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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite
I have been a fan of Sherlock Holmes since I was a young boy. I love the writing of Arthur Conan Doyle. What I would have given to have a copy of The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England by Liese Sherwood-Fabre in my younger days. This is both an intriguing and educational book. Liese takes many incidents from the files of Holmes and enlightens her readers with the meaning as well as the history of the item. Liese explains things such as how important Holmes’s Stradivarius violin was. The last chapter explains the social structure of the era that kept women who committed crimes from being fully punished by the law.
Not only is Liese Sherwood-Fabre’s style of writing informative but it is also very entertaining. In her book, The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes, she explains in easy-to-understand terms topics to help her reader better understand the stories. What type of snake does Holmes refer to in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”? What is the history of paper and what type was used during the time of Holmes? Liese has written an informative book filled with history. Her writing is compelling and draws the reader to want to go further. Each chapter is filled with references that show how Liese thoroughly did her research and thus has written a masterpiece of information. Combining her love of literature with her love of history, Liese has given us a volume that deserves great praise.