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"I am afraid, Watson, that I shall have to go," said Holmes, as we sat down together to our breakfast one morning. "Go! Where to?" -- "To Dartmoor; to King's Pyland." I was not surprised. Indeed, my only wonder was that he had not already been mixed upon this extraordinary case, which was the one topic of conversation through the length and breadth of England. For a whole "I am afraid, Watson, that I shall have to go," said Holmes, as we sat down together to our breakfast one morning. "Go! Where to?" -- "To Dartmoor; to King's Pyland." I was not surprised. Indeed, my only wonder was that he had not already been mixed upon this extraordinary case, which was the one topic of conversation through the length and breadth of England. For a whole day my companion had rambled about the room with his chin upon his chest and his brows knitted, charging and recharging his pipe with the strongest black tobacco, and absolutely deaf to any of my questions or remarks. Fresh editions of every paper had been sent up by our news agent, only to be glanced over and tossed down into a corner. Yet, silent as he was, I knew perfectly well what it was over which he was brooding. There was but one problem before the public which could challenge his powers of analysis, and that was the singular disappearance of the favorite for the Wessex Cup, and the tragic murder of its trainer. When, therefore, he suddenly announced his intention of setting out for the scene of the drama it was only what I had both expected and hoped for.


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"I am afraid, Watson, that I shall have to go," said Holmes, as we sat down together to our breakfast one morning. "Go! Where to?" -- "To Dartmoor; to King's Pyland." I was not surprised. Indeed, my only wonder was that he had not already been mixed upon this extraordinary case, which was the one topic of conversation through the length and breadth of England. For a whole "I am afraid, Watson, that I shall have to go," said Holmes, as we sat down together to our breakfast one morning. "Go! Where to?" -- "To Dartmoor; to King's Pyland." I was not surprised. Indeed, my only wonder was that he had not already been mixed upon this extraordinary case, which was the one topic of conversation through the length and breadth of England. For a whole day my companion had rambled about the room with his chin upon his chest and his brows knitted, charging and recharging his pipe with the strongest black tobacco, and absolutely deaf to any of my questions or remarks. Fresh editions of every paper had been sent up by our news agent, only to be glanced over and tossed down into a corner. Yet, silent as he was, I knew perfectly well what it was over which he was brooding. There was but one problem before the public which could challenge his powers of analysis, and that was the singular disappearance of the favorite for the Wessex Cup, and the tragic murder of its trainer. When, therefore, he suddenly announced his intention of setting out for the scene of the drama it was only what I had both expected and hoped for.

30 review for The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, Fiction, Mystery & Detective

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A) 85% | Extraordinary Notes: Wherein Sherlock Holmes is given backstory and greater dimension, while the stories get darker and more complex.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that had originally been published in the Strand Magazine. Much like we like to watch our favorite shows with a new episode every week, the Strand published these stories and fans couldn't get enough. Readers, not unlike fans today, wanted to have a marathon, so Doyle published collections allowing them to binge out on their favorite detective. This is the second Sherlock Holmes collection and at the time i The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that had originally been published in the Strand Magazine. Much like we like to watch our favorite shows with a new episode every week, the Strand published these stories and fans couldn't get enough. Readers, not unlike fans today, wanted to have a marathon, so Doyle published collections allowing them to binge out on their favorite detective. This is the second Sherlock Holmes collection and at the time it was thought to be the last. At the end of the stories, Holmes fights Moriarty to the death as they fall from the edge of a cliff into a waterfall. The fandom was strong, however, and Doyle would eventually succumb to the pressure and bring Sherlock back.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beata

    Mr Fry is a genius of interpretation...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Another series of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes as reported by his faithful biographer Dr. Watson and it becomes clearer than ever that the real draw of these stories is the fascinating character of Holmes himself. The mysteries are secondary to the enjoyment, though many of them do prove to have distinct elements of interest (otherwise why would the great detective have bothered himself about them?), but it really is in observing the fascinating character of Holmes himself that the reader i Another series of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes as reported by his faithful biographer Dr. Watson and it becomes clearer than ever that the real draw of these stories is the fascinating character of Holmes himself. The mysteries are secondary to the enjoyment, though many of them do prove to have distinct elements of interest (otherwise why would the great detective have bothered himself about them?), but it really is in observing the fascinating character of Holmes himself that the reader is immersed in them. Indeed, this collection provides a rare treat for the reader in that we learn more about the detective and his early life and connections than has previously been the case. Thus it was that some of the most interesting stories here, for me at least, were those that hearkened back to Holmes’ youth and showed us the man he was and in which we can see the seeds of the man he would come to be. The first of these in this book is “The Adventure of the Gloria Scott” – The primary interest in this tale comes from the glimpse it gives us to Holmes’ first ‘case’ (though the following tale, “The Musgrave Ritual” is really better classified as his first actual case, since the Gloria Scott comes across more as an intriguing mystery to which Holmes is largely a spectator) and the impetus for his decision to become a detective. We also get a glimpse at Holmes’ college days and of the only friend he made there (and thus far in the stories the only friend at all that he seems to have ever had aside from Watson). Finally this tale gives us a glimpse of a young Holmes still capable of emotion and surprise to the point that he cries out in horror at certain circumstances that, in later tales, would have left little other than a wry smile and remark of interest on his lips. As noted above “The Musgrave Ritual” provides us with a look at what could probably be considered Holmes’ first real case in which another University acquaintance of Holmes’ comes to him, based on his youthful reputation, with an apparently insoluble puzzle that revolves around the man’s lothario butler and a bizarre family tradition. Holmes of course breaks the case and takes no small relish in recounting the strange tale of an event “done prematurely before my biographer had come to glorify me” to his friend Watson. “The Greek Interpreter” continues in our discovery of the details of the mysterious past of Sherlock Holmes as we discover he actually does have a family and did not, as might seem more likely, spring from the brow of Zeus full grown. We in fact meet his older brother Mycroft, a man even more withdrawn from normal human society than his brother, but who also seems to possess even greater observational powers (a fact that leaves both Watson and the reader shocked to say the least). It was indeed quite amusing to see the two siblings spar with each other, each vying to outdo the other’s seemingly gnomic observations upon two strangers viewed from a window, and each gently chiding and correcting the other. This scene, nothing more a game of one-upmanship between brothers, does an excellent job at both making Sherlock seem more human at the same time that it exemplifies the peculiarity of his abilities and his subsequent estrangement from other ‘normal’ people. I also wondered in passing whether the germ for Nero Wolfe was planted in the mind of Rex Stout upon reading Sherlock’s comment about his brother: “If the art of the detective began and ended in reasoning from an arm-chair, my brother would be the greatest criminal agent that ever lived.” All that is needed is Archie Goodwin to do the foot work, a brownstone in New York and we’re off to the races. The Memoirs even show a bizarrely puckish aspect to Holmes’ personality when, in the second to last tale “The Naval Treaty”, Holmes plays a practical joke for his own amusement at the expense of the nerves of his already rattled client…something strange indeed (though perhaps not altogether out of character given Holmes’ obvious desire to showboat and his distinct streak of misanthropy). Other tales in the volume that were of interest: “The Crooked Man” which I found to be a rather affecting tale of retribution in the face of personal tragedy and “The Yellow Face” which, at the same time that it displayed some squicky elements of racism and abandonment, still managed to rise above them and display a story of ultimate familial devotion and personal love. Of course one can’t leave off discussion of this volume without making mention of “The Final Problem” the story in which Holmes’ greatest adversary Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime, is born. Doyle had grown weary of the public clamour for more tales of his peerless sleuth and decided it was time to end it so that he could concentrate on other characters and stories. Well, as it turns out this was not to be, but what resulted was an exciting tale in which Holmes finds himself pitted against the greatest adversary of his voluminous career. After months of playing cat-and-mouse with Moriarty and his insidious league of crime Holmes finally has gathered the pieces he needs to crush the vast criminal organization and its most dangerous leader. Moriarty, of course, is not likely to take such a possibility lying down and thus we have a final chase across London and Switzerland that ends in (view spoiler)[an off-screen (and thus retcon-able) death for both Holmes and his adversary. (hide spoiler)] Watson’s final realization of what has happened to his friend is moving, as is the typically dry (though sincere) letter which Holmes leaves for him on the edge of Reichenbach Falls. All in all, while some of the tales may have been weaker than others, I can’t do anything other than give this collection a five-star rating due to the great interest of the many tales of Holmes’ early life, as well as the singular event of (view spoiler)[his “death”. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    This is just a wonderful , to me, walk down memory lane, re-living and re-experiencing some of the most iconic Holmes stories ever written by "Sir Arth". This book contains such gems as "The Musgrave Ritual", "Silver Blaze", "The Resident Patient", "The (fabulous) Greek Interpreter" - πολι καλά and of course the amazing, emotional, fatal "The Final Problem". The Final Problem, what can one say, I almost had tears in my eyes as (view spoiler)[ the letter arrives for Watson to return to the Hotel, I This is just a wonderful , to me, walk down memory lane, re-living and re-experiencing some of the most iconic Holmes stories ever written by "Sir Arth". This book contains such gems as "The Musgrave Ritual", "Silver Blaze", "The Resident Patient", "The (fabulous) Greek Interpreter" - πολι καλά and of course the amazing, emotional, fatal "The Final Problem". The Final Problem, what can one say, I almost had tears in my eyes as (view spoiler)[ the letter arrives for Watson to return to the Hotel, I'm shouting at the book, "its fake, don't leave Sherlock on his own, its a trap." , but as ever, he rushes back and we all know the consequences. (hide spoiler)] , So very soon I shall have commence the "Return of Sherlock Holmes".

