Today is the launch of a very interesting book. 'Sherlock and Irene' tells the secret truth behind A Scandal In Bohemia, through the eyes of Sherlockian expert (and writer for The Strand magazine) Chris Chan.
From the back cover:
"To Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler is "the woman." In "A Scandal in Bohemia," she defeated him in his attempt to retrieve an incriminating photograph of the King of Bohemia. Or did she? In the tradition of "The Great Game," this book will explore the unanswered questions in "A Scandal in Bohemia," illustrating that there is much more to the case than is generally suspected.
Why did Holmes make so many elementary mistakes? Was Holmes really a cocaine user? Was the King of Bohemia hiding a dark secret? Why was the photograph so dangerous? Why was Irene Adler in such a hurry to get married? Was Irene Adler really a blackmailer? These and more questions will be answered by studying the clues and contradictions in the original story, which lead to a shocking conclusion. Holmes was actually one step ahead of Adler, and he deliberately convinced the world that he had failed in his mission in order to play a long game to save Europe from the schemes of a dangerous villain!"
The book is released today and available from this site, and all good bookstores including: