This post first appeared in 2014 to accompany our new London Walks Podcast on Sherlock Holmes…
…it's by Sherlock Holmes expert Richard Burnip (or Richard IV as he's known at London Walks)…
We approached the London Walks Sherlock Holmes expert Richard IV asking him to add a Sherlock Holmes title to our London reading list.
“Too hard to choose just one,” he replied, “so how about five? One from each of the collections, each of which has a strong London connection."
1. The Blue Carbuncle
The perfect seasonal tale, with Covent Garden, Bow Street, the British Museum and a missing jewel.
2. The Greek Interpreter
The clubland of St James's, the lodgings of Sherlock's brilliant brother, and a kidnapping and murder plot.
3. The Second Stain
Murder in Westminster and visit from the Prime Minister as a vital letter goes missing.
4. The Dying Detective
From the East End docks to ‘something nutritious’ at Simpson's in the Strand as Holmes and Watson trap a ruthless poisoner.
5. The Illustrious Client
An attack on Holmes in Regent Street, a trip to Charing Cross Hospital, and research for Watson at the London Library on the trail of the lethal Baron Gruner.
The Sherlock Holmes Walk goes every Friday at 2pm from Embankment station
A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.