"A Study in Scarlet" and "The Sign of the Four" consisted of a single mystery, whereas "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" is a combination of short mysteries. While the former two has the opportunity of having more depth, I personally enjoyed these short stories as one of my favorite parts is the wrap-up performed by Sherlock Holmes. We meet 'The Woman' aka Irene Adler. Seemly the only woman who Sherlock respects and admires, as he does tend to be a little bit of a sexist. The Ku Klux Klan also make a appearance. And that's just to name a very select few. I feel that Holmes is growing and developing more as a lead character here. He appears to be showcased as slightly less robotic, and even shows what could be considered human tenderness and compassion at times. *Gasp* Holmes apparently is also a master of disguise, often cloaking himself in a disguise in order to do undercover investigations. As with the first two books in the series Dr. Watson narrates, and we are shown the cases through his eyes. Personally I find him to be a dull character who contributes nothing to the cause, but he is also a necessary part of the story. Watson allows the story to flow. His character gives Holmes someone to converse with, and also allows, us the readers, to have a front seat viewing to the unveiling of these marvelous mysteries.
My rating : *****