I am a bit ashamed to admit that it took me till now to read my first Sherlock Holmes story, A Scandal in Bohemia. Conveniently enough it also happens to be the first Sherlock Holmes story that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote and the first adventure in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
We are introduced to Sherlock Holmes, a detective, and his companion Dr. Watson. The story is written from Dr. Watson‘s point of view recounting details that he will later publish. In one of the first scenes Holmes immediately uses his powers of observation which, according to Watson, would have got him hanged a century ago because of an implied witchcraft.
In A Scandal in Bohemia, Irene Adler has a compromising photo of the king which she threatens to use to cause a scandal. The king hires Holmes to get the photo back.
The woman has outwitted the king’s men five times previously and now pits her wits with one Sherlock Holmes. With the help of Watson, Holmes has three days to get the photo back.
My initial reaction after reading A Scandal in Bohemia was, “what the heck? What a stupid ‘mystery’. The reader doesn’t even have an opportunity to solve it”. Then it occurred to me that the mystery was not in solving the case itself, but the mystery is in trying to figure out Holme’s method in solving the case. He asks Watson to perform certain actions which seem confusing at first, even to Watson, but then all is revealed as to the purpose. If all Sherlock Holmes stories follow this format, I am very excited!!
The short story itself is a short read (I know, fairly obvious right?). Took me about 30 minutes to read 71 Kobo pages, whatever that translates to. I think I’ll start the next adventure immediately, but I don’t think each one will be worth reviewing individually.