56 Stories in 56 Days

As part of the lead up to the Great Sherlock Holmes Debate, Charlotte Anne Walters, author of Barefoot on Baker Streethas reviewed each of the 56 short stories.

The reviews are quite short but neatly sum up each story and Walters gives each one a score out of ten. It is interesting to compare these scores with dear Arthur’s own twelve of the best.

According to Walters, Charles Augustus Milverton and The Six Napoleons come out tops followed by Silver Blaze, The Mugrave Ritual, The Norwood Builder, The Dancing Men, The Bruce-Partington Plans, The Dying Detective, The Illustrious Client, The Three Garridebs, The Problem of Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place and The Retired Colourman. That’s thirteen against Arthur’s twelve and there are quite a few differences.

Here are the links to each one of her reviews with her scores.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (average 6.7 out of 10)

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (average 6.8 out of 10)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (average 7.5 out of 10)

His Last Bow (average 7.4 out of 10)

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (average 7.7 out of 10)

10 out of 10

  • RETU: Charles Augustus Milverton, The Six Napoleons

9 out of 10

  • MEMO: Silver Blaze, The Mugrave Ritual
  • RETU: The Norwood Builder, The Dancing Men
  • LAST: The Bruce-Partington Plans, The Dying Detective
  • CASE: The Illustrious Client, The Three Garridebs, The Problem of Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place, The Retired Colourman

8.5 out of 10

  • MEMO: The Final Problem

8 out of 10

  • ADVE: The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Blue Carbuncle, The Noble Bachelor
  • MEMO: The Yellow Face, The Crooked Man, The Resident Patient, The Greek Interpreter
  • RETU: The Second Stain
  • LAST: The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, The Devil’s Foot
  • CASE: The Creeping Man, The Lion’s Mane

7 out of 10

  • ADVE: The Red-Headed League, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Engineer’s Thumb, The Beryl Coronet
  • RETU: The Empty House, The Priory School, Black Peter, The Missing Three-Quarter, The Abbey Grange
  • LAST: The Cardboard Box, The Red Circle, His Last Bow
  • CASE: The Blanched Soldier, The Three Gables

6 out of 10

  • ADVE: A Case of Identity, The Speckled Band, The Copper Beeches
  • MEMO: The Stockbroker’s Clerk, The Reigate Squire
  • RETU: The Solitary Cyclist, The Three Students, The Golden Pince-Nez
  • CASE: The Mazarin Stone, The Sussex Vampire

5 out of 10

  • ADVE: A Scandal in Bohemia, The Five Orange Pips
  • MEMO: The Gloria Scott, The Naval Treaty
  • CASE: The Veiled Lodger

4 out of 10

  • LAST: Wisteria Lodge

 

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