Book Review: The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Vintage Classics.

Vintage Classics have put together a collection of some of the best and most memorable cases of Sherlock Holmes into this one book which is a must read for all fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic character. If you are not familiar with Sherlock Holmes then the writing of the cases is from the perspective of his assistant Dr John Watson who writes up the cases for Holmes. The cases are relatively short at around 20 pages each but are well written and have been thoroughly thought out. Conan Doyle uses plenty of description and suspense to keep you reading onto the very end to find out exactly what happened in these weird and very different cases, even on the couple of occasions where Holmes does not succeed in finding an answer you are not disappointed. His writing is of good storytelling and Holmes is the perfect detective and just when you think you know all about him he still continues to be an enigma which I think shows the beauty of Conan Doyle’s writing.

The second half of the book is dedicated to the Memoirs of Holmes which again is written from the viewpoint of Watson. My favourite memoir is also the one on which the book finishes, ‘The Final Problem’. This is where Holmes and Professor Moriarty finally meet with tragic consequences. It’s very different to the rest of the book as there is no actual case to be solved, it is written by Watson in order to keep Holmes’ name from being tarnished. Whereas Holmes has known about Moriarty’s existence for a long time, Watson has never heard of him and his business until now. The book ends on the note you would expect and will not leave you disappointed. Personally I love reading classic books and after watching the series of Sherlock on the BBC I decided to read this. It is one of the most enjoyable and well written books I have read in a long time and I am glad that most of the cases have been collected together into one book. It is a very good read and one of those books that you will end up revisiting again and again

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