The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle is a collection of short stories told by Dr. Watson, describing cases he has worked on with Sherlock Holmes, and also a few stories which are told to Watson by Holmes.
I liked the short stories a lot. My previous experiences with Sherlock Holmes were limited to games by Frogware, but those pushed me towards reading the original stories. Fortunately this collection didn’t include any stories that were adapted into games so they weren’t spoiled for me.
I’m not sure which stories were my favorites, but I really liked The Gloria Scott, and The Final Adventure. I’m not going to spoil their plots but the deductions in them were good. Every story was compact but told what needed to be told. They were quick and easy reads, and I usually read one story in one go. These stories are all “tell, don’t show” so some might not find it that interesting to read pages after pages of clients describing their cases and then Holmes describing his train of thought. Reading about the methods used by Holmes, it’s easy to understand why people wanted help from Conan Doyle in real life crimes and mysteries.
As I haven’t read any of the Sherlock Holmes novels or the previous short story collection (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, there’s also three collections that came out after this), I’m not sure if the style is different from those, but I liked it in any case. Perhaps some tags were repeated a little too much (just about everyone always ‘cried’ their lines) but it wasn’t distracting.
I’m planning on reading more Sherlock Holmes stories, probably starting from A Study in Scarlet and then continuing in order.