- Neil Armstrong
"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand."
- Neil Armstrong
After burning through a fantastic first installment of Sherlock Holmes I have started the second book: The Sign of Four. Promising an even more complex story than the first book, I can't wait to see how Sherlock attempts to solve this puzzling mystery. The mystery is this: The daughter of a British commander who has spent much of his life in India has returned home and has sent a telegram to his daughter. The daughter shows up at the location the telegram said they were to meet, but he has disappeared. Six years later, a box containing a pearl shows up at the daughter's doorstep, this repeats for another six years until the daughter gets a letter telling her to meet a stranger if she wants to right a wrong that has been done to her, and if she wants to discover what happened to her father. So, she naturally enlists the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they head. This mystery seems even more unsolvable than the previous one and has me chomping on the bit to see how Holmes unravels the strings of this misterious tail. The second book of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes seems even more engaging and fantastic than the first and I can't wait to finish reading it!
"How often have I said that when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
- The Sign of Four
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
A Study in Scarlet, the first book in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has withstood the test of time and has been hooking readers in for years and years. First published in 1887, it soon captured the awe of all with its now classic tales of mystery, deception, and murder. Made up of many stories (I do not dare say short stories for each is about the length of a normal book) each features Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes attempting to solve mysteries that no other detectives could ever hope to solve.
A Study in Scarlet starts off from the perspective of Dr. Watson, a former doctor in the British military who is injured in the call of duty and finds himself rooming with Sherlock Holmes back in England. Watson, after discovering Sherlock is a private detective, forces him to go on an investigation which will become the most interesting mystery Holmes has ever come across. Doyle masterfully crafts the story from Watson's perspective for the first part of the book. After Sherlock, Watson, and two other detectives have conferred and have shared the clues they have gathered about the murder, a cab driver alerts them a cab is ready. Watson and Sherlock make an exit and the cab driver is reaching into the horse driven cab when Sherlock suddenly slams cuffs onto the wrists of the cab driving murderer. As quickly as Sherlock slammed the cuffs onto the suspect you are whisked away into a story of pioneering and survival in the midwest which is told in the third person. All ages would take an interest in this epic tale, although some may have trouble with the vocabulary. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is certainly the most famous collection of mysteries that one could come across. Doyle keeps the reader interested with vivid description, cliffhangers that make you want to turn to the next page as fast as you possibly can, and active dialogue. Doyle has beautifully crafted this myriad of stories in his own unique style.
I will remember A Study in Scarlet as a fantastic murder mystery. It has sucked me into The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and made me want to read more. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read.
- William Locke
“To a great mind, nothing is little,' remarked Holmes, sententiously.”
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Homes by, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a riveting book. I apologize for posting this as well as the previous two blogs as late as I am but I have been experiencing trouble with wifi. Anyway, onto the book. Currently a mysterious murder has been committed and all (including Sherlock) are stumped. Sherlock and Watson have attempted to obtain information many ways. The most successful of these was when they set up a trap for the killer involving an advertisement in the news paper. It almost succeeded but at the last moment the killer got away. I find Sherlock Holmes to be a fantastic book written by a true criminal genius. The description is vivid and the dialogue is engaging. I can't wait to read past my current point at page 36.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Other Stories by, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of the longest, and most well written books ever to be printed. The tales of Sherlock Holmes are not told from his perspective but rather from that of an injured army doctor, Watson. The book is intriguing and since it is so widely known I found myself wanting to skip the first few chapters and get to the part where they are actually solving mysteries. I patiently read through the first three chapters and now I am glad I have done so. It has shed light on the characters, and despite being widely known they are often misrepresented, or so it seems to me. So far, I highly recommend The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
"I have the advantage of knowing your habits, my dear Watson," said he. "When your round is a short one you walk, and when it is a long one you use a hansom. As I perceive that your boots, although used, are by no means dirty, I cannot doubt that you are at present busy enough to justify the hansom."
"Excellent!" I cried.
"Elementary," said he.
-The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I'm William Locke, a Fenn student who loves to write! The more you write the better you get!