Growing up, I loved reading the tales spun by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The mystery and intrigue drew me in and was tempered only by my oscillating feelings of whether Holmes was a misunderstood genius or just an asshole with a knack for observation. When I saw this title on the train the other day, it reminded me of Sherlock Holmes. Many of Doyle’s short stories have similar titles.
Turns out I was playing right into the hands of the
evil Professor Moriarty author Mark Haddon, whose protagonist, an autistic teenager, actually loves the logical Sherlock Holmes and brings to mind he of the The Seven-Per-Cent Solution himself. So, good title there Mr. Haddon. With one glance you had me on 221B Baker Street.
- From randomhouse.com
Rather, The Private Patient by P.D. James, in my continuing discovery of prolific and well-read authors of which I have never heard. Apparently, this is the 14th book in the Adam Dalgliesh series. P.D. James seems to specialize in detective and mystery novels, though, according the authoratative wiki, also seems to dabble in the real deal. According to her website, she has been inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame.
My inner (nerdy and bookish) 12 year-old who loved the Hardy Boys and Three Investigators series became slightly excited at the prospect of a series of detective stories. So how about it? Would these be some good Muni reads?
* When this is inevitably turned into some sort of xxx parody, I want 10% James!!!