When you thought that Sherlock Holmes had died in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s previous book, ‘The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes”, he appeared mysteriously in “The Return of Sherlock Holmes”. Holmes did disappear together with Professor Moriarty in the Reichenbach Fall. Holmes was presumed dead with the likelihood that he and Moriarty would not have survived after falling in Reichenbach Fall. However, the great consulting detective Sherlock Holmes was ‘resurrected’ and came back alive to tell how he cheated death in the very first short story of the book. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes continued with thirteen mysteries in the “Return of Sherlock Holmes”. You cannot ask for more as each mystery was beyond one’s imagination as to the ending and the reason for the crime having taken place. And there are thirteen to satisfy one’s craving.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had the knack to create a story that baffles and with seemingly no solution to crack the case. He had the whole story in one piece from start to the end. He then dissected it up and released only parts of the evidence at the crime scene. That was his unique skill set to lay out just enough for readers to think deep and to frustrate their investigative minds. At the end of the story, one was relieved by the ingenuity of the case.