Notable: The game's afoot

With a promising new incarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective dashing onto movie screens on Christmas Day, here are three recent books about the immortal Sherlock.

The Language of Bees (Bantam) by Laurie R. King is the latest in the author's excellent series of novels about Mary Russell, a young scholar who marries Holmes and joins his investigations; this time, the mystery hits very close to home.

Sherlock Holmes in America (Skyhorse), edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower, is an anthology of 14 new stories about the Victorian detective by contemporary mystery writers, such as Loren Estleman, Carolyn Wheat and Jon L. Breen.

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective (Quirk) by Ransom Riggs outlines tips for would-be sleuths on disguising yourself, decoding ciphers and outwitting criminal masterminds.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: The game's afoot 12/19/09 [Last modified: Saturday, December 19, 2009 3:30am]

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