The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

sherlock holmesI just finished a good book I downloaded from Noise Trade books. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of stories of the well-known detective.  The book contained the first twelve stories of Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Having never read any of the original stories, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was an enjoyable read and the stories highlighted the uncanny ability of Sherlock Holmes to observe, perceive even the smallest of details and bring answers to questions that no one else seemed able to provide.

Part of the challenge of the book was understanding th language in which it was written.  Since it was written in the late 1800’s, some of the phrases used are not ones we hear today.  I laughed a couple of times at some of the phrases including “knock you up so early.”  In that setting it meant to disturb someone early in the morning.  Today, it carries a little bit different meaning.

An added feature of this book was a set of links that would take the reader to the Story Cartel blog where a person could respond to questions about a certain chapter and interact with other readers.  It was a unique way to explore more about Sherlock Holmes.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle told the stories from the perspective of Holmes’ associate, Dr. Watson, and revealed not only Holmes’ ability to solve crimes and mysteries, but also some of his unique interests and vices.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an entertaining and engaging read.  It would be a good book for a vacation or mental retreat.