Book Review: Sherlock Holmes v.1

4.5/5 Stars

In 221B Baker Street in London, resides a man by the name of Sherlock Holmes… First appearing in A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a series of short stories that appeared on in The Strand Magazine from 1887 to 1927. Eventually they all totaled out to 56 short stories and 4 novels. 

The book I read was volume one of a compilation of the stories Doyle wrote before attempting to kill off Sherlock Holmes, whereas volume two is after he was resurrected. Doyle has a clever writing style that truly brings Holmes and his accomplice, Dr. John Watson, to life. He also accomplishes in making Holmes appear to be an actual genius, which tends to be difficult to convey through writing.

Doyle’s excellent writing continues to intrigue readers as they attempt to figure out the newest case Sherlock Holmes is working on, and the enigma that is Holmes keeps everything interesting as it is almost impossible to understand his thought process. The stories are all told through Watson’s point of view as memoirs about Sherlock Holmes, so the reader never gets an inside look into Holmes’ mind, furthering his position as the resident enigma.

As Sherlock Holmes is the only consulting detective, he is often visited by police detectives to help with cases. These interactions between Holmes and the detectives, add a sort of comedy to the mystery stories that help to keep the reader entertained and to give a slight insight to Holmes’ personality. Thankfully, there are plenty of stories to enjoy about Sherlock Holmes and the many mysteries he solves and his interactions with the people around him that keep it entertaining. The stories of Sherlock Holmes are classics and I find them to be quite delightful.

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