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Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova. Canongate, €21.40. Reviewed by Jonathan O'Brien.

27th January, 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC production Sherlock: Maria Konnikova's book on the detective's theories is thought-provoking and surprisingly readable. Photo: BBC

Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes

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Like Batman and vampires, Sherlock Holmes is one of those cultural tropes that seem incapable of simply going away and being given a decent burial. Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous creation has been somewhat difficult to avoid in recent times - there have been two Hollywood films since 2009, both of them starring Robert Downey Jr in typically circumspect form, as well as a big-budget BBC television series...

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