Sherlock Holmes’ fame has also brought him notoriety and there are those in the criminal underworld who must move against him or find their schemes in ruins...
While Holmes and Dr Watson solve what will become some of their most famous cases – Silver Blaze, The Greek Interpreter and The Musgrave Ritual among them – the forces of international crime plot their revenge against the detective.
I am in process of chronologically reading the whole Sherlock Holmes canon, and have just finished the second volume of short stories, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. I am still partial to the previous collection, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, but that might be because of Irene Adler.
Regarding the mysteries themselves, the stories are uneven in quality, but are not as formulaic as in the previous collection. The best part of The Memoirs is that it adds a new layer to the characterization of Sherlock Holmes. While in The Adventures and the previous novels he seems aloof and lacking in empathy, it is common to see Sherlock express feelings in The Memoirs (I mean friendship and trust, not lovey-dovey ones). Some interesting characters also debut in The Memoirs: Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock's brother) and Moriarty. Moriarty is not so much a character as a plot device, and he is not as important to the canon as the recent Sherlock series might make you believe, which is a shame, since their Moriarty is as nuanced and interesting as Sherlock himself.
I liked it as a whole, and will continue working my way through the canon.
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