Sherlock's hat, a key, magnifying glasses, a pipe, and handcuffs
Saturday, 27 May 2023 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
South Asia

We welcome all the library members to our monthly book club meet for free to connect with avid readers, discuss interesting books from our versatile digital library collection and deepen your engagement with books, stories, and people from across cultures and backgrounds.

The book club is open to all members of 18 years and above.

Join us this month for a lively discussion on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to celebrate his 164 birth anniversary 

Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh into a prosperous Irish family. He trained as a doctor, gaining his degree from Edinburgh University in 1881. Many critics believe that his in-depth scientific knowledge of the human body influences many of his works, including his murder novels. Sherlock Holmes is one of the widely-celebrated characters among South-Asian readers. Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in 'A Study of Scarlet', published in 'Beeton's Christmas Annual' in 1887. The discussion will also include the snippets of lesser-known facts of Sir Arthur Konan Doyle’s life.

We have picked three of his classiest and most enigmatic stories we must read. So, let's solve these mysteries with a cup of coffee together!

1.    The Hound of the Baskervilles: When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the moors, a heart attack seems to be the likely cause. However, a certain Dr Mortimer thinks there is more to it than that. He believes that a supernatural hound haunts the moors and that this beast has been on the rampage for years, killing generations of male Baskervilles.

2.    A Study in Scarlet: In A Study in Scarlet, Doyle presents two equally perplexing mysteries for Holmes to solve one a murder that takes place in the shadowy outskirts of London, in a locked room where the haunting word Rache is written upon the wall, the other a kidnapping set in the American West. Picking up the "scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life," Holmes demonstrates his uncanny knack for finding the truth, tapping into powers of deduction that still captivate readers today.

3.    A Scandal in Bohemia: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are asked to help the King of Bohemia find a very important photograph. It won''t be easy. The King's former love, Irene Adler, has hidden the photograph. Holmes must don a clever disguise, stage a brawl, and even fake a house fire to find the mysterious image! But has Holmes underestimated Irene Adler?

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