The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes



❰Reading❯ ➿ The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Author Arthur Conan Doyle – E17streets4all.co.uk A Berkley Medallion BookSBN XSixteenth PrintingCover illustration by W Teason of a deerstalker and other objects on a sundial To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman With this provocative remark, A Berkley Medallion booksBN of Sherlock MOBI ´ XSixteenth PrintingCover illustration by W Teason of a deerstalker and other objects on a sundial To The Adventures PDF/EPUB or Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman With this provocative remark, Dr Watson launches A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA, the first story Adventures of Sherlock PDF/EPUB Ã in this famous group, and then sweeps the reader on through some of the very best detective stories ever written, including A CASE OF IDENTITY, THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS and THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES, in the company of one whom many feel to be the most satisfactory detective ever created Sherlock Holmes.The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock MOBI ´ was born the third of ten siblings on May in Edinburgh, Scotland His father, The Adventures PDF/EPUB or Charles Altamont Doyle, a talented illustrator, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish Adventures of Sherlock PDF/EPUB Ã They were married in Although he is now referred to as Conan Doyle , the origin of this compound surname if that is how he meant it to be understood is uncertain His baptism record in the registry of St Mary s Cathedral in Edinburgh gives Arthur Ignatius Conan as his Christian name, and simply Doyle as his surname It also names Michael Conan as his godfatherAt the age of nine Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst He then went on to Stonyhurst College, leaving in From to he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh This required that he provide periodic medical assistance in the towns of Aston now a district of Birmingham and Sheffield While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories His first published story appeared in Chambers s Edinburgh Journal before he was Following his graduation, he was employed as a ship s doctor on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabes dorsalis in In Conan Doyle married Louisa or Louise Hawkins, known as Touie She suffered from tuberculosis and died on July The following year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie, whom he had first met and fallen in love with in Due to his sense of loyalty he had maintained a purely platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was alive Jean died in London on June Conan Doyle fathered five children Two with his first wife Mary Louise January June , and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley, known as Kingsley November October With his second wife he had three children Denis Percy Stewart March March , second husband in of Georgian Princess Nina Mdivani circa February former sister in law of Barbara Hutton Adrian Malcolm November June and Jean Lena Annette December November Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on July He had died of a heart attack at age His last words were directed toward his wife You are wonderful The epitaph on his gravestone in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire, reads STEEL TRUEBLADE STRAIGHTARTHUR CONAN DOYLEKNIGHTPATRIOT, PHYSICIAN MAN OF LETTERSConan Doyle s house, Undershaw, located in Hindhead, south of London, where he had lived for a decade, had been a hotel and restaurant between and It now stands empty while conservationists and Conan Doyle fans fight to preserve itA statue honours Conan Doyle at Crowborough Cross in Crowborough, where Conan Doyle lived for years There is also a statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the house where Conan Doyle was bornSeries Sherlock Holmes.

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  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
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  • 10 February 2018

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  1. says:

    A 85% Extraordinary NotesIt finds an ideal medium in chapter length tales a rare short story collection with no misses, only hits and better hits.

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    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 mailthan once a day, the manners of the time, the dialoguethis 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 ow 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 mailthan once a day, the manners of the time, the dialoguethis 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

