If 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!