Read Like Sherlock Holmes

Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day on May 22 by reading like the beloved fictional detective. Here are some titles that Sherlock might have enjoyed.

Sherlock Holmes was a bit ahead of his time in employing forensics on the pages of Arthur Conan Doyle's books before it became popular with professional detectives and police forces. It has been suggested that Holmes had an influence on the development of criminal investigation and forensic techniques, so we're sure he would have been very interested in Val McDemid's Forensics, a look into the history and science of the techniques used to solve crimes.

The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements would have appealed to Sherlock's passion for chemistry. This collection of fascinating stories related to the elements on the periodic table is informative and highly entertaining. 

It would not be surprising to find Holmes, a fine violinist, reading up on the topic with The Violin.

Holmes occasionally used cocaine and morphine, which were popular drugs at the time. Watson viewed Holmes' use of these drugs as problematic, and it's not difficult to imagine him putting Never Enough into the hands of his friend. 

Another book Watson may have passed along to Holmes is The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up. He "keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very centre of his wooden mantelpiece," Watson noted.