Stephen Karlson (shkarlson) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Stephen Karlson


The Excessively Complex, too, particularly if you wish to solve mysteries.  First read The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: The Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective.  It's Book Review No. 14.  The contents will be left to the reader as an exercise.  I did like one of the Holmes quotes from the end of the work.  From "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" comes a theme for a model railroad display now a-building.  "The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside."  Why else would Holmes and Watson be coming and going from Paddington Station or Victoria Station.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)

Tags: 19th century literature, crime fiction, literature history

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