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His last Bow: Arthur Conan Doyle, unabridged reading by Derek Jacobi - Must the world be overrun with oysters?
on 18 April 2013
The Last Bow contains 7 Sherlock Holmes stories, published sporadically between 1908 and 1917, then collected and released as a book in 1917. The Valley of Fear was also published in this period but released as a separate book. This particular collection also includes the 1893 story The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, often omitted from the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes as it was considered too racy at the time it was originally written.
The adventures included here are:
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
Teh Adventure of the Cardboard Box
The Adventure of the Red Circle
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
The Adventure of the Dying Detective
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
His Last Bow
It's another entertaining set of adventures from the pen of Conan Doyle, and finds Holmes investigating a seemingly incomprehensible practical joke with far reaching ramifications in the adventure of Wisteria Lodge, saving the Nation's naval prestige in the adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, on the verge of death in the Dying Detective, embroiled in a mysterious and terrifying case in Cornwall in the adventure of the Devil's Foot, and thwarting the evil hun on the eve of the first world wart in His Last Bow. Some more than others push his deductive reasoning to the fore, some are merely adventures full of suspense and action. All are a delight to read, and there is not a weak story here.
Derek Jacobi's full text reading, on 8 discs, is a real pleasure. It is the next best thing to reading the actual book. Jacobi provides a great narrating voice, slipping into the role of Watson relating events perfectly. You almost feel as though you are sat next to Watson in his club as he reminisces on his adventures with his friend Holmes. It's masterful. I enjoyed listening to this immensely, and look forward to getting more in the series. 5 stars.