Synopsis: For them, negotiation is less about boundary setting and more about upping the ante.
Comments: A one-shot gen fic that explores Sherlock and Joan's developing friendship and mutual trust. Fantastic dialogue and characterization—the author has an excellent ear for the characters' voices and even their body language. Beautifully written, funny, and ultimately very sweet even as it keeps the characters' relationship platonic. Well worth a read.
Seconded! It's pretty hard to find good gen Elementary fic, and this is a shining example. I'd recommend this to anybody who loves Elementary and the platonic relationship between Sherlock and Joan as much I do!
Synopsis: "Moriarty said you was obsessed with puzzles," Moran had said, his eyes shining. "But he's the greatest puzzle you'll ever come across." And through the rage and growing tendrils of doubt, a distant part of Sherlock had laughed. No puzzle could be more challenging or complex than the one these people had taken from him.
Tags: Non-consensual drug use, drug addiction, hurt/comfort
Comments: Lovely fic with excellent characterization, a succinct-yet-evocative writing style, and an absolutely gut-wrenching hurt/comfort set-up/pay-off.
Synopsis: There are two constants in Joan's life: Sherlock and bees.
Comments: A gorgeous, novella-length exploration of Joan and Sherlock's partnership through the years. Joan's voice is perfect and there are tons of brilliant canon references and allusions to the events of the show. You will laugh and cry and learn a lot about bees.
Category: Gen (mostly, in that weird way Sherlock and Joan are)
Rating: R, for violence and sex
Synopsis: The bad news: In 111 days, an asteroid will strike the Earth in a cataclysm that promises to destroy human civilization as we know it.
The good news: There's been a murder.
Comments: Amazing exploration of a hypothetical "what if" Sherlock and Joan were caught in an apocalyptic scenario. Worthwhile not just for the exquisite character work as well as the worldbuilding and thematic development.
Synopsis: Joan tries to date, and Sherlock gets in the way.
Comments: The best thing about this fic are all the subtle nuances that feel just right for the characters. Absolutely perfect character voices, great dialogue and just the right amount of shippiness for these two.
Synopsis: Blackout. It started with a touch, and whirled out of control until she never wanted it to end, and then it was over and the lights came back on. Sherlock and Joan and being in the dark.
Comments: This is basically What You Are in the Dark: The Slashfic, and the highest praise I can give it is this: It actually turned me into a Joanlock shipper. The romance and descriptions and internal monologues of ensuing sexytimes are that well-written. And on top of all that, there's a great mystery!
Comments: One of my favourite things to come out of that finale was the slow-but-steady growing Joan/Moriarty faction of fandom. This is just how I perceive the relationship; balanced but delightfully creepy, and with glorious build-up. The characterisations are spot-on.
Synopsis: Their relationship as it stands has one mathematical certainty: It will end in twenty-five days. At that time, her sojourn as his sober companion will end. Either Watson will pass out of his life forever, or Holmes will have to devise another option.
Comments: A mostly-gen fic with a heaping helping of delicious UST. It addresses Sherlock's withdrawal beautifully, and the author's take on his voice is flawless. All in all, an excellent character study.
Synopsis: A dynamic detective, a disgruntled doctor, and a damsel who isn't in all that much distress, thank you very much. In which a case of identity involving Sherlock Holmes himself threatens to turn several worlds upside-down, the Watsons are left to clean up the mess, and Irene Adler? Well, she just does what she wants.
Comments: As with all of her work, Makokitten weaves an incredibly nuanced story between Elementary's Sherlock and BBC Sherlock's Irene Adler. Some tie-ins with her BBC Sherlock roleplay blog, Texts from John and Sherlock, and her post-Reichenbach story, The Siegerson Letters, both co-written with h3rring.