Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch - This is an excellent book if, like me, you just wanted a tertiary brush up on mythology. I know I learned about lots of myths as a kid, but I find myself mixing them up or not remembering what certain Gods are known for, and while I was always interested in knowing more I've never bothered to read into it until now. This book gives a quick run down of the better known Greek and Roman myths along with a REALLY quick run down of Egyptian, Norse, Celtic, and Indian myths at the very end. Greek and Roman (which are interchangeable but are referred to by their Roman names) are undoubtedly the focus. I find that many of the "classic" novels I read reference myths constantly, and after reading this book I feel I have a better understanding of what they are referring to at those times. If you're a scholar of mythology, this book is not for you; but if you just want to better understand the basics, I highly recommend this read. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Being a spin off, the book relies on you having an understanding of Holmes' famous cases of his past, but they are broken down a bit if you don't know (or remember) the specifics so you are still able to understand what's happening. I like the interactions between Mary and Holmes most of all - the cases they solve are certainly not the main event. In spite of my usual reservations, I couldn't help but enjoy this little jaunt back into Sherlock Holmes' world. If you're a Holmes fan, I would recommend giving this a read if only to be back in his world once more. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.