Sherlock Holmes - Variations on a Theme

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There have been many takes on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes-some have set him in the present days (or at least with the black and white films, in the 1950s), some have set him in space. There was obviously the prequel Young Sherlock Holmes. Some have concentrated on the Baker Street Irregulars or Mrs Hudson. However what about those crime writers who use bits of him in their characters?

Criminal Holmes: This is undoubtably A J Raffles created by E W Hornung, the gentleman thief.

Historic Holmes: Maybe The Scarlet Pimpernel created by Baroness Orczy could be described this way-he used disguises.

Cloistered Holmes: Father Brown by G K Chesterton.

Foreign Holmes: Could be Hercule Poirot created by Agatha Christie, or Charlie Chan created by Earl Derr Biggers, or Maigret created by Georges Simenon.

Plodding Holmes: The Police version of Holmes is undoubtably Inspector Endeavour Morse, created by Colin Dexter. He could also be called the Crossword Holmes. Inspector Wexford by Ruth Rendell may also be worth a mention.

Stately Holmes: Holmes was no commoner, but a more posher take on Holmes was Lord Peter Wimsey, created by Dorothy L Sayers.

Children's Holmes: The nearest character to Holmes in children's fiction is probably Fred 'Fatty' Trotteville, created by Enid Blyton.

Endentured Holmes: Finally we have Holmes as a servant, the knowall Reginald Jeeves, created by P G Wodehouse.

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