The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes: The Best Sherlock Holmes Adaptations

July 13, 2017
Jess Harold
Riveted Editorial Board

In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…

While Lock & Mori certainly isn’t conventional, author Heather W. Petty follows the longstanding tradition of reinterpreting the literary classic by Arthur Conan Doyle. His stories have inspired many, who have reinterpreted the famous Sherlock Holmes for almost 100 years! The brilliant detective has been well-loved by many since his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet, but his creator grew tired of the character, and tried to kill him off. But his avid readers (including his mother!) were so upset that Doyle brought Holmes back, and went on to write 56 short stories and four novels.

Petty does a fantastic job of balancing these two characters, making Mori just as relatable and sympathetic as her male counterpart, and the contemporary twist on Doyle’s stories makes for a compelling mystery. This is certainly not the first (or last) Sherlock retelling set in modern times, or with a gender-swapped character, but it’s one of my favorites! PLUS, it’s available as a free read through July 17 so you can start reading right now! If you still aren’t convinced, check out these 5 Reasons to Read Lock & Mori.

So after you finish reading Lock & Mori, what will be the next Sherlock story you try? Below is a list giving you the best of the best, so you can join the millions of fans who have devoted themselves to the self-proclaimed “world’s first consulting detective.”


You know what every Sherlock adaptation needs? Lucy Liu. Especially Lucy Liu playing a no-nonsense brilliant Watson who is able to pick herself up from the ashes of her career as a surgeon. Natalie Dormer also graces the screen with her presence as Sherlock’s greatest adversary, Moriarty. None of the women in Sherlock’s life are willing to overlook the recovering addict’s…idiosyncrasies, which is what makes this a fresh look on these classic characters. Plus it takes place in New York City! There was a scary moment where it seemed it might be cancelled, but it was thankfully renewed for another season!


Another great TV show, gone before it was truly appreciated by the world. Sean is a very attentive wise guy who fakes psychic abilities in order to solve crimes for his hometown’s police department, dragging along his Type A best friend Gus along for the ride. It’s all the Sherlock and Watson crime-solving antics with a lot less Man Pain™!


Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Nuff said.


I love this adaptation because it gives us more of Holmes and Watson’s vices, not just their virtues. And while Sherlock is a thoughtful and methodical person, we get to see how his mental brilliance translates into movement, in really awesome fight scenes. And who could hate Jude Law and RDJ cahooting around Europe for two hours??


Was your childhood complete if you haven’t seen it? Mine wasn’t, until a sleepover in 10th grade rectified this egregious error.


Dr. House’s character was inspired by Sherlock Holmes for this Emmy-winning medical drama. An expert in his field and socially incompetent, House also has a long-suffering friend and colleague, Wilson.

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