Sherlock: the Casebook, a review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. As you all know by now, I’m a huge fan of the BBC TV series Sherlock, and last time I was in London I picked up this book at Forbidden Planet. Oh my, they do have lovely stuff over there.


I read it and now you guys want a review. Ok, I’ll oblige, but beware for spoilers as always, although you can’t really give away spoilers for this book. I do recommend however, that if you want to read this book, you should watch the first two seasons of Sherlock. It’s only six episodes (hear the fangirl in me sobbing about only six) and one of the most brilliant shows on TV at the moment.

About the book:

  • Title: Sherlock: the Casebook
  • Author: Guy Adams (and Dr. John Watson)
  • Info: hardcover, 160 pages
  • ISBN 13: 9781849904254




Synopsis according to Goodreads:

The first official guide to the BBC hit series Sherlock.
Fans of Sherlock Holmes will already be familiar with The Great Game — in which all characters and events in the novels are assumed real and discussed accordingly. BBC hit Sherlock has brought Conan Doyle’s legendary detective to a whole new audience and Sherlock: The Casebook is The Great Game for the next generation. This is no ordinary guide.
Each case is brought to life on the page and re-examined through Dr Watson’s blog, Inspector Lestrade’s police reports, newspaper articles about the crimes, Sherlock’s detective notes and any other surviving clues from the cases.
Interspersed amongst the evidence are exclusive interviews with the stars of the show, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Rupert Graves, writers and co-creators Mark 51eRXtojwuL__SX285_Gatiss and Steven Moffat and the production team on everything from writing the scripts and bringing the characters to life on screen to set design and production.
This is a multi-dimensional companion to Sherlock and a glorious tribute to the world-famous detective.

My thoughts:

5184uvMoYcL__SX285_This is brilliant, just brilliant. The book is presented as a sort of scrapbook made by John Watson. Where he gathered all the information about the cases from the TV series. It’s filled with photo’s notes, newspaper clippings, police reports and sticky notes. The sticky notes are scrambled with comments John makes about the cases and more sticky notes where Sherlock himself comments on John’s comments, and a bit more sticky notes with Mycroft’s threads on it.

What’s not to love about that! It’s funny, witty, brilliant, amusing and amazing. Guy Adams did a wonderful job with capturing the characters of Watson and Holmes on the notes.

After each case presented by John Watson we get some background info from the actors and producers themselves. A bit of in dept of the choices they made for each episode but also 51Z7RfN+D0L__SX285_more background information in the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories. That makes this book all the more valuable for me and other fans.

It’s the perfect gift for every Sherlock fan out there and an absolute must to have in your bookcase. And on a side note, thanks Guy, for letting me cry all over again after the last case, the Reichenbach fall. For John’s comments he makes… Clearly the man spend too much time with Moffat and Gatiss to rip out my heart again. But that’s the burden we Sherlock fans have to carry.

51idhT8NLFL__SX285_With not much Sherlock merchandise out there this is the perfect book to spend the really long hiatus between season 2 and season 3 and I can only hope we get another casebook after season 3 and season 4 (please let there be a season 4, Benedict Cumberbatch commissioned it, now we need it confirmed!)

Buttons, aka buy the book:


My ratings:

How can I not give 5 out of 5 stars for this book? It’s everything a Sherlockian wants for Christmas, or his or her birthday, or just as a present for yourself. As a fan, you need this book, period!


About hotcutegirlygeek

Hi I’m Mendy, 30, live in the Netherlands together with my lovely cat Sir James. I’m a social worker who works with drug addicts and homeless people by day and a geek, avid blogger and aspiring author by heart. I read, write, blog, bake and create. More about Hot Cute Girly Geek

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