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    June 2020So this is a Group read for English Mysteries , where we shall be reading all of the Conan Doyle Holmes short stories and Novels over the next 18 months finishing on Dartmoor for Christmas 2021.Interestingly, I have to say the version I am now reading has 12 short stories compared to the 10 in 2018 I can only guess that different editions and I have many for different countries have different sets of stories.For this re read there will be 12, 12 is the number of stories, there shall June 2020So this is a Group read for English Mysteries , where we shall be reading all of the Conan Doyle Holmes short stories and Novels over the next 18 months finishing on Dartmoor for Christmas 2021.Interestingly, I have to say the version I am now reading has 12 short stories compared to the 10 in 2018 I can only guess that different editions and I have many for different countries have different sets of stories.For this re read there will be 12, 12 is the number of stories, there shall be So in order read The Redheaded League 5 A wonderful example of Holmes capabilities What is The Red Headed League and why does it want pawnbroker Mr Wilson to join their ranks.A Case of Identity 4 Where has the intended of Miss Mary Sutherland disappeared to In fact why did he vanish on the way to their wedding The Boscombe Valley Mystery 5 Who else but his son could have killed Mr Charles McCarthy, but if so, why did James not say what their argument had been about or why make up the story about his father saying a rat with his last breathThe Five Orange Pips 4 Who keeps sending members of the Openshaw family 5 Orange Pips And what papers should be put on the sundial in the garden The Man with the Twisted Lip 5 A wonderful story in which Holmes is for a while stumped, how could the beggar have killed the fit London businessman and disposed of his body out of the window into the Thames so quickly And then a night of pipe smoking contemplation allows him to solve the crime.The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle 5 A fabulous story, demonstrating Holmes ability to delve into a problem and follow it to a conclusion So who was the man who was attacked late one night as he staggered home with a goose Peterson the commissioner, saw the man attacked and rescued his hat and goose Holmes manages to discern a large amount of information about the gooses owner just from his hat much to Watson s amazement The Speckled Band 5 Probably one of the most famous short stories, and very atmospheric Why did her twin die, and what is the whistling The Adventure of the Engineer s Thumb 4.5 A story that focusses on an injury done to a hydraulic engineer who had been called out late at night to repair a hydraulic press Offered an extortionate fee for his assistance it ends in him being taken to Dr Watson s surgery for treatment.The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor 4.5 The upper crust Lord Robert St Simon calls on Holmes when his American very rich wife of just a few hours mysteriously disappearsThe Adventure of the Beryl Coronet 5 Alexander Holder, co owner of a private bank, arrives in a terrible state at 221B His honour could be in shreds as he has taken a well known fabulously expensive bejewelled coronet in exchange for a monstrous loan of 50, 000 And then that night he catches his son with the coronet in his hands and jewels missing, ruination beckons.The Adventure of the Copper BeechesA Scandal in BohemiaFebruary 2018 5 Stars This was a personal 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 suburbs to the South Wset, from bank robbers to murders to The Woman.If you ve never read any Holmes, this is a great place to start and will give you an insight into his amazing abilities, his relationship with Watson and fantastic descriptions of Victorian London

