When internationally bestselling author Lyndsay Faye was introduced to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries with "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," she immediately became enamored with the tales of Holmes and his esteemed biographer Dr. John H. Watson. Later she began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction-from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pits the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.
Faye's best Holmes tales, including two new works, are brought together in The Whole Art of Detection. This fascinating collection of fifteen stories spans Holmes's career, from self-taught young upstart to lauded detective, both before and after his faked death over a Swiss waterfall in 1894. In "The Lowther Park Mystery," the unsociable Holmes is forced to attend a garden party at the request of his politician brother-only to discover a dark conspiracy against the British government. "The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel" brings Holmes's attention to the baffling murder of a jewel thief in the middle of an underground railway passage.