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The Sherlock Holmes Handbook Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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About the Author

Ransom Riggs is the author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk, 2011), a New York Times best seller with more than 2 million copies sold, as well as its best-selling sequel, Hollow City (Quirk, 2013). Translation rights have been sold to more than 25 territories worldwide. He lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744297
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Broderick VINE VOICE on March 14, 2010
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The book consists of short articles on items such as "how to search a dead body" or "how to survive a plunge over a waterfall", "how to sniff out a hoax", "how to stage a dramatic entrance" and the most mind-boggling, "How to outwit a criminal mastermind". Each one of these receives three to six of the rather small pages on the book, and in those pages the author describes incidents where Holmes did that particular thing, and makes a few comments on how such a thing might have been done in Victorian times. Most of the book is made up of these brief articles. At the end, there are brief sections of five pages or so with a biography of Doyle, Holmes quotes, and a few words about The Canon as a whole. note that you can look at the table of contents under "search inside this book" above.

The book is worth the low price, it's an entertaining brief read, and the numerous short articles would make it a good bathroom book for a Holmes fan. The author knows his subject, and I suspect I'd love to sit and talk and (mostly) listen to him in a discussion of Holmes and his times. But there's nothing profound or insightful here. I'm baffled at the numerous five-star reviews.
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There is another Sherlock Holmes Hanbook out there, but this is the one to get if you wish to study Holmes's methods. The material and illustrations are excellent, but the book's design is outstanding. I love the size, color, cover design, everything makes it look like it might have come from 1890.
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By KazKooz on October 27, 2012
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This book is a MUST BUY item for any Sherlock Holmes fanatic. I can't say it'll make you as intelligent as Homes, but it is most certainly an interesting read. It holds information that'll give you tips on how to look at very simple things in a much more exciting and complicated way.
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Ransom Riggs has abridged the Sherlock Holmes experience into something digestible in a single lunch break. There are codebreaking tips, ways to outwit criminal masterminds and their henchmen. I especially enjoyed reading about Holmes' eclectic and myriad disguises (hint: a life-size statue of yourself is a brilliant prop, although most people will find this out of their price range).

Need to fake your death? No problem. But if you can't reach a ledge near the cliff, aim for deep water and rush for the shore. Do everything you can to maximise your chances of survival. Never make contact with even your closest friends and confidantes. They may inadvertently reveal your survival to your enemies with an unconscious facial expression. Best to lie very, very low (underground in another continent, if possible) until everything blows over.

There are even brief insights into two notorious criminals who ran the London underworld to a large extent (one of these was a corrupt cop who used his connections to "return" stolen property and dispense lenient sentences to his pickpocket underlings).

Dealing with women, children and royalty must be done with the utmost care. The nuances of French princes will differ from that of African sovereigns and Arabian sultans, and you insult them at your own peril. Women can reach zeniths of ire upon betrayal, so fabricate affairs and engagements with velvet gloves. Children should never be looked down upon. They can betray you just as easily as adults can, but they can be peerless sources of information and exemplary spies. They can hide in plain sight and eavesdrop without attracting too much unwanted attention. This introduction to Psychology 101 is fun for all ages.
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This is really a fun book for Sherlock fans. The author has taken details from the stories and sort of deduced personality traits of the detective. Sort of an insight into the detective that can be surmised using his own methods.
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Ransom Riggs artfully guides the reader through the deductive and intellective realm of Holmes. Eugene Smith's illustrations compliment Riggs' discourse perfectly. After reading this clever book, I longed to visit a 19th century crime scene. I highly recommend that you purchase this book.
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I loved this handbook and I also love this author. This book is for the more than casual Holmes fan but not for the expert Holmes fan. It is filled with interesting facts such as Sherlock never said elementary my dear Watson. The book is very high quality - the covers a beautiful linen red. It also feels heavy for its small size making it a joy to read.
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While the book is aimed at a specific audience of Sherlock Holmes buffs with references to his stories; it nevertheless puts a slant on his methods and character that would illuminate the uninitiated. However it is not just about detective skills but about life and survival in a world of computers. Where you still think for yourself without the aid of electricity..
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