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Watson and Holmes move to a now-famous address, 221B Baker Street, where Watson is introduced to Holmes's eccentricities as well as his uncanny ability to deduce information about his fellow beings. Somewhat shaken by Holmes's egotism, Watson is nonetheless dazzled by his seemingly magical ability to provide detailed information about a man glimpsed once under the streetlamp across the road.
Then murder. Facing a deserted house, a twisted corpse with no wounds, a mysterious phrase drawn in blood on the wall, and the buffoons of Scotland Yard--Lestrade and Gregson--Holmes measures, observes, picks up a pinch of this and a pinch of that, and generally baffles his faithful Watson. Later, Holmes explains: "In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward.... There are few people who, if you told them a result, would be able to evolve from their own inner consciousness what the steps were which led up to that result." Holmes is in that elite group.
Conan Doyle quickly learned that it was Holmes's deductions that were of most interest to his readers. The lengthy flashback, while a convention of popular fiction, simply distracted from readers' real focus. It is when Holmes and Watson gather before the coal fire and Holmes sums up the deductions that led him to the successful apprehension of the criminal that we are most captivated. Subsequent Holmes stories--The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes--rightly plunge the twosome directly into the middle of a baffling crime, piling mystery upon mystery until Holmes's denouement once more leaves the dazzled Watson murmuring, "You are wonderful, Holmes!" Generations of readers agree. --Barbara Schlieper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I bought this on a whim because it was a Sherlock Holmes tale I missed. It could have been titled "How It All Began," and that's the plus here. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Steve Moore
The interest in a mystery depends on the person reading the book it is you opinion and no one can change that so read this mystery in your own interest.Published 1 day ago by Victoria Panigall
My favorite of the Sherlock Holmes series. The initial tension between Watson and Holmes as they get to know each other after meeting is soon out paced by the murder of an unknown... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Michael Carbone
Great to read how it all began--the first Sherlock novel. It was a quick, easy read. The writing style was surprising modern -- sparse and fast-paced with lots of dialogue, not the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by T. Foster
I enjoyed this classic tale, and having the illustrations was an added bonus.Published 16 days ago by Nelle
Loved reading the story I had heard so much about, and I loved reading it in Sir Arthur Conant Doyles inimitable style! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Nancy Blair