No shit Sherlock as TV adaptation boosts book sales

No shit Sherlock as TV adaptation boosts book sales

<p>The BBC&rsquo;s much-lauded detective series &ldquo;Sherlock&rdquo; has boosted sales of titles about his pipe-smoking namesake, as the show looks set for renewal. Sales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle&rsquo;s Sherlock Holmes stories have jumped 180% in three weeks, while related titles including Quirk title <em>The Sherlock Holmes Handbook</em> have received boosts.<br /> <br />This week the producer of the hit BBC1 show, a modern-day update of Conan Doyle&rsquo;s Victorian mysteries, revealed that a second series was being planned. The inaugural three-parter ended on Sunday.<br /><br />The Penguin Popular Classics edition of <em>The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes</em>, already the top seller at 75,804 copies sold to date, saw a boost of 83% over the past three weeks, picking up sales of 154 copies last week compared to 84 three weeks ago. The Pocket Penguin Classics edition has also seen a 200% boost over the same period, selling 195 copies compared to 65 three weeks ago. Wordsworth&rsquo;s Classics&#39; <em>The Hound of the Baskervilles</em> has leapt up 431%, from 16 copies sold to 85.<br /> <br />Titles related to the sleuth have also seen a boost, including Macmillan&rsquo;s Young Sherlock Holmes thriller <em>Death Cloud</em> by Andrew Lane (up 18% over three weeks); Mammoth&rsquo;s <em>The Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes Adverntures </em>(up 50%) and Ransom Riggs&rsquo; <em>The Sherlock Holmes Handbook</em> (Quirk), up 57%.</p>