Why would you want to read The Art of Sherlock Holmes? Let’s think. You might be a fan of the Great Detective, in which case there are fifteen wonderful stories to entice you. You might be beguiled by the art of the fifteen artists whose work enhances each tale. You might simply like an unusual coffee table book that will catch the eye and be sure to start a conversation. Be careful, though, this is the sort of book that an untrustworthy guest might try to slip beneath his trench coat when he leaves…
The Art of Sherlock Holmes is the brain child of Phil Growick, the author of two Sherlock Holmes novels, The Secret Journal of Doctor Watson, and its sequel, The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes, as well as many short stories. In addition to being a committed Holmes fan, Phil is a resolute supporter of the arts. Indeed, he currently serves as Chairman of Art in Public Places for the City of West Palm Beach. In this, one hopes the first collection of many, he brings his passions together. What makes The Art of Sherlock Holmes unique? Phil tells us:
“While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written (even a
few of mine), there never has been a volume where Holmes short stories are interpreted by some of the most accomplished artists in the world.
In this first local edition, fifteen artists who live or create in West Palm Beach
have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist.
Whether the interpretations be from the forms of abstract, contemporary, realist, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable. Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story.
The book is full of wonderful stories, fifteen in all, each illustrated by extraordinary works of art. Many of my favourite Holmes’ writers are here, such as the always reliable Derrick Belanger and David Marcum. There are some cracking Christmas stories, a great yarn with the redoubtable Doctor Watson at centre stage, and many more. For me, the stand out is Spencer Perkins’ The Deadly Soldier. No, no hints. You’ll have to read it for yourself.
As to the art work, well, there is something for every taste from the wistful and alluring, to steampunk and intriguing. Some of the pictures come with puzzles of their own, just in case the stories weren’t enough to thrill you.
Available now from MX Publishing, The Art of Sherlock Holmes is a masterpiece.