According to Barzun & Taylor in A Catalogue of Crime, "As one reads 'The Man with the Watches', 'The Lost Special', 'The Jew's Breastplate', 'The Black Doctor', and the rest, one marvels again at Doyle's natural gift of story-telling and one relishes his ingrained habit of giving clues, even when they serve narrative and are not to be used for ratiocination. The stories are worth reading even around a radiator."
(P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
This was one of those great old collections of stories that could have been great but were spoiled by a lame reader and poor audio. Sounds like a tired old man talking into a tin can...
If you like the older style classical mystery stories, you will like this book.
Despite the name of the author, this is not a Sherlock Holmes type of book. Some of the stories are rather slow and seem to plod. It is definitely for a winter’s night and wonderful to get you into a sleepy mood. I would not recommend it if you are bogged down in traffic or any time you need to be awake and alert.
I found the stories predictable.
You must also like a “stodgy” British accent.
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