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Mattias Bostrom’s great overview of all things Sherlock is not simply a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is a remarkable tour of Sherlock facts and myths, from Doyle's original ideas to the latest TV series and fandom. Bostrom's lively narration makes this hefty book feel just as fun as the original detective adventures. It is detailed but never boring, and is probably the only book over 200 pages that I have read in one sitting (do or do not try this at home).

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ISBN: 9780802126603
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Published: Mysterious Press - August 1st, 2017

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Mike Lankford’s Becoming Leonardo might seem like a pure flight of fancy, but it does rest on the foundation of prior research and makes a serious attempt to dig through the layers of mythmaking that surround Leonardo da Vinci. It is indeed not a conventional biography, but Lankford’s wry humor, his sharp conclusions, and his pure brilliance when it comes to getting inside people’s minds will convince you that perhaps Leonardo himself would have enjoyed this one.
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ISBN: 9781612195957
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Published: Melville House - March 28th, 2017

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Did you ever wish Jane Eyre were a little bit more… gutsy? Then get a copy of Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye, where Jane is indeed very gutsy (and then some). It is a dark, fun, smart, and fierce take on Bronte’s classic, with gloriously imagined characters, a bit of history, a fairly high body count, sharp clever style, and enough plot twists to satisfy any historical mystery reader. This homage is a delight whether you love Jane Eyre, hate it, or have never even read it.

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ISBN: 9780425283202
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017