Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Return of Sherlock Holmes - by Arthur Conan Doyle

Free Kindle Classic US & UK
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
- by Arthur Conan Doyle
You can never read too much Sherlock Holmes!  Back in 2010, I reviewed The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Now, I offer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1905 collection of short stories, The Return of Sherlock Holmes. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)  

You may recall Lestrade of Scotland Yard . . .
"Anything remarkable on hand?" he [Lestrade] asked.

"Oh, no, Mr. Holmes—nothing very particular."

"Then tell me about it."

Lestrade laughed. "Well, Mr. Holmes, there is no use denying that there IS something on my mind. And yet it is such an absurd business, that I hesitated to bother you about it. On the other hand, although it is trivial, it is undoubtedly queer, and I know that you have a taste for all that is out of the common. But, in my opinion, it comes more in Dr. Watson's line than ours."

"Disease?" said I.

"Madness, anyhow. And a queer madness, too. You wouldn't think there was anyone living at this time of day who had such a hatred of Napoleon the First that he would break any image of him that he could see."

Holmes sank back in his chair. "That's no business of mine," said he.
That passage just feels so familiar, like easing into house slippers after being on your feet all day.  Although, I believe Holmes kept tobacco in his slippers!

If you do not know these stories, I envy you the chance to discover them for the first time.  And if you already know the reason for this “queer madness,” enjoy the story within the story by focusing on the relationship between Holmes and those in his small circle of acquaintances. 

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