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OVERVIEW This collection bring together Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Tales of Terror and Mystery along with ALL the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels all in a single, convenient, high quality, but extremely low priced Nook volume! TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES A STUDY IN SCARLET PART I PART 2 THE SIGN OF FOUR THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA TH OVERVIEW This collection bring together Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Tales of Terror and Mystery along with ALL the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels all in a single, convenient, high quality, but extremely low priced Nook volume! TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES A STUDY IN SCARLET PART I PART 2 THE SIGN OF FOUR THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE A CASE OF IDENTITY THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER’S THUMB THE ADVENTURE OF THE NOBLE BACHELOR THE ADVENTURE OF THE BERYL CORONET THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES SILVER BLAZE THE YELLOW FACE THE STOCK-BROKER’S CLERK THE “GLORIA SCOTT” THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL THE REIGATE PUZZLE THE CROOKED MAN THE RESIDENT PATIENT THE GREEK INTERPRETER THE NAVAL TREATY THE FINAL PROBLEM THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES THE CURSE OF THE BASKERVILLES THE PROBLEM SIR HENRY BASKERVILLE THREE BROKEN THREADS BASKERVILLE HALL THE STAPLETONS OF MERRIPIT HOUSE FIRST REPORT OF DR. WATSON SECOND REPORT OF DR. WATSON EXTRACT FROM THE DIARY OF DR. WATSON THE MAN ON THE TOR DEATH ON THE MOOR FIXING THE NETS THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES A RETROSPECTION THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES THE ADVENTURE OF THE ABBEY GRANGE THE ADVENTURE OF BLACK PETER THE ADVENTURE OF CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON THE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN THE ADVENTURE OF THE EMPTY HOUSE THE ADVENTURE OF THE GOLDEN PINCE-NEZ THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING THREE-QUARTER THE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER THE ADVENTURE OF THE PRIORY SCHOOL THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND STAIN THE ADVENTURE OF THE SIX NAPOLEONS THE ADVENTURE OF THE SOLITARY CYCLIST THE ADVENTURE OF THE THREE STUDENTS THE VALLEY OF FEAR HIS LAST BOW THE CASE BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 2. TALES OF TERROR AND MYSTERY THE HORROR OF THE HEIGHTS THE LEATHER FUNNEL THE NEW CATACOMB THE CASE OF LADY SANNOX THE TERROR OF BLUE JOHN GAP THE BRAZILIAN CAT THE LOST SPECIAL THE BEETLE-HUNTER THE MAN WITH THE WATCHES THE JAPANNED BOX THE BLACK DOCTOR THE JEW’S BREASTPLATE WHY BUY BOOKS FROM THE COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION FOR NOOK EDITION? 1. All COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION Nook Books are priced as low as possible in order to offer unbelievable value and hours of reading pleasure for Nook readers. All COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION Nook Books bring together ALL the complete works of a classic literary author, character or series in a single, extremely low priced volume in a single download, thereby freeing up valuable space and visual clutter on your Nook device. 2. All COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION Nook Books contain a FULLY INTERACTIVE table of contents DIRECTLY ACCESSIBLE and Nook Free Lending Technology 3. All COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION Nook Books come with additional material including photo(s) of the author, and/or critical commentary, and/or biographical or historical background information. THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT IN THE UNITED STATES AND IS PUBLISHED AS PART OF THIS COLLECTION IN ARRANGEMENT WITH THE CONAN DOYLE ESTATE, LTD.


