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About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a British novelist and historian best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote historical novels, including The White Company, which he considered his favorite.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Tribeca Books (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161293028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612930282
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a collection of 12 stories about the great detective. They are well-written, and each one takes about an hour to listen to, which made them perfect for my one-hour commute.

I'd never read any Sherlock Holmes, and I anticipated that the cases would be totally un-solvable. But it turns out that the clues provided during the narrative are often quite revealing, and it's frequently possible to guess the ending. This is particularly true of some stories, in which clues that were (I suppose) meant to be subtle to a British audience of the late 1800s, are now glaringly obvious. One story, for example uses the initials "KKK" for an evil secret society. `What could it be?' wonders sidekick Dr. Watson. Of course, any US citizen today knows what those initials stand for. However, although one can often guess the ending, it's tricky to catch all of the clues. I kept myself entertained by trying to catch as many of the clues as I could. I never managed to catch every one.

One thing I'm curious about is how many of these stories were archetypes of their plots. Several of the plots were very familiar to me because I'd seen or read similar stuff in movies & books. But it occurred to me: maybe these were the originals! I don't know enough about mystery writing to know whether that's the case or not.
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A. Conan Doyle

These are the first twelve short stories about the most famous detective in fiction. They were written in the 1890s when illumination came from fire (candles, oil lamps, and gas). Local travel was by horse or foot. No telephones. Technology has advanced but human nature remains the same. The character of `Sherlock Holmes' was inspired by Doctor Joseph Bell, the famous medical professor in Edinburgh Scotland. Reading the original stories reminds you how good they are, much better than the many imitators. Greed is the motive for most of these stories. I wonder how many were adapted from long forgotten true crime cases?

A Scandal in Bohemia. A big, tall man visits Holmes on a secret mission. This nobleman is in a photograph with an actress, and this can endanger an arranged dynastic marriage. Holmes is given £1,000 for expenses [a small fortune then]. Holmes uses a trick to find a hidden valuable object.
The Red-Headed League. A man with blazing red hair visits Holmes with his problem of a lost well-paying job. Holmes visits his shop on a side street. A watch at night catches the burglar and saves the bank its fortune in French gold. Holmes explains his deductions. A man who works for half-wages?
A Case of Identity. A young woman wants to find a missing fiancé who disappeared before their wedding. Holmes figures out the fraud and why it was done. The law can't touch this scoundrel. [The impressions of a typewriter can identify each unique machine.]

The Boscombe Valley Mystery. Charles McCarthy was found dead by a lake, his son James was arrested as a suspect. Holmes thinks the son is innocent, but has a secret. Holmes studies the crime scene and collects the clues, then identifies the murderer.
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I love the short stories in this book. It's fun to pick up and read just about anywhere. Very entertaining and action packed!
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