Sherlock Holmes we are not, but  we’ve learned to hone our powers of observation and deductive reasoning with Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova.

In her book Konnikova explores our ability to cultivate the intellect and abilities of Sherlock Holmes by sharing mental strategies to help us think more clearly, develop deeper insights, and organize our minds.

“Mastermind explores Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. In doing so, it shows how each of us, with some self-awareness and a little practice, can employ these same methods to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers.”

For casual readers, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes ($20) will reveal ways to improve your mind. For fans of Sherlock Homes, Konnikova delivers a master class on elevating your thinking to match that of your favorite detective.

To quote the great Sherlock Holmes, “you know my methods – apply them.”