About Sixty: Why Every Sherlock Holmes Story is the Best
I'm excited to be included in this anthology of essays on why each of the Sherlock Holmes stories should be considered "the best." I argued for "Silver Blaze," which is the best Sherlock Holme story ever.
There are three reasons that “Silver Blaze” is the best short story in the entire Sherlock Holmes collection: first, Sherlock Holmes is at his best in this story, making some classic deductions, galavanting across the downs, and in tearing spirits all the while; second, this story is the source of some of the most famous moments in the entire canon, both textual and visual, which are repeated over and over in scholarship, adaptations, canonical quizzes, and popular culture; third, this story contains the very pinnacle of Conan Doyle’s inventiveness when it comes to villains, the Murder Pony.
Sixty original tales of Sherlock Holmes—which one is the best? In sixty essays, sixty Sherlockians make the case for each of the stories. Their arguments range from the playful to the academic, and are as varied as the authors themselves.
As editor Christopher Redmond says: “What they have written is compelling evidence that any one of the Sherlock Holmes stories can be the best; it’s all a matter of what the reader is looking for.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales range from Victorian horror, to jewel heists, to society scandals. As these authors show, there’s a Sherlock Holmes adventure for every taste.
"The deductive logic brought to bear by the various essayists would certainly earn the admiration of Holmes himself." -- Michael Dirda, The Washington Post