epub His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock HolmesAuthor Arthur Conan Doyle – Wildlives.co
There are times when only certain types of books will do, when one is feeling in need of some consoling literary friend At such times I often reach for Agatha Christie, although another old and comforting literary companion is Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes.This fairly slight volume contains eight fascinating Holmes stories, each of them a fairly decent length, utterly perfect to curl up with on a chilly December evening I adore the character of Holmes, it matches exactly the mood that Doyle creates so perfectly in each story The tension and fear that lies beneath a rarefied Englishness, the dense fogs that swirl outside the windows of Baker Street, while a great mind is figuring out the unfathomable In my personal favourite The Adventure of the Devil s Foot Holmes and Watson find themselves in a tiny Cornish village, where a woman has been apparently terrified to death, and two o her brothers left raving mad In the final title story, a tale not narrated by Watson, the two old friends are brought back together some time after Holmes retirement, it is August 1914 Although rather different in tome to the preceding stories it is a nice quiet finale. This short story collection is one of the finest and most even entries in the series Subtitled Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes, the brief preface indicates that Holmes has retired after his war service.The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge 4 5 someone s past comes back to haunt him No, really The Adventure of the Cardboard Box 4 5 what s in the box The Adventure of the Red Circle by Arthur Conan Doyle 4 5 insert circle of trust joke hereThe Adventure of the Bruce Partington Plans 4 5 although somewhat reminiscent of The Adventure of the Second Stain even including the spy Oberstein there s plenty for Holmes to do and even a couple of Mycroft appearancesThe Adventure of the Dying Detective 4 5 another fresh plot idea, and no one s past had to come back to haunt them The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax 4 5 Holmes gets it wrong Or does he Adventure of the Devil s Foot 4 5 Holmes solves cases even while on vacationHis Last Bow 4 5 Holmes emerges from retirement in support of the war effort We Must Fall Back Upon The Old Axiom That When All Other Contingencies Fail, Whatever Remains, However Improbable, Must Be The Truth Sherlock Holmes S Fearless Chronicler Dr Watson Once Again Opens His Notebooks To Bring To Light Eight Further Tales Of Some Of The Strangest And Most Fascinating Cases To Come Before The Enquiring Mind Of London S Most Famous DetectiveThese Mysteries Involve The Disappearance Of Secret Plans As Well As Of A Lady Of Noble Standing The Curious Circumstances Of Wisteria Lodge And Of The Devil S Foot As Well As The Story His Last Bow, The Last Outing Of Holmes And Watson On The Eve Of The First World War A great collection of Sherlock Holmes stories I ve read four stories The Adventure of the Bruce Partington Plans 4 starsMy review.The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax 4 starsMy review.The Adventure of the Dying Detective 2 starsMy review.His Last Bow An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes 4 starsMy review. This is the penultimate collection of Sherlock Holmes stories I have spent my summer going through the Sherlock canon, and I am a bit sad to be nearing the end of my time with the great detective Even though some of the stories are not the best mysteries, they have a certain charm to them that makes them endearing to read.In this collection, my favorites were The Adventure of the Bruce Partington Plans, The Adventure of the Dying Detective, and The Adventure of the Devil s Foot The final piece, His Last Bow, is unique in that it is actually a spy story set during World War I, and it is told in the third person, instead of from Dr Watson s point of view In this book we also learn that Holmes has retired and is now keeping bees at a small farm.Since I have spent so many weeks with Sherlock, I have been contemplating the vastness of his influence So many modern detective shows and stories can be traced back to Doyle s creation Why was he so iconic It s true we appreciate his genius, just as we admire those who can see through the lies to the truth, who can follow the trail amidst the undergrowth, who can find the solution to the mystery But I think Sherlock would not have been quite so memorable if it had not been for his friendship with Dr Watson Watson always helped Holmes he humanized him He even saved Holmes life a few times Sherlock always gets the praise, but I wish I could give Watson a pat on the back, too. This was pretty enjoyable read consisting of 8 short stories Although they are arguably not as consitant and entertaining as Adventures of and Return of I would say half the stories here are very good Devil s Foot was one of my favourites which was reminiscent of The Hound of The Baskervilles where Sherlock goes and explores on his own via long walks in strange places and leaves the readers in the dark before the big reveals following the masterful deductions he is famous for.I like the way a couple of the stories such as the above mentioned lay the facts out and then you hear the perpetrators point of view and it questions your morality and original viewpoint which adds to the layers and the readers emotions at the finale of the short tale The Dying Detective is very enjoyable but slightly predictive and I didn t really like The Last Bow it seemedof a statement than a story with the impending war approaching Europe.Sherlock and Watson s friendship is great as always I am sure Sherlock even called it Love in one story I like the mechanisms of Watson s autobiographical presentation so the stories never seem repetitive The cast that around our duo are great such as Lestrade, Mrs Hudson and Gregson and some of the villians are notorious as would be expected.If you read these, like me for Sherlock s genius, deduction and bizarre shenanigans mix with his relationship with his army doctor and biographer friend then you will find a lot here to enjoy I wouldn t start with this collection though Adventures of and the Four full lengths should come first Peace x Within this small collection are a few stories in which Doyle seems to have been going through his motions and who could blame him But as his most famous creation saysthan once in this volume, We must possess our souls in patience and that patience is rewarded, as the collection also contains some of Doyle s finest stories, including a couple that break his own mold. Okay so I own 5 Sherlock