Short-story wise, if I was stranded on a desert island with only five short stories from the canon, I would choose:
- "The Speckled Band"
- "The Six Napoleons"
- "The Problem of Thor Bridge"
- "The Red-Headed League"
- "The Dancing Men"
|Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes|
Then when it comes to actors who have portrayed the great detective, I would have to say my favourite is a four-way tie between Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Peter Cushing and Benedict Cumberbatch. Honourable mentions would go to Ian Richardson, Clive Merrison and Nicholas Briggs.
Lastly, when it comes to pastiches, there are almost too many to talk about now, but suffice it to say that David Stuart Davies' "The Scroll of the Dead" as well as Anthony Horowitz's "The House of Silk" stand out in the sub-genre as some of the best.