  6. 5 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first set of 12 stories called “adventures,” comes is the second set of 11 stories called “memoirs.” I don’t know why when these stories follow the same pattern and style as those “adventures.” I read that these stories were originally published individually in 1894 in a British magazine, Strand. Maybe, it was just the way of grouping these short stories. Silver Blaze John Straker tries to drug the horse Silver Blaze so he can bet against him and win a lot After reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first set of 12 stories called “adventures,” comes is the second set of 11 stories called “memoirs.” I don’t know why when these stories follow the same pattern and style as those “adventures.” I read that these stories were originally published individually in 1894 in a British magazine, Strand. Maybe, it was just the way of grouping these short stories. Silver Blaze John Straker tries to drug the horse Silver Blaze so he can bet against him and win a lot of money to finance his mistress. Holmes solves the case by checking the behavior of other animals in the barn. Nothing remarkable here. 2 stars The Yellow Face Jack is black. Effie is white. They have Lucy who is black. Jack dies and Effie marries John. Effie hides Lucy because she is black to John. No crime for Holmes to solve. Looks like just a story on racism and not your typical Sherlock Holmes. 2 stars The Stock-broker’s Clerk Two brothers trying to fool a job applicant. A story similar to the previous ones where an undesirable person is eliminated so that the crime can be committed. Quite a good story to read even if there is no big action. I liked this one. 3 stars The “Gloria Scott” This story seems not to follow the usual format: a customer comes to Holmes and Watson, they investigate, there is a cover-up, they employ the power of deduction the crime is unfolded, the situation is rectified. In this story, only the power of deduction is used and everything is flashback (memory?). I liked the fact that there is variation in this collection and of course the plot is very interesting. Gloria Scott here is the name of the ship. 3 stars Musgrave Ritual Very interesting plot. It also deviates from the usual Watson telling the story. This is the story-within-the-story (frame tale) where Holmes is the narrator recounting a story that happened before. If I understood this correctly, this is one of the first story where he used his power of deduction and that incident is very interesting because of the oak. 3 stars The Raigate Puzzle A coachman, William Kirwan is found dead (murdered) holding a piece of paper with some notes appearing on it. Holmes, an expert in handwriting, deduces that those notes have been from two men. The plot is tight and stimulates thinking. Well-told. 3 stars The Crooked Man Holmes asks Watson to get his opinion regarding the death of a man where the prime suspect is his wife. The way the crime was put in the open is not really new but maybe during that time it was so this should be okay. 2 stars The Resident Patient Doctor Trevelyan is offered by Blessington good lifestyle in exchange of the professional fees that the doctor gets from his practice and by default, Blessington becomes Trevelyan’s resident patient. Then when the doctor meets another patient, the whole scheme becomes questionable. Quite interesting for me. 3 stars The Greek Interpreter This is where Holmes’ elder brother makes a debut appearance. Mycroft also has those great observation skills and power of deduction that Holmes has. It’s just that he does not have the energy so he (Mycroft) consult Holmes regarding his neighbor, Mr. Melas, the Greek interpreter. Melas is invited to translate a document but when he arrives in the house of his client, he sees that the windows are papered so the suspicion begins and the plot thickens. I liked this one too. 3 stars The Naval Treaty An important naval treaty is found to be missing in the office of Mr. Percy Phelps, an old schoolmate of Watson. The document is taken when he was out taking some coffee. The story is a long one with each suspect and his/her possible motive is analyzed. This one made me want to become a detective. Very good analysis. 4 stars The Final Problem The story that introduces Holmes’ arch-enemy and greatest opponent, the criminal mastermind, Professor Mortiarty. The 2011 film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is based in part on this short story. It ends with Holmes and Moriarty plummeting into the falls, and Watson is shown writing the final sentences of "The Final Problem" on his typewriter. Very engaging story and I can’t wait to get a copy of the film so I can watch it myself. What a nice way to end this collection! 5 stars! At some point in my reading, it became boring. I noticed that some of the stories became formulaic. I thought, what's the use of completing the canon when the reading is no longer enjoyable and becoming a chore? However, the last two stories recapped the collection quite well. So, I am off to the third collection of his short stories called "The Return of Sherlock Holmes." Again, I am not sure why these are grouped as "return." Did he rest from writing and came back by publishing these stories in series? But that is not important, the stories are nice to read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Yani

    Que el título incluya la palabra “memorias” sugiere mucho y, aunque sé que la mayoría ya sabe cómo termina, no por eso voy a arruinarle el final a la minoría. Creo que no supera a Estudio en escarlata o El sabueso de los Baskerville y, aunque varios de estos cuentos me supieron a poco, valió la pena llegar hasta el final. Además, las aristas que se presentan de Holmes lo pintan mucho mejor que en los libros anteriores (sigue siendo un misógino, lamentablemente eso no lo cambia). Haré un punteo s Que el título incluya la palabra “memorias” sugiere mucho y, aunque sé que la mayoría ya sabe cómo termina, no por eso voy a arruinarle el final a la minoría. Creo que no supera a Estudio en escarlata o El sabueso de los Baskerville y, aunque varios de estos cuentos me supieron a poco, valió la pena llegar hasta el final. Además, las aristas que se presentan de Holmes lo pintan mucho mejor que en los libros anteriores (sigue siendo un misógino, lamentablemente eso no lo cambia). Haré un punteo sencillo sobre los relatos que están incluidos en este volumen, sin spoilers. La calificación total corresponde al promedio de las estrellas individuales que puse entre paréntesis. Silver Blaze (4): entretenido cuento sobre la desaparición de un caballo de carreras y el asesinato de su entrenador. Holmes despliega mucho humor e ironía, siempre burlándose de la ley pero manteniéndose dentro de ella para defenderla. La cara amarilla (5): se presenta como uno de los casos en donde Holmes falló. Un hombre acude a él, desesperado, porque sospecha que su esposa anda en algo raro. El relato es muy bueno por el trasfondo que tiene y el señor Munro se llevó mi respeto. El escribiente del corredor de Bolsa (4): con este cuento casi me duermo (la explicación del denunciante es demasiado larga), pero en el final tiene un giro interesante. La corbeta Gloria Scott (3): es el primer caso de un joven Holmes y se lo presenta a Watson. La historia me pareció original y permite conocer al Holmes estudiante, aunque el relato me aburrió en varios momentos. El ritual de los Musgrave (4): otro caso de juventud de Holmes. El planteo del enigma me gusta por lo que implica. Me molestó que se atribuyeran tantas calificaciones a una persona sólo por ser de X nacionalidad (plasma una época, eso seguro). Sentí que estaba leyendo Asesinato en el Orient Express. Los Caballeros de Reigate (3): se presenta a un Holmes débil y eso suma. Es el caso del robo de unas casas que luego termina con un giro peculiar. No me gustó mucho. El jorobado (4): un coronel aparece asesinado en el mismo cuarto cerrado en donde discutía con su esposa ¿Fue ella? Encontré un par de referencias a Los crímenes de la calle Morgue, tal vez era imposible no verlas (sobre todo por lo del cuarto cerrado). El enfermo interno (3): un médico pide la ayuda de Holmes cuando dos hombres misteriosos (uno diciendo que es cataléptico) se presentan frente a él. No es una brillantez, pero intriga lo suficiente. El intérprete griego (5): este me gustó porque se presenta a un personaje que venía esperando desde hacía tiempo y porque cualquier cosa que contenga un problema lingüístico de fondo me llama la atención. El final es interesante. El tratado naval (4): demasiado largo y con una motivación tan débil como efectiva. Esta vez, el asunto tiene carácter político y Holmes debe ayudar a mantener el equilibrio. El problema final (5): nombre más “spoileador”, imposible. Y Watson empieza contándolo todo, sin compasión por el pobre lector al que le romperá el corazón. Aparece Moriarty, el “Napoleón del crimen”, y el resto es historia. Menos mal que ya tengo El regreso de Sherlock Holmes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barry Pierce

