- Watson refers to previously published cases much more often than I would have thought. This always seems false to me in pastiches, but it's not.
- Frequently Watson makes it clear that his accounts have made both Holmes and him famous around the world.
- The descriptions of weather are wonderful.
- Holmes truly regarded Watson as a partner, based on his use of such terms as "our client" and "this agency."
- The attitudes of Holmes and the police toward each other changed over the years. In the beginning he was cynical about Scotland Yard getting the credit and Lestrade & Co. didn't want to admit that they needed his help. Both views changed markedly by the end.
- Holmes refers to his chronicler as "my dear Watson," "my dear fellow," "my boy" and "friend Watson." He never calls him John, and Watson never refers to him as Sherlock except when necessary to distinguish him from Mycroft.
- I don't agree with the common opinion that the later tales are in general inferior. Many of them, not just a few, strike me as quite good.
- The famous inconsistencies in the Canon are, to my mind, somewhat exaggerated. Considering that the nine books appeared over forty-year period, the world of Sherlock Holmes is a remarkably consistent one.
- Above all, the Holmes and Watson of A Study in Scarlet are the same two men in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. And what wonderful characters they are!
Have you ever read the tales all the way through in a relatively short period? If so, what surprised you?