Book Review: Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia


I recently began reading books on my iPad for the first time, after I saw that all of the Sherlock Holmes books are free on iBooks! Last night, I finished reading my first Sherlock Holmes book so I thought I would share what I thought!


You might recognise the title, A Scandal in Bohemia, from the Sherlock TV episode called, A Scandal in Belgravia. This is the book that episode was based on and I was amazed how similar it was but after reading it, I realised how true to the story the TV show is! The story of A Scandal in Bohemia, is that Irene Adler (the woman), has some compromising photos of the King of Bohemia, who is soon to be married. He visits Sherlock Holmes to ask for help to get the photos from Irene Adler, who has threatened to release them to the public in a few days. This is the exact same story in A Scandal in Belgravia, even to the last detail of how Sherlock manages to find the photos with a plan he makes with Watson. As I was reading the book, I could see the show in my head, with Benedict and Martin in exactly the same way, just modernised. Obviously, the Sherlock Holmes books are old and so the language is bit weird sometimes because we don't speak like that anymore. For example, they spelt tomorrow like to-morrow, which I thought was weird! Also, the book is written from Watson's perspective, so essentially you're reading from his journal, whereas on the TV show, John writes a blog instead. Another thing I didn't realise was that Sherlock Holmes was originally addicted to cocaine! Which when I look back on it now, I realise it makes sense because in the modernised version, Sherlock is addicted to cigarettes. It was a really fun book to read and I look forward to reading some more of them! I love the way Sherlock talks, you'd think it was exaggerated in TV and film but it's really not! In this book, there was a page where the entire page was just Sherlock speaking, with tiny line in the middle where John had managed to get a word in! It is really funny and just as entertaining as the TV show and the films!

As I mentioned, I found these books for free on the iBooks store, and I'm sure you can find them for free elsewhere if you don't use iBooks. I'm going to continue reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and so I'll share more reviews as I go along!

Have you read any of the original Sherlock Holmes books? Let me know what you think! 
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Thanks for reading! 
♡ Katya