The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


A couple of years ago, I managed to snag this really nice hardback copy of all of the Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. It could probably be used as a murder weapon; it’s so big and heavy. And–this is the best part–it was only $6. I read about half of it before I got burnt out. I picked it back up again this week and finished off The Return of Sherlock Holmes, which you can check out here.

Rating: [2/5]

Summary: This book is actually a collection of short mystery stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The first story attempts to explain how Sherlock managed to survive his encounter with Moriarty from the last book. After that, the stories all stand alone as individual mysteries.

Likes: I obviously like the relationship between Sherlock and Watson. It’s classic. It’s also really interesting to see how the modern mystery story archetype was established. Plus, reading Sherlock Holmes stories is a great way to cope with the Sherlock hiatus. Just saying.

Dislikes: If you’ve read one Sherlock Holmes story, you’ve pretty much read them all. I’m not a big fan of mystery as a genre in the first place, so reading story after story with the same overall plot got really repetitive.

TL;DR: If you love mystery or classic fiction, Sherlock Holmes is a must. And, if you’re looking for a way to survive until the next episode of the BBC show airs, why not try a little original Sherlock?


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