The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

, Book # 4
Atria Books
March 28, 2020 March 31, 2020

Silver Blaze
The Adventure of the Yellow Face
The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk
The Adventure of the "Gloria Scott"
The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual
The Adventure of the Reigate Squires
The Adventure of the Crooked Man
The Adventure of the Resident Patient
The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
The Adventure of the Navel Treaty
The Final Problem

About the book

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 11 short stories all dedicated to the most particular investigator in British history. There are 11 cases, up to the final case in which Moriarty, Sherlock’s famous enemy, is introduced. All are narrated by the faithful friend, Watson, who in the meantime got married to the woman he met in a previous book and bought a medical practice where he practices his profession, so he no longer lives with Sherlock.

What I think

I liked the stories, I read the introduction that unfortunately ruined my final surprise, but that gave me hope, even though I know there are still more books after this and therefore it was obvious that Doyle somehow remedied to that final. Unfortunately I just found out that this is the fourth book and not the third one as I thought. (I have two anthologies of Doyle’s books so in one book I have The Study in Red, The Sign of the Four and The Memoirs of SH and in the other The Adventures of SH which is the third, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Return of SH. Now I’m very angry that my anthologies have the wrong numbering of the tales :( ). Now I wonder if Moriarty is present in The Adventures of SH… because honestly, seeing how famous this enemy of his is, I don’t know if he is present only in one short story. Obviously, after my April TBR (because I’m writing this in April) I will read the Adventures immediately. (spoiler alert, it is June and I still haven’t read it…)

Anyway, I usually don’t like collections of stories, but here it is different because they are short case stories and they immediately give the solution to the case without having to read 200 pages.

There are some very interesting cases such as The Adventure of the Yellow Face and the one with Watson’s friend, but almost all of them are quick to read and intuitive enough. Except for the first one, I found it a little boring.

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