    As with most short story collections, you have hits and misses. However in this collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, Conan Doyle writes far too many misses to be it to be enjoyable. As the collection went on I found myself getting less and less invested in the stories of the great detective. I tutted and sighed at how formulaic and ridiculous some of the stories were. My utter frustration came to a vocal climax when Holmes was pushed from the Reichenbach Falls and I muttered, "thank god". If yo As with most short story collections, you have hits and misses. However in this collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, Conan Doyle writes far too many misses to be it to be enjoyable. As the collection went on I found myself getting less and less invested in the stories of the great detective. I tutted and sighed at how formulaic and ridiculous some of the stories were. My utter frustration came to a vocal climax when Holmes was pushed from the Reichenbach Falls and I muttered, "thank god". If you're looking for a recommendation, give The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes a go. It's a far superior collection.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Come and see the Softer Side of Sherlock Holmes! The stories in this collection focus on the revelation that: "Sherlock Holmes! He's Just Like Us!" He makes mistakes! He judges too quickly! He was once young and went to school! He had friends! He has a brother (who is, as Sherlock readily admits, smarter than he is, just without his ambition)! We (shockingly!) essentially find out that he is a human being. We see Sherlock has a family, and has interests other than things that have to do with his Come and see the Softer Side of Sherlock Holmes! The stories in this collection focus on the revelation that: "Sherlock Holmes! He's Just Like Us!" He makes mistakes! He judges too quickly! He was once young and went to school! He had friends! He has a brother (who is, as Sherlock readily admits, smarter than he is, just without his ambition)! We (shockingly!) essentially find out that he is a human being. We see Sherlock has a family, and has interests other than things that have to do with his work. He's a man living in his time and place in the world and is both affected by it and engaged by it- he does not live in a vaccum. He reads about politics, seems to understand the colonial system and has opinions about it, and reads other books. He does enjoy every day things, a beautiful day, a picnic, and can even be poetical (yes, really, there's a story where he philosophizes about flowers). But lest you think this is all the mushy stuff- the last story in this collection, "The Final Problem," introduces Professor Moriarty. And that's anything but mushy! And really, the other stories aren't really either- its just the presence of much sentiment at all seems rather unusual. There's the requisite amount of chases, nighttime frights, fights, intrigue, and murder, as ever. My favorites were "The Yellow Face," "The Adventure of the Crooked Man," (which has a dramatization appearance by Brian Blessed, btw), and "The Final Problem". A must read for those Holmes fans that like to see the charcter develop as well as solve the mysteries.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Though some of these stories slipped into the formulaic, I was still entertained. The one I keep thinking of, however, is the one that's most laughable – for both good and bad. “The Adventure of the Reigate Squire” is problematic in its plot elements, especially with the introduction at the very end of a name we’d not heard before (What?!), but the description of Sherlock’s physical actions are a visual delight (and that’s something I don’t usually value). The 'bad-laughing' had me wondering if Though some of these stories slipped into the formulaic, I was still entertained. The one I keep thinking of, however, is the one that's most laughable – for both good and bad. “The Adventure of the Reigate Squire” is problematic in its plot elements, especially with the introduction at the very end of a name we’d not heard before (What?!), but the description of Sherlock’s physical actions are a visual delight (and that’s something I don’t usually value). The 'bad-laughing' had me wondering if this is when Doyle started to weary of his creation, yet the powerful stories that succeed it belie that. The famous last story ("The Final Problem") I’d read a long time ago; but, of course, I appreciate it much more now that I have more than just my childhood reading of “The Case of the Speckled Band” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles” under my Sherlockian cap.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    --Silver Blaze --The Yellow Face --The Stockbroker's Clerk --The 'Gloria Scott' --The Musgrave Ritual --The Reigate Squires --The Crooked Man --The Resident Patient --The Greek Interpreter --The Naval Treaty --The Final Problem

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kenchiin

    I think this is my favorite.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    Fourth in the Sherlock Holmes series, this collection includes: - Silver Blaze - 4/5 - after a slow start it's Holmes by a nose! - The Yellow Face - 4/5 - An interesting mystery with an ending that was quite progressive for its day - The Stock-Broker's Clerk - 3/5 - very similar to The Red Headed League - The Adventure of the Gloria Scott: Sherlock Holmes - 3/5 - Holmes' first case, very similar to The Sign of Four - The Musgrave Ritual - 4/5 - another early Holmes case told to Watson - The Reigate Fourth in the Sherlock Holmes series, this collection includes: - Silver Blaze - 4/5 - after a slow start it's Holmes by a nose! - The Yellow Face - 4/5 - An interesting mystery with an ending that was quite progressive for its day - The Stock-Broker's Clerk - 3/5 - very similar to The Red Headed League - The Adventure of the Gloria Scott: Sherlock Holmes - 3/5 - Holmes' first case, very similar to The Sign of Four - The Musgrave Ritual - 4/5 - another early Holmes case told to Watson - The Reigate Puzzle - 4/5 - mysteries even find Holmes during his vacations - The Adventure of the Crooked Man - 3/5 - so, another story where someone's past comes back to haunt them? - The Adventure of the Resident Patient - 4/5 - somewhat familiar story but just unique enough to remain interesting - The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter - 3/5 - introducing Mycroft Holmes, but the story treads familiar ground - The Naval Treaty - 4/5 - twice as long as most Holmes stories which helps allow for more plot development - The Adventure of the Final Problem - 4/5 - meet Professor Moriarty, the Napoleon of crime

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katiria

    *** Review The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes on Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews *** http://katisbookaholicramblingreviews... The stories for me in this book is a 4 stars and the audio is a 2.5 star so I will round it down to 3 stars. I really did enjoy the amazing stories in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holms they all was absolutely amazingly brilliant stories. And so far my favorite short stories in this one was The Adventure of Silver Blaze I so didn't see that twist at the end left me guessing until *** Review The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes on Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews *** http://katisbookaholicramblingreviews... The stories for me in this book is a 4 stars and the audio is a 2.5 star so I will round it down to 3 stars. I really did enjoy the amazing stories in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holms they all was absolutely amazingly brilliant stories. And so far my favorite short stories in this one was The Adventure of Silver Blaze I so didn't see that twist at the end left me guessing until the very end. Yellow Face that I got teary eyed just listening to the sweet ending of that story. The Adventure of the Gloria Scott was just so, so, so, so good and my last few that were my utmost favorite, favorite short stories was The Adventure of the Resident Patient, The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter, The Adventure of the Naval Treaty. And the last short stories that I just have no words for it, but I was ready and prepare for it because I've seen the movies and so I was ready for the The Final Problem short story that left me reeling after reading that ending! But I will tell you a little bit about the issues I had with the Libravox audio of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. First there were different people narrating which I did like some of the narrators but not all. I was hoping to hear David Clark narrate this book because I absolutely love and enjoy how he does the voices of the characters, but unfortunately he didn't which was a huge disappointed and let down for me. But all and all I really did enjoy this book that I can't wait to continue listening to more of the Sherlock Holmes books soon!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tristram

