Mini Monday Review #5


The Extraordinary Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 


‘On the contrary, my dear Watson, you can see everything. You fail, however, to reason from what you see’ 

This book is quite simply a collection of ten exciting and mysterious Sherlock Holmes stories that are bound to entice you into the thrilling world of the detective and the doctor.  Each story was fairly small but all still managed to pack in a good amount of  puzzling plot. The stories are written from the perspective of John Watson, Holmes’ good friend and colleague. By doing so the reader is left guessing the resolution until the very end. After the murder is caught, the jewel is found or the robbery prevented Holmes treats John, and therefore the reader, to a step-by-step explanation to how he managed to figure out the problem through the art of observation. This part of the story is undoubtably the best. Everything seems so simple when written down in front of you. This reflects the whole tone of the book; each story looks confusing on the outside – with the 19th century lexical, complex characters and fast paced plot-  but is really just effortless and elementary my dear Watson!

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Due to this being a collection of short stories there isn’t really much character building.  Although the book does introduce each character and supplies the reader with a good amount of information on their personalities, it slightly presumes that you have previously read some of the series.  Despite that, the character of Sherlock is just so easy to warm to; he’s witty, daring and always ten steps ahead of everybody else. The stories do explore some of his traits, all of which are really enjoyable to read. The setting is much like the character building, a little lacking due to the form. There are some really beautiful descriptions of the late 19th century London in which the books are set but don’t expect them all the time. Think of them as rare gems within the stories.

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So if you’re considering reading the Sherlock Holmes books but are unsure whether they’ll be for you I’d recommend reading this as it is a brilliant tester novel: if you enjoy it go read some more, if it’s not your cup of tea at least you’ve had an interesting and entertaining quick read.  Also if you’re a fan of the TV Show then I also highly recommend giving this a try as it’s the source of many references in the show.


7 thoughts on “Mini Monday Review #5

  1. I just read A Study in Scarlet which I didn’t like as much as I thought I was going to, and then I read The Hound of the Baskervilles which was super good. Anyway, I’m glad to hear the short stories are good!


      • A Study in Scarlet is the first Sherlock book but if you don’t care about reading in order, I don’t see why not! Yeah, I loved The Hound of the Baskervilles. It’s great.


      • I bought this beautiful vintage hardback bind-up of A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles but no Sign of Four! Would you recommend reading them in order or does it not matter?


      • It really doesn’t matter. I actually had a Reader’s Digest edition of A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles together. I just read it and it was fine. 🙂


  2. This sounds really good. I have the Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes sitting on my shelf already and your review makes me want to pick them up soon! 🙂

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    • Oh I would definitely recommend you do that, it’s nice to have crime stories that really engage the reader and aren’t full to the brim with blood and guts!


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