by Manuel Ignacio García
This volume contains all 4 full-length novels and all 56 short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is considered one of the most iconic characters in literature ever written, and this compilation allows the reader to enjoy all his adventures in a single volume.
Holmes and his trustworthy sidekick Watson first appeared in the novel ‘Study in Scarlet’ (1888). After that the character would only appear in other three novels : ‘Sign of the Four’, ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ and ‘Valley of Terror’. The main vehicle of Conan Doyle’s character were his short stories, originally written for Strand Magazine and later compiled in several volumes.
Sherlock Holmes stories have a fairly simple structure: a troubled client needs help and seeks Holmes for advice, who investigates the case and solves it, using his wits and logical mind, while Watson and the police look astonished. However the tales are not great for their plots alone but for their characters and the setting. Holmes and Watson would not be the same without the Victorian setting; London, the fog and Queen Victoria’s empire are always present in the background.
This volume is recommended for everyone: fans of detective novels will enjoy Holmes solving crimes using deductions and logical analysis, history buffs will get to see a first hand look into Victorian London through the eyes of this great duo and the rest will be able to discover one of the greatest characters in literature and follow his adventures from the beginning of his career to his retirement.
One final warning, most of the novels and short stories were written between the end of the ninetenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, so the language used by the author can be a bit outdated and hard to follow for modern audiences but this volume is well worth the effort.
Final Valoration: A+