Nothing compares to the original If you really want to know Holmes and Watson, this is what you read The characterization and pacing is, for me, delightful The insights into a London of trains and mail than once a day, the manners of the time, the dialogue this is a feast.
Very honestly speaking, none of the movie or television adaptations have ever given me the sensation of being there at Baker Street, with Holmes and Watson, that I get from the original stories.
Read them You owe it to yourself The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1892, and available for free online reading or downloading here on Project Gutenberg or many other places , is a collection of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories Doyle s formula for his Sherlock stories gets a little bit worn and visible after you read several of them back to back But there are some jewels in this collection, and they all have something to offer the interested reader, even if it s only an insight into Sherlock s or Dr Watson s characters or Victorian society.
My full reviews for these stories are at the links, but I ve posted my star ratings and brief comments here 4 A Scandal in Bohemia Notable mostly for the appearance of Irene Adler, probably the best and most intelligent female character Doyle ever created.
3 The Red Headed League Reading about a massive crowd of redhe
As a rule, the bizarre a thing is, the less mysterious it proves to be It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identifyWho doesn t know Sherlock Holmes these days Even if not everyone might be familiar with the original version invented by Arthur Conan Doyle, Mr Holmes has become such a legend in his own right, a development fed and supported by numerous stage, screen and radio adaptions, that it is nearly impossible to hear the word detective without immediately associating Sherlock Holmes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of altogether twelve short stories, published as the third part of the Sherlock Holmes series following Doyle s novels A Study in Scarlet and Th 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 Follow the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his devoted assistant, Dr Watson as they investigate a dozen of their best known cases Featured stories in this collection include several of the author s personal favorites A Scandal in Bohemia in which a king is blackmailed by a former lover and Holmes matches wits with the only woman to attract his open admiration plus The Speckled Band, The Red Headed League, and The Five Orange Pips Additional mysteries include The Blue Carbuncle, The Engineer s Thumb, The Beryl Coronet, The Copper Beeches, a ã The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ã To have a slight measure of the pleasant chills that race up and down your spine when you delve into a meaty Holmes mystery, do read the introduction passage by Mark Gatiss co creator of BBC Entertainment s Sherlock Amidst a host of admirable emotions, Gatiss one nostalgic paragraph captured my fancy.
It goes thusly,I d never read any of the original stories until one fateful Saturday when, recovering from German measles, I was given a treat a trip to WH Smith, and the purchase of any book I wanted There, nestling amongst all the possible contenders for my shiny fifty pence piece was a gorgeous, plump, purple Pan paperback, with a colour tinted Sidney Paget illustration on the cover The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Everything about it promised the thrill of mystery and the faintly queasy allure of Vict This was a re read , I m guessing for the 4th or 5th time and it was as fabulous as ever.
It comprises 10 short stories A scandal in Bohemia A case of identity The Boscombe Valley mystery The five orange pips The adventure of the blue carbuncle The adventure of the speckled band The adventure of the engineer s thumb The adventure of the noble bachelor The adventure of the beryl coronet The adventure of the copper beechesThese stories are all well written, with wonderful characterisations and great settings As with Miss Marple or Poirot, I see a certain actor whenever I read a Sherlock Holmes book and that is Jeremy Brett To me he is the epitome of Sherlock ness.
In this collection we see Sherlock and Watson involved with royalty to beggars, from geese to snakes, from central London to the suburbs when they were s read for the second timeIn sixty investigations, narrated by Dr Watson, his eminent memorialist, Sherlock Holmes gave only twenty five guilty to justice.
Nine others had escaped the just punishment that awaited them after the riddle s resolution of the enigma.
Eleven investigations had the result only of revealing a supposed crime or a pure fantasy having no relation of gravity with that supposed.
At the end of the remaining fifteen investigations, Sherlock Holmes, substituting himself for justice, makes himself the guilty one, either that he considers him a victim, or that he proposes to redeem himself, that he wants to avoid a scandal, to be satisfied with a bargain, or to accept a substitute for justice.
Watson calls Holmes the most perfect machine to observe and reason on the planet He thus reveals the two m