Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Publication Date: 1891-1892
Review Score: 10/10
A couple months ago I read the Hound of the Baskervilles, which was my first introduction to Sherlock Holmes, and I was absolutely blown away by how good it was. I was therefore happy to see that The Adventure’s of Sherlock Holmes had also made it onto the list of 1,001 Books to Read Before you Die.
In this collection, the reader is treated to 12 of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures, brilliantly told by Dr Watson and featuring some of the most bizarre circumstances ever dreamt up. Within these tales Sherlock encounters a league of red-haired men, the KKK, opium dens, a hidden jewel in a goose and a plethora of mysterious happenings that only he can solve with his brilliant deduction and logical reasoning.
What is brilliant about his collection is that Conan Doyle does not make Sherlock an invincible hero who always gets his man and serves justice. No, instead we see that even Sherlock can be duped and although he most often is able to deduce every crime and finger the criminal, he does not always send his man to the gallows.
Sherlock is not a policeman or a vigilante, he is purely a logical man who is interested by these mysteries and likes to solve the puzzle, and the way in which he comes to his conclusions, through pure reasoning logic, is mind blowing.
The brilliance of Sherlock Holmes as a character, the superb originality of the stories and the twisting path the reader is taken on makes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes a ridiculously addictive novel and one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read.
I have given it my first ever 10/10 for a book on the list and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. If you want a good book to read, choose The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.