I’ve been reading crime fiction since at least high school. My memory tells me I started with Jesse Stone, a former LAPD homicide detective who becomes the chief of police in Paradise, Massachusetts after interviewing drunk. I’ve moved on to several more detectives in the years since opening my first Jesse Stone novel.
But there’s a literary giant missing from my shelves and piles of books. Sherlock Holmes. I mean, Sherlock is a pioneer of crime fiction. What am I doing not at least reading the novels? I don’t know. But I do know that his stories are still in fairly high demand because I’m asked for them each week. I could be wrong, but they might even be on a school reading list down here.
This is one of those times I just acknowledge that there are way more books available than I’ll ever be able to read. I imagine at some point I’ll get my hands on a Sherlock Holmes story. Or at least I’ll watch the TV show or movies. One day.
Are there any iconic authors or characters in your favorite genre you haven’t read?