“You know my powers, my dear Watson, and yet at the end of three months I was forced to confess that I had at last met an antagonist who was my intellectual equal.”
-The Final Problem
What’s the best part of re-reading Sherlock Holmes? You know the solution to the mystery, but that does not diminish the excitement of the story. You discover something new every single time you go through Sherlock Holmes books.
Sherlock Holmes stories are known for their remarkable construction and wit, but there is something more to it. Why is it that nobody cares about the mystery novels of Edgar Wallace anymore? Even Poirot has lost a considerable part of his fan following in the last few decades. But the impossibly observant and intelligent Holmes is still going strong. Actually Doyle transcended time by rising above mere intrigue, by making his stories very human through impressive characterization, controlled and realistic emotions and skillful prose. These stories often involve a concept of nihilism, which questions if people with superhuman abilities can cross moral codes.
Who says crime fiction is cheap?