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Book #6: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons and Other Cases by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Number of pages: 326

Compilation of Sherlock Holmes short stories taken from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

Some of the stories were ones I had read before, while others were new to me. I quite enjoyed the story of the six Napoleons, in which someone starts smashing busts of Napoleon, and I liked the way that some of the stories references previous ones in the compilation, so whoever decided which ones to put in this book was definitely thinking carefully.

The hardest story for me was The Adventure of the Gloria Scott, which effectively took the form of a flashback within and flashback, within a flashback, with Dr. Watson telling of a story Sherlock told him, which eventually led him to a letter that provided the answer to the mystery through a flashback sequence.

I have two more similar compilations that I am going to read soon.

Next book: Yes, My Accent is Real: A Memoir (Kunal Nayyar)
Tags: 19th century literature, mystery, short stories, suspense, thriller

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