The story of the most famous detective in the world; a fast-paced and exciting living portrait of a phenomenon and icon of popular culture.
Mattias Bostroem is a Swedish writer and Sherlock Holmes expert. He was elected into the exclusive Sherlock Holmes association Baker Street Irregulars in 2007.
'All you ever wanted to know about Sherlock Holmes ... A superb
piece of detailed scholarship, clearly a labour of love for the
author and, most importantly of all, is as readable as a good
thriller' Shots Magazine.
'If you love Sherlock Holmes, you'll love this book ... The best account of Baker Street mania ever written ... What Bostroem has accomplished supremely well is to relate, as his subtitle proclaims, 'the story of the men and women who created an icon.' In effect, he shows us how Sherlock Holmes enchanted the world' Michael Dirda, Washington Post.
'A timely overview of the great detective's actual genesis and multiple transformation as a mass cultural icon ... Riveting ... Bostroem has expertly unearthed entertaining instances of the sleuth's diverse appearances in all media, throughout the world ... [A] wonderfully entertaining history' Michael Saler, Wall Street Journal.
'A comprehensive history of the iconic detective' Choice Magazine.
'A phenomenal achievement in Sherlockian scholarship. It is packed with detail, both the well known and the obscure, while still being eminently readable' Nudge Book.
'"Reads like fiction" is a cliche that's hard to avoid in describing this engrossing narrative full of quirky characters and twists and turns of plot. The 497 pages of text, followed by 100 pages of notes and index, fly by' The Sherlock Holmes Journal.
'Bostroem's richly detailed, yet lively work is essential reading for all true Holmesians' Guardian.
'A fascinating account of an astonishing literary phenomenon' Historical Novel Society.