The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Published February 12, 2013
- Author Arthur Conan Doyle
What a wonderful range and variety of stories are contained within the official world of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve read a bit of Holmes here and there before but now an awful lot of what happened on screen makes sense! Contained within this complete works are the four books and 50+ stories that make up a complete chronology of Holmes and Watson’s adventures in crime.
I was a bit surprised at how different some of the stories were. Almost all are told from Watson’s perspective, with a couple by Sherlock’s own hand. One, quite oddly, is in the third person. Some of the longer novels have two distinct parts, one involving the crime, and the second featuring how the perpetrators ended up in these situations. I was particularly frustrated in the second half of Valley of Fear, because, although it was a good story, I missed Sherlock.
Twists and turns and guessing games, along with the unique character that is Sherlock Holmes make this a fascinating read. I may have overdone it slightly, consuming the entire works all at once, but hey, now at least I know where the curious incident of the dog in the night time comes from.