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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Doyle, Arthur

Genre: Short Story

Year: 1892


The crime-busting duo created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (though he wasn’t a sir in those days) set the template for every one thereafter, and ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ is the original collection of the first twelve Holmes short stories published between 1891 and 1892.

Some of these adventures are among the most famous (‘The Blue Carbuncle,’ ‘The Speckled Band’) and the cases range from trivial to imperative; deadly to comfortable; legendary to pointless. As the stories are presented in their original order, as the fictional scribe Watson allegedly publishes them, the action shifts around as Doyle intended from the ultra-modern world of the early 1890s, in which Watson is married and successful, to his early days sharing Holmes’ bachelor pad… there’s nothing funny about it, they are professionals. As the stories were originally published in the Strand magazine in their complete form, minor attempts appear to have been made to give a more serialised feel to them in order to keep readers buying, such as Watson bringing up earlier cases in the narrative, down to simple games the reader can play such as spotting the number of instances Holmes triumphs with his hunting crop and Watson never uses his revolver. There’s really no need to read the book in the presented order, as the collected short stories make for excellent dip-reading, especially alongside the further collections issued over the years.

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