These 12 short stories first appeared in The Strand magazine during 1891-2, and were published in book form in the latter year. Sherlock Holmes had made his debut five years earlier in A Study in Scarlet, but it was this collection that established him as a detective nonpareil, and Arthur Conan Doyle as one of the most popular writers of the day. In `The Red-Headed League', pawnbroker Jabez Wilson responds to an advertisement calling for a new recruit to that mysterious association. His hair colour secures him an ...
These 12 short stories first appeared in The Strand magazine during 1891-2, and were published in book form in the latter year. Sherlock Holmes had made his debut five years earlier in A Study in Scarlet, but it was this collection that established him as a detective nonpareil, and Arthur Conan Doyle as one of the most popular writers of the day. In `The Red-Headed League', pawnbroker Jabez Wilson responds to an advertisement calling for a new recruit to that mysterious association. His hair colour secures him an undemanding, well-paid job - until the day he arrives for work to discover that the League has been summarily dissolved. Hydraulics expert Victor Hatherley also accepts a lucrative offer in `The Engineer's Thumb', and receives a severed digit into the bargain. In `The Blue Carbuncle' a fabulous gemstone turns up in a goose's throat. A terrified woman fears she will meet the same fate as her twin sister in `The Speckled Band'. Sherlock Holmes takes these and other curiosities effortlessly in his stride. No matter how bizarre the facts, Holmes applies his forensic skills and towering intellect to the problem, and the truth will out.
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Although the stories are short they are nevertheless excellent reading.
Feb 18, 2010
Learning About English Culture with Sherlock H.
I am 80% done with the book but it is for adult reading and would not reccommend this book for a minor. It glamorizes drug use.
Love the book, I am learning about English culture this is my first Sherlock Holmes book.
Dec 31, 2009
Bought the Oxford Press edition of this book to read the references indicated during the stories - also easier to handle than my unabridged sherlock holmes.
May 2, 2007
short and logical
This book is composed of twelve short Sherlock Holmes stories: A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip (my personal favorite), The Blue Carbuncle, The Speckled Band, The Engineer's Thumb, The Noble Bachelor, The Beryl Coronet and The Copper Beeches. Although I've long been a fan of Laurie King's Mary Russell novels, which are semi-pastiches of the Holmes series, my only experience of the original Sherlock Holmes has been limited to my dim recollection of reading The Red-Headed League in high school and of watching a few of the BBC television episodes with my dad! Several years ago, I tried reading one of Conan Doyle's novel-length works but was rapidly turned off by the slow development of the plot and did not finish it. Reading this book, though, was a much better experience and I'm so glad I chose it. I think that the author's skill and the Holmes "genre" itself are much better seen and enjoyed in short stories. None of the stories are thrilling or heart-pounding; that is not what made Sherlock Holmes mysteries so great. Instead, they each follow a rather simple pattern: Holmes and Watson are introduced to a short, bewildering mystery that is quickly and, to Watson's never ending surprise, easily solved by Holmes, who then calmly gives a detailed analysis of the case and his logical steps to solving it! This set-up must be what made Sherlock Holmes such a refreshing character and what made the books so popular!
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