Friday, January 15, 2016
Review: The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Part I)
"The Adventure of the Illustrious Client"
Holmes and Watson are engaged by an intermediary for a third party to stop a marriage of a young woman to a notorious Austrian nobleman. The nobleman makes an attempt on Holmes' life after he talks with both himself and his intended bride, however Holmes' uses the attempt as part of his plan. Upon learning of the nobleman's "little black book", Holmes sends in Watson to distract his opponent while he burglarizes the home, but he is seen when escaping. However, the resolution to everything is a stunning twist.
3 1/2 STARS
"The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier"
Holmes' narratives this case of a Boer War veteran attempting to learn what happened to a wounded comrade from his regiment. However, the man's family is being all mysterious about the individual in question making Holmes' client frustrated.
"The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"
A crown jewel is stolen and the British government comes to Holmes to find it. By the time Watson enters the narrative, Holmes has the man but not the stone. After a meeting with the culprit, Holmes gets the stone and returns it to a government peer.
2 1/2 STARS
"The Adventure of the Three Gables"
This story is frankly off from the get-go as it seems it is written by someone other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
1 1/2 STARS