A couple years back a friend got me The Complete Sherlock Holmes volume 1. It was ignored until a few days ago when I decided to give ole Sherlock a try.
A Study in Scarlet is the first Holmes book, where we meet the odd detective and his companion, the good doctor. For those of you who don't know, Watson narrates all of the mysteries. The book was very fun to read, short at just 104pgs, yet long enough to really flesh out the details that needed it. When a double murder is discovered in London the police turn to their aid, Sherlock Holmes, to find the real culprit. But was it murder or justified revenge?
The Sign of The Four is the second novel. In the first page we learn of Holmes' addiction to both cocaine and morphine. When a beautiful young woman shows up, begging Sherlock's help in unraveling the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years prior Holmes is certain is is a simple case. But stolen treasure, unbreakable oaths and perhaps a touch of true love spice up the mystery.