Book Review - The Art of Sherlock Holmes Global II

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Sherlock Holmes Society of London

A fourth volume in Phil Growick’s continuing project to commission original artwork to illustrate a range of new Sherlock Holmes stories. As with the earlier volumes, a share of the proceeds from the book goes to Stepping Stones School at Undershaw, the Happy Life Children’s Home in Nairobi, and the American Cancer Society.

This is a sumptuous book, featuring thirteen stories with accompanying artwork produced in a variety of colourful mediums from artists across the globe. The stand-out works for me were three oil on canvas creations by Jolanda Richter (illustrating Tony Reynolds, ‘The Adventure of the Medium’), Davide Querin (for Nick Cardillo’s ‘The Adventure of the Burning Man’), and William Oxer (for Robert Perret’s ‘The Mystery of the Change of Art’). The tales in the book are no less colourful, intriguing and satisfying, and include contributions from some recognisable names: David Marcum, Mike Hogan, Daniel Victor and others. While all of the narratives are well chosen, my personal favourites were ‘The Case of the Cursed Clock’ (Gayle Lange Puhl), ‘Harbinger of Death’ (Geri Schear) and ‘The Coffee House Girl’ (David Marcum).

A worthy project and an inspiring blend of creativity.


The Art of Sherlock Holmes Global II is available from this site.

Also available from:

Amazon USA    Amazon UK      Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)



The 4th Art of Sherlock Holmes Collection

Artists and authors in this edition from Italy, Poland, UK, USA, Finland, Portugal, Oman, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Egypt, Canada, Austria and Morocco.

The Art of Sherlock Holmes Global Edition 2 is truly unique. While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written before our four volumes, The Art of Sherlock Homes-West Palm Beach, USA and Global 1 and 2, there had never been volumes where Holmes short stories were interpreted by such accomplished artists.

In this second Global edition, thirteen world-class artists have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist. Whether the interpretations be from the forms of surrealist, contemporary, realist, digital, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable. Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story.

The thirteen stories herein range from the impossibly baffling (except for Holmes) to the humorous, paranormal, or simply intellectually intricate. You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make delicious Holmes meals of mystery. But please remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. So, we hope you’ll appreciate each creation for what it is: an inimitable interpretation of a truly unique Holmes story.

And for those of you who get lost in abstract art, our abstract artists have provided an explanation of what their art means in relation to the story they’ve interpreted.


Created and curated by Phil Growick

Stories edited by David Marcum

Compiled by Steve Emecz

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