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Artizan Street Library’s book of the week: Tales of Twilight and the unseen by Arthur Conan Doyle

Artizan Library book of the week


Tales of Twilight and the unseen


Arthur Conan Doyle



These stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are concerned with ghosts, obscure scientific experiments and other unexplained phenomena and exemplify his skills as a short story writer.


The Adventures and memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ; recommended by Lynn

9780140437713_p0_v1_s260x420After watching two series of the unmissable BBC drama ‘Sherlock’, and having fallen slightly in love with Sherlock Holmes (or was that just Benedict Cumberbatch?) I decided it was about time I read some of the original stories for myself. Not being a huge fan of crime fiction or a big reader of Victorian literature, I wondered if they would really be my cup of tea but once I began reading any doubts quickly evaporated. I was completely hooked!

I loved reading Dr Watson’s accounts of Holmes’ cases and each story left me wanting more. I can certainly understand the public outcry after The Final Problem (included in this volume) was published (I admit I got a bit emotional reading that one!) and why Conan Doyle eventually bowed to pressure and brought Holmes back. With their intriguing set ups, plot twists and often surprising denouement, it’s easy to see why these clever and entertaining stories and the unique friendship between the world’s only consulting detective and his loyal companion John Watson are still inspiring TV series, films, books and stage shows over a hundred years after they were originally published.

— Lynn

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