Continuing the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in LEGO: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle


Last year LEGO ‘n’ literary fans may recall that a series of books retelling the stories of Sherlock Holmes were released, and whilst there have been many reissues and “re-imaginings” of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous unofficial consulting detective over the years, never had they been retold in such a fun and inspired way using LEGO bricks as this series of books from MX Publishing.

Very little escapes the LEGO treatment in today’s heavily-digital-and-video-dominant-era, with everything from historical moments in sport to actual full-length film trailers, all done just to show how clever and artistic one can be with a bag of job lot LEGO bricks from eBay and a stop-motion camera. Oh, and a lot of time on their hands. Social life? What?

Seriously though, whether visual or printed, creating with LEGO as a medium has become an art form in its own right. Just have a look at books like Beautiful LEGO 2 – Dark by Mike Doyle or The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO by Nathan Sawaya, two breathtaking books that have contributed to the amount which have been published showing just how skilled some people are beyond the instruction booklet in the sets. One of my favourite pieces is this one, The Nine Circles of Hell from Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, all recreated in LEGO. There are just some sets you won’t see in the LEGO Friends range.

Seven books into the ten-book series of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, retold in LEGO bricks by P. James Macaluso, we’re now at The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson investigate the curious discovery of a blue carbuncle in the crop of a Christmas goose abandoned by a man during a scuffle with some street ruffians. Holmes makes a series of deductions concerning the owner of a tattered old hat recovered along with the goose and thus sets out on the trail of the audacious thief who stole the precious stone five days previously.

Used with kind permission from the author and publishers, we’re fortunate enough to be able to share with you some of the wonderful scenes and excerpts from The Blue Carbuncle here on our blog:


(l-r: A very seedy hard-felt hat, The rough had fled at the appearance of Peterson)


(l-r: See what my wife found in its crop!, He bowed solemnly to both of us)


(l-r: Just read it out to me, You are the very man)


(l-r: “Have mercy,” he shrieked, He burst into convulsive sobbing)

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To read our previous blog on the first book in the series, A Scandal in Bohemia, please click here.

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