The game is afoot
Despite the current lawsuits over who has rights to the immortal Sherlock Holmes, here are three new books about the Great Detective.
The Baker Street Translation (Minotaur) by Michael Robertson is the third novel in a series about two contemporary brothers who have a law office at London's 221B Baker St. — Holmes' address — and find themselves responding to letters sent there.
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking) by Maria Konnikova is a psychologist's intriguing look at Holmes' mental strategies and the neuroscience of his methods — with tips on how to learn to use them yourself.
The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics (Oxford University Press) by James O'Brien is a chemistry professor's analysis of Holmes' knowledge and application of chemistry, mathematics, biology and physics.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor