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Sherlock Holmes--what other literary character has appeared in so many stories not written by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Four notable additions to this Conan Doyle sub-genre have appeared in the past year:

In Mitch Cullin's A Slight Trick of the Mind, Holmes is 93, no longer sure of his memory or of his interpretation of events. His post-atom bomb visit to Hiroshima with a Japanese correspondent is haunting.

Michael Chabon's The Final Solution: A Story of Detection, also taking place after WWII, introduces a mute young refugee from the Third Reich. Caleb Carr's The Italian Secretary takes Holmes and Watson to Edinburgh, where murderous scoundrels are profiting from historic events at Holyrood Castle.

And the latest in Laurie King's excellent series (which began ten years ago with The Beekeeper's Apprentice) has arrived: Locked Rooms is set in San Francisco, where Holmes and wife Mary Russell find themselves helping a Chinese-American family that experienced the 1906 earthquake. Included is a cameo investigative role for then-journalist Dashiell Hammett.