“…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth….”
– Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of the Four
That is my favorite Sherlock Holmes quote, and it is quite a famous one. Between 1886 and 1927, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories featuring the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes. Since that time, Holmes has appeared in dozens of other books, radio dramas, TV shows, and movies.
I am sure that many of you have seen a Sherlock Holmes movie or TV show, but I wonder how many have read one of the original stories. While I enjoy Robert Downey Jr’s. and Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayals of Holmes, there is nothing like the original. Doyle’s Holmes and Watson are English gentlemen, but are also as complex and messy as any of us. I am sure that is why they have endured for so long.
After 100 years, the popularity of Holmes is as strong as ever, and it shows no signs of weakening. As the years go by, I am sure we will see many more interesting interpretations of this famous detective. I would encourage you, however, to pick up a copy of Doyle’s work and experience Holmes and Watson as the author created them.
This volume does not contain all of the stories and novels that Doyle wrote, but it sure is a great place to start.
As a work in the United States public domain, all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works are available as free ebook download from Project Gutenberg.