A Slight Trick of the Mind

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A Slight Trick of the Mind
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AuthorMitch Cullin
PublisherNan A. Talese/Doubleday
Publication date
April 2005
Preceded byUnderSurface
Followed byThe Post-War Dream

A Slight Trick of the Mind is the seventh book by American author Mitch Cullin.


The tale is that of Sherlock Holmes, elderly and unable to walk without a cane, as his memory begins to fail. He lives with a housekeeper and her son, and talks to the son about his life before he forgets it entirely.


It was first published in April 2005 as a hardcover edition from Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,[1] and during the same month an unabridged audiobook version read by Simon Jones was released on both compact disc and cassette by Highbridge Audio.[2] A trade paperback edition was published in May 2006 by Anchor Books/Random House.[3]


The audiobook edition by Mitch Cullin won the Audio Publishers Association's 2006 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction.[4]

Film adaptation[edit]

On 5 September 2013, it was announced that the book would be adapted into a film with Ian McKellen as Holmes. Bill Condon would direct, and Jeffrey Hatcher would adapt the screenplay.[5] The film was released on 19 June 2015 under the title Mr. Holmes.