The San Diego Comic-Con is officially upon us and, as you’d expect, with it comes a slew of mind-blowing announcements. Not the least of which is sure to be an update on the series that made Benedict Cumberbatch a star, Sherlock. Now if you haven’t been watching this show, you really need to pull a Dr. Phil and get a hold of your life.
Fans are hungry for any information they can get on Season 4 and, hopefully Comic-Con will bring with it many Doyle-esque revelations. More likely what we’ll get is a trailer for the upcoming special set in Victorian London.
Regardless, it will be a while before we get any new, substantive Sherlock content. So we here at BookTrib thought we’d do you a solid by giving you three books to wet your whistle until then.
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice/Dreaming Spies by Mary Russell (Picador)
Our first entry comes from a 13 book-long series that transplants Sherlock Holmes to the early 1900s. There he and the series’ protagonist Mary Russell meet and venture on a long string of thrilling adventures that Doyle himself would surely approve. The series has taken us to some unexpected places, but always promises to deliver the sort of intrigue and mystery we’ve all come to expect from Sherlockian tales. If you’re already a fan of the series, you’ll be glad to know that the latest entry, Dreaming Spies, came out only a few months ago and features a delightful little mystery set in the land of the rising sun.
The Fjällbacka Series by Camilla Läckberg (Free Press)
Don’t let the fact that you can’t pronounce the title of the series dissuade you, this five-book set is very much worth your while. If you’re a fan of the dark, cold world of Stieg Larsson, you’ll feel right at home with this creepy series. Personally, I’ve got to say this series features some of the most intense, unforgettable imagery you’re likely to find anywhere. And, if you like it, you’ll be happy to know that the sixth installment is set to release this autumn on September 15.
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene (Vintage Classics; Centenary edition)
I’m not going to lie here, my favorite character in Sherlock isn’t Sherlock himself. Nor is it his right-hand, John Watson or the cast of very well-developed side-characters like Molly Hooper or Anderson. My favorite character is the recently “deceased” villain from seasons one and two, Jim Moriarty, played by Andrew Scott. In that spirit, I’ve included this classic which features a villain who is, I imagine, a fair parallel to Moriarty during his teenage years. Brighton Rock features anti-hero Pinkie Brown (emphasis on ‘anti’), a teenage gangster and absolute poster-child for sociopathy. Pinkie further complicates the dark mob underworld in this classic with his constant juxtaposition of Roman Catholic tenants. He maintains that only God may judge him and thus he will not pay on this earth for his wanton violence, which makes the appearance of his primary opposing force in the novel all the more surprising. Brighton Rock is one of those novels I keep going back to year after year, mostly for Pinkie himself who proves just as interesting as Scott’s Moriarty.