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There are eleven stories in the second of the Sherlock Holmes connections, where we see Doyle expanding the fictional universe: we have a couple of accounts of Holmes' adventures before he met Watson, we have Mycroft and the relationship with the French painter Vernet, we have the recovery of a treaty lost by the Foreign Secretary's nephew, and most of all we have Moriarty. The best of these is the first, "Silver Blaze", which is the one about the missing race-horse with the original curious incident of the dog in the night-time. Several of the others, unfortunately, have almost the same solution as "Silver Blaze"."The Final Problem" is a good bit of writing, as Holmes and Watson pursue each other to (apparently) mutual destruction in Switzerland, but has no real mystery element. There is also the peculiar story of the bloke whose wife turns out to have a black daughter by her previous marriage; some peculiar racist psychology going on there. Anyway, I don't think Holmes will stay dead, as I am only on page 480 out of 1122.


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Feb. 28th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
Maybe he'll regenerate into... Benedict Cumberbatch.
Feb. 28th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Holmes and Watson pursue each other to (apparently) mutual destruction in Switzerland

We know what you meant.
Tim Roll-Pickering
Mar. 2nd, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
Number of stories
There's 12 stories in the Memoirs aren't there? Or is this one of these matters where collections go different ways like His Last Bow /Reminiscences?
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
Re: Number of stories
Indeed, my edition has "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" in His Last Bow. Apparently it was dropped from the first British edition of Memoirs, but appears in most subsequent editions.
Mar. 5th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
Solution or Problem
I suspect that you meant The Final Problem, rather than The Final Solution, which was a good deal less enjoyable for all concerned.
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