A tired and battle scarred surgeon returns to London after being wounded in the third Afghan war. After his money starts to run low, a chance encounter leads him to take a flat with an eccentric man at 221B Baker Street. Thus begins the famous crime-solving partnership of the Holmes and Watson duo. When a body turns up in an abandoned building, Scotland Yard is baffled, and calls in the world's first 'consulting detective¿, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Through observation, subterfuge, and tenacity, he is soon able to discover the identity of the assassin, but that is only the beginning of the bizarre mystery.
Can any narrator go wrong with a mystery featuring the shrewd Sherlock Holmes? Simon Prebble certainly doesn't. He adopts just the right timbre for the voice of the famous detective, a man devoted to acute observation and deductive reasoning. Watson's lower tone contrasts nicely with Holmes's, although it's occasionally difficult to hear the ends of sentences. The women's parts are also pleasant to listen to, as Prebble lightens his tone without adopting an awkward falsetto. It might have been interesting in "A Study in Scarlet" to have had a different narrator for the section that takes place in the American West, but Prebble manages fine with the accents and ages of the various characters. This is a solid performance.
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Published over 180 years ago and still GREAT