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    I ve been listening to Sherlock Holmes stories in the car and think I m going to go through and listen to all of them now I ve started with The Adventures and have enjoyed it immensely There must have been any number of psychological studies performed on Mr Holmes There is, of course, that wonderful line by Borges in his lectures on Verse in which he says that he believes in the Character of Sherlock Holmes without actually believing in any of the stories in which that character appears That I ve been listening to Sherlock Holmes stories in the car and think I m going to go through and listen to all of them now I ve started with The Adventures and have enjoyed it immensely There must have been any number of psychological studies performed on Mr Holmes There is, of course, that wonderful line by Borges in his lectures on Verse in which he says that he believes in the Character of Sherlock Holmes without actually believing in any of the stories in which that character appears That is such a clever thing to say and I think it is also remarkably true Although, as with most other true things, I never seem to have too much trouble believing in the stories as they are being told If I was doing a psychological analysis of Mr Holmes something, obviously, I m grossly underqualified to perform but I feel quite safe, given he never actually existed and even if he did he would be well dead by now and so would be quite unlikely to be adversely affected by any nonsense I might come up with it would probably have a lot to say about the beginnings of these stories There is a bit of a pattern to how these stories start Either a client or, all too often, Dr Watson is presented to Holmes and he makes some remarkable logical deduction about these invariably astonished characters from a seemingly insignificant detail he notices via an article of clothing or their hat.What I find so psychologically interesting about him doing this at the start of each story is that I can t help but feel he does this to present himself as the intellectual superior to those around him The relationship between Watson and Holmes really isn t the same as that between Boswell and Johnson, despite the constant reference to the similarities Watson may be the dutifully biographer, but his role is also that of the slightly foolish, but endlessly appreciative audience It is as if it is only through his reactions that we learn when to gasp and when to applaud with awesome wonder Watson is the laughing track of his day But Holmes repeatedly asserting his intellectual superiority at the beginning of each story is fascinating as it also hints at insecurities in his character He requires reassurance He is a flawed character, our Holmes Rational, empirical but also all too often only interested in people for the complex cases they present him with There is also the problem of his drug addiction which he invariably turns to out of sheer boredom and invariably that is intellectual boredom I can t begin to tell you how surprised I was to find that Doyle was a spiritualist It is something I found myself remembering as Holmes performs his tricks Because there is something terribly similar about the tricks Holmes performs and the cold reading performed by a spiritualist His explaining often results in his audience saying something like now it is explained I can see how easy it all is, which then has Holmes complaining he should keep his methods to himself Except I think there is a deeper significance to him doing these performances and that is to constantly have his audience wondering what else there is about them he can see what other secrets has he access to A lesser character would have mystical powers Holmes achieves the same thing through the force of his intellect The only wonder is, given our culture s clear distrust if not active loathing of the intellect, how he ever came to be quite so loved in the first place Perhaps his coldness explains this perhaps it is because he is the model of the detached scientist that it is alright to like him.Now, talking of love My eldest daughter became particularly fond of Mr Holmes about five years ago So much so that she read all of his stories after we watched many of the BBC TV shows of his works made in the 1980s One day she had been reading one of the stories in this book and Watson mentions, in an off hand way, that one can calculate how tall someone is from the length of their stride And so Fi actually tried this, taking various measurements and doing a series of calculations It is hard to exaggerate the utter joy children bring into one s life They come highly recommended as do the wonderful stories in this collection.Oh, and there are a couple of stories where it is mentioned that someone is reading a book with a yellow cover a mystery detective story In Italy detective stories are still referred to as Yellows I wonder why these stories tended to be printed in books with yellow covers I must wiki it at some stage

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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes, 3 , Arthur Conan Doyle 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 the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between July 1891 and June 1892 The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr Watson The stories are re The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes, 3 , Arthur Conan Doyle 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 the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between July 1891 and June 1892 The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr Watson The stories are related in first person narrative from Watson s point of view 2016 1372 1377 1387 19 1394 1121891 18921892

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    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 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 redheads was fun, but otherwise this is a fairly standard Sherlock Holmes story.2 A Case of Identity The rare swing and miss, it s lightweight and predictable, with a patronizing Victorian view of women that thoroughly irritated me.3.4 The Boscombe Valley Mystery A son is accused of his father s murder understandable since he was found at the scene covered in blood, but of course there sto the story than that 3.5 The Five Orange Pips Five dried up orange seeds in an envelope are a serious threat Apparently so, when they re accompanied by the letters K.K.K and followed by death This one is atmospheric and compelling reading, but I m dinging it for Doyle s complete disregard for actual historical facts about the KKK This story is also notable for view spoiler being one of the few total fails by Sherlock Holmes hide spoiler.3.5 The Man with the Twisted Lip This disappearing husband case is worth reading for the insights into Dr Watson s character and for the evocative description of Victorian era drug abuse and opium dens.4 The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle A missing blue jewel and a goose Doyle slips up again on his research Sherlock would be ashamed because carbuncles are, by definition, red jewels rubies , but that aside, this was a really fun jewel thievery escapade 5 The Speckled Band A dying young woman, with her final breath, gasps The speckled band And now her twin sister fears for her own life The best mystery in this collection Don t miss it 3.75 The Adventure of the Engineer s Thumb This mystery about an injured engineer involves not only thumbs but a sinister hydraulic stamping machine I mean, if one of these could take out the Terminator, clearly there s some grave danger here 3 The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor This story is interesting for its dealing with the once popular social practice of American heiresses marrying British nobility, Downton Abbey style Otherwise, sadly, it s pretty forgettable.4 The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet A desperate banker tells Sherlock that a valuable gold and beryl coronet has been stolen from his keeping, and the main suspect is the banker s son A subtler and better mystery than I expected.4 The Adventure of the Copper Beeches A red headed governess becomes embroiled in a very odd situation There s a strange employer, a giant dog that prowls the premises looking for people to eat, and a servant with a surprising story.These stories are easy to pop down like so many potato chips, but I found I enjoyed themwhen I spaced them out a little Just a suggestion

