The Wednesday Review: Sherlock Holmes and The Red-Headed League

After watching both the Sherlock series and the both the Sherlock Holmes films, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed while I was reading from the books that gave those series their names. Certainly, in the books, the cases are interesting, and Arthur Conan Doyle is a wonderful creator of short stories, but seeing all the pizzazz in the movies and the show, I expected at least some of the action to have originated back in the very series that brought about the conception of Sherlock Holmes, but it seems to lack in that category. Instead, you get a witty pair of men, against crafty criminals, who catch these villains within twenty pages.

    I must admit, since these short adventures are considered whole books, they really have helped in increasing my amount of books read, seeing as I wish to have read fifty by the end of the year. In terms of action, the books lack in that category by considerable quantities, but if you want to walk through creative crimes with THE cleverest detective ever conceived in fiction, then these books are perfect for you. What’s nice about Sherlock Holmes is you can get a nice long read with over fifty stories on one book for about three bucks on an e-reader, and they won’t disappoint either.

    The reason I probably noticed this particular story, ‘The Red-Headed League’, is because even the readers do not know exactly what is going on with this weird case brought to Holmes in the beginning. In most of these short stories, like in ‘The Man with the Twisted Lip’, Holmes gives Watson a huge description of what is happening and who he suspects and such. In this one, we hear an interesting plot, Holmes doesn’t announce what he’s about to do, and guess what, we get some action. Very docile action, compared to Captain America or Iron Man certainly, but still, action is action.

    What’s also nice in this story is we get a very interesting case from a ginger that got a mysterious job because of his hair color. It really sounds so strange, but you know, it sounds legit. It is a crazy, obsessed, weird legit, but plausible all the same. Although we’re not dealing with Moriarty in this story, we still get a very clever villain who came up with a plot that was so strange that there was no way a policeman wouldn’t laugh at the whole situation and ignore it.

    Of course, that’s where consulting detective Sherlock Holmes comes in. Watson too, although all he’s good for is being a companion, and packing a gun, which he does in this one. ;)

    I will admit, Sherlock Holmes is not your Hunger Games, but it’s perfect for practicing your English accent that most Americans wish they could pick up. It’s easier to take out the tea and crumpets while reading Sherlock Holmes than the latest Patterson novel. Plus, you get some weird gingers, something to do with banks, Watson with a gun, and oh, Sherlock kicking some butt.

    Need anything more? I certainly don’t.

    ‘The Red-Headed League’ gets a solid 4. No decimals this time.

    See you this Friday with a series on Creative Characters. Sherlock Holmes definitely will be joining us again soon.


8 thoughts on “The Wednesday Review: Sherlock Holmes and The Red-Headed League

    • That my friend, is true. However remember, “circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing… it may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different.”


      • Ah yes! my dear lady, how thoughtful and enticing is your understanding of evidence. I must lead you now to the old maxim of mine: that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. ;)

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