    “I don’t think you need alarm yourself,” said I. “I have usually found that there was method in his madness.” “Some folks might say there was madness in his method,” muttered the Inspector. Having recently read a collection of Father Brown stories, where solutions often depend on mere coincidence and guesswork, and where criminals often go out of their way not only to kill for the strangest of motives but also to come up with the most Byzantine of plans, I cannot disagree more strongly with the In “I don’t think you need alarm yourself,” said I. “I have usually found that there was method in his madness.” “Some folks might say there was madness in his method,” muttered the Inspector. Having recently read a collection of Father Brown stories, where solutions often depend on mere coincidence and guesswork, and where criminals often go out of their way not only to kill for the strangest of motives but also to come up with the most Byzantine of plans, I cannot disagree more strongly with the Inspector: Holmes is a haven of sanity, and so is Watson, and so are the criminals with whom the two have to do. When it comes to good detective fiction that does not have its readers feel duped by phony surprise elements, Sherlock Holmes is more than just a notch above Father Brown. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1894 is a collection of 11 short stories. Originally, there was also “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”, but it was probably the topic of adultery that led to its omission from the first London edition. We often find this story included in the compilation His Last Bow now. As it is, we have the following stories in this collection: 1. The Adventure of Silver Blaze: Holmes and Watson have to clear up the mystery of the disappearance of a famous racehorse, and the death of the horse’s trainer. Holmes cooperates with Inspector Gregory, who is a good observer and a logical thinker but does not have a lot of imagination, as the Baker Street detective puts it. This is easily my favourite story from the whole collection. 2. The Adventure of the Yellow Face: What secret does Mr. Grant Munro’s wife hide from her husband? The story is remarkable in that Holmes is able to form a very clear idea of his client just by looking at the pipe he has forgotten in Baker Street, but eventually his theory about the mystery proves wrong – an outcome that does not cause him any grief at all because there are instances when Holmes can feel relief at being wrong. 3. The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk: Holmes’s new client seeks his advice about a rather strange job he has accepted. The story bears some similarity with the Adventure of the Red-Headed League from the first collection of short stories, but it is still enjoyable. 4. The Adventure of the Gloria Scott: This is actually Holmes’s first case, and strictly speaking, he is more involved in it in the quality of an observer rather than as an investigator. It takes place when young Holmes spends the holidays with his school friend Victor Trevor, whose father is visited by a sinister sailor that makes himself the master of the place in no time, apparently knowing about a dark mystery in old Mr. Trevor’s past. It is this case which makes Holmes consider living by his wits and investigating crimes, for the first time. 5. The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual: Another case which predates the friendship between Holmes and Watson and which is told to Watson by his eminent friend. Here we find Holmes a treasure hunter as well as an investigator into the disappearance of his friend Musgrave’s butler. 6. The Adventure of the Reigate Puzzle: Holmes and Watson try to relax in the countryside, but to Holmes, work is the best form of recreation, and so he jumps at the opportunity of clearing up two mysterious cases of burglary, in one of which the perpetrators killed a servant who came into their way. 7. The Adventure of the Crooked Man: Holmes is working on the case of the death of Colonel James Barclay, trying to clear the colonel’s wife Nancy, who was locked in the same room with her husband at the time of his death. A nice locked-room-mystery with a melodramatic background story. 8. The Adventure of the Resident Patient: Dr. Percy Trevelyan is a promising doctor but does not have the means to establish his own practice. When old Mr. Blessington offers him to set him up as a practitioner on condition that he pay him two thirds of his income, Trevelyan accepts this business deal, little knowing that one day, his business partner would develop strong symptoms of paranoia. 9. The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter: Holmes and Watson try their best to save the lives of Mr. Melos, the eponymous interpreter, and a young Greek who has been lured into captivity. This story is remarkable for the first appearance of Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, who exceeds his younger sibling with regard to the power of ratiocination but who suffers from the lack of energy, preferring to spend his days at the famous Diogenes Club – a club for grumpy gentleman who had rather be left alone. 10. The Adventure of the Naval Treaty: An important document, a Naval Treaty between Great Britain and Italy, has disappeared, and Holmes is the only one to be able to retrieve it. This story has a very ironic solution. 11. The Final Problem: Holmes’ fight with his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty. Contrary to the hype about Professor Moriarty, I’d say that this was by far the weakest story in the whole collection because there is actually no case looked into by our hero. One can sense the author’s preoccupation with getting rid of his master detective in a way that would satisfy his reading public and thus finding time to write about other subjects. Luckily, Doyle would give in to the public’s demand for more Holmes stories eventually, the next Holmes adventure being the famous The Hound of the Baskervilles, easily the best adventure in the entire series. All in all, this is a very entertaining collection of stories, but then Holmes and Watson are always a safe bank, at least in my books. We are getting more and more background information on Holmes, e.g. we learn that he comes from a family of country squires, or that his grandmother was the sister of the French painter Vernet. What’s more, we meet his brother Mycroft and are told how he came to the decision of dedicating his life to fighting crime. Holmes also lets us in on some of his methods, which indeed may not seem exactly mad but unorthodox, when he says, for instance: ”I put myself in the man’s place and, having first gauged his intelligence, I try to imagine how I should myself have proceeded under the same circumstances. In this case the matter was simplified by Brunton’s intelligence being quite first-rate, so that it was unnecessary to make any allowance for the personal equation, as the astronomers have dubbed it.” At other times, his advice sounds less egotistical: ”It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognise, out of a number of facts, which are incidental and which vital.” What I like best about Holmes in this collection is that he is a very human investigator: Okay, he shows certain moments of vanity, e.g. here where he has a go at Watson, who suggests that he cannot simply leave his practice alone: ”’Oh, if you find your own cases more interesting than mine—’ said Holmes, with some asperity.” But on the whole, Holmes is very respectful towards Watson – I really wonder at the leniency of Mrs. Watson, who never seems to mind her husband spending so much time hunting criminals with his friend, not only neglecting his work as a medical man but also putting his life in danger. Apart from that, Holmes can also make mistakes, like the rest of us, as is shown in the second case in this collection, and he can feel delighted at finding that the truth is less detrimental to his clients than his theory made it out to be. The Reigate Puzzle also has him use Inspector Columbo’s methods, i.e. hiding his own light under a bushel in order to draw his opponents out and make them act carelessly. Yes, one can definitely say that this second collection of short stories makes Holmes seem more human, and it’s good to know that there are three more collections and two novels to follow.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Luciana

    Pensaba darle 3 estrellas porque la verdad es que estos cuentos no me atraparon tanto como los de otros libros (salvo "El problema final" que fue GENIAL). Pero le doy 4 estrellas, porque me parece interesante conocer nuevos aspectos de la vida de Sherlock Holmes, por ejemplo, descubrimos un poco más sobre sus comienzos en la profesión, conocemos a su brillante hermano Mycroft y a su mayor enemigo. Todos estos detalles suman :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa J.

