The 12 stories that Doyle puts on stage in this book are 12 extremely interesting, well-written, intriguing cases that each story deserves to be expanded into a separate book. Doyle is a master in the yellows and proves it once again by writing 12 very diversified, well-woven but alas from the always too hasty and underdeveloped plot.
If with “a study in red” and “the sign of the four” we made the acquaintance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. J.Watson, with these 12 stories (at least from what I have noticed) we continue to outline the character of Sherlock Holmes, where in addition to being an investigative “machine”, logic, pure deduction, our beloved investigator shows the human side of himself, a man with fears, dreams and fears, capable of feeling pity as well as for the victims, also for the criminals, investigating their past and trying to understand its history, there will be few cases in which Serlock Holmes will “turn a blind eye” on the story.
The stories are very beautiful and original, the motives are not obvious, the dark dynamics, the bizarre crimes, but everything appears incredibly clear in the mind of sherlock holmes, that tiny detail that we cannot see for him is evident and elementary, so much so that sometimes the simple story of the case will be enough to immediately deduce the culprit.
Of course, do not expect murder in any case, sometimes they are “simple” stories of everyday life, more bizarre than usual, but in any case for those who love the mystery of the least, they will be able to appreciate its intertwined history and the original events that unfortunately run into a final very often premature and hasty, which would deserve many more pages to be deepened and expanded.