Review~ The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Synopsis from Goodreads

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892, though the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between June 1891 and July 1892. The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson. As with all but four of the Sherlock Holmes stories, those contained within The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are told by a first-person narrative from the point of view of Dr. Watson. In general the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes identify, and try to correct, social injustices. Holmes is portrayed as offering a new, fairer sense of justice. The stories were well received, and boosted the subscriptions figures of The Strand Magazine, prompting Doyle to be able to demand more money for his next set of stories. The first story, “A Scandal in Bohemia”, includes the character of Irene Adler, who, despite being featured only within this one story by Doyle, is a prominent character in modern Sherlock Holmes adaptations, generally as a love interest for Holmes. Doyle included four of the twelve stories from this collection in his twelve favourite Sherlock Holmes stories, picking “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” as his overall favourite.

There is not much to say about this book, except it is a nice break from the complicated ‘A Sign of Four’. ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ contains short stories that are easy and fun to read.

If I had to pick a favourite it will either be ‘A Scandle in Bohemia’ or ‘The Adventure of the Speckled’. I love Irene Adler’s character. She is smart, beautiful, talanted and has out witted Sherlock Holmes, that what Sherlock Holmes admires the most about her and she is rightly called ‘The Woman’.’The Adventure of The Speckled Band’ is very clever and very well-done. To try and understand what is going in the doctor’s house that caused his daughter to be terrified. Of course the property contains dangerous animals from India, so that is a give away and most possibly could be the cause of the girl’s sister’s death. Even if the clues were being told, it is still a mystery to what is going on until Sherlock Holmes had figured it out. It is the most mysterious and darkest case in the book which makes more thrilling.

The third choice I would is ‘The Adventure of the Copper Beeches’ about a woman who gets a strange job in her employer’s house that holds a dark mystery as the employer lets on. Again I like Voilet’s character as she is willing to do certain things in the house in order to help Sherlock with the case, and the abrupt change of character from her employer is scary to imagine.

I will not lie that the other tales are not as memorable as the two tales as half of them Sherlock figured out the case in a drop of a hat which caused him to tell the story in just one sitting with not enough action.

If you are interested there is a tv adaptation of ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ portrayed by Jeremy Brett who I think does a fantastic Sherlock Holmes, so if you want to visually watch these cases I do recommend this TV Show.

Despite the others not being as rememorable as other I do like reading short Sherlock Holmes stories as it’s a nice break from the bigger books in the series so I am going to give it 4/5 stars.


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