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28+ of Your Favorite Sherlock Retellings and Adaptations

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

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From modern YA re-imaginings of the Holmes/Watson relationship (hello, A Study in Charlotte) to swager-tastic but period appropriate adaptations (Robert! Downey! Jr!), the Sherlock universe is ripe for retellings both on screen and on the page.

We asked you to share your favorite Sherlock retellings and adaptations, and you responded. Here are over 28 of your favorites of all forms and shapes!


“The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” film series with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce

Dead Man’s Land by Robert Ryan

Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Fay

“Elementary” TV series with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu

“The Enola Holmes” series by Nancy Springer

Every Breath by Ellie Marney

Final Solution by Michael Chabon

The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg

Honour Among Punks by Guy Davis

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

“Irene Adler” series by Carole Nelson Douglas

“Jackaby” series by William Ritter

“Lock and Mori” series by Heather W. Petty

“Mary Russell” series by Laurie R. King

“The Portia Adams” series by Angela Misri

“Sherlock” TV series with Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke

“Sherlock” TV series with Jeremy Irons

“Sherlock” TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

“Sherlock” TV series with Ronald Howard

“Stoker and Holmes” series by Colleen Gleason

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

“A Study in Emerald” short story by Neil Gaiman

A Study in Sable by Mercedes Lackey

Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black by Karl Bollers

Without a Clue film with Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine

You Buy Bones by Marcia Wilson

Young Sherlock Holmes film

“Young Sherlock Holmes” series by Andy Lane