My books of 2012 – Part Five: Murder mystery

Part One – Biography/Autobiography

Part Two – Non-fiction

Part Three – Historical Fiction

Part Four – Young Adult Fantasy

The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

33161“From “A Scandal in Bohemia,” in which Sherlock Holmes is famously outwitted by a woman, the captivating Irene Adler, to “The Five Orange Pips,” in which the master detective is pitted against the Ku Klux Klan, to “The Final Problem,” in which Holmes and his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, face each other in a showdown at the Reichenbach Falls, the stories that appear in The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmesbear witness to the flowering of author Arthur Conan Doyle’s genius. “The plain fact,” the celebrated mystery writer Vincent Starrett asserted, “is that Sherlock Holmes is still a more commanding figure in the world than most of the warriors and statesmen in whose present existence we are invited to believe.”” – GoodReads

3 stars

A Study In Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) – Arthur Conan Doyle

102868“”A Study in Scarlet” is the first published story of one of the most famous literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street. In “A Study in Scarlet” Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens as Dr. Watson tags along with Holmes while narratively detailing his amazing deductive abilities.” – GoodReads

4 stars

The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes #2) – Arthur Conan Doyle

608474“Yellow fog is swirling through the streets of London, and Sherlock Holmes himself is sitting in a cocaine-induced haze until the arrival of a distressed and beautiful young lady forces the great detective into action. Each year following the strange disappearance of her father, Miss Morstan has received a present of a rare and lustrous pearl. Now, on the day she is summoned to meet her anonymous benefactor, she consults Holmes and Watson.” – GoodReads

3 stars

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes #5) – Arthur Conan Doyle

8921“Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville families home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?” – GoodReads

4 stars

The Return of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

194366“A duke’s young son, heir to a vast fortune, suddenly disappears from boarding school, and when Holmes and Watson take on the case to find him, they instead find themselves with a murder on their hands in The Priory School In Black Peter, a retired sea captain with few friends and many enemies is discovered dead in his cabin, with few clues as to the culprit. Holmes meets his match when he crosses paths with Charles Augustus Milverton, notorious for his dastardly blackmail of society women with a past. And in The Six Napoleons, a bizarre act of vandalism piques Holmes’s interest. Does someone bear a grudge towards the Emperor, and if so, why?” – GoodReads

4 stars

I like the Sherlock Holmes stories. They feel slow though, probably because they were written so long ago.

The Secret Adversary – Agatha Christie

49596“Agatha Christie’s popular detective team Tommy and Tuppence make their first appearance in this novel, in which the duo is hired to find a woman who disappeared with sensitive government documents but soon find themselves drawn into a complicated web of intrigue, intelligence agents, dubious identities, missing government papers, false clues, and danger.” – GoodReads

4 stars


I remember liking this story, but I don’t remember the story now. I don’t know what that tells you…