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    As a rule, thebizarre 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, thatAs a rule, thebizarre 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 The Sign of Four Not without reason do many readers consider this collection to be Doyle s masterpiece, myself included It simply was no masterpiece which absolutely thrilled or stunned me Blame it on me or my inability to read all the stories from this collection in less than four months, but a lot of the fun about Holmes and Watson s adventures was deprived from the novel by repeating exactly the same concept in each and every one of those stories.Let s take a look at the short stories itself, which may very well represent the very essence of Doyle s works in the Sherlock Holmes canon Beginning with A Scandal in Bohemia and concluding with The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, Doyle invented two famous female characters frequently associated with the stories about Holmes Irene Adler and Violet Hunter Both may be considered ahead of their times, surprisingly independent and brave The other characters Doyle brought into play during the other ten stories were not quite as memorable, however The Red Headed League turned out to be a sweet little short story which isn t very outstanding in the Sherlock Holmes series because of its predictability, but still includes some interesting quotes and follows a suspense packed plot with a conclusion which will keep you turning the pages just as The Boscombe Valley Mystery, an interesting mystery story about a man being suspected of having murdered his father, consisting of fast paced dialogues and an exciting turning point Everyone seems to have guessed the ending correctly before reading it everyone except for me , which may be the reason for why I liked it so much A Case of Identity was far off being nearly as intriguing I have written a full review for this story here while The Man with the Twisted Lip emerged as a really good short story with an interesting twist I would never have figured out on my own In addition, Arthur Conan Doyle included some interesting material surrounding Sherlock s drug addiction here, and once again, he masterfully explored the friendship between Sherlock and Watson Afterwards, a story about the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, The Five Orange Pips, eloquently narrated by Watson as usual, once again followed the pattern of a classic Holmes tale with an interesting plot and new layers of depth to the character of Sherlock Holmes Sadly enough, it wasn t as unique as Doyle wanted the story to appear.Another rather interesting little story, but not outstanding or mind blowing was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, enjoyable, but nothingTherein, Holmes has to deal with a stolen carbuncle appearing in the throat of a Christmas goose, entering on the search for the real culprit The Speckled Band is one of the most well known stories in this collection, and the hype this short story received is understandable due to its complex mystery and the stunning conclusion I liked the story myself However, never before has Doyle confronted us with so many plot holes, which ultimately disappointed me A story full of potential which was stripped from its credibility for the sake of cutting it short the story certainly provided home forpotential than some of Doyle s full length novels The Adventure of the Engineer s Thumb deals with an engineer whose thumb is chopped off, stinging Sherlock to work out the background of this new case The Noble Bachelor focuses on the disappearance of a Lord s bride immediately after the wedding ceremony Quite an entertaining story with snarky Sherlock Holmes at his best, and a stunning conclusion which once again made the reader feel as dumbfounded as John Watson about Sherlock s investigative talents The second last story, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, deals with the damage mysteriously inflicted to the coronet of a British earl, and, finally, during the conclusion of the collection Doyle rises to fresh heights of his writing with The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, breathing life into a suspenseful story surrounding a woman who assumes work at the mansion of a strange couple with dark secrets.While most of these stories are independently enjoyable and memorable on their own, added up on each other they amount to a collection of great mysteries Doyle could have been proud of However, for me, the problem in getting through the anthology proved to be the similar execution of each and every story All of them started with Sherlock and Watson sitting or conversing in Sherlock s home, right before the case s new victim appeared in most cases on the story s second page After elaborately recounting their experiences in a way so explicitly formulated that they might have been the starting point of a story without Sherlock or Watson being present, the second part of all the stories mainly consisted in Sherlock and Watson calling upon the location of the occurence, right before the third part was used to allow Sherlock to narrate the real events leading up to the upcoming of the mystery based on his investigations Now