Mystery writer Laurie R. King has been keeping Sherlock Holmes alive in her highly acclaimed series of novels, pairing him with a character of her own creation: Mary Russell, a young sleuth with a dramatic past who eventually becomes Holmes's wife. Dreaming Spies is the thirteenth book in the series, but while this adventure fills some holes in King's timeline, its main story stands alone and can be read without having read the other volumes.
Traveling around the world on a steamer ship, Holmes and Russell find themselves face-to-face with a blackmailer and a mysterious young Japanese woman, Haruki, who seems to be hiding something. The detectives plan a stop in Japan and ask Haruki to tutor them in the language and local customs, but they quickly become involved in a scheme that's about more than just blackmail. Lies, forgeries, and secrets at the highest level follow them back to England in a story that offers not only an engaging mystery but a fascinating look at life in Japan. - Michelle (Sunset)
Baker Street's most famous fictional resident has made numerous modern appearances in addition to King's series. Other books that revisit Sherlock Holmes include The Italian Secretary, A Slight Trick of the Mind, and Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years. Anthony Horowitz is the first writer to be officially authorized by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to continue his work, and has written two Holmes mysteries, The House of Silk and Moriarty. Doyle's original works can also be enjoyed in various formats, including a recent series of graphic novels adapted for young readers.