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Friday, May 1, 2009

SHRC Update 30 April 2009


First post in the Sherlock Holmes Reading Challenge.

I'm fond of "Best of" lists and Wikipedia has two lists of favorite Sherlock Holmes stories. One is by Conan Doyle (1927) and the other from the Baker Street Journal (1959). Trivia-Library.com adds that Doyle revisited his list and considered stories after 1927 and added seven more stories. I think it will be interesting to keep these lists in mind when reading the stories.

Conan Doyle's List
Sources: Wikipedia and Trivia-Library
Original List
1. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
2. "The Redheaded League"
3. "The Adventure of the Dancing Men"
4. "The Final Problem"
5. "A Scandal in Bohemia"
6. "The Adventure of the Empty House"
7. "The Five Orange Pips"
8. "The Adventure of the Second Stain"
9. "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot"
10. "The Adventure of the Priory School"
11. "The Musgrave Ritual"
12. "The Reigate Squires"

Later, considering his short stories about Sherlock Holmes written after 1927, and reconsidering some written before that date, Doyle added seven more favorites, again listing them in descending order of merit.

1. "Silver Blaze"
2. "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans"
3. "The Crooked Man"
4. "The Man with the Twisted Lip"
5. "The Greek Interpreter"
6. "The Resident Patient"
7. "The Naval Treaty"

The Baker Street Journal's list:
1. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
2. "The Red-Headed League"
3. "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"
4. "The Adventure of Silver Blaze"
5. "A Scandal in Bohemia"
6. "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual"
7. "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans"
8. "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons"
9. "The Adventure of the Dancing Men"
10. "The Adventure of the Empty House"