- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classic (April 29 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141035439
- ISBN-13: 978-0141035437
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.3 x 18.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
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Red Classics Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Mass Market Paperback – Apr 29 2008
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About the Author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh where he qualified as a doctor, but it was his writing which brought him fame, with the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the first scientific detective. He was also a convert to spiritualism and a social reformer who used his investigative skills to prove the innocence of individuals.
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These eleven short stories about the most famous detective in fiction. They were written in the 1890s when illumination came from fire (candles, oil lamps, and gas). Local travel was by horse or foot; no telephones. Technology has advanced but human nature remains the same. ‘Sherlock Holmes’ was inspired by Doctor Joseph Bell, the famous medical professor in Edinburgh Scotland. Reading the original stories reminds you how much better they are than any imitators. Greed is the motive for most of these stories. I wonder how many were adapted from long forgotten true crime cases? Doyle had a library of famous crimes. His life provided examples for “Dr. Watson” and “Sherlock Holmes”.
* Silver Blaze. A favorite horse disappears and its trainer killed. This benefits some bookmakers. We read the known facts of this event. Holmes inspects the murder scene, and looks beyond to find the hoofprints. He visits a nearby stable owner and gives him instructions. What did the dog do in the night? Holmes produces the missing horse and solves the killing.
* The Yellow Face. A man visits Holmes on a delicate question that involves his wife. She makes mysterious visits to a nearby cottage. What is her secret? Holmes and Watson visit this cottage and learn the secret. There is a happy ending for all.
* The Stockbroker’s Clerk. An unemployed clerk gets a better job offer. Something seems wrong so he visits Holmes for advice. They visit his employer and soon discover the mystery of an impersonation.
* The “Gloria Scott”. This event happened in Holmes’ youth. He visited a college friend, and years later this friend called him over a puzzling matter. We learn about a convict ship and what happened to the survivors.
* The Musgrave Ritual. A friend visits Holmes to aks his advice about a missing butler. The butler’s former girlfriend also disappeared without a trace. Holmes studies the questions and answers of the heirloom ritual and solves the puzzle. A hidden pit tells what happened to the butler! Holmes surmised the unwritten history of the ritual.
* The Reigate Puzzle. Holmes took a needed vacation in the country. He learns of a murder by a burglar, and examines the crime scene. There is a surprise when Holmes solves the murders. He explains his reasoning from discrepancies in the witnesses’ testimony.
* The Crooked Man. Holmes investigates the murder of a Colonel in his home. He learns who met the Colonel’s lady earlier that day. Holmes talks to this man and gets his history. There will be no criminal proceedings.
* The Resident Patient. Doctor Trevelyan visits Holmes to tell about his business partner. He had a visit from an old man and his son. Who was in the room of his resident patient? Was the death of Blessington a suicide? Holmes solves this mystery.
* The Greek Interpreter. Mycroft, Sherlock’s older brother, tells about Mr. Melas. This interpreter met a foreigner who was held against his will along with a woman. Holmes gets help from the police to search that house. But they are too late. Months later a newspaper report ends this story.
* The Naval Treaty. An old schoolmate asks Watson to get Holmes for advice on a serious problem. A important diplomatic treaty has disappeared from an office desk. There was no scandal so far. Holmes solves the mystery and finds the missing paper. [Doyle wrote “you did not take your usual draught that night” but I did not find that in the story.]
* The Final Problem. Holmes explains there is a power that shields criminals. There is evidence against Professor Moriarity and his underlings. Can Holmes be stopped? Holmes and Watson flee to Europe and Switzerland. A message brings Watson back to their hotel, but he must return to the Reichenbach fallss. Homes is gone, only a farewell letter remains! [It was a mistake for Holmes and Watson to travel together, two men are more noticeable than a lone man.]