books and this is the first one I ve read WOW I AM SPEECHLESS I wish I read them sooner.The adventure of the dying detective was absolutely superb That story definitely had me hook from the start.Some of the stories were a little harder to get into than most but I really enjoyed them all either way.I really can t wait to read the other 4. His Last Bow 8 Stories Sherlock Holmes, 8 , Arthur Conan DoyleContents Preface by John H Watson, M.D 1917 , The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge 1908 , The Adventure of the Cardboard Box 1892 , The Adventure of the Red Circle 1911 , The Adventure of the Bruce Partington Plans 1908 , The Adventure of the Dying Detective 1913 , The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax 1911 , The Adventure of the Devil s Foot 1910 , His Last Bow The War Service of Sherlock Holmes 1917 2017 1372 196 20 1395 461 9786008547280 1917 . The Sherlock Holmes collection that has the fewest number of short stories 8 It is even a story less in its British edition This is called His Last Bow because it shares that title with its anchor last story Other than that reason, I could not associate any of the other stories with Holmes bowing out as they all have the same ingredients or formula as the earlier Sherlock Holmes literary pieces.The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge John Scott Eccles consults Holmes and Watson regarding the death of his Spanish friend, Aloysius Garcia Two Scotland detectives, Gregson and Baynes, join Garcia s murder happened in a place called Wisteria Lodge in Esher The murderer turns out to be from another house that Holmes was able to deduce from reconnoitering I loved the presence of gothic element but the reconnoitering is quite unlikely in my opinion However, if the area is peopled only by whites and Murillo is the only one from Latin America, then I may be wrong What I mean is that Murillo s skin could have made him a highly noticeable target. 2 STARSThe Adventure of the Cardboard Box Yuck, two severed human ears are inside the parcel sent to an old landlord, Miss Susan Cushing and Inspector Lestrade suspects that that this is a frank by his evicted tenants who are medical student Holmes, as always, thinks differently and he proves that he is right Quite ordinary but the straightforward narration plus the emotion of a wronged man made this story disquieting For a while, I felt for the killer because his wife has a lover Not that I could emphatize with him but Holmes held back the full information a bit there so I thought that the killer deserved my empathy3 STARSThe Adventure of the Red Circle The kidnapper of Mrs Warren s husband is identified using the following facts messages sent to Daily Gazette s Agony column, hiding in a boxroom, the lantern signal and the knowledge of Italian language Underground terrorist activities are also involvedAside from Pinkerton that was also mentioned in his last novel, the Italian Mafia like organization, Red Circle, is involved here but there is no connection between Pinkerton and Red Circle Felt like an ordinary Holmes story. 2 STARSThe Adventure of the Bruce Partington Plans This is the last appearance of Mycroft, Holmes brother Arthur Cadogan West is murdered and seven out of ten pages of the secret submarine plans are found with his corpse If the 3 pages are found, the person can create a submarine that runs from Bruce to Partington Mycroft provides information that led to the identification of the murderer near the railway Unlike the first story in this collection, the reconnoitering of the neighborhood is plausible to identify the place where the killing happened The reason is that the corpse is found by the railway tracks3 STARSThe Adventure of the Dying Detective Would you ever imagine Holmes getting sick He died but he never got sick in the previous novels and short stories In this one Holmes is said to have contacted a contagious Asian disease and Dr Watson is called to tend on him Watson arrives but Holmes tells him to wait up to 6pm Holmes asks Watson to fetch Mr Culverton Smith who Holmes has accused to have killed his nephew, Victor I felt sad reading this novel at first because I thought all the while that Holmes was sick and could die It was unthinkable for me and Sir Doyle was able to truly catch my interest. 3 STARSThe Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax Lady Frances is missing but Holmes is busy so he sends Watson to investigate He proceeds with the investigation and finds out that Lady Frances has gone to Germany, met the Schlessinger couple and a big bearded man Holmes telegraphs back asking of the condition of Mr Schelessinger s ear Just like Baskervilles, this story has Watson in the forefront of action and Holmes relegated to the back burner Or so I thought Just like in Baskervilles Sir Doyle always keeps surprises up his sleeves3 STARSThe Adventure of the Devil s Foot Messrs Tregennis and Roundhay consult Holmes because the former s brothers Owen and George have gone mad and his sister Brenda died During the investigation a cousin of the Tregennises, Dr Sterndale, postpones his trip for the sake of the investigation The following day, Tregannis himself is found dead by Dr Sterndale Who kills or turns the siblings Read and find out for yourself The Devil s Foot is a chemical from a plant root in Africa This is one of the best stories in this collection Very engaging4 STARSHis Last Bow Von Bork is a German spy is leaving Britain for Netherlands bringing with him a lot of valuable information that may be used by German during the first World War His friend, Von Herling says that those can make him rather a hero Von Bork is still not happy though He is still waiting for another tip naval signal I will not tell you the rest of the story because as I do not give too much awayThis one is very good though I did not see it coming Also, told in a third person, this felt different because all the other works in the canon are narrated by Watson first person This is said to have been written during the World War I to uplift the morale of the British soldiers so this is a spy story rather than the usual detective s tale Truly, a breath of fresh air. 5 STARSOn to the last collection of short stories called The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes and I will then be done with the whole Sherlock Holmes canon Which canon I am planning to read next I am contemplating between reading the whole works of Samuel Beckett I have all of them or maybe read the rest of the 11 books included in Anthony Powell s A Dance to the Music of Time. I am still collecting, little by little, the whole works of William Shakespeare so, even if I want to read him next, I still cannot do that.