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In spite of a cold that significantly cut down my reading time these past few days, I managed to finish another book and am well on my way to completing my Summer Reading Challenge on schedule! Thanks to the brilliant work of voice actor David Timson and, of course, the great writing of Arthur Conan Doyle, I was able to escape into the adventures of Sherlock Holmes while I was stuck in bed sick. There is nothing better than a good book and cup of hot tea to comfort when you're not feeling well (excluding sleep, of course!).
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
My Rating: 4.6 out of 5  

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Doyle, like all of the other Holmes stories I have read, were great. This book of mystery stories introduced the colorful characters of Sherlock's brother, Mycroft, who is described as being much more gifted in observational abilities than Holmes though his laziness precludes him from detective work, and Holmes's criminal arch-nemesis and intellectual equal, Professor Moriarty. One story in particular peaked my interest because it featured a character who was the bi-racial daughter of a white mother and a black father. I won't spoil the story by revealing any more but I found it interesting how the author handled the character given that these stories are written in 1890s England and, like many other works of classic literature, contain no shortage of racist language characteristic of the time.