and then, the second step was even skipped if Sherlock started the investigation without Watson who was the first person narrator, which resulted in us only being allowed to look at Sherlock s approach if Watson was present as well , and it just bothered me to read the same concept over and over again, only embedded in different plotlines And, just as a footnote, someone should have told Sherlock not to consider every single one of his cases as the greatest challenge of his career It became repetitive after a certain point.However, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes remains a great work and can be seen as a tribute to the wonderful and world wide famous characters of Holmes and Watson My only disappointment results in my shattered hopes that Mycroft Holmes brother or Moriarty Holmes archenemy might be introduced during one of these stories, but my anticipation of meeting them obviously needs to wait slightly longer Up next on my Sherlock Holmes quest The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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    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 o 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 Victoriana with which I was already and headily in love But first came the introduction I can t remember much about it now, except that it ended with the moving sentiment I wish I were reading these stories for the first timeI wish I were reading these stories for the first time Never has a statement so effectively captured the sheer bliss of nose diving into an old and much cherished spot of literature What prompted me to revisit the series was BBC Entertainment s hugely popular and marvellously brilliant show SHERLOCK A fellow fan, sharp reviewer and possessor of the prodigious talent to pick the perfect book Yes, Mith.I am talking about you and yours truly were jamming up our Tumblr dashboards with the magnificence of a certain Mr Benedict Cumberbatch Said Cumberbatch has done a splendid job of yanking Mr.Holmes into modern day London and playing him with aplomb It doesn t hurt that he s very easy on the eyes too.Ergo, when Cumberbatch he of the cupid curls, vertiginous cheekbones and manic eye glint with his trusty bro mate, Watson Martin Freeman graced the cover of yet another Sherlock edition, I had to lay my hands on it All the foaming at the mouth fans and I mean that in the nicest way possible since I unashamedly head the pack can be forgiven for labouring under the misconception that this book here, is a TV Series adaptation It s not.Sadlywell, not really because, KNOCK KNOCK , it s Sherlock Holmes, the O.R.I.G.I.N.A.L the book is a reprint of the twelve original mysteries as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.So when Holmes is not marvelling over the cleverness of Irene Adler, he s scratching his head over the sudden collapse of the Red Haired League Whether it s the trivial case of the Blue Carbuncle or the horrifying finale of the Speckled Band, Holmes is striding about with a befuddled Watson in tow Dignities are being restored.genteel ladies are being chivalrously rescued..and pages are being fraught with drama, deceit and old fashioned danger In short, everything that you would expect from the most famous detective of all fictional times.What could I write in my review that would add anything new to the reams that have been dedicated to the snarkiest sleuth of them all How do I delve into a character that s a delightful blend of humility and egotism How do I gush and fawn over a mind that could dissect an individual down to the tiniest speck of dust on the tip of his frock coat From the moment a knock falls at the door of 221B Baker Street, you know that you are in for a treat From the pithy to the sensational, no case escaped the interest of Holmes and his partner in crime solving, Dr.Watson Holmes would settle down before the roaring fireplace, light his pipe, give the despairing individual a clinical onceover, draw his almost always correct conclusions and then just as quickly, proceed to unravel mysteries on the strength of observation, infallible logic and that essential spark of genius cloaked in eccentricities In the times of darkly dreaming Dexter and stiletto wearing Detective Kate Beckett, Holmes may pale in comparison And then again.maybe he won t In the cold of Victorian London, amidst the ladies who sniffed into their lacy kerchiefs and the gentleman who blustered around in their breeches, Holmes cut a dashing figure With his dry wit and baffling disguises, he plundered the murky underbelly ah, how I love my clich s of crime, and almost always got his man woman murderous cult.Yes, we love our modern day detective dramas and high octane police chases We love the forensics lab with it s meticulously laid out tools We love the fact that a well worded Google search might just catch that horrendous serial killer by the end of the one hour episode.But, as Steven Moffat co creator of BBC Entertainment s Sherlock puts itConan Doyle s stories were never about frock coats and gas light they re about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood curdling crimes and frankly, to hell with the crinoline Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that s what matters

