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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Complete Sherlock Holmes #2 Boxed Set (Taschenbuch)
If you are going to read mysteries, this is the place to start. Here are the deductions from cigarette ash, the impossible cases and the "elementary Watson's" that have become so famous. While the stories are anything but realistic, Doyle makes the impossible plausible and, despite all of the parodies and criticisms, the stories are actually passably believable. Of course, there is still plenty of suspension of disbelief, but if it was absolute realism that you wanted you wouldn't read this book in the first place. The short stories are fast paced and straightforward. The collection includes Doyle's forays into third person writing and stories told by Holmes himself, but neither is anywhere near as good as those narrated by Dr. Watson. The novels vary in quality. The Hound of the Baskervilles is, of course, the classic and A Study in Scarlet (in which Holmes and Watson make their first appearance) is good mostly as an introduction to the characters. It starts well enough, with Holmes doing what he does best, but there is a long story-within-the-story which drags on and on and is, of all things, extremely insulting to Mormons. It should also be noted that the narration can be very racist by modern standards, no worse than any contemporary writing but not much better. Still, this is a must-read for any serious mystery reader and most casual ones.