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Book Review - "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes".

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Book Review "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" "T he Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" is a collection of twelve short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published in 1927, three years before his death. They are the last stories recounting the adventures of the brilliant, enigmatic detective, Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr, Watson. Extremely popular in Victorian and Edwardian England, these crime mysteries have remained popular throughout successive generations and Sherlock Holmes himself is perhaps the most famous of all fictional detectives. In total, Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty- six short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, beginning in 1887 with his short story, "A Study in Scarlet". He went on to write: "The Sign of Four", "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes", "The Hound of the Baskervilles", "The Return of Sherlock Holmes", "The Valley of Fear" and "His Last Bow". ...read more.


The illustrious client asks for Holmes to help prevent the marriage taking place. In his attempt to do so, he suffers a "monstrous attack" by Gruner. But, in the end, the handsome Gruner is horrendously disfigured and the truth of his wickedness disclosed. Watson's account of the attack is particularly harrowing: "The vitriol was eating into it everywhere and dripping from the ears and chin...The features, which I had admired a few minutes before were now like some beautiful painting over which the artist had passed a wet foul sponge." The passage vividly and grotesquely describes the transformation from "beauty" to "monster". Gruner becomes physically the monster he is mentally. In "The Blanched Soldier", James Dodd employs Holmes to find the whereabouts of his friend and former comrade, Godfrey Emsworth, with whom he had served in the Boer War. ...read more.


He is the clear- headed, analytical detective; interested only in the cold facts of the case, however minor they seem. Hence, he wanted to know what newspaper was being read by the little man in the house in the grounds of Tetbury Old Park. He is always remarkably observant and objective. Watson, his friend, is very different and a more sympathetic character. But all the characters are believable, colourful and interesting within the settings of the stories. Unfortunately, the stories were difficult to actually become interested in, due to the slow start, which did not inspire me to continue reading. Initially I found the formal style of writing and the language somewhat difficult. Also, some are rather too grisly, but this obviously appealed to the Victorian mentality willing to be thrilled by the very worst crimes and intrigues. Undoubtedly, they are great crime mysteries and I did enjoy them. ...read more.

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