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The estates of deceased authors sometimes grant permission to new authors to continue a series of novels. Agatha Christie forbade this to occur, permanently, so we will have no more of the entertaining Hercule Poirot.

Perry Mason mysteries continued for a time after the death of Erle Stanley Gardner and even Raymond Burr, with the permission of Gardner’s wife Jean. 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate screens authors and ideas today and grants permission to the best to use the Sherlock Holmes series characters in pastiche, some of them very good.

However, YA (for young adults) author Anthony Horowitz received permission in January 2011 to write a new Holmes novel and seems to present his story ideas as a first in a series of a reboot rather than a simpler continuation in pastiche.

I can hardly wait! Meanwhile, four others have done an astounding job as well…

via Anthony Horowitz Reboots Sherlock Holmes.

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