10 Books for the May #WotNReadingChallenge

2020 WOTN Reading Challenge

Your May 2020 #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt Is…

You’d be hard-pressed to find a person in the English-speaking world who has not heard of Sherlock Holmes. Even though Arthur Conan Doyle famously thought little of his detective, he lives on over a hundred years later. In honor of Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday this month (22 May), let’s read books featuring his most known creation. In fact, our May #WotNReadingChallenge prompt is “A book featuring Sherlock Holmes that was not written by Arthur Conan Doyle.” Honestly, it’s unclear whether ACD would have been glad to give up the reins, so he might not be rolling over in his grave! 

A Quick Note on Book Access Tips

I know it’s difficult to get books at home, especially since Amazon is slowing “non-essential” deliveries. You can likely order hard-copy books from, or directly from your local bookstore. Additionally, check to see if your library uses Overdrive, Libby, Hoopla, or another ebook lending service. Stay safe!

10 Possibilities for Your May #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt

From Holmes to Sherlock by Mattias Boström

Mattias Boström – From Holmes to Sherlock

A nonfiction account regarding how Sherlock Holmes became (and remains) such a big deal. An interesting and informative book for anyone who doesn’t quite get the hype.

The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr

May 2020 WotNReadingChallenge
Caleb Carr – The Italian Secretary

Queen Victoria may be in danger! Mycroft calls Sherlock and Dr. Watson to the palace to investigate two mysterious deaths. However, this case reminds Sherlock of a case three hundred years before.

The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon – The Final Solution

Linus Steinman is a nine-year-old mute boy who has escaped from Nazi Germany. In his new home, Linus meets an old beekeeper. The beekeeper is deeply curious about Linus and his parrot. A short illustrated novella.

The Whole Art of Detection by Lyndsay Faye

May 2020 WotNReadingChallenge
Lyndsay Faye – The Whole Art of Detection

A collection of short stories reminiscent of Arthur Conan Doyle’s originals. Holmes and Watson contend with everything from jewel thieves to international conspiracies.  If you want to read Holmes and Watson tracking down Jack the Ripper, you can read Dust and Shadow by the same author.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss – The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

After her mother dies, Mary Jekyll looks into her father’s past, intrigued by a reward for one of his old associates, Edward Hyde. However, when she finds Hyde’s daughter Diana, Mary realizes that her father’s past is much stranger than she thought. First in a now complete trilogy.

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

May 2020 WotNReadingChallenge
Anthony Horowitz – The House of Silk

Sherlock Holmes takes on the case of Edmund Carstairs, who believes he is being followed. As the case continues, Holmes and Watson get drawn into an international conspiracy. This novel was specifically authorized by Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King – The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Mary Russell is just waiting until she reaches adulthood. Then, she can come into her inheritance and move away from her terrible aunt and the English countryside. One day, she comes upon a strange beekeeper who changes the course of her life. The first in a very long and ongoing series.

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

May 2020 WotNReadingChallenge
Sherry Thomas – A Study in Scarlet Women

Charlotte Holmes has not been a very respectable Victorian young lady. In fact, she became a social pariah due to her bad choices. Nevertheless, when her family gets caught up in a murder mystery, Charlotte has to help. She sets up a detective identity named Sherlock Holmes and gets to work.

Shadows Over Baker Street edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan

Michael Reaves and John Pelan – Shadows Over Baker Street

It’s a mash-up! In this anthology, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson contend with elements from the Cthulhu mythos. This anthology contains the Hugo Award-winning story “A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman.

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

Nancy Springer – The Case of the Missing Marquess

In this middle-grade novel, we are introduced to Mycroft and Sherlock’s much younger sister, Enola. When their mother leaves Enola alone, she must act quickly to avoid the fate of a respectable Victorian young lady. As she escapes, she stumbles on her own mystery to solve. The first in a series that was recently adapted into a Netflix film starring Millie Bobbie Brown.

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Siobhan needs books to function, and therefore can infodump quite a lot about them, particularly when they're either science fiction or fantasy.

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