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The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle

Rating: 5 stars

Sherlock Holmes is possibly the greatest of literary detectives. He is certainly the one who has penetrated deepest into the public consciousness, a position in which he has been firmly lodged for over a century now, with no sign of departing any time soon. This volume is a compendium of two collections of short stories and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Holmes fits the short story genre perfectly, with setup, analysis and denouement all coming swiftly, one after the other.

It’s been many years since I read any Holmes, and I was drawn to this volume, sitting on my shelves after an impulse buy some time ago, after the conclusion of an RPG that had Holmes-ian aspects to it. I find Holmes to be a fascinating character, and one whom it’s a pleasure to follow. Despite my best efforts I still often couldn’t follow the clues that he sees to the logical conclusions, so seeing his reveals were always pleasurable.

This volume takes us to Conan Doyle’s intended end for Holmes, grappling with his nemesis at Reichenbach Falls. Of course, it’s well known now that public demand ensured that Holmes survived his fall and Baker Street’s finest didn’t get to retire to the Sussex Downs for some time. I’m certainly glad of that and will be looking up more of adventures.

Book details

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Year of publication: 1892

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