There’s a problem with calling myself a fan of mystery fiction – the man in the street knows, on average, no more than three literary detectives – Miss Marple, Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Now I consider myself well-read on the first two – 100% on Marple and about 90% on Poirot, but I freely admit that I’ve read only a small part of the Holmes canon. I think it’s time to correct that. There’s a lot of Sherlock Holmes around at the moment, most notably in the BBC1 series Sherlock – see my reviews of Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3, but also in the high quality audio dramas from Big Finish.
Starting, hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll be posting hopefully regular “Sherlockian Shorts” – mini-reviews of the multitude of Holmes short stories, as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – concentrating on, as is the theme of my blog, whether they are, in fact, mysteries at all and if they are fair-play mysteries at that.
I’m going to be picking the stories at random – I’m starting, perversely enough, with The Final Problem, then the next two will by The Illustrious Client and The Reigate Problem. No spoilers, but enjoyed two out of the three. I know that I’ll miss out on the progression as Doyle writes more about the master detective by reading them out of order, but it just seemed like an interesting experiment.
They will be a tab at the top of my site to keep track of my progress. Let’s see how it goes.