For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon

For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon Review

In a sensational follow-up to Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, a brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon.


For the Sake of the Game is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ask some of the world’s greatest writers—regardless of genre—to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.


The results are surprising and joyous. Some tales are pastiches, featuring the recognizable figures of Holmes and Watson; others step away in time or place to describe characters and stories influenced by the Holmes world. Some of the authors spin whimsical tales of fancy; others tell hard-core thrillers or puzzling mysteries. One beloved author writes a song; two others craft a melancholy graphic tale of insectoid analysis.


This is not a volume for readers who crave a steady diet of stories about Holmes and Watson on Baker Street. Rather, it is for the generations of readers who were themselves inspired by the classic tales, and who are prepared to let their imaginations roam freely.


Featuring Stories by: Peter S. Beagle, Rhys Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Alan Gordon, Gregg Hurwitz, Toni L. P. Kelner, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, Harley Jane Kozak, D. P. Lyle, Weston Ochse, Zoe Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and F. Paul Wilson.

Title:For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Marlene

    Originally published at Reading RealityWelcome to my review of the biennual collection of Sherlock Holmes-inspired stories edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. This is an every two years tr...

  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    With their fourth Sherlock Holmes short story collection, authors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger have put together something special. FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME features stories inspired by Sir Ar...

  • Linda Baker

    Following two earlier anthologies, Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, this new anthology features stories inspired by the Holmes Canon. It features stories by some of t...

  • Patrick SG

    Enjoyed the stories in this book, representing a rage of writers and artists, all inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Some of the stories are straight Holmes pastiches - either set in Victorian time or more ...

  • Sarah

    There were a couple of pretty decent stories in here- The Case of the Missing Case by Alan Gordon had a good young Sherlock and Mycroft, Hounded by Zoe Sharp did a good modernization of Hound of the B...

  • Amy

    Excellent - a diverse collection in format, settings, and Holmes characters. I especially liked the ones by Zoe Sharp, Harley Jane Kozak, Alan Gordon, and Jamie Freveletti, but there wasn't a single s...

  • Susan

    Very good collection of short stories. There was only one I didn't care for. I will be checking out a couple of the authors that I wasn't familiar with. ...

  • Elisabeth Hayden

    Not enough Laurie in the book. ...

  • Ray Palen

    Read my review this Friday on bookreporter. com....

  • Melissa

    An enjoyable collection of stories. I really liked some more than others but none were bad....