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    After reading lengthy audiobooks like Vanity Fair I just wanted to read listen to something short Then I saw the movie The Imitation Game highly recommended and I thought Of course Sherlock I suspect reviewing an anthology by listing all the stories and commenting on each of them is probably inelegant and amateurish, but I never said I was a pro So the game is afoot Let the jollification begin A Scandal in Bohemia Irene Adler is not Holmes girlfriend OK Stop shipping Sherene al After reading lengthy audiobooks like Vanity Fair I just wanted to read listen to something short Then I saw the movie The Imitation Game highly recommended and I thought Of course Sherlock I suspect reviewing an anthology by listing all the stories and commenting on each of them is probably inelegant and amateurish, but I never said I was a pro So the game is afoot Let the jollification begin A Scandal in Bohemia Irene Adler is not Holmes girlfriend OK Stop shipping Sherene already sorry for this bout of Tumblrism One of the best known SH stories ever, one with a great twist Irene Adler is simply awesome She is possibly the inspiration for Catwoman Without spoiling anything I can tell you that she was never in any danger of being beheaded in the Middle East Actually Holmes probably fancies her a bit, mostly for her brain.The Red Headed League Holmes vs The Deadly Gingers This is a three pipes problem according to Holmes This story is subtly funny in places, Holmes and Watson even have a good laugh at his dimwitted client s expense.A Case of Identity One of thecomfy cases which Holmes can solve from his armchair Funny thing about this story is that while it is good, when I looked at the title of the story a couple days later in the Contents page I had no idea what it is about It s just too elementary Note to self This one is about a missing fianc who leaves his nice but dim bride at the altar, he is not what he seemsThe Boscombe Valley Mystery Murder al most foul Number of pipes not specified, probably notthan four as the case involves a bit of traveling Holmes says something surprisingly religious hereYou are yourself aware that you will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the Assizes The Five Orange Pips A bit of an epic fail for Sherlock, it s a great story and Holmes did solve the case but the conclusion of the case is not one of his shining moments If you receive five orange pips in the post view spoiler you may as well kill yourself because even Holmes can t help you though he will avenge you which is not much of a consolation hide spoiler The Man with the Twisted LipHolmes vs a master of disguise Great story with a surprisingly sweet ending Holmes solves this one bysitting upon five pillows and consuming an ounce of shagLOL Mr Holmes you are too many for me.The Adventure of the Blue CarbuncleIn which Holmes wouldn t say boo to a goose Underneath the cold exterior he can be quite kindly and forgiving to newbie criminals It s a gem The Adventure of the Speckled Band Holmes assists a Stoner in a most serpentine tale This is the most thrilling and sinister story so far in the book Definitely a favorite.The Adventure of the Engineer s Thumb Another case where Holmes does not have to do a lot of work The poor engineer and his ex thumb though The climax is quite thrilling, view spoiler you can almost feel the ceiling closing in hide spoiler.The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor The titular Noble Bachelor turns out to be an upper class twit Doyle is doing a bit of a social satire with this story I think A relatively inconsequential story but still a lot of fun The wedding scene reminds me of the movie The Graduate a little bit.The Adventure of the Beryl CoronetA tale of thievery and familial trust issues Holmes can be quite paternal and sentimental when he chooses to be, though here he does that stuff off screen The Adventure of the Copper BeechesThey re creepy and they re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They re all together ooky It s Holmes vs The Addams Family Well, not quite but it s not too far off Marvelous story, featuring Violet Hunter, a resourceful and competent young lady, who is almost as awesome as Irene Adler If Irene is Catwoman, Violet is surely Batgirl.No Shit Sherlock Holmes battles his deadliest enemy, constipation Dr Watson to the rescue with a suppository.Every story in this book except that last one about constipation is a gem Gems come in different sizes of course, but the entire collection is definitely a treasure Holmes is probably my favorite fictional character of all time His intellect is practically of superhero proportion, he is also wonderfully inscrutable yet caring and staunch defender of the less well to do Watson is an extremely important support for Holmes, his courage and loyalty to Holmes saves the sleuth s bacon on many occasions He is also definitely not an idiot as portrayed in some dramatization He can be quite quick witted and observant, and of course he is our trusty narrator.Of course it takes an actual genius to create such a vivid and convincing fictional genius From the reader s point of view it may seem easy to think up a crime and then retroactively create clues that will lead Holmes to solving them, but when you read these stories Holmes problem solving just seem so organic and natural His reading of people s background from observing the minutiae of their appearance is mind boggling even though we know the author create the observations to fit the characters appearance The ingenious part is that Doyle makes it all so believable, and he writes with such wit, style and elegance.If you never read any Sherlock Holmes before shame on you I recommend starting with this collection, then go on to the novels and other collections._________________________________ OK, I totally made this one up The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Librivox audiobook read nay performed by David Clarke Awesome job Mr Clarke