    In 2010, we had to read for classes one of the Sherlock Holmes' books. My teacher gave us three options. Those options were The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. We had to vote for the one we considered the most interesting, and the winner was THotB. Since then, I made the promise to read the entire canon... but I did it with one purpose: To get to TMoSH. Do you know why? Because in this one Holmes was supposed to die, and also because Moriarty app In 2010, we had to read for classes one of the Sherlock Holmes' books. My teacher gave us three options. Those options were The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. We had to vote for the one we considered the most interesting, and the winner was THotB. Since then, I made the promise to read the entire canon... but I did it with one purpose: To get to TMoSH. Do you know why? Because in this one Holmes was supposed to die, and also because Moriarty appears. Okay, now off to review each story. Silver Blaze: Plot: A great horse (Silver Blaze) has just disappeared and he had a race the next day, so they need him because the bets are made and people might get angry if they don't get to see the famous horse running. Thoughts: This one is not outstanding, but it was interesting to see how Holmes deduced who did the villainy. It's not a complex one, but it's not predictable, so I really enjoyed it. The Yellow Face: Plot: Mr. Munro is married and has a happy life until one day he sees a yellow face inside a cottage where his wife was found once. He's jealous and consults Holmes to see what he can get from his story. Thoughts: This one has a touching moment in the end, which I rather liked. Oh, and Holmes is not perfect, ladies and gentlemen. He sometimes has his deductions wrong. The Stockbroker's Clerk: Plot: A man is offered a job, but he's suspicious as to the employer's motives. Holmes and Watson hurry to see what's behind all that. Thoughts: Ah, there's always a fool. Someone is deceived, but Holmes managed to discover who the responsible for the tricks is before it was too late. A good story, in general. The “Gloria Scott”: Plot: This is Holmes' first case, dated back to his university days. The story revolves around a ship named “Gloria Scott.” Thoughts: Holmes first case! I really liked this story. Watson always wants to know things about his friend's past, and here's where he got his fill. Sherlock was a misanthrope back in his university days. Ah, Holmes, some people never change... The Musgrave Ritual: Plot: This was a clever one. It rounds about a family ritual and the disappearance of two people. Thoughts: As I said, this was clever and really intriguing. Holmes' way of solving the riddle (for it is indeed a riddle) is not the usual one, so I ended up enjoying it immensely. The Reigate Puzzle: Plot: Holmes is sick, and he decides to give himself (or rather Watson pushed him) a vacation. In there, Holmes finds that there are also people who need him, so he decides to quit his vacation and solve a case for them, which is about a murder. The victim had a mysterious torn piece of paper in his hand, and it appear that this paper was very valuable. Thoughts: This one was very intriguing and thrilling. It had an intense action scene that I enjoyed deeply. There was indeed a puzzle. If you can, try to solve it before Holmes reveals the answer. The Crooked Man: Plot: A man is dead and his wife is suspected. Holmes calls Watson (Did you hear that, people? Holmes calls Watson.) to ask him his opinion about the case and to see how everything ends. Thoughts: Damn Holmes and his ability to make complicated things simple. Why did he call Watson? Not because he needed his help, but merely to have someone to show his brilliance. But the story was interesting, and we have some more of Holmes ever-growing arrogance. The Resident Patient: Plot: Blessington hires Dr. Trelawney as his doctor and everything is well until one day something happens to Blessington and Trelawney's new patients seem rather odd, so he gets suspicious and asks Holmes for advice. Thoughts: With each story in this collection, they grew better and better. This one was really interesting and it kept me glued to the book throughout the course of it. The answer to the problem was just as intriguing as the problem itself. The Greek Interpreter: Plot: A greek interpreter, Melas, is hired to a job. In his workplace, some weird things happen and Melas feels there's something wrong. Thoughts: In this story, Mycroft Holmes is introduced to Watson's astonishment. See, Watson? Sherlock Holmes has a brother. Mycroft was quite an interesting character. He's just as intelligent as Holmes is, the difference being that Mycroft is kind of lazy and prefers to stay either at home or at his club. This one was a wicked and interesting story. The Naval Treaty: Plot: An important document, a naval treaty, has just been stolen from Percy Phelps' office. There are many suspects and they all could have a motive for doing the deed. Thoughts: This is the kind of story that I tend to enjoy the most. The mystery was present during the entire narration, and it always has you thinking as to who might have stolen the document. Holmes, now please take my application as your assistant. I'm serious. The Final Problem: Plot: Holmes is hunting down his great arch-enemy, professor Moriarty. Moriarty is a genius and plus, he has malice, so that obviously makes him a dangerous man and Holmes is determined to bring him to an end. Thoughts: The best story in this collection. Sure, why not? Seeing Holmes trying to defeat an enemy that has his same abilities was great. The ending was sad because Watson was all broken because of Holmes' “death.” Poor him. ... The Sherlock Holmes' canon is one of my favorite series of all time. I read the nine books in a row without getting bored, so that should tell you something. I continue to love Sherlock and all his treats. I love his arrogance, his misanthropy, his coldness, his intelligence... everything. They make him a really interesting character, and we know he's the master of deduction. I admit that even when my favorite collection of short stories is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (my review), this one was also really good. And as I said, it's one of my favorite books of all time. When I graduate as a chemist, I'm gonna be like him, and my name is gonna be Vanessa the kick-ass, mad, gorgeous and sherlockian chemist. Just kidding. That sounds immature and stupid as hell, but I still wanna be like him. He looks so badass in there. Anyway, what are you waiting for if you haven't read this? GO READ IT NOW!!! What else can you possibly want from a book? There's mystery, there are murders, there's a sociopath with his assistant... The perfect formula for a book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    Another Collection of Holmesian Mysteries 7 January 2016 In a way I’m not entirely sure how I should approach this book, particularly since I generally don’t review short story collections as a whole but rather each story on its merits. Mind you, that is probably going to cause a little bit of a problem when I get around to reading the Collected Tales of Edgar Allen Poe, particularly since I can’t do The Raven the injustice of lumping it together with a bunch of other stories. Then there is At th Another Collection of Holmesian Mysteries 7 January 2016 In a way I’m not entirely sure how I should approach this book, particularly since I generally don’t review short story collections as a whole but rather each story on its merits. Mind you, that is probably going to cause a little bit of a problem when I get around to reading the Collected Tales of Edgar Allen Poe, particularly since I can’t do The Raven the injustice of lumping it together with a bunch of other stories. Then there is At the Mountains of Madness, though it has been a while since I have read anything by Lovecraft, and even then it was only one story, ironically ‘At the Mountains of Madness’. However, I will get around to writing about them when I finally get around to reading the books (and I might read them a short story at a time, as I did with a collections of stories by Joseph Conrad). However, the problem with Sherlock Holmes is that it is, in a way, the lack of variety in the stories. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the stories themselves are bad, it is just that pretty much, with the exception of the content, all of the stories end up being of a similar structure. In fact the novels also followed this structure as well, namely: Holmes is confronted with a problem (which takes up the first part of the story), Holmes wanders about and works it out, Holmes then spends the rest of the story explaining what happened. As it turned out this formula worked out really well, if the five collection of short stories, and four novels, are anything to go by. It’s not as if these stories are unoriginal either – a lot of mystery novels that I have read basically all deal with murders, and in a way it starts to become a little dull and dry. However, while people do die in a Sherlock Holmes story, and of course you have the occasional one where the eventual victim hires Holmes due to some mystery, murder isn’t always the case. In fact, you have ones that involve missing objects, or objects that have been discovered and Holmes is attempting to locate the owner. We have another one that involves a child of a previous marriage that the mother is trying to keep a secret, or a naval treaty that has become the centerpiece of a mystery. In fact it is not the crime that is important, it is the mystery, as in some cases it turns out that no crime has actually been committed. I guess that is one aspect of our human nature – we love mysteries. In fact not knowing is far more exciting than actually discovering the answer, because once we know the answer all of a sudden it ceases to be a mystery and the revelation turns out to be really boring. Mind you, it isn’t as if the revelation is boring, it is just that knowing the answer is boring. It is sort of like hunting, or even courting a future wife – it isn’t the success that is exciting, it is the journey to reach that point. Sure, not all journeys are thrilling – being stuck in economy class traveling from Singapore to Frankfurt (which takes something like 12 hours) isn’t at all exciting, especially if you have somebody behind you kicking your seat (something that fortunately I didn’t have to experience), or the guy in front of you lying his seat back as far is possible and leaving it there for the entire journey meaning that I can’t use my laptop (and that is after having the previous occupant kicked out of the seat because ‘he must has a window seat’, though as it usually turns out, the previous occupant is usually moved to business class as compensation for the inconvenience – something that has happened to me). One interesting thing is that it seems to be apparent that Doyle was attempting to wind up his Holmes stories – why else would he finish the final story by having Holmes thrown off the top of a waterfall. Personally, I’m probably not surprised because while people may have enjoyed the stories, Doyle might have been having a lot of trouble coming up with new stories – writers block if you will. Otherwise, it simply might have been that he had become somewhat bored with the character and wanted to move on. The problem is that once somebody creates something that is beloved by the community, then it can be pretty hard to put it behind you. In a way it is the curse of the celebrity status – once you have become a celebrity you are no longer your own person – you are now what the media, and the fans, make you out to be, and if it turns out that you break this mould, then you run the risk of losing that status all together – while it is painful, it is also incredibly addictive. One simply cannot stop being a celebrity.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hiba Arrame

