Mr Duncan scores heavily with the above, on which I admit to being immediately and thoroughly hooked. Short, pithy accounts of the main characters in the Holmes' canon appear near the beginning of the book to include the delicious anomaly of Inspector Lestrade taking all the credit for solving crimes, at the same time as Watson is blowing the gaff elsewhere. There is a useful time-line and the synopses of the stories are clear and concise, with interesting discussions of the problems which have been encounted by Sherlockian Scholars over the years. Having dealt with Holmes 'on the page', the author then proceeds to discuss his portrayal 'on screen' - dealing impartially with both the best and the worst performances. A great addition to any bookshelf.
- ▼ May (8)