The Great Detective (book)

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The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes
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First edition
AuthorZach Dundas
CountryUnited States
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
Media typePrint (hardback and paperback)
ISBN978-0544214040 1st edition, hardcover

The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes is a nonfiction book by Zach Dundas about Sherlock Holmes.

The book begins with the author's personal visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum[1] and then progresses chronologically[2] through an exploration of Sherlock Holmes fandom, Sherlockian Societies such as The Baker Street Irregulars, and the Sherlockian game[3]


Julia Knaus, writing for Transformative Works and Cultures, called the work "a fascinating read."[4] Clea Simon of The Boston Globe appreciated the scholarship but found Dundas' use of personal memoir as framing device to be "the least interesting thread."[3] Kirkus Reviews called it "A bright read for Sherlock’s fans."[5] Leslie S. Klinger, writing for the Los Angeles Review of Books, found Dundas' account of Holmesian history "skillful" and said of the book it "feels like a long conversation with a new friend."[6]

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  1. ^ "Book excerpt: 'The Great Detective' by Zach Dundas". Newsday. July 30, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Monty, Scott (August 15, 2015). "Episode 80: The Great Detective". I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Simon, Clea (June 22, 2015). "'The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes' by Zach Dundas". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Knaus, Julia (2017). "The Great Detective, by Zach Dundas; Gender and the modern Sherlock Holmes, edited by Nadine Farghaly; and Sherlock Holmes, edited by Alex Werner". Transformative Works and Cultures (23). doi:10.3983/twc.2017.0968. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Great Detective". Kirkus Reviews. March 2, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Klinger, Leslie S. (June 30, 2015). "On Looking into Sherlock Holmes". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved December 21, 2019.

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