    A collection of eleven short stories, all about Sherlock Holmes and more cases he was involved in, and regardless of the fact that I am one of the biggest Sherlock Holmes' fans, this one still didn't do its magic on me. I got bored, the stories were trivial if compared with what I've read before, and they just didn't catch me or take me by surprise. The only one I really liked was "The Final Problem", but I still don't accept that ending as a logical one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Project: Catch Up On Review Backlog, review #3 out of 11 Of the four Holmes books I've read so far, this one has been my favorite. Even my least favorite stories are solid, and there are several that are excellent. For context, these stories were all published between 1892-1893, at the height of both Conan Doyle's and his famous hero's popularity. Conan Doyle was growing extremely tired of his creation, and he wanted to write other, newer and more challenging things (he did, almost none of which Project: Catch Up On Review Backlog, review #3 out of 11 Of the four Holmes books I've read so far, this one has been my favorite. Even my least favorite stories are solid, and there are several that are excellent. For context, these stories were all published between 1892-1893, at the height of both Conan Doyle's and his famous hero's popularity. Conan Doyle was growing extremely tired of his creation, and he wanted to write other, newer and more challenging things (he did, almost none of which is read now by anyone other than Conan Doyle scholars and really dedicated Sherlockians). He knew this would be at great expense to his finances. Writing Sherlock Holmes, though it bored him, was a profitable enterprise. My favorites of the collection include "The Adventure of the Yellow Face" (one of the few stories where Holmes gets it wrong), "The Adventure of the Reigate Squire" (which features Holmes and Watson being adorable, Holmes being tricksy, and an exciting confrontation at the end), "The Adventure of the Crooked Man" (because it had a human element to it that I quite enjoyed, in addition to being a good mystery), "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter" (for Mycroft, whom I quite enjoyed in his literary form), "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty," (the longest story so far, by about double), and of course, "The Final Problem," which though only introducing Holmes's nemesis Moriarty here for the first time, was really very well done. You can see Conan Doyle's giving it his all, as he really believed he would never write Holmes again and wanted to go out on a high note. Quite literally. None of the stories struck me the wrong way, though. My edition (the Stephen Fry audio) includes "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box," which most American editions move to His Last Bow, because originally American publishers didn't want to include a story that featured adultery? I guess. That one had severed ears, so: fun! We also got two stories narrated by Holmes for the first time. I thought one was much more successful than the other. "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" had a strong enough story to overcome the loss of Watson's narrative voice (which comments so nicely on Holmes' eccentricities), but I thought "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott suffered for it. Starting The Hound of the Baskervilles today, and very excited about it, as it's almost universally acclaimed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pink

    Another Holmes, another hit? Yep it was for me. I found myself liking this collection of stories more and more the further along I read. Yes there's a formula to each of them, yes you can usually see what's coming a mile off, that or it's completely implausible. Yet, there is something about Sherlock that is captivating. Is it the writing, the relationship with Watson, the whodunnit? I'm not sure exactly, but I'll quote George Orwell on the matter of Holmes in his essay entitled 'Good Bad Books' Another Holmes, another hit? Yep it was for me. I found myself liking this collection of stories more and more the further along I read. Yes there's a formula to each of them, yes you can usually see what's coming a mile off, that or it's completely implausible. Yet, there is something about Sherlock that is captivating. Is it the writing, the relationship with Watson, the whodunnit? I'm not sure exactly, but I'll quote George Orwell on the matter of Holmes in his essay entitled 'Good Bad Books' - "How about the frankly escapist writers, the purveyors of thrills and “light” humour? How about Sherlock Holmes, Vice Versa, Dracula, Helen's babies or King Solomon's mines? All of these are definitely absurd books, books which one is more inclined to laugh at than with, and which were hardly taken seriously even by their authors; yet they have survived, and will probably continue to do so. All one can say is that, while civilisation remains such that one needs distraction from time to time, “light” literature has its appointed place; also that there is such a thing as sheer skill, or native grace, which may have more survival value than erudition or intellectual power." Perfectly sums it up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tfitoby

