Originally Posted by Vertigo
Yes I must admit I'm not unduly worried about the order and I may well go for The Sign of Four next. I'll decide at the time; likely the decision will be as much to do with whether I'm in the mood for short stories or a novel as particular ordering.
The one "order of reading" matter about which I have strong feelings is that one should not
start with the first story in The Adventures
, "A Scandal in Bohemia." It has more impact if one has become accustomed to the generally victorious Holmes by reading other stories. I would also avoid starting the Holmes canon with "The Engineer's Thumb," but I suppose nobody does.