Reading list: The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Posted: July 23, 2010 in books
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Sherlock Holmes was one of my childhood passions. Sridhar’s excellent narration of “The hound of the Baskervilles” on that lonely night more than a decade ago is still etched in my memory. I finally got around to reading the complete Sherlock Holmes works in 2006, I guess.

Most of the Sherlock Holmes adventures are very well written. Some are far better than others. “Hound of the Baskervilles” is probably the best among them.

One thing I found lacking in Sherlock Holmes series is the chance for the reader to get into the role of the detective and solve the mystery as the case progresses. In most of Holmes’ adventures, evidence presented as discovered during the course of the narration is not enough to solve the mystery; Key evidence required to solve the mystery is revealed by Holmes, usually to Watson, after the case is solved. By not revealing these key incidents till the end of the story, the Author kind of cheats the reader to maintain suspense.
IMO, a well written detective novel can present all the evidence its protagonist detective has at hand to its readers, all along the story; this would be more engaging and thrilling to those who try to solve the mystery. Of course, to keep readers engaged in this mode is a much greater challenge to the writer.

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