    The Death of Holmes! Whilst not the title of the story or the book containing it that is exactly what is included in this collection. But of course we all know better than that these days. We all know that Doyle was forced to write more Holmes stories against his wishes. Poor guy. I think the dislike Doyle had for writing the Holmes stories is incredibly apparent with this collection. Some of the stories are dull and formulaic - ten pages of somebody telling Holmes about the case and ten pages of The Death of Holmes! Whilst not the title of the story or the book containing it that is exactly what is included in this collection. But of course we all know better than that these days. We all know that Doyle was forced to write more Holmes stories against his wishes. Poor guy. I think the dislike Doyle had for writing the Holmes stories is incredibly apparent with this collection. Some of the stories are dull and formulaic - ten pages of somebody telling Holmes about the case and ten pages of Holmes giving you the answer - whilst some are actually highly enjoyable, these are the non-formulic ones. All the arrogance and apparent sociopathy of the character have been written out in favour of a clever solution to an obscure problem every time. The motives for stopping Moriarty for example are not selfish, can this really be the same Sherlock Holmes? I found that I was struggling to sleep with all my bedtime reading recently. Fabulously enjoyable novels were the order of the day and I just never wanted to put them down, my mind working overtime, but Sherlock Holmes arrived to save the day. These short stories were not something to even consider after they were done and so I slept happily. That's not really a compliment.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    4.5/5 "Es perfectamente natural que yo, al publicar estos breves bocetos, basados en los numerosos casos en que las extraordinarias cualidades de mi compañero me convierten en un agente y, en ocasiones, en actor de algún drama extraño, es perfectamente natural, digo, que yo ponga de relieve con preferencia sus éxitos y no sus fracasos. No lo hago tanto por cuidar de su reputación, porque era precisamente cuando él ya no sabía que qué hacer cuando su energía y su agilidad mental resultaban más a 4.5/5 "Es perfectamente natural que yo, al publicar estos breves bocetos, basados en los numerosos casos en que las extraordinarias cualidades de mi compañero me convierten en un agente y, en ocasiones, en actor de algún drama extraño, es perfectamente natural, digo, que yo ponga de relieve con preferencia sus éxitos y no sus fracasos. No lo hago tanto por cuidar de su reputación, porque era precisamente cuando él ya no sabía que qué hacer cuando su energía y su agilidad mental resultaban más admirables, lo hago más bien porque solía ser más frecuente que nadie tuviese éxito allí donde él había fracasado, quedando en tales casos, para siempre, la novela sin un final" EXCELENTES. Creo que son los relatos que más me gustaron hasta ahora de Sherlock y Watson. Se nota una gran evolución en los personajes y en la historia, es todo más oscuro y hay planteos más complejos. Por ahí algunas me gustaron más que otras, pero el todo que forman en sí es buenísimo. En ningún momento aburren y lograron sorprenderme más que de costumbre. Estrella de plata: 4.5/5 De los casos que más me sorprendió. "No hay nada que aclare tanto un caso como el exponérselo a otra persona" La cara amarilla: 4/5 Increíble que (view spoiler)[Arthur introdujera personajes "negros" en una época en que el tema era muy delicado y de una forma tan tierna. (hide spoiler)] El escribiente del corredor de Bolsa: 4/5 Me hizo acordar un poco a "La liga de los pelirrojos", pero aún así me gustó mucho. "Me temo que, siempre que me explico, no hago sino venderme a mí mismo. Los resultados impresionan mucho más cuando no se ven las causas" La corbeta Gloria Scott: 3.5/5 "Resultaba extraño ver entre tantos rostros tristes y ajados una faz tan llena de energía y determinación. Su visión fue para mí como la de una reconfortante hoguera en plena tormenta de nieve" El ritual de Musgrave: 3.5/5 El jorobado: 4/5 "Cuando uno envejece, le asalta la nostalgia de su patria" El enfermo interno: 4/5 El intérprete Griego: 4/5 "A lo largo de mi prolongada e íntima amistad con el señor Sherlock Holmes, nunca le había oído hablar de su parentela, y apenas de su pasado. Esta reticencia por su parte había incrementado el efecto un tanto inhumano que producía en mí, hasta el punto de que a veces me sorprendía mirándolo como un fenómeno aislado, un cerebro sin corazón, tan deficiente en afecto humano como más que eminente en inteligencia" El tratado naval: 4/5 El problema final: 6/5 Ya sabía de qué trataba pero no me imaginé que fuera de ESA forma. Fue perfecto desde el principio hasta el final. Cada palabra narrada por Watson me llegó muy profundo (?). "Créame, querido amigo, que nunca he dejado de serlo" (view spoiler)[ "Allí, en la profundidad de aquella horrorosa caldera de aguas turbulentas, yacerán para siempre el más peligroso de los criminales y el más grande defensor de la ley de su generación" (hide spoiler)] El hidalgo de Reigate: 3.5/5 "Mi querido Watson, no puedo estar de acuerdo con aquellos que sitúan la modestia entre las virtudes. Para la lógica, todas las cosas deberían ser vistas exactamente como son, y subestimarse es algo tan alejado de la verdad como exagerar las propias facultades" 2015 Reading Challenge: Seguramente se refería a memorias reales, pero estas son las de Sherlock Holmes así que valen el doble.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    This book is a short story collection, it contains eleven short stories. Unfortunately, I only managed to read four of those stories: these stories are lengthy so it’s not as if I read a tiny segment of the book and then gave up, I did get far in before deciding to stop reading. Usually, I only stop reading books when I’m about to give them one star but I wanted to get this one finished even though I still liked it, in a way. I did like this book: I’m glad I’ve read a Sherlock Holmes book and I d This book is a short story collection, it contains eleven short stories. Unfortunately, I only managed to read four of those stories: these stories are lengthy so it’s not as if I read a tiny segment of the book and then gave up, I did get far in before deciding to stop reading. Usually, I only stop reading books when I’m about to give them one star but I wanted to get this one finished even though I still liked it, in a way. I did like this book: I’m glad I’ve read a Sherlock Holmes book and I do want to read another one. I really enjoy reading about Sherlock: I love his deduction, I love his reasoning, I love his vocabulary and how Doyle writes for him. Watson is the typical clueless but still admired assistant which I really enjoyed: Sherlock and Watson are a pair who I admire and will want to read about again definitely and I will. The characters are not what let this book down for me at all: Poirot is probably still my favourite detective because I’ve lived with Poirot for the past two years of my life but I still think Sherlock and Watson are great and if I was to read a full novel on them, which I am planning to, I’m sure I will give that book a higher rating than I did to this one. The writing style is nothing particularly special. The first story, which is called Silver Blaze, is actually quite hurriedly written and due to the way everything is analysed and introduced and handled, I found it quite hard to follow the first story in this collection because I felt like the plot was lost on me: I couldn’t comprehend how Doyle was writing it. It is better in the other stories, such as the second one, because it gets easier and better to follow and that was when I could appreciate Sherlock and Watson for what they were because then I didn’t have the ‘bad writing barrier’. The plot lines of each of the stories were nothing particularly special either. Some stories I enjoyed more than others and whilst I technically didn’t “finish” the book, the plots I had received so far didn’t really put me into high expectations for the rest of the book and I slightly dreaded having to drag myself through the remaining six stories when I had already got a general gist of what they were like. The best story is undoubtedly the third one which is called The Stock-Broker’s Clerk because that includes the type of conspiracy which I admire and I think: “Yes, I like that, that’s a really clever mystery.” The others gripped me to a certain extent but are quite forgettable in the end and just don’t grab you by the throat as most murder mysteries do: they just feel it a bit neutral and slow and after a while, you become a bit uninterested. As I said, this is a short story collection so I can’t expect loads from it and I’m sure that if I was to read a full-length novel starring Sherlock and Watson that is purely dedicated to one plotline, I’m sure I will enjoy it more but for this book, I wasn’t impressed as I wanted to be which is a shame, to be honest. I still think Arthur Conan Doyle is a talented and gifted man and I applaud him for creating a detective who is an icon throughout literature: everyone knows who Sherlock Holmes is even if they haven’t read one book! I think what this was a matter of was me choosing the wrong book to start with because the writing wasn’t particularly interesting, the storylines weren’t that special but the character handling was I’m glad I got a taste of what Holmes and Watson are like as a detective pairing in literature and I am interested in them. This one just wasn’t a particularly well-chosen one and that’s all there is to it. I'm not saying 'don't read it' because I did enjoy it to a certain degree but I wouldn't recommend it as your first Sherlock Holmes book, definitely not.

  25. 5 out of 5

    johanna

    Addressed to: Reichenbach Falls Switzerland To Whomever It May Concern, After visiting the famed "Reichenbach Falls" yesterday, (an experience I was informed must not under any circumstances be missed - and I was not disappointed) I was most disturbed about the safety of the walks leading around the falls. The cliff is steep, and the drop a good way down. If one were to fall, that person, I think, would no doubt come to a rather unfortunately nasty end. Since the path, also, as I noticed, is a slip Addressed to: Reichenbach Falls Switzerland To Whomever It May Concern, After visiting the famed "Reichenbach Falls" yesterday, (an experience I was informed must not under any circumstances be missed - and I was not disappointed) I was most disturbed about the safety of the walks leading around the falls. The cliff is steep, and the drop a good way down. If one were to fall, that person, I think, would no doubt come to a rather unfortunately nasty end. Since the path, also, as I noticed, is a slippery and treacherous one (especially in undesirable weather), it would, I fret, prove not too difficult a feat to make the rather fatal mistake of slipping off the edge, and into the chasm itself. As to the point of my letter, I write to humbly suggest that some course of action might be taken to avoid such a tragic occurrence: Perhaps a kind of rail or fence might be erected, preventing one from venturing too close? I express my opinion only as a concerned customer, and do not seek to offend whomever it may concern in any way. Thank you for your time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    An enjoyable collection of short stories, not quite as strong as the previous volume. The standout story in this collection is The Final Problem.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #4), Arthur Conan Doyle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lucía

    En este volumen se reúnen varios casos excelentemente resueltos por mi amado Sherlock Holmes. Especialmente llamativos bajo mi punto de vista son "Estrella de Plata" donde resulta que el asesino es quien menos nos podríamos imaginar y que Sherlock lo descubre entre otras pistas porque las ovejas del prado están coja, o "El rostro amarillo" donde Sherlock se equivoca en sus deducciones y donde podemos ver cómo relacionarse con la gente de color en la Inglaterra del siglo XIX era algo horrible y d En este volumen se reúnen varios casos excelentemente resueltos por mi amado Sherlock Holmes. Especialmente llamativos bajo mi punto de vista son "Estrella de Plata" donde resulta que el asesino es quien menos nos podríamos imaginar y que Sherlock lo descubre entre otras pistas porque las ovejas del prado están coja, o "El rostro amarillo" donde Sherlock se equivoca en sus deducciones y donde podemos ver cómo relacionarse con la gente de color en la Inglaterra del siglo XIX era algo horrible y desdeñable para un blanco de buena posición. Sin embargo el caso que le da el colofón al libro es "El problema final" donde entra en juego Moriarty y donde ocurre algo realmente horrible. Si no llega a ser porque gracias a la serie de la BBC sé lo que ocurre después, se me habría venido el alma a los pies. No obstante le doy 4 estrellas porque en algunos momentos se me ha hecho un poco largo y porque creo que fue más ameno su predecesor, Las Aventuras de Sherlock Holmes APRECIACIONES POST-RESEÑA Pensando en el tema, aunque los relatos se han recopilado en una sola edición, Conan Doyle los fue publicando en revistas y periódicos por lo que teniendo en cuenta la última aventura (view spoiler)[donde Sherlock muere (hide spoiler)] (CONSEJO: No leais la sinopsis del libro porque os hará un spoiler mu gordo), es posible que la lectura sea algo más pesada porque Conan Doyle estaba ya harto de Sherlock. No sé, es una opinión personal.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stefania T.

    Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra...Lettura. Giungo in questi afosi ed estivi istanti al completamento della lettura di circa 1/2 del "Canone", termine che identifica l'intera e completa collezione dei romanzi e dei racconti che vedono protagonista l' "autentico" Sherlock Holmes, quello nato dalla penna di sir Arthur Conan Doyle (distinto da quello "apocrifo", generato dalla discutibile creatività di altri scrittori post-Conan Doyle). Raggiunto questo piccolo traguardo, linea di demarcazione fra i c. Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra...Lettura. Giungo in questi afosi ed estivi istanti al completamento della lettura di circa 1/2 del "Canone", termine che identifica l'intera e completa collezione dei romanzi e dei racconti che vedono protagonista l' "autentico" Sherlock Holmes, quello nato dalla penna di sir Arthur Conan Doyle (distinto da quello "apocrifo", generato dalla discutibile creatività di altri scrittori post-Conan Doyle). Raggiunto questo piccolo traguardo, linea di demarcazione fra i c.d. "Primo" e "Secondo" Sherlock (non sarò certo io a spoilerare le motivazioni di tale distinzione), vengo infastidita da un subdolo prurito pseudo-intellettualoide che mi porta a manifestare alcune riflessioni: - La prosa di Conan Doyle è impeccabilmente perfetta. Perfetta perfetta, azzarderei. Elegante, sobria, ricca, fluida, accattivante. E-S-R-F-A. Cinque parametri a livelli stellari. Durante la lettura non si percepiscono le parole, nell'accezione di freddi segni convenzionali stampati su carta, ma si viene cullati dalla fascinazione del racconto. Si ascolta una voce che narra. Alzando gli occhi dal libro, mi sono spesso stupita di non ritrovare al mio fianco la rassicurante figura di Conan Doyle, fedele menestrello di avventure che mi è parso, per l'appunto, più di ascoltare che di leggere. Ammaliante ed alienante voce di narratore. Nello stesso tempo, però, la consistenza stessa della prosa non è passata affatto inosservata e la sua raffinatezza si è manifestata in tutta la sua prepotenza, trasformando la concatenazione delle parole in una miscela di miele che naufraga fra le labbra del lettore (tò, beccatevi questa definizione!). Arrivando al dunque, non ritengo di esagerare nell'attribuire i meriti della fama e dell'immortalità del personaggio di Sherlock Holmes per un buon 50% alla qualità della PROSA del suo ideatore. - Il restante 50% di meriti è spettante di diritto, naturalmente, alla peculiarità, alla singolarità, alla superba genialità deduttiva dell'ormai caro ed affezionato detective, che tutto il mondo ammira e, giustamente, glorifica (ho esagerato?). Ma. C'è un "ma". Mi 'spiace Arthur: dopo tutte le sdolcinatezze sciorinate a proposito della tua prosa, capisco che quello che sto per dire potrà risultare come un infido colpo basso. Lo so e me ne vergogno: che l'indelebile macchia sulla mia coscienza possa essere per te una giusta vendetta! La prosa e Sherlock, abbiamo detto, sono intoccabili: su che cosa, dunque, potrò mai accanirmi? Sulla trama, sull'architettura del giallo. Lo dico magari sottovoce...E' tutto meno "sensazionale" di quanto mi aspettassi. A tal proposito ho sviluppato tre ipotesi, nel tentativo di spiegare, prima di tutto a me stessa, uno spiacevole sentore di insoddisfazione: A. Come lo stesso Holmes, sorridendo, molteplici volte sottolinea, risulta controproducente spiegare e svelare al Dottor Watson e, quindi, al lettore tutti i meccanismi, le analisi e i sottili ragionamenti che consentono al detective di giungere alla soluzione dei casi. Come uno spettatore cui il mago abbia svelato i propri trucchi, il lettore, in un primo tempo sbalordito ed attonito dinnanzi alle sovrumane capacità di Holmes,una volta ascoltata la spiegazione di come egli sia giunto alle proprie scientifiche conclusioni, è il primo ad esclamare istintivamente "Elementare!". B. E' pur vero che il burattinaio è uno soltanto, se pur geniale, una sola mente, ed altresì umana, quella di Conan Doyle. E', di conseguenza, naturale che determinati motivi, tematiche, personaggi, ambientazioni e macchinazioni risultino costanti e riproposti in forme e vesti simili. Indovinata la chiave di un mistero, è piuttosto probabile che essa possa servire nuovamente e diverse volte in futuro, per risolvere misteri diversi. Molti casi e relative soluzioni si assomigliano palesemente. Eppure, anche su questo punto, è lo stesso Holmes ad evidenziare come non esistano in realtà casi nuovi e come, conseguentemente, attraverso la conoscenza e lo studio dei casi del passato, si possa districare la matassa di qualsiasi problematica, solo apparentemente insolita ed unica nel suo genere. C. Scartate le prime due ipotesi, poichè già pacificamente spiegate dallo stesso Sherlock alla luce di un metodo scientifico che trasforma la deduzione in una disciplina esatta ed analitica, che nulla ha di sovrumano, non mi resta che avvalorare la terza ed ultima ipotesi: nella quasi totalità delle avventure di Sherlock non ho percepito l'elemento sensazionale, non sono caduta dalla seggiola per lo stupore, perchè sono anch'io un genio e, come Sherlock Holmes, sono giunta facilmente alla soluzione di casi in realtà decisamente complessi ed intricati. Dev'essere così. Concludendo (!) un vaneggiamento ancor più delirante del solito: 1. Riflessioni più complete e competenti giungeranno soltanto a lettura dell'intero "Canone" completata. 2. Indipendentemente dal grado di stupore in me suscitato dalla trama "gialla", i quattro volumi fino ad ora letti sono stati divorati in una decina scarsa di giorni. Qualsiasi lettura che si lasci consumare con tale fame ed accanimento, in così poco tempo, ha il diritto di essere considerata come una, non buona, ma ottima esperienza letteraria. 3. E' legittimo, se non persino tecnicamente "giusto", spiegare la fama ma soprattutto il valore (artstico) del personaggio di Sherlock Holmes in considerazione della meravigliosa voce narrante che gli ha dato vita (chapeau, sir Arthur!) e della sensazionalità dei tratti che indiscutibilmente lo identificano.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Another delightful collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. My favorites were Silver Blaze, The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter, The Adventure of the Naval Treaty and The Final Problem. The Final Problem is famous because Arthur Conan Doyle wrote it to kill the character of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was reportedly tired of the detective and wanted to be free to write other things. (However, fans of Sherlock were so upset that Doyle eventually relented and brought him back to life.) I listened to t Another delightful collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. My favorites were Silver Blaze, The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter, The Adventure of the Naval Treaty and The Final Problem. The Final Problem is famous because Arthur Conan Doyle wrote it to kill the character of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was reportedly tired of the detective and wanted to be free to write other things. (However, fans of Sherlock were so upset that Doyle eventually relented and brought him back to life.) I listened to these stories on audio CD narrated by the great actor Derek Jacobi, and the scene at the Reichenbach Falls in which Sherlock fights to the death with Professor Moriarty is very moving. If I had been reading this in 1893 when it was first published, and realized that my favorite detective had just been killed, I would have been devastated. But I'm relieved to know that Sherlock will find a way to return and will continue to solve crimes, for a few more years, at least.

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