Pages: 384 Price: £8.00 Published: 1892 by Penguin
Genre: Classic, Detective, Mystery, Short Stories
“Out of his smoke-filled rooms in Baker Street stalks a figure to cause the criminal classes to quake in their boots and rush from their dens of inequity … The twelve mysteries gathered in this first collection of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson’s adventures reveal the brilliant consulting detective at the height of his powers. Problems involving a man with a twisted lip, a fabulous blue carbuncle and five orange pips tax Sherlock Holmes’ intellect alongside some of his most famous cases, including A Scandal in Bohemia and The Red-Headed League”
An absolute must read for any fans of detective books. By far one of the cleverest detective books out there with each case bringing something completely different. In the book there is a total of 12 short story cases: A Scandal In Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, A Case Of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man With The Twisted Lip, The Blue Carbuncle, The Speckled Band, The Engineer’s Thumb, The Noble Bachelor, The Beryl Coronet and The Copper Beeches.
I loved this book from start to finish, each case had me completely hooked in and I couldn’t put it down. Initially going into the book I was worried about the language, since this was my first Sherlock Holmes book, I was expecting very old-fashioned English that could be challenging in places, however I found the language completely fine.
I also really like how the cases were written, unlike most classic authors *cough* Dickens *cough* Doyle doesn’t drag the details and description on for ages and instead gets very much to the point. I much preferred this as I cannot stand reams and reams of pointless description. The stories were very much: description of client, story from client, crime scene, full description and closure on the case curtsey of Mr Holmes.
I cannot say much about the book without spoiling it however a great thing about the stories is that they’re each fairly short so if you’re a reader without much time on your hands, chances are you will still be able to finish a whole case in one sitting. This really did help to make it an easy read.
Would I read it again? 100% Yes, no question.
The book took me 6 days to read.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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