Book Review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The literary world is incomplete without mention of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary fictional character Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes ruled the minds of audiences in a manner no other literary character has been able to do and his adventures continues to awe, frighten and excite us till this very day.
The author wrote several novels featuring Holmes but it was his short stories that turned into a raving success among the readers. Of the five collections that was published, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" published in 1892 was the first and the most popular. It contains all except one of the five all-time most popular short stories in the Sherlock Holmes catalog (A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-headed League, The Blue Carbuncle, and The Speckled Band), as well as some other gems like the Five Orange Pips.
These stories are considered to be among the finest ever written in the genre of mystery and detective literature and for those who wish to taste the work of Arthur Conan Doyle for the first time, it would be a great idea to start with these stories first.
A Scandal in Bohemia
This is the very first story featured in the collection and one of the best. The story involves Holmes rare failure at finding the culprit. He is hired by the kingdom of Bohemia to regain a scandalous photograph of the future king of the kingdom from the beautiful Irene Adler. After going through a plethora of disguises and detective work, Holmes is outwitted by the lady in an intriguing fashion.
The Red-headed League
Generally regarded as all-time second best Sherlock Holmes story, this bizarre tale features a pawnbroker who is paid money to join the mysterious red-headed league, as part of an ingenious scheme to rob a bank.
Full list of the short stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- 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
- 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 Beeches
Why do i like the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes so much? Well the exquisite detail of the characters make them real rather than made up, the sometimes unbelievable (in a good way) stories and predicaments within the plots are utterly amazing.