Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance, improbably, in Beeton’s Christmas Annual. The magazine carried the novel-length mystery A Study in Scarlet, 130 years ago in November 1887. Yet it was a series of 12 short stories that began in The Strand Magazine in 1891 that brought Arthur Conan Doyle’s sardonic sleuth widespread popularity. These dozen stories were first published together as a collection titled The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in October 1892.
November 1887, Sherlock cracks his first case
Caroline Crampton on the gentleman detective who launched a genre