The right amalgam of adventure, suspense and a wonderfully crisp storyline, is always a hallmark of Arthur Conan Doyle’s sparkling penmanship and the book, “Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes “ is a fine example of the same. The concept of short stories is particularly enticing to a voracious reader because the narration is both concise and intense. In this collection of eleven cases, aptly termed Adventures, the razor sharp intellect and analytical thinking of the master detective is tried and tested till the last throes of the narrative. The reader identifies with the urgency of the sleuthing endeavor and experiences the emotions of elation at the pace of unveiling of the mystery and a sense of awe at the combined intellectual abilities of Sherlock Holmes and his endearingly able friend Dr. Watson.
A mainstay of this literary entity is that the stories told are so stylized that the reader is left in no doubt as to why these are an integral part of the Memoirs of a personage whose life and lifestyle are as eventful as they are unpredictable. The Adventures have a backdrop of Olde World England which is very graphically and interestingly portrayed for the readers.
In the Adventure of the Silver Blaze, the reader is fascinated with the passion and zest for the English Derby as well as the Societal importance to the events like the Wessex Cup. The Greek interpreter affords an opportunity to glimpse at the Continent-Isle interaction which was a characteristic of European Society in that era.
This book can be enjoyed in nail-bitting solitude or it can be a read-aloud where the group can speculate as the Adventures unfold. A must have ,must read Holmes saga.