Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

One of the advantages of owning a Kindle is that there are lots of older books which are out of copyright, and thus available free of charge in ebook format. Having often heard tell of Sherlock Holmes but never having read any of the tales from the pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I downloaded this free volume and really enjoyed it.

These adventures are twelve short stories, mini mysteries, all successfully solved by the impressive Holmes, ably assisted by his bemused friend, Dr Watson. The reader is transported to Victorian England, and all sorts of strange occurrences and events to be investigated and enjoyed.

From A Scandal in Bohemia to the Red-Headed League; A Case of Identity to the Boscombe Valley Mystery; the Five Orange Pips and the Man with the Twisted Lip; there are also adventures of the Blue Carbuncle and the Speckled Band; the Engineer's Thumb; the Noble Bachelor; the Beryl Coronet, and the Copper Beeches. Each story leaves the reader guessing until the secret is revealed and the mystery solved through Holmes' unique style of deduction. I wouldn't want to say much more about the stories because they would be ruined for the reader.

If you've got a Kindle, or even a Kindle app, then this is a great little collection to download and save for those times when you have about ten minutes to spare, perhaps in a doctor's or dentist's waiting room, or on the bus. And as I say, it's free!

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