal than Sherlock Holmes, created in 1887 by
Arthur Conan Doyle. The "consulting detective" appeared in 4 novels
and 56 short stories. Almost immediately, Holmes inspired imitators,
pastiches and parodies. See the Doyle and
His School page for other mystery work by Arthur Conan Doyle. (see
discussion of Doyle's work.)
Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet - Novel
Sign of the Four - Novel
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Short story collection
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Short story collection
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Novel
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Short story collection
The Valley of Fear - Novel
His Last Bow - Short story collection
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes - Short story collection
A friend of Doyle, Robert Barr wrote one of the first Holmes parodies, The Adventures Of Sherlaw Kombs in 1892 and followed it up in 1904 with The Adventure Of The Second Swag. They are the last two recordings in this collection.
The first chapter of Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock's Nonsense Novels is a parody entitled Maddened by Mystery: or, The Defective Detective.
Mark Twain parodies Holmes in A Double Barreled Detective Story.
French author Maurice LeBlanc had his gentleman-burglar Arsene Lupin meet up with Holmes in the last story in the Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin. After Doyle objected to the use of his character, LeBlanc called the character Herlock Sholmes in later uses. Sholmes appears slightly in The Hollow Needle.
- Mike Grost's recommended reading
- A Hayworth-Queen Cornerstone
- Link to etext
- Available on Amazon.com