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    Sherlock Holmes is one of the great characters of literature who can resist the aloof arrogance and limitless self satisfaction which stems from that intellectual superiority with which he squishes all the dodgy baronets and rum foreign coves that turn up in the mysteries presented to him by the clients who never fail, when recounting their tangled tales, to speak in perfect paragraphs full of precisely recollected speech in a style exactly like a Conan Doyle story I love the love story betwe Sherlock Holmes is one of the great characters of literature who can resist the aloof arrogance and limitless self satisfaction which stems from that intellectual superiority with which he squishes all the dodgy baronets and rum foreign coves that turn up in the mysteries presented to him by the clients who never fail, when recounting their tangled tales, to speak in perfect paragraphs full of precisely recollected speech in a style exactly like a Conan Doyle story I love the love story between Holmes and Watson they may or may not be closet cases, but yes it is rather interesting how in The Man with the Twisted Lip when Watson stumbles over Holmes in disguise in an opium den from where Watson is retrieving the erring husband of his wife s friend late one night, without a second thought, Watson packs the stoned husband into a cabriolet and sends him home whilst he goes off with Sherlock to spend the night never mind what a fretting wife will be thinking Watson is of course the Boswell to Sherlock s equally eccentric Dr Johnson and just as the great doctor got rather aggravated at Bozzy at times and swatted him like a fly, so we get this rather grim pronouncement from Sherlock they are discussing the accounts Watson writes and publishes of Sherlock s cases, the very accounts we have been reading in this book, yes, rather postmodern of Conan DoyleYou have erred perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your statements, instead of confining yourself to the task of placing upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is really the only notable feature about the thing It seems that I have done you full justice in the matter, I remarked with some coldness, for I was repelled by the egotism which I hadthan once observed to be a strong factor in my friend s singular character No, it is not selfishness or conceit, said he, answering, as was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words If I claim full justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing a thing beyond myself Crime is common Logic is rare Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell You have degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales That s telling him But Sherlock, these are beautifully written tales For instance, I love the pause which allows some conversation before the moment when the next agitated client twangs the Baker Street bell with another very unlikely tale A pause where Sherlock makes some random, unexpected observations about London life or makes of tobacco or the problems of succession in Schleswig Holstein And then, in comes the client shaking an umbrella Sir, a foreign gentleman cut off my thumb last night Mr Holmes, my wife disappeared thirty minutes after we were married Mr Holmes, they believe I killed my father Sir, a person sent my father five orange pips through the mail, and he died shortly thereafter Now I have received five orange pips through the mail.The unlikeliness of the mysteries and their resolutions are delightful in many ways Sometimes it turns out no crime has been committed Sometimes Sherlock turns out to be the criminal He has to break a law to obtain justice And he dishes out summary punishments too Sometimes the police never get involved, often they re flat footed stooges or simply noises off The stories become the vehicle to make many comments on England and the English here s one I liked Holmes and Watson are driving out into the Surrey countryside on a beautiful Spring dayYou look at these scattered houses and you are impressed by their beauty I look at them and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation, and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there Good Heavens I said, who would associate crime with these dear old homesteads They always fill me with a certain horror It is my belief, Watson, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present adreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside Always fascinating, glinting with intelligence, ascerbity and occasional indirect humour, and human affection, all these stories surpassed my dim memories of them and made me very happy that there are another four volumes to go

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