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Sherlock: The Casebook [Hardcover]

Guy Adams
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25 Oct 2012

This book is my humble attempt to shine a light on the work of the best and wisest I have ever known. He has, I think it is safe to say, elevated the science of detection into an art form. Having been at his side during some of his most remarkable cases, it has fallen to me to bring his achievements to the attention of the wider public. He is, quite simply, the Mozart of criminal investigation.

I would say more, but I am flattered and delighted to say that Sherlock Holmes himself has agreed to write a piece for the cover. John Watson


Don't buy this book. The author has transformed what should have been a series of lectures into a gross and tasteless entertainment. The science of deduction is a branch of human achievement requiring serious analysis and yet here I find it lavishly illustrated, disfigured with humour and infested with gossip.

Apparently, this kind of sensationalism is required to engage the interest of the reading public, but it is rather like working an office romance into a paper on quantum physics. Only an idiot would be impressed. Help yourself. Sherlock Holmes

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849904251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849904254
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A splendid tribute to the Great Detective and his re-imagining for the BBC in the 21st Century and the perfect stocking-filler for fans old and new...this is a treat." (Mike Ripley

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The ultimate - and official - guide to the BBC hit series Sherlock

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something every fan should own 6 Nov 2012
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When I first saw this being advertised for pre-order on Amazon, I wasn't sure whether to buy it or not. But I'm very glad it did. Because, as it turns out, Sherlock: The Casebook is much more than a simple tie-in guide to episodes of the TV show.

The casebook is basically split in to three main categories: sections talking about the creation of the different episodes, their adaption from the original stories, and the illusions and references to original canon contained in them; sections talking about the casting and creation of the characters; and finally, John's own hand-written casebook, or 'scrapbook', as Sherlock scathingly calls it - punctuated with (often rather amusing) sticky-note conversations between Sherlock and John - detailing the cases he and Sherlock have covered over the course of the two series.

The main reason this casebook is so brilliant is because, like with John's website, rather than simply re-writing the events that occur on screen and within the actual TV series, it instead builds on them. Namely in that it answers some of the niggling little questions that never had the time or opportunity to be answered within the actual episodes, and provides us with a little more insight in to the (not so blissfull) domestic lives of Sherlock and John. Ever wondered exactly what it was that Sherlock said to the judge during Moriarty's trial that got him thrown out for contempt? Why he has a human skull on his mantelpiece? What's with the antelope skull stuck to the wall, and why on earth is it wearing headphones? What did John have to eat at Angelo's? How do I contact 'Jim from IT'? Is John aware of his fanbase? How old are the characters? What story inspired Moriarty's ringtone?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent companion to the series 27 Oct 2012
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The Sherlock Casebook is quite a unique television companion as, instead of simple synopses of the episodes, it tells the plot through newspaper clippings, emails and quite hilarious post-it notes written by Watson and Sherlock commenting on the events they have "experienced".

The Sherlock Casebook also features interviews with the actors and writers and also has sections on Arthur Conan Doyle, the original Sherlock Holmes stories and the best Sherlock Holmes films and television series - the Basil Rathbone films, "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes", the Hammer version of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and the Jeremy Brett ITV series.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 29 Oct 2012
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This book is wonderful! In the original form of a scrapbook made by Doctor Watson about the cases he and Sherlock Holmes have worked on since they have met, it is filled with maps, police documents, crime scene photos, dialogue extracts and humorous Post-it Notes written by John, Sherlock, Mrs. Hudson and Mycroft. There are also pages about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, interviews of Mark Gentis, Steven Moffat, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, an exploration of the 221B Baker Street flat, the history of the evolution of 'Sherlock Holmes' through TV and movies - and there is, of course, John's retelling the fatal case of the 'Reichenbach Fall'... But may I suggest you to take a look at the LAST page of the book? ;o)
All in one: a very good casebook, perfect to make us wait until season 3!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in LOVE with this casebook. 9 Dec 2012
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I'd like to begin by saying I was very surprised with how well-made this casebook turned out to be. When I purchased it I thought it would be a book full of halfhearted comments about the six episodes of the TV programme that I had already analysed countless times myself. I thought the book itself would be slapdash at best. I could not have been more wrong. The writers and artists of this casebook evidently put a ton of heart and time and care and effort into its creation.

Without spoiling its contents, I can tell you that Sherlock: The Casebook is definitely worth a read. It's filled with new, quirky little facts about the show and what goes on behind its scenes; it includes quotes from the show's directors and writers, Steve Moffat and Mark Gatiss, as well as lead actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; it provides an in-depth exploration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's life and the publication of his original short stories; and last but not least, it includes the much anticipated notes of John Watson and his verging on psychopathic flatmate, Sherlock Holmes.

Even though I've watched both seasons of the show time and time again, the ending never fails to utterly crush me. And the casebook does just that, as well. Reading John's last entry was like reliving the first time I watched The Reichenbach Fall. I am not ashamed to admit than many tears were shed that night. Though the book itself is a light read, the notes that Sherlock and John wrote to each other throughout the book really bring a new perspective to their friendship and make them seem so much more real. Additionally, the facts and quotes by the producers are nowhere near redundant. Everything in this book brings clarity to specific aspects of the show, it characters, and its storylines.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the TV series! 24 Oct 2012
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This book does not disappoint! With pages on the tv series, the canon books, and quotes from the actors and writers of Sherlock. It is witty, informative and definitely worth a purchase!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great snippets
My 14 year old daughter adores Sherlock and hasn't put this book down since she started it. I would recommend it for anyone who is a dedicated fan and likes all the inside info.
Published 27 days ago by Poya
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for any Sherlock fan
I'm sure it has all been said already. If you love Sherlock, you should get this book. Detail, fun, notes and jokes - as well as the soul-crushing final two pages make this a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hester Lyons
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
If you like the serie it is fun to have this book, you will enjoy it, good pictures, good presentation.
Published 1 month ago by Marcela
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it !!
Although the delivery was delayed, I received my casebook in proper condition .. As in there wasn't any torn cover or anything. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kripa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Casebook for me
beautifully displayed, wonder facts, I joy to read, and lovely photos,a book to look at again and again, well worth the price.
Published 4 months ago by jan townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any Sherlock fan
While it unfortunately lacks information on series 3 (make a new edition, BBC!), you seriously need this book if you like Sherlock. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alex S
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
se how you favourite series is made a behind the scenes look at how Sherlock is made in this up to date adaptation of a true favourite
Published 5 months ago by Mr. J. Swayne
5.0 out of 5 stars sherlock the casebook review
this a good hard-back book for all sherlock fans. it covers series 1 and 2 and has good quality photos and information. i bought mine as a gift.
Published 5 months ago by dj glavey
3.0 out of 5 stars Elementary
Interesting but not quite what I'd been hoping for with some background to the production of the series, but not much, so a bit disappointing.
Published 5 months ago by R. Nipper
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!!
It's a beautiful book, not only in presentation but also in content, It contains comments about the series and Sherlock's and John's post its are hilarious
Published 5 months ago by Dulce Cerón
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