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The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) -  Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

 

"The Greek Interpreter"

 

Watson meets Holmes older brother Mycroft, who is smarter but not as energetic as his younger sibling.  A fellow club member of Mycroft's came to him with a problem, which lets Sherlock hear as well.  Having heard the case and Mycroft's efforts, Sherlock working on events only for the client to get kidnapped.  The resolution is both in and out of the protagonist's hands.

 

3 STARS

 

"The Naval Treaty"

 

A case of many misdirections that has the reader guessing until Holmes lets everyone in on the resolution.  An English-Italian naval treaty is to be made public and the Foreign Secretary wants a copy made by his nephew, but the treaty is stolen from his desk and after an exhaustive search the young man has a nervous breakdown.  After nine weeks abed, he gets word to Watson and Holmes to discuss the case.  One of the longer short stories, but never dull.

 

4 1/2 STARS

 

"The Final Problem"

 

The attempt by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to kill of Holmes to he could write other things, is unfortunately not a good story.  Holmes' arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty debuts almost ensnared by a trap by Holmes to destroy his criminal empire.  With Watson, Holmes goes to Europe as his trap is set in motion but Moriarty escapes it while his gang is captured.  Moriarty chases down the duo, lures Watson away, and the two men fight before sending one another down into a watery grave supposedly.  Without an eyewitness to the struggle and without knowing what Holmes did to destroy Moriarty's empire the read is left somewhat less than satisfied with Sherlock Holmes death.

 

2 1/2 STARS