With a new BBC TV special set to air on New Year's Day, and a third installment of the Guy Ritchie-helmed movie franchise supposedly in the works, there's no better time than right now to study up on your Sherlock. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned dozens of short stories featuring the beloved detective, but only 4 of his 21 novels centered on the character. Now, each of those classic tales can be found in one volume, Sherlock Holmes: The Novels, required reading for any lover of mystery. After all, as T.S. Eliot once said, "every writer owes something to Holmes."
Sherlock Holmes: The Novels, $25, penguinrandomhouse.com.