The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Sherlock Holmes (Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companions)

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Providing an overview of all aspects of the life and times of the world-famous detective, Riley and McAllister offer interesting and entertaining information about the fictional sleuth. Along with the trivia and information, the authors insert historical background on Victorian England, a short biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and brief synopses of the Holmes stories. Additional chapters cover explanations of rank in the British nobility, drugs used in the era, and the wars mentioned in the stories. Several chapters make forays into understanding the psychology of Holmes, his personality, and his pleasures. One entire chapter reviews the various clubs dedicated to him. A crossword puzzle, a Sherlock Holmes Mystery Map of London, and around 200 black-and-white illustrations, including some from the stories and some of Victorian London, add to the fun.

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Dick Riley's novels and plays include collaboration on the best-selling Black Sunday (with Thomas Harris), Rite of Expiation, and the drama Middleman Out. He lives in White Plains, New York.Pam McAllister is the author of ten books, including three others in Continuum's Bedside, Bathtub &Armchair Companion series which she co-authored with Dick Riley, on Shakespeare (2001), Sherlock Holmes (1999), and Agatha Christie (1979). Her other books include Death Defying: Dismantling the Execution Machinery in 21st Century U.S.A. (Continuum, 2003) about ending capital punishment and two books about women's use of nonviolent action for social justice. In 1982, she edited the groundbreaking anthology Reweaving the Web of Life: Feminism and Nonviolence (New Society Publishers), which the Village Voice called "one of the most important books you'll ever read." She currently writes a column for The Progressive Christian magazine.

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One key element of a classic is the fact that it keeps being discovered with wonderment by new readers. Generations of mystery mavens first encountered the genre--in written or dramatic form--in the person of Sherlock Holmes, so this new celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle's canon should have appeal. The authors, who compiled a similar companion to Agatha Christie's work (1986), supply capsule descriptions of each tale; each includes data on first publication, a precis of the "principal predicament," a notable quote, and comments on the story's "notable feature" and "oddities and discrepancies." But this Holmes companion includes more: information about Doyle, Victorian England (and Holmes' London), the British empire, British government (remember Mycroft?), British peerage, British money, the stories' illustrators, actors who've portrayed Holmes and Watson, Sherlock Holmes societies around the world, and a half dozen other helpful subjects. Not an essential acquisition, but likely to circulate where Holmes remains a favorite fictional detective. Mary Carroll

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