Saturday, January 16

Book Review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Title: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Pages: 321

Summary: A colonel receives five seeds in the mail--and dies within weeks. A young bride disappears immediately after her wedding. An old hat and a Christmas goose are the only clues to a stolen jewel. A son is accused of his father's murder. These mysteries--and many more--are brought to the house on Baker Street where detective Sherlock Holmes resides. No case is too tricky for the world's most famous sleuth and his incredible powers of deduction.

This collection had 12 Mysteries listed below

1) Scandal in Bohemia
2) A Case of Identity
3) The Read-Headed League
4) The Boscombe Valley Mystery
5) The Five Orange Pips
6) The Man With the Twisted Lip
7) The Blue Carbuncle
8) The Speckled Band
9) The Engineer's Thumb
10) The Noble Bachelor
11) The Beryl Coronet
12) The Copper Beeches

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was my first experience with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, and I say I’m impressed. I’ve heard about Sherlock Holmes through folk lore, but I never realized how much of an amusing character he is. In fact he’s up there with some of my all time favourite characters. I never realized how eccentric Holmes was until I read the book and watched the movie. I knew he was a very intelligent and sometimes unconventional person, but I thought he’d have more of a stuffy British stereotype personality/know-it all. Although he is a bit of a know-it-all, his “bohemian” lifestyle and characteristics makeup for that, his character is deeply flawed, yet he’s a genius at solving crimes and reasoning skills.

The short stories them selves were well done, they weren’t as engaging as I thought they would have been, but still well done and shows the variety of cases Sherlock takes on. My favourites were The Scandal in Bohemia and the Blue Carbuncle. The Man with the Twisted Lip also had its moments. All the short stories had a very similar formula, so reading them all in just a few days wasn’t the best plan, but still they were very enjoyable, mainly because of Sherlock. (Fictional character crush on Sherlock! I’m such a dweeb!)

One thing I wasn’t expecting was the tone of the writing, it might have been because it’s a newer edition that, by the cover design, seems to be geared towards young adults, so the text translation was altered to be an easier read. Even if that was the case, I still found my self pulled in by Doyle’s writing and story telling skills and I’m looking forward to reading more by him.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was a nice introduction to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as Sherlock Holmes. The short mysteries are nice light reads, yet contain a very interesting group of characters. Not to mention, I find Sherlock Holmes a very intriguing character, one I think all bibliophiles/book geeks/nerds would enjoy.

What to read next: More Sherlock Holmes. He's a fun character, so if you enjoy him I'd say read more. Perhaps something by Wilkie Collins, if you want a more in-depth and longer mystery story.

Challenges: Read 'n' Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Centuries Challenge, Marple-Poirot-Holmes Challenge, New Author Challenge, Reading Through Western Europe Challenge, Support Your Library Challenge, Typically British Challenge

Afterthought: The movie was well done, I think they captured Sherlock Holme's character well. They exaggerated all of his quirks a lot more that they were in the books and the movie had a lot more action/was fast paced, but I think they did a good job at adapting it into a movie.


  1. I need to read some Sherlock. I never have before. But I wouldn't want a retranslated text I don't think.

  2. My father has the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, and once as a teen I read through them all. I remember enjoying it very much, but not much of the details remain with me now. I really ought to read it again, glad of your reminder what a great book it was!

  3. I am doing the Holmes challenge too and never read any of his books in English - so thanks for the review!

  4. I've had Sherlock sitting on my shelf to read for years and have yet to do so. You may have just convinced me

  5. Amanda - I'm still not sure if it was a retranslated or not, it just seemed a lot different style than other authors of the time. I have another collection of of Doyles (The Mysterious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) that I own, and it's a older publication. So when I read that I can see if it's just the authors style of the writing or publisher's butcher a fine piece of literature.

    Jeane - I would love to have one of the entire collection editions. Particularly one of those nice leather bound ones! A bibliophile can dream!

    Christa - Glad to see another doing the challenge. Let me know when you read Holmes, I'll be interested in your views.

    Kylie - I'm glad I helped, if you read it, let me know!

  6. I haven't read Sherlock in years, but I remember thinking much of the same thing: they're interesting, but not really really engaging. Have you seen the Sherlock Holmes BBC series with Jeremy Brett? My husband -- who's a big fan -- thinks it's the best representation of the books.

  7. This is on my reading list. I read a junior edition last year and enjoyed it well enough. Glad you liked it!

  8. I have the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes on my shelf but haven't yet read it. I have heard wonderful things about it though and after reading your review I am going to move the book up in the pile. Thanks for the great review!

  9. Melissa - I haven't watched the series, but may have to check it out, thanks for the heads up.

    Our Westmoreland School - It was good either way, but interested to see what a non junior edition is like.

    Zibilee - Glad I helped move it up your TBR pile, hope you enjoy it when you get to them.

  10. I adore Sherlock Holmes. I'm glad you enjoyed the stories.

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