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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 purchased this as a gift. It came in great condition and was easy to read and store. I bought this after I had success with another book in the same large-print series.Published 1 day ago by Miss O.
I read this book a long time ago I LOVED THEN AND I STILL LOVE NOW! I AM A ASHERLOCK FAN!!Published 6 days ago by Ellis Sibert
A classic who is doing it! Very atmospheric trip to the moors. The definitive Sherlock Holmes story.Published 7 days ago by Brad
This is how books should be written! Excellent plot, enchanting you in the story, not too long, not too short, thrilling, excellent writing style. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Tomer Ben David
The very first Sherlock Holmes story. I was quite surprised by the back-story in the middle of the book. Arthur Conan Doyle must have done his research. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JeneReneRodgers
Great book full of details and really immersive story.Published 1 month ago by Eddier Rodriguez Perez