The Sherlock Holmes Handbook

By Ransom Riggs; Eugene Smith (Illustrator)
(Quirk Books, Hardcover, 9781594744297, 224pp.)

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

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“My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know.”
This reader’s companion to the casework of Sherlock Holmes explores the methodology of the world’s most famous consulting detective. From analyzing fingerprints and decoding ciphers to creating disguises and faking one’s own death, readers will learn how Holmes solved his most celebrated cases—plus an arsenal of modern techniques available to today’s armchair sleuths. Along the way, readers will discover a host of trivia about the master detective and his universe: Why did Holmes never marry? How was the real Scotland Yard organized? Was cocaine really legal back then? And why were the British so terrified of Australia? Full of fascinating how-to skills and evocative illustrations, The Sherlock Holmes Handbook will appeal to Baker Street Irregulars of all ages.

About the Author

Ransom Riggs has coauthored several books of what he likes to call “pop nonfiction,” including the trivia-centric tomes Scatterbrained and The Beginning of Everything. He’s a regular contributor to and blogger for mental_floss magazine, and when he’s not unearthing fascinating-but-obscure miscellany, he’s lying for a living as an award-winning filmmaker in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Abbi. You can stalk him on the Web at

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