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Sherlock Holmes: The Most Acknowledged Fictional Detective

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Social Networking Sites have always been of great help to us at times when we get stuck in the perplexity of who is better. Once again our reader-base on SNS helped us concluding which fictional detective is preferable to solve a crime: Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot (Agatha Christie’s creation). Majority of our SNS connections voted for Sherlock Holmes, a creation by the Scottish author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle.

So, in this post we try to encapsulate the characteristics, appearances and other valuable information related to Sherlock Holmes, the most admired and highly-read Detective in the world of Fiction. Though not a comprehensive work, this post may offer all the handy facts about this great sleuth.

Considered as an archetype for other creations of fictional detectives, Sherlock Holmes mesmerizes the readers with his dexterity of digging up the mysteries by logical reasoning. He is famous for his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases. Holmes works on the base of Science of Deduction, a principle asserts that any problem can be solved if the necessary information is given.

Besides, appearing in 56 short stories, this unrivaled detective becomes visible in four novels, of which A Study in Scarlet (1887) was the first, and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) remains the most popular. The other two are “The Sign of the Four and “The Valley of Fear. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the first series of short stories in Strand Magazine, beginning with “A Scandal in Bohemia” in 1891, followed by well-received The Red-Headed LeagueandHis Last Bow. All the short stories portraying sleuthing skills of Holmes, which originally published in periodicals, were later gathered into five anthologies: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes;  The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes; The Return of Sherlock Holmes; The Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes; and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.

The Guinness World Records has listed Sherlock Holmes time and again as the “most portrayed movie character” with 75 actors playing the part in over 211 films. Holmes’s first screen appearance was in the Mutoscope film Sherlock Holmes Baffled in 1900, although in a barely-recognizable form. Of the many actors who have played Sherlock Holmes, some popular names are Basil Rathbone, Ronald Howard and Jeremy Brett who are considered by the critics to be the ultimate Holmes.

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Best of the James Patterson, the Topmost Bestselling Author, 2011

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

James Patterson is the author who has a constant grip on the bestseller sections of the New York Times. With the NY Times record for most bestselling hardcover fiction titles by a single author, a total of 63, which is also a Guinness World Record, this American thriller author has topped a Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid authors for the second year, with total income of $84 million.

Skipping James Patterson’s general introduction as a writer, which is obvious for every book-lover, we have compiled here a list of his best and well-received literary works ever. Enlisted below the top 10 highly-read novels by James Patterson which will help bibliophiles to collect the best of the #1 bestselling author of the date. Check ‘em out:   

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas – Katie Wilkinson has finally found the perfect man; but one day he suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a diary written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby, Nicholas. In it she intimately reveals the romance between herself and the child’s father, her hopes for their marriage, and her unparalleled joy in motherhood. As Katie reads on, she realizes that the man she loves is Suzanne’s husband. Now, filled with terror and hope, Katie must struggle to understand what has happened – and find out if her new love has a prayer of surviving.

Along Came A Spider – This highly-received suspense thriller begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the secretary of the Treasury. And that’s only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.

When the Wind Blows – Frannie O’Neill is a talented Colorado veterinarian haunted by her husband’s murder. But the course of her life is about to change again. After another bizarre killing, Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep. And late one night Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon. Her name is Max. Only eleven years old, she will lead Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science.

1st to Die – This bestselling murder mystery is the first book in the James Patterson’s “Women’s Murder Club series”. Four women – four friends – share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. But, this eclectic union female crime experts finds that the usual procedures aren’t bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women’s Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving each other a hand.

Sundays at Tiffany’s – A story of Jane Margaux, a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany’s. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He’s perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can’t stay forever, though. On Jane’s ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she’ll soon forget him. Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child, and despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone-a handsome, comforting, funny man. He’s perfect. His name is Michael..

Kiss the Girls - In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. Washington D.C.Us Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing, and they are working coast to coast.

The Beach House –  Written hand in gloves with Peter De Jonge, this James Patterson’s novel is perfect for the beach reading. Jack Mullen is a student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich who parks the cars of the Hamptons’ elite, and perhaps satisfies their more intimate needs as well. One day Peter’s body is found on the beach. Jack knows the drowning was no accident, but someone’s huge power and money have bought the cops, the judges, the system. Now Jack is learning a lesson in justice he never got in law school, and his astonishing plan to beat the billionaires will keep you mesmerized till the last page comes.

Roses Are Red – In this heart-pounding new thriller, Detective Alex Cross pursues the most brilliant killer he’s ever confronted, a mysterious criminal who calls himself the Mastermind. In a series of crimes that has stunned Washington, D.C., bank robbers have been killing bank employees and their families if the robbers’ instructions are not followed to the letter. Alex Cross knows this is no ordinary criminal; the pathological need for control and perfection is too great. Cross is in the midst of a crisis at home, but the case becomes all-consuming as he learns that the Mastermind is plotting one huge, last, perfect crime.

The Lake House – A penultimate of the well-received “When the Wind Blows“, this thrilling new novel is considered to have been Patterson’s one of the most successful novels around the world, and it’s one that really soars! Frannie O’Neil, a Colorado veterinarian, knows a terrible secret that will change the history of the world. Kit Harrison, an FBI agent under suspension has seen things that no one in his right mind would believe. A twelve-year-old girl named Max and five other incredible children have powers we can only dream of. These children can fly. And the only place they will be save is the Lake House.

London Bridges – Two of the greatest villains James Patterson has ever created in one book! Minutes after soldiers evacuate a Nevada town, a bomb completely destroys it. On vacation, FBI agent Alex Cross gets the call: the blast was perpetrated by the Wolf. A super criminal and Cross’s deadliest nemesis, the Wolf threatens to obliterate major cities, including London, Paris, and New York. Then evidence reveals the involvement of a ruthless assassin known as the Weasel. Could these two dark geniuses be working together? Now with just four days to prevent an unimaginable cataclysm, Cross is catapulted into an international chase of astonishing danger – and toward the explosive truth about the Wolf’s identity, a revelation that Cross may not survive.

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