I am a great fan of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In fact, in my heyday, I had read every single one of the Sherlock Holmes adventures/mysteries/and returns of... Or at least I thought I had, until I stumbled across this batch. I had never even heard of these 12 stories before.
Sadly, I have to say that the hiatus taken by the author between the last of the previous stories and this set of tales did not serve him or his readers well. This set of cases is told in a hurried, slap-dash fashion and it truly lacks that certain "je ne sais quoi" that made the previous stories so enticing and riveting. One never quite relaxes into any of these. It feels like a quick-quick, let's-tell-this-story-and-get-it-over-with kind of feeling.
On the other hand, when I bought the book, I did so because it looked so good. I actually had no idea that it contained a new set of stories, previously unread by me. It's just such a tidy little book, I had to buy it. With the gold leafed pages, the nice tight binding and even a charming ribbon bookmark that is bound into the spine. And it fits nicely in the hand. I must confess (my dear Watson), I actually enjoyed the aesthetics of this one much more than the contents...
The Oxford University Press edition of several Sherlock Holmes short stories. Contains the favorite "Thor Bridge" and the tragic "The Veiled Lodger" The notes on the text are really great for an ACDphile.
From the Publisher
The last twelve stories written about Holmes and Watson, these tales reflect the disillusioned world of the 1920s in which they were written. Some of the sharpest turns of wit in English literature are contrasted by dark images of psychological tragedy, suicide, and incest in a collection of tales that have haunted generations of readers.
This is the collection of the short stories that C Doyle wrote after the popular outcry for the 'death' of his character, Sherlock Holmes. The stories are uneven, but interesting each of them.
1 The Mazarin Stone 5
2 Thor Bridge 23
3 The Creeping Man 50
4 The Sussex Vampire 72
5 The Three Garridebs 89
6 The Illustrious Client 106
7 The Three Gables 133
8 The Blanched Soldier 151
9 The Lion's Mane 172
10 The Retired Colourman 192
11 The Veiled Lodger 208
12 Shoscombe Old Place 220
Appendix: A Source for 'The Veiled Lodger' 290