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Shallower and less accessible than one might have hoped,
This review is from: The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics (Hardcover)
In "The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics" James O'Brien demonstrates how Arthur Conan Doyle's own scientific knowledge enabled him to create a detective who was both credible and memorable. He points out that most of the science is in the earlier stories, concluding that the far greater popularity of those tales is `surely no coincidence', and he shows us that Holmes was more advanced in the field of chemistry than some have suggested, even if his knowledge was not, perhaps, as profound as Watson thought. For all its good qualities, though - which do not include constant use of abbreviations for story titles - Professor O'Brien's book is both shallower and less accessible than "The Science of Sherlock Holmes" by E J Wagner.