Complete Novels of Sherlock Holmes Review by V Karthik

Book Review on The Complete Novels of Sherlock Holmes

 

The book “Complete Novels of Sherlock Holmes” is published by Fingerprint! Publishing. This book is originally written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This book consists of 4 novels of Sherlock Holmes – which are A Study in Scarlet, The sign of four, Hound of Baskervilles and the Valley of Fear. The main characters in the book are Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson, Inspector Lestrade, Irene Adler.

 

What this collection of all the novels of Sherlock Holmes offers are a wonderful look into the character of Holmes as a master of solving unsolvable cases: puzzling murders, crimes, wrong identities and generally all kinds of mysterious circumstances. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle really set a high standard for the detective genre with Sherlock Holmes as his lead. Many mysteries in contemporary film and book have been influenced in some or the other way by Sherlock Holmes.  Though not the first fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes is obviously the best-known detective.

Holmes is a Private Detective who lives in 221b Baker Street, London. Holmes’ methods of solving any kind of case are always fascinating and entertaining. He is a unique person and keen observer of human behavior, and pays attention to every detail in his surroundings. Dr. Watson, who is actually a military doctor from Afghanistan and is introduced by his friend to Holmes. He manages to be a great sidekick and ally to Sherlock Holmes, and his narration really makes these stories interesting and work in a way that would be much less effective with an outside narrator. From stolen jewelry to mysterious deaths and brilliant crime stories, The Complete Novels of Sherlock Holmes has it all. The Complete Novels of Sherlock Holmes is full of mesmerizing deductions and wonderful adventures.

 

Here is an extract from Chapter 3 – The Lauriston Garden Mystery from the first novel of Sherlock Holmes series ‘The Study of Scarlet’, which is the first novel of Sherlock Holmes Series:

I had imagined that Sherlock Holmes would at once have hurried into the house and plunged into a study of the mystery. Nothing appeared to be further from his intention. With an air of nonchalance which, under the circumstances, seemed to me to border upon affectation, he lounged up and down the pavement, and gazed vacantly at the ground, the sky, the opposite houses and the line of railings. Having finished his scrutiny, he proceeded slowly down the path, or rather down the fringe of grass which flanked the path, keeping his eyes riveted upon the ground. Twice he stopped, and once I saw him smile, and heard him utter an exclamation of satisfaction. There were many marks of footsteps upon the wet clayey soil, but since the police had been coming and going over it, I was unable to see how my companion could hope to learn anything from it. Still, I had had such extraordinary evidence of the quickness of his perceptive faculties, that I had no doubt that he could see a great deal which was hidden from me.

At the door of the house, we were met by a tall, white-faced, flaxen-haired man, with a notebook in his hand, who rushed forward and wrung my companion’s hand with effusion. “It is indeed kind of you to come,” he said, “I have had everything left untouched.”

“Except that!” my friend answered, pointing at the pathway. “If a herd of buffaloes had passed along there could not be a greater mess. No doubt, however, you had drawn your own conclusions, Gregson, before you permitted this.”

“I have had so much to do inside the house,” the detective said evasively. “My colleague, Mr. Lestrade, is here. I had relied upon him to look after this.”

Holmes glanced at me and raised his eyebrows sardonically. “With two such men as yourself and Lestrade upon the ground, there will not be much for a third party to find out,” he said.

Gregson rubbed his hands in a self-satisfied way. “I think we have done all that can be done,” he answered; “it’s a queer case though, and I knew your taste for such things.”

“You did not come here in a cab?” asked Sherlock Holmes.

“No, sir.”

“Nor Lestrade?”

“No, sir.”

“Then let us go and look at the room.” With which inconsequent remark he strode on into the house, followed by Gregson, whose features expressed his astonishment.

This extract shows us how interestingly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had written the story from Dr. Watson point of view. He shows that Dr. Watson was never correct with his assumptions about Holmes and always tried to help Holmes being his sidekick.

 

This is a crime thriller book and I highly recommend this collection of novels for every Sherlock Holmes fan and anyone searching for great crime, thriller and mystery novels.

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