FROM HOLMES TO SHERLOCK, by Mattias Bostrom, Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic/Publishers Group West


Everyone knows Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a unique literary character who has remained popular for over a century and is appreciated more than ever today. But what made this fictional character, dreamed up by a small-town English doctor in the 1880s, into such a lasting success, despite the author’s own attempt to escape his invention?

In From Holmes to Sherlock, Swedish author and Sherlock Holmes expert Mattias Boström recreates the full story behind the legend for the first time. From a young Arthur Conan Doyle sitting in a Scottish lecture hall taking notes on his medical professor’s powers of observation to the pair of modern-day fans who brainstormed the idea behind the TV sensation Sherlock, from the publishing world’s first literary agent to the Georgian princess who showed up at the Conan Doyle estate and altered a legacy, the narrative follows the men and women who have created and perpetuated the myth. It includes tales of unexpected fortune, accidental romance, and inheritances gone awry, and tells of the actors, writers, readers, and other players who have transformed Sherlock Holmes from the gentleman amateur of the Victorian era to the odd genius of today. Told in fast-paced, novelistic prose, From Holmes to Sherlock is a singular celebration of the most famous detective in the world—a must-read for newcomers and experts alike.

Out August 2017

497 pages approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I absolutely love the work of Sir Arthur Conon Doyle. He is a gifted story-teller and anything about him or his work is devoured as soon as I can get my hands on it.  So I was excited when PGW sent me this book to review.

Firstly, this is one huge book and a bit intimidating to say the least. It’s also a translation piece.

The creation of Sherlock Holmes was written and developed, flawed enough to make him so very real in 1887. From there, many books, adaptations, movies, more movies and more books have been written/conceived, keeping the love of Sherlock Holmes alive for over 130 years.

What has kept Sherlock Holmes popular all this time?  Mattias Bostrom delves deeply into the people responsible for this character’s continued popularity.  The book is informative and an outstanding narrative, breaking down the answers to the aforementioned questions, writing his breakdown like a mystery with a clear and precise resolution.  Well-researched and laid out explicitly, Bostrom accomplishes a remarkable piece to equally be loved and shared among fans of Sherlock Holmes/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I even loved the cover of my ARC.

I gave his work:


five star rating

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