Sunday, April 11, 2021

You've Got to Pitch a Pastiche or Two

 I've stated ELSEWHERE that I haven't read many Holmes pastiches yet, and why. But I'm curious, and not yellow. I'm interested in what are--not necessarily your favorite--but the one or two pastiches you would foist upon your best friend to hook then on Holmes pastiches forever. Your friend may or may not have ever read any any of the canon. 

I suppose I should stipulate that your choice should not feature Sherlock's brother, sister, wife, daughter or third cousin, at least not in a starring role, but should feature Sherlock Holmes himself, with or without Watson.

Nor, just in case you suspect me of dealing from the bottom of the deck, should your choice be my own pastiche, The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle. (Frankly, I'm being selfish. Once I've hung up my own spurs, I want a nice list of the best pastiches to turn to.)

As for myself, I still adore the first Holmes pastiche I ever read, the inspiration for my own work, Nicholas Meyers' The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which pairs the finest detectives of the 19th century, fictional and real,  Sherlock Holmes and Sigmund Freud, in a ripping yarn which also gives us insight into the shaping of Holmes's character.

So leave your choices in the comments (along with your reasons for them if you like) and I'll feature them in a future post. Thanks!


  1. Ten Years Beyond Baker Street by Cay Van Ash. 7 Percent Solution is a good one. My favorite Holmes pastiches are actually Derleth's Solar Pons, as the plots often seem like something Doyle might have written, but you wanted Holmes. I also really like Farmer's Adventure of the Peerless Peer, but it's somewhat comedic.

  2. What's the best Solar Pons to start with? Also, if you like comedic, you might want to check out my present Lagniappe selection.

  3. Start at the beginning. The first collection is "Regarding Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Solar Pons".


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