Most people know this series because of the Disney movie The Great Mouse Detective, but the movie was very different from the books.

The series, written by Eve Titus, features a mouse named Basil who lives in the home of Sherlock Holmes and studies his methods, becoming a detective who solves problems for his fellow mice.  Like the original Sherlock Holmes stories, Basil’s cases are narrated by his best friend, another mouse named Dr. David Q. Dawson, who accompanies Basil on his investigations.  Some aspects of Basil’s cases resemble details from Sherlock Holmes stories, and there are frequent jokes on Sherlock Holmes characters in the character names.

Some of the books are really more adventure than mystery, and in my opinion, those parts of the series aren’t as good.  For those who have never tried these books, I think the best book in the series is really the first one.  It has a better mystery theme than the others, and later entries in the series also become a bit disjointed and episodic.

In one of the books, they mention that Basil’s cousin is Anatole, another mouse in another series by the same author.

Books in the Series:

Basil of Baker Street

The first book in the series, which introduces Basil and Dawson and explains how they came to make their home at 221B Baker Street.  The mystery involves a set of kidnapped twins.

Basil and the Lost Colony

Basil helps to unravel an historical mystery, tracking down a lost colony of mice in the Alps.

Basil and the Pygmy Cats

Basil’s arch enemy, Professor Ratigan, has taken over the Asian country of Bengistan, near India.  Basil journeys there to rescue the rightful ruler and also undertakes a mission to locate a mythical species of mouse-sized cats.

Basil in Mexico

Basil in the Wild West

After leaving Mexico, Basil and his best friend Dr. Dawson journey north into the western territories of the United States.  There, they investigate smuggled antiquities from Mexico and a strange, glowing Thing haunting a hotel.