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One for Holmes fans,
This review is from: Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Hardcover)
This attempt to tie in the deductions of Sherlock Holmes to advice for clearer thinking in life is more likely to appeal to Holmes fans than those interested in psychology. There are quotes and assessments of various Holmes stories, and interesting reflections on them. However, the rather tired conclusions don't offer much: meditation works; going for a walk helps when you're stuck with a problem; we often go by first impressions and are misled... and other such old chestnuts. And I'm not convinced, even as a fan of the Holmes stories, that this is a character whose deductions are that reliable. This was, after all, the detective who deduced intellectual capability by the size of someone's head! (The blue carbuncle). Interesting then, but not overly enlightening. And very pompous and long-winded in places. Still worth a look if you're a Holmes fan.