Definitely for the obsessed. I am not that big a Sherlock fan. I often find the story trajectory contrived, Sherlock just tooooo facile with his mind palace. But my family are fans, and I love being with them while they watch and argue over plot lines. And, I’m reading this one because we’re doing a display (at the library) on what to read while waiting for the next season of your favorite tv series to come out on DVD.
Best part of this book: I absolutely loved the introduction of the character Mary to this show and I’m glad that she’s written about here. I adored Amanda Abbington in Case Histories and might watch her in anything. (Nikki Stafford, why is she an add-on in Martin Freeman’s chapter? Why does she not get her own section of the book?) Also worth reading are the “From ACD to BBC” bits, in which the author shows what was changed and what was woven in from the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories.
Drawback: Stafford treats the series episode by episode, in order, and provides detailed analysis but no plot summaries. Lots of spoilers, but if you don’t remember the story line exactly, reading this won’t help.
Fun bit. Written before the most recent series aired, everyone’s wrong about Redbeard.