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4.0 out of 5 stars IThe elementary period charm of logical analysis, 21 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: His Last Bow & The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes: AND The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes (Penguin Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
Returning to Sherlock Holmes after many years was a pleasure. Conan Doyle's prose is deceptively simple, probably easier to read than write. During the various adventures in this double volume, the relationship between Holmes and Watson develops and deepens. At one point Holmes' calm self-assurance is suddenly penetrated when he believes that he has unnecessarily allowed the good doctor to be wounded. For his part, Watson's affection for his friend still permits him at times to be an amused recorder of the great man's foibles.

The mysteries are not - as is the case in modern detective fiction - susceptible to solution by the reader. The key discovery, for all the detective's self-proclaimed 'method of logical analysis,' is often unearthed in some abstruse publication Holmes recalls having read in the distant past, while his numerous cuttings books are also a prolific source of vital information.

His Last Bow was first publiished in 1917, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes a decade later. The attitudes of the times can read uncomfortably today: the majority of the villains are 'foreigners', often 'swarthy,' frequently 'bearded', occasionally 'negroid.' The heroines tend to be memorably beautiful: those from South America are invariably credited with 'tropical passions.'

If Conan Doyle is unconvincing with the dialogue he attributes to his thugs and hard men, invariably denizens of 'the East End', and if his portrayal of policemen, whether humble bobbies or Scotland Yard inspectors, as slow-witted, it can readily be accepted as ultimately part of the period charm of these stories. In Sherlock Holmes we have a trail-blazing character who memorably survives the decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Nov. 2014
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As always Sir ACD has not failed to satisfy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 Aug. 2014
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Good stories and book was in good condition.
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