The Great Detective Appears on the Scene… early

September 24th, 2009 • Kate

SHolmesIf you’re at all like me, you’re totally looking forward to Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. (And if you’re not, why not?) Well, kt literary client Ransom Riggs‘ new book The Sherlock Holmes Handbook, meant to be a fantastic companion to the movie, has made an early appearance on bookshelves, and is available NOW! I feel like knowing the basics of the best Sherlock Holmes stories is like being in a secret club, that’ll allow you to watch the movie and whisper to your friends, “That’s based on the Hound of the Baskervilles” or “You know, that character first appeared in A Scandal in Bohemia.” Plus! The book provides helpful advice to be a detective yourself, in the style of The Action Heroine’s Handbook (want to know how to run in a corset and heels? Read the book!)

For CSI fans, learn how to analyze footprints and bullet evidence! For the more action-oriented, learn how to defend yourself like Holmes, or outwit a criminal mastermind! (My guess? Pie.) And under the always necessary life skills, take Sherlock’s advice on how to stage a dramatic entrance (like, two months early), manage children (opium?), and deal with women.

Honestly, I don’t know how I survived without this book for this long.

If I haven’t mentioned it previously, Ransom is multi-talented. Besides being an author and amazing photographer (I swear, my next head shot will be by him!), he’s also a filmmaker. Perhaps you’ve heard of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters? Then maybe you saw his trailer for the book. If not, enjoy!

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5 Responses to “The Great Detective Appears on the Scene… early”

  1. Susan Says:

    LOVE! I was a total Holmes fanatic when I was about 14. Knew all the stories backward and forward. Had all the "other" books, movie tie-ins, comics, etc. I even wanted (and never got) a deerstalker. In fact, I was just looking at a newer Holmes comic the other day, remembering all this. Jeremy Brett will forever rule, but I'm looking forward to the new movie.

  2. Julia Says:

    I am such a fan! Of both Sherlock Holmes (have The Complete Sherlock Holmes, of course!) and of RDJ. I can hardly wait for the movie! Although, I do think Jeremy Brett WAS SH. Then again, I kinda felt that way about Basil Rathbone, too. *sigh* What a treat to have several "Holmes" to choose from!

  3. Karen Says:

    OMG! I can not WAIT for the new Sherlock Holmes movie! Everytime I see the trailer,I get excited all over again. And I can't stop laughing at Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

    Oh, and Kate, did you see Bones tonight? Brennan's publisher gave her a Rolex! Now,(when I get a publisher) I want a Lexus, a Rolex AND Jensen Ackles!

  4. Sara Raasch Says:

    Every time I see the Sherlock Holmes trailer, I squeal a little bit.

    And DUDE that trailer for "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" was genius!

  5. Jenny Says:

    Oh the hurt of trying to hold in hysterics in the silent library. This is brilliant!