On Monday 6th June, the book up for discussion was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. This collection of 12 short stories was first published in 1892 and introduced the readers of The Strand Magazine to the eponymous detective’s innovative methods. Everyone was familiar with these stories because of the numerous film, radio and television adaptations. not least the most recent up-dated dramas with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. On the whole, the stories were well-liked with the main criticism being Sherlock Holmes’ apparent smugness when revealing his reasoning. Basically, he was never wrong! Some of the archaic language warranted comment, but certainly did not hinder modern readers’ enjoyment at all. It was felt that the stories moved along at a good pace. Those who hadn’t encountered the stories in written form before were appreciative of the opportunity to have done so.