Review: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Today’s Throwback Thursday is more classic Sherlock for you. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is one of my favourites of the Holmes canon so far – mainly because we finally get introduced to criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty:

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

His first appearance is in the very last story of the book – the Final Problem. Apparently Conan Doyle wanted to give up writing about Holmes & Watson, so he wrote a story which included the greatest of all villains who could send our Sherlock off in a blaze of glory.

In the end Conan Doyle brought Holmes back to life in the Return of Sherlock Holmes, but it matters not – a brilliant villain makes our hero even more brilliant.

The preceding 11 stories all feel pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. Except for the Final Problem, I wouldn’t recommend this one above any of the other books. But hey, it has, so I will. If you’re going to read just one Sherlock story, check out the Final Problem, and see if it is really as good as everyone remembers.


So what do you think? Have you read it? Did you like it? Would you recommend it?

Let me know in the comments!

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