In her book Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes—which is having a launch party tonight at Brooklyn’s BookCourt—psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova gives us the training we need to think like the world’s foremost consulting detective. Disregarding the cocaine use and incessant violin playing (which she apparently leaves to our own devices), Konnikova shows us how to use Holmes’s metaphorical “brain attic,” and other strategies drawn from Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, to hone our wits and sharpen our observation. Which will certainly come in handy the next time we need to differentiate the deadliest snake in India from a garden-variety speckled band.

Mon., Jan. 7, 7 p.m., 2013