Series: Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Author Conan Doyle
Works in this Series:
A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of the Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Valley of Fear
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
His Last Bow
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Genres: Adventure, Mystery
My Rating: 4 of 5
Good for ages: 12+
Summary: The series – the four novels and the five books of short stories – follows the cases of the consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. The majority of the stories are related through the writings of Holmes best friend and faithful historian Dr. John Watson though there are a few written in Holmes’ perspective.
There are a variety of cases that Holmes always solves them with his great powers of deduction. The cases vary, from a man living a double life and faking his own death in one of those lives to a rare jewel getting lost and eventually found in the stomach of a turkey.
My Thoughts: While I do not always enjoy each individual short story, I love the series as a whole. Holmes deductive abilities boarder on fantastical but watching him solve each of the cases is fascinating anyway.
My personal favorites are: The Hound of the Baskervilles (novel), The Valley of Fear (novel), and The Adventure of the Dying Detective (short story).
My Favorite Quotes:
“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.” ~ The Valley of Fear
“Should I ever marry, Watson, I should hope to inspire my wife with some feeling which would prevent her from being walked off by a housekeeper when my corpse was lying within a few yards of her.” ~ The Valley of Fear
“The best way of successfully acting a part is to be it.” ~ The Dying Detective
“Evil indeed is the man who has not one woman to mourn him.” ~ The Hound of the Baskervilles
“Really, Watson, you excel yourself,” said Holmes, pushing back his chair and lighting a cigarette. “I am bound to say that in all the accounts which you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements you have habitually underrated your own abilities. It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt.” ~ The Hound of the Baskervilles
Where can you get this book: Most of these books are available for free on Amazon, they may even be on Gutenberg as they are in the public domain. There are also several recordings of the novels and short stories on Librivox.