Friday, 6 March 2015

The #London Walks Reading List No.5: Sherlock Holmes

We've asked London Walks Guides & London Walkers to recommend a favourite book or story, and we've also raided the archives here at The Daily Constitutional to bring a rich and varied selection of London-themed and London-set reading matter.

Whether you live here in London, work here, play here or if you are in the throws of planning a trip to visit us here, these are the books you need to read. As usual, you can give us a shout with your own recommendations – thrillers, literary classics, biographies, anthologies, anything! – at the usual email address, via Twitter or Facebook, or simply leave a comment below.





London Walks' resident Sherlock Holmes ace Richard IV. spoils us with not one but FIVE recommendations for  Sherlock Holmes stories…


“I thought I'd pick five Holmes stories," he explains, "one from each of the collections, each of which has a strong London connection."






1. The Blue Carbuncle

The perfect seasonal tale, with Covent Garden, Bow Street, the British Museum and a missing jewel.


2. The Greek Interpreter

The clubland of St James's, the lodgings of Sherlock's brilliant brother, and a kidnapping and murder plot.


3. The Second Stain

Murder in Westminster and visit from the Prime Minister as a vital letter goes missing.


4. The Dying Detective

From the East End docks to ‘something nutritious’ at Simpson's in the Strand as Holmes and Watson trap a ruthless poisoner.


5. The Illustrious Client

An attack on Holmes in Regent Street, a trip to Charing Cross Hospital, and research for Watson at the London Library on the trail of the lethal Baron Gruner.”



Meet Richard IV at Embankment Station every Friday at 2.00p.m to follow In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes. Here he is discussing Sherlock on the London Walks Podcast…











POST UPDATED 8/10/16

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