Sherlock The Casebook revealed

See artwork, a synopsis, and commentary from Dr John Watson and Sherlock Holmes himself, for the upcoming BBC hardcover series tie-in

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“Don’t buy this book… only an idiot would be impressed.”

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Thus speaks Sherlock Holmes – the world’s only consulting detective – of his friend Dr John Watson’s “humble attempt to shine a light on the work of the best and wisest I have ever known.” But then you wouldn’t expect gratitude from Sherlock, would you?

The quotes come from the cover of Sherlock The Casebook, the official guide to the BBC TV series (as first revealed to Sherlockology), which re-examines each of the detective’s cases via John’s blog, Inspector Lestrade’s police reports, newspaper cuttings, other material clues and Sherlock’s own notes.

And while John describes his friend as “the best and wisest I have ever known” and “the Mozart of criminal investigaton,” fans of the show will not be surprised to discover that Sherlock is hugely disparaging of John’s attempt to chronicle his work, calling it “a gross and tasteless entertainment… disfigured with humour and infested with gossip.”

“Apparently, this kind of sensationalism is required to engage the interest of the reading public,” he continues, “but it is rather like working an office romance into a paper on quantum physics.”

There’s a good chance Sherlock will be on the receiving end of another smack in the face after John reads that…

The 160-page hardcover book, which also includes interviews with Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott and co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, goes on sale on October 25 2012.

Pre-order Sherlock The Casebook now for £10.49

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