[[caption-width-right:169:Wait, ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' was based off of ''books'' plural?]]

->'''Basil''': Elementary, my dear Dawson.

Children's book series written by Eve Titus and illustrated by Paul Galdone about Basil of Baker Street, the Literature/SherlockHolmes of the MouseWorld, and his personal biographer, Dr. David Q. Dawson. [[AdaptationDisplacement Not as well known as its]] AnimatedAdaptation, ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''. It was out-of-print for a number of years, but the entire series was republished in May of 2016 by Aladdin.

!!These books provide examples of:


* BadassBookworm: Basil is quite able to hold his own in a fight against multiple opponents.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: While mostly averted in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', Galdone's illustrations show a lack of shoes for any of the characters.
* CatsAreMean: Throughout the series but averted in ''Basil and the Pygmy Cats'' [[spoiler: since, you know, the cats are the same size as the mice.]]
* DreadfulMusician: Sort of. While Basil can't play the violin like [[Literature/SherlockHolmes his mentor]] to save his life, he is quite good at playing the flute.
* EvilCounterpart: Ratigan
* GreatDetective: Basil
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Each book has a Cast of Characters section in the front.
* MasterOfDisguise: Basil
* {{Narrator}}: Dawson throughout the series but the role is taken over temporarily for one chapter of ''Basil in Mexico'' by [[spoiler:Basil since at the time Dawson was kidnapped by Ratigan.]]
* PoliceAreUseless
* PrivateDetective: Basil
* SherlockScan
* ShoutOut: Plenty of shoutouts throughout the series to Titus' other mouse-related series, Anatole and of course, to [[Literature/SherlockHolmes The Canon]] itself.
** Also to Basil Rathbone who played Sherlock Holmes in numerous films and a radio series.
* {{Sidekick}}: Dawson
* {{Tuckerization}}: Titus has a habit of naming fictional characters after real life Sherlockians, including Vincent Starrett and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's son, Adrian.
* VictorianLondon
* TheWatson: Dawson

[[folder: Basil of Baker Street]]
* AlliterativeName: Harry Hawkins, Sam Stilton.
* GPSEvidence: How Basil and Dawson manage to find The Terrible Three.
* LocationThemeNaming: Basil and Dawson sign the Greymouse Inn registry as "Captain Baker" and "Mr. Street".
** GeniusBonus: "Captain Basil" was one of Holmes's aliases in the original stories.
* TheMagnificent: Barney the Bank Robber, Clarence the Crook, Freddie the Forger, Percy the Pickpocket.
* SweetTooth: The Proudfoot twins have an affinity for sweets, particularly French chocolate. [[spoiler: Their kidnappers lure them into their clutches by exploiting this.]]
* ThemeTwinNaming: Angela and Agatha Proudfoot.

[[folder: Basil and the Lost Colony]]
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: The Adorable Snowmouse.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Flora and Fauna Faversham.
* NoodleIncident: The Sealed Mousehole Mystery.

[[folder: Basil and the Pygmy Cats]]
* {{Doppelganger}}: The characters note Basil's uncanny resemblance to the deceased Prince Semloh. (Whether this is a case of IdenticalGrandson or FamousAncestor isn't explained.)
* SdrawkcabName: This book ''loves'' this trope. Elyod, Nairda, Semloh, Relda.
* TheMagnificent: Elyod the Good, Semloh the Poet Prince.

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