By Caren Weiner
Updated March 06, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

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Holmes is the literary world’s Elvis: Devoted fans just refuse to let him die. Witness this umpteenth compilation of post-Conan Doyle adventures, The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, in which 15 rather obscure mystery writers contrive to have the great detective meet John Singer Sargent and William Henry Vanderbilt, sail on the Titanic, and even confide that his distant cousin was a vampire. Most eyebrow raising of all, in a most un-Victorian final tale, Watson recalls witnessing a ménage a trois. Though these stories are rarely as masterful as the Holmes classics, they’re irresistibly entertaining and, for all their sensationalism, true to the spirit of the originals. B+

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