Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes, Book # 3
June 13, 2020 June 18, 2020
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is the series of short stories that made the fortunes of the Strand magazine, in which they were first published, and won immense popularity for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. The detective is at the height of his powers and the volume is full of famous cases, including 'The Red-Headed League', 'The Blue Carbuncle', and 'The Speckled Band'. Although Holmes gained a reputation for infallibility, Conan Doyle showed his own realism and feminism by having the great detective defeated by Irene Adler - the woman - in the very first story, 'A Scandal in Bohemia'.
The editor of this volume, Richard Lancelyn Green is editor of The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. With John Michael Gibson, he compiled the Soho Series Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle.
About the book
This book is also a collection of short stories that, as usual, I hardly ever read because I don’t like collections but if I want to read all of Sherlock Holmes I have to read these too.
What I think
There is no story that I like more than another and indeed the last one is also present in the other collection that I have already read (and which unfortunately is part of the book after I accidentally read it before this one). I don’t know if it is a mistake in my edition or it is really like that, anyway they are not stories that are memorable and indeed I understood what was happening before Watson in several tales (which makes me happy).
The style has not changed even if in these stories there are no discriminatory terms as in the other collection because I believe that the stories themselves do not have that topic.
Honestly I don’t know what to say, especially since being a collection there is no common thread for the whole book even though I was hoping that a story would represent Moriarty but apparently not.
However I will continue with the series, I want to finish it.