The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Part I)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“A Scandal in Bohemia”
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The story that brought about numerous fanfiction stories in the Internet Age, Irene Adler gets the best of Sherlock Holmes but only after she figures out at the last minute whom he is during his investigation of her home.

“The Red-headed League”
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Although I don’t have proof to back this up, this seems to be the prototypical “basement to bank” tunnel mystery story. Given how cliche it has now become, I figured out what Holmes was going to discover early on in the story, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t bad it’s just not as challenging for the reader.

“A Case of Identity”
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Another seemingly prototypical story, a well-to-do (monetarily) young woman falls for a mysterious man that her stepfather–who is barely older than she is–disapproves of but on the way to her wedding her fiance mysteriously disappears. As the young woman tells her story, it is easy to figure out what Holmes’ conclusion of the case it going to be.

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