This week I have been reading Sherlock Holmes stories on my Nook. I’ve read tons of them and there are still tons left to go. Some of my favorites were: The sign of the four, A Study in Scarlett, and The Mystery of the Speckled Band. But I read so many that I am having trouble remembering the titles. Some of them are horribly creepy. The sign of the four contains this terrible grinning corpse that my mind managed to picture in such detail as to keep me awake. Many of them are not scary at all. They are all mind puzzles, and they also give an interesting glimpse into the British world view of many years before.
Sir Arther Conan Doyle is apt to have a murder perpetuated by “Savages” who attack with blow guns in an animal rage. And it is interesting to see that those in the lower classes of society are just believed to be essentially course and unpleasant in their very fiber, not persons molded by a lack of charm school and maids to cook and dress them. And gentlemen of title and wealth are considered to be worthy of their position by good blood and breeding. Somehow they, deep in their souls, have always been gentlemen and thus their accumulation of riches and land only makes sense. Quite strange. But I am loving these stories. They are marvelously done and offer up many opportunities to use the “look up word” feature on my Nook.