February Books 23) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle
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.