The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin

‘You could be Holmes, I’ll be Watson/ Every hero, yes even me / Everybody has their Moriarty’ As Belle & Sebastian put it so melodically, all superheroes need a supervillain. And villains don’t come much bigger than Professor Moriarty – or indeed Jack the Ripper. For Holmes believes that these names are one and the same: it…

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

 Harry Potter is gone. In his place is Jackson Brodie with a peg leg. JK Rowling (for it is, we know, following the slip of a lawyer’s tongue, she) has written a novel about a private detective under a pseudonym. Like Kate Atkinson’s hero Brodie, Cormoran Strike (yes, really) has an army background (losing a fair bit…