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Sherlock Holmes - Review three of the stories for a magazine called 'Crime Monthly', saying why such 'old' examples of the crime genre are still popular today. The stories studied are 'The Speckled Band', 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' and 'The Red Headed

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Adam Harrison - Review three of the stories for a magazine called 'Crime Monthly', saying why such 'old' examples of the crime genre are still popular today. This month, crime monthly are reviewing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of Sherlock Holmes, they are entitled; "The Red Headed League", "The Speckled Band" and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" Let's start with the author and a bit of history. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland on the 22nd of May 1859. He went to a boarding school at the age of nine and so no longer lived at home. After graduating he left to study medicine in Edinburgh. Doyle ended up working with a doctor called Joseph Bell. Some say he was Doyle's biggest influence as he seemed to share many characters with Doyle's most famous fictional character, Sherlock Holmes. Bell was said to be observational, logical and able to diagnose a patient without them even speaking. These characteristics are later7 evident in Sherlock Holmes; thus creating the basis of his character. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the writer of arguably the most famous fictional detective ever, Sherlock Holmes. He wrote his Sherlock Holmes stories in the Victorian era. The Victorian audience was fear-stricken and lived in constant terror of crime. ...read more.


This gives the impression that the house is decrepit and the fact that parts of the building are uninhabited means anything could be going on in there. A sinister atmosphere is created. Also in 'The Speckled Band' a baboon and a cheetah were allowed to roam freely around this house. This is odd for many reasons, firstly why would he have such weird animals as pets, and secondly why let them freely roam around the house. 'The Speckled Band' away from the busy inner city life and so anything can go on, but Doyle can also make completely contrasting locations just as good setting for a mystery. He makes London out to be a very seedy place and sets a story around an opium den in London. Also with all the swarms of people in the town crime may often have gone unnoticed. Throughout all the stories in 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' the reader is able to get a clear idea as to how both Holmes' and Watson's characters are the perfect double team for solving crimes, and although Dr. Watson often seems side-lined, there are several moments in which Sherlock Holmes states the importance of Dr. Watson in his adventures. You have a grand gift of silence Watson . ...read more.


Modern day detectives also disguise themselves, although Holmes puts himself in his own league by being so peculiar. In conclusion, Sherlock Holmes is still popular today for many reasons. The story would appeal to modern readers because crime still goes on, and although times have changed, crimes haven't as much. This means that many stories can still be related to modern times. Also morals have been adapted into recent stories and so will always be popular as it teaches people valuable lessons. The three stories I have reviewed : 'The Red Headed League; 'The Speckled Band', and 'The Man with the Twisted Lip' are all good books and I would recommend them to other people as they are greatly entertaining and force you to think exceedingly hard if you are to beat Sherlock Holmes to the answer to the mystery. Also you are kept waiting in the dark like Watson, so there is a character you can relate to, and the book keeps you in suspense and makes a tense atmosphere. The books are suitable for all ages as there is no inappropriate language however some language is complex and may take on older member of the family to translate. All three stories are good natured and are still relevant in today's society and 'Crime Monthly' have rated the ever popular books at a ***** 5 star must read! - Adam Harrison ...read more.

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