It’s elementary, my dear Watson. Sorry. Anyways. You can check out the book here.
Summary: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is actually the fourth book in the collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. They don’t really need to be read in order, but it helps. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a compilation of short mystery stories. Each mystery can stand alone and is resolved in each “chapter”. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is important to the canon because it not only introduces Sherlock’s older, smarter brother, but ends with the exciting and infamous conflict between Holmes and Moriarty.
Likes: I love Sherlock Holmes. I love the character, the series…everything. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved characters in classic literature, and one of the most influential. Obviously, the style of the stories and the nature of Holmes’ character has inspired basically all modern mystery novels and TV shows. Also, the characterization and relationship between Holmes and Watson is iconic, for good reason.
Dislikes: Sometimes the stories can be a little confusing, because Watson is telling the reader about a case that Holmes is relating to him. This makes it slightly difficult to follow at times. There’s not really much of an overarching plot either, but that’s okay. The main emphasis of these stories is on the characters, whom Sir Arthur Conan Doyle clearly executed brilliantly.
TL;DR: I would highly recommend The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes to anyone, especially those who enjoy a good mystery. If you’re like me and you have to read the books in order, start with A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes before beginning The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
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