I’ve always loved a good mystery book, but for some reason I never got that much into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. I recall reading “The Speckled Band” in high school and not being that impressed; something about the story just felt stuffy and…well, British. And after reading ten of the stories in quick succession last month, I still feel pretty much the same.
I’m not sure why I’m disappointed. Watson and Holmes are fantastic characters, the mysteries are genuinely mysterious, and there’s a good amount of action. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” was even a bit frightening, with scary things going bump in the night.
So, a quick question for you guys. For which of the following reasons do you think I was underwhelmed by Doyle’s stories?
- They’re short stories, which have never been my favorites. I should try reading one of the novels, like A Study in Scarlet.
- They really are dry and stuffy.
- I’m a troglodyte who wouldn’t know a good story if it bit me on the ass.