Review: The Adventure of Silver Blaze (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle

Silver Blaze (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, #1)Silver Blaze by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘The Adventure of Silver Blaze’ is the first short story in the novel, ‘Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes’.
The short story focuses on the disappearance of the titular race horse (a famous winner) on the eve of an important race and on the apparent murder of its trainer.
The tale is distinguished by its atmospheric Dartmoor setting and late-Victorian sporting milieu. It also features some of Conan Doyle’s most effective plotting, hinging on the “curious incident of the dog in the night-time”.
Some of the best writing of all the short stories I had read so far was seen in this short story. I enjoyed the pace of the plot and the somewhat flippant and arrogant way in which Sherlock Holmes solved the crime. It made me laugh!
Congratulations to Arthur Conan Doyle on writing such an excellent short!

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