Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels about Sherlock Holmes, the consulting detective of the late 19th and early 20th century. Literary historians refer to this comparatively small corpus as the "canon". Sherlock Holmes so captured the popular imagination with his talent for observation, power of reasoning, eccentric lifestyle and memorable turns of phrase that readers have regarded him as a real person rather than a fictional character.
One of the finest works of fiction from the non-canonical stable is by the Tibetan scholar, Jamyang Norbu, The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes, published in India in 1999. And now we have Holmes of the Raj by Vithal Rajan. Sadly, it is a let down.
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