author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
genre: Fiction, mysteries, observation
dates read: August 4th – August 6th
review: 5 out of 5 stars
summary: Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ best friend, documents the many cases they have worked on together. Some of them end tragically, with no happy ending, while others result in the happiness of all involved. Through it all, Sherlock Holmes proves his excellent observational skills, while humbling accepting the praise of those he has helped.
personal thoughts: I’ve wanted to read this for a long time and am so glad I finally did. I loved the variety of stories that were told and, except for his observational skills, there was no repeats of situations and the method by which he had to solve them. I loved the “big reveal” when he would tell Watson what he saw that helped him solve the case, and the nonchalant way he would observe people. A fun, quick read that I would highly recommend.
“’You see but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.’” p. 3
“’My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.’” p. 20
“’There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.’” p. 27
“All day the wind had screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and to recognise the presence of those great elemental forces which shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like untamed beasts in a cage.” p. 35
“’It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’” p. 91