Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Fans of Sherlock Holmes may know there are four novels and five collections of short stories.  All are entertaining to the devotee of this most famous of detectives, but the most accessible and best introduction to Holmes is

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes   ( £0.70 UK edition) (Free Deutsch edition)

This is the collection with the Irene Adler story (for Sherlock Holmes she was always THE woman), "A Scandal in Bohemia," the always amusing, "The Red-Headed League" and my favorite, "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."  I don't want to give away the ending, just don't let science get in the way of a good read.

Here is a bit of CSI: Baker Street:
"The fish that you have tattooed immediately above your right wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter becomes even more simple."

Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see that there was nothing in it, after all."
I have linked the FREE Kindle edition above.  The caveat for the US version, (and there is always a caveat with free), is there is no list of story titles at the beginning of the book.  You just start right off with the first story.  The work-around is you search on the title to go directly to the story.  Of course you need to know the title to search on it, but many fans of this collection will remember the story titles, and if you are a first time reader - start at the beginning!

I assume everyone with an electronic reader is familiar with the computer term "work-around."  It means the extra thing you have to do to get something to work the way it was supposed to work in the first place.  For example, the work around for forgetting your house key is break the window.  If you can raise the window, that is an "elegant work-around."

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