Sherlock Holmes Challenge: May Check-In

 Apologies for the lateness of this.  Please comment with any thoughts or reviews you’d like to share!

These were May’s stories, following the Chronological Challenge.  If you are on a different schedule, though, feel free to chime in with what you read in May!

Week 19 (May 7-13):  The Valley of Fear
Week 20:  “A Scandal in Bohemia”
Week 21:  “A Case of Identity”
Week 22 (May 28-Jun 3):  “The Greek Interpreter”

Sherlock Holmes Challenge: April Check-In

For those following along on my Sherlock Holmes challenge – and for any who still wish to join! – I’ve decided to change things up a bit.  Instead of weekly link-ups, I’ll be posting monthly check-ins, open to any and all Sherlock Holmes stories you have read in the month.  This will help me manage the posts better and also remove the dependency on the link-up widgets (which, while useful, can cause extra load time on the blog).

April’s stories include the following:

March (Carry-over)
Week 13 (Mar 26-Apr 1):  “The Naval Treaty”

Week 14 (Apr 2-8):  “The Crooked Man”
Week 15:  “The Five Orange Pips”
Week 16:  “The Noble Bachelor”
Week 17:  The Valley of Fear
Week 18 (Apr 30-May 6):  The Valley of Fear (continued)

Please comment with any thoughts or reviews you’d like to share!  This post has no expiration date, so if you want to come back and add your reviews at the end of the month, that’s perfectly fine.  And again, if you are on a different reading schedule, feel free to chime in!

Sherlock Holmes: "The Reigate Squires" (or, "The Reigate Puzzle") Week 11: “The Reigate Squires”

I’ve always thought “The Reigate Squires” was an interesting yet quirky story from Watson’s recollections.  It’s “quirky” not just because it has three names, but also for the fact that it seems fairly humdrum in its plot, except for sporadic moments of alarming behavior, by Holmes himself.  In some ways, this story is more like a comedy than a mystery, but Doyle still manages to inject it with enough macabre to keep up the impression of unease connected with the mystery.  Add to that the fact we see Holmes has finally gained international acclaim, and “The Reigate Squires” could easily be the first tale (in this chronological ordering) with an almost cinematic Holmesian quality to it.

It’s been a long time since I last read this, but I enjoyed it this time around, too, so it’s aged well.

Sherlock Holmes: "The Resident Patient" Week 10: “The Resident Patient”

Sorry for being an absent host lately!  I’ve had a lot going on in “real life” and was finding it hard to blog.  Now I hope to be more on top of things again…

This is another Holmes story that I don’t often think about, yet I ought to call a favorite.  Even being so familiar with it now, I think “The Resident Patient” is a pretty unique mystery, as well as horrifying in its conclusion.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a doctor himself, which may have something to do with the level of detail in the setting and characters. 

If you particularly like medical-themed tales, I also recommend Doyle’s short story collection, Round the Red Lamp, which includes some mysteries but also other genres.