by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 208 pages
The first story featuring Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. After the pair join forces, Sherlock is faced with a murder mystery that stumps everyone. When the murderer is revealed, his motivations are yet unclear. What could drive a man to murder? Fans of the BBC series Sherlock may be familiar with this story, though there are certainly enough differences to keep the reader's interest.
Though a classic, this story may fall short for some die-hard mystery fans. Readers who want to "solve along" with Sherlock may have some difficulty. The clues aren't as obvious to readers as they are to our hero. This story features American history, love, murder, and, of course, mystery. Fans of any modern Sherlock will should give the seminal works a read. It was certainly fun to contrast the new Sherlocks with the original.