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OVERVIEW This collection bring together Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Tales of Terror and Mystery along with ALL the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels all in a single, convenient, high quality, but extremely low priced Nook volume! TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES A STUDY IN SCARLET PART I PART 2 THE SIGN OF FOUR THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA TH OVERVIEW This collection bring together Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Tales of Terror and Mystery along with ALL the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels all in a single, convenient, high quality, but extremely low priced Nook volume! TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES A STUDY IN SCARLET PART I PART 2 THE SIGN OF FOUR THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE A CASE OF IDENTITY THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER’S THUMB THE ADVENTURE OF THE NOBLE BACHELOR THE ADVENTURE OF THE BERYL CORONET THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES SILVER BLAZE THE YELLOW FACE THE STOCK-BROKER’S CLERK THE “GLORIA SCOTT” THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL THE REIGATE PUZZLE THE CROOKED MAN THE RESIDENT PATIENT THE GREEK INTERPRETER THE NAVAL TREATY THE FINAL PROBLEM THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES THE CURSE OF THE BASKERVILLES THE PROBLEM SIR HENRY BASKERVILLE THREE BROKEN THREADS BASKERVILLE HALL THE STAPLETONS OF MERRIPIT HOUSE FIRST REPORT OF DR. WATSON SECOND REPORT OF DR. WATSON EXTRACT FROM THE DIARY OF DR. WATSON THE MAN ON THE TOR DEATH ON THE MOOR FIXING THE NETS THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES A RETROSPECTION THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES THE ADVENTURE OF THE ABBEY GRANGE THE ADVENTURE OF BLACK PETER THE ADVENTURE OF CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON THE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN THE ADVENTURE OF THE EMPTY HOUSE THE ADVENTURE OF THE GOLDEN PINCE-NEZ THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING THREE-QUARTER THE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER THE ADVENTURE OF THE PRIORY SCHOOL THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND STAIN THE ADVENTURE OF THE SIX NAPOLEONS THE ADVENTURE OF THE SOLITARY CYCLIST THE ADVENTURE OF THE THREE STUDENTS THE VALLEY OF FEAR HIS LAST BOW THE CASE BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 2. TALES OF TERROR AND MYSTERY THE HORROR OF THE HEIGHTS THE LEATHER FUNNEL THE NEW CATACOMB THE CASE OF LADY SANNOX THE TERROR OF BLUE JOHN GAP THE BRAZILIAN CAT THE LOST SPECIAL THE BEETLE-HUNTER THE MAN WITH THE WATCHES THE JAPANNED BOX THE BLACK DOCTOR THE JEW’S BREASTPLATE WHY BUY BOOKS FROM THE COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION FOR NOOK EDITION? 1. All COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION Nook Books are priced as low as possible in order to offer unbelievable value and hours of reading pleasure for Nook readers. All COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION Nook Books bring together ALL the complete works of a classic literary author, character or series in a single, extremely low priced volume in a single download, thereby freeing up valuable space and visual clutter on your Nook device. 2. All COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION Nook Books contain a FULLY INTERACTIVE table of contents DIRECTLY ACCESSIBLE and Nook Free Lending Technology 3. All COMPLETE WORKS COLLECTION Nook Books come with additional material including photo(s) of the author, and/or critical commentary, and/or biographical or historical background information. THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT IN THE UNITED STATES AND IS PUBLISHED AS PART OF THIS COLLECTION IN ARRANGEMENT WITH THE CONAN DOYLE ESTATE, LTD.

30 review for The Complete Sherlock Holmes and Tales of Terror and Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven Walle

    Full review at a later date.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Miller

    This book collection took me a LONG time to get through. I listened to the book on audio book and it was read by an amazing narrator (I got it from Audible). I would only listen to this book when I was not feeling well but it made me feel better. It is interesting to go back to the original source when watching the new adaptations for Sherlock Holmes, especially with all the advances in technology in recent years. There was some class terms that today are racist or culturally insensitive... whic This book collection took me a LONG time to get through. I listened to the book on audio book and it was read by an amazing narrator (I got it from Audible). I would only listen to this book when I was not feeling well but it made me feel better. It is interesting to go back to the original source when watching the new adaptations for Sherlock Holmes, especially with all the advances in technology in recent years. There was some class terms that today are racist or culturally insensitive... which is pretty typical of British authors in the Victorian age. However, after reading the "Invention of Murder" by Judith Flanders, I am able to put Arthur Conan Doyle (and other classical authors) into a more through and detailed historical context that I would not have if I simply picked the book up from the self.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Creighton

    Perfect. It took me 2 years to read it, because I would read a book, read something else, come back read a bunch of short stories, go back to this... but it was so great. I've re-read most of it because the stories are so good. Perfect. It took me 2 years to read it, because I would read a book, read something else, come back read a bunch of short stories, go back to this... but it was so great. I've re-read most of it because the stories are so good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danny M

    WHEN I WAS 17 YEARS OLD, MANY YEARS AGO, I STARTED TO READ THIS BOOK AND IMMEDIATELY LOST INTEREST. PERHAPS I WAS TOO YOUNG TO APPRECIATE THE USE OF THE PROPER ENGLISH LANGUAGE. I ALWAYS REGRETTED NOT FINISHING THE BOOK AND DECIDED TO TRY AGAIN. I OWN A HARD COPY AND ALSO HAVE COPY OF THE BOOK ON MY NOOK. I READ THIS BOOK ON THE NOOK WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME AS A GIFT. I PREFER A HARD COPY, BUT IN THIS CASE, BECAUSE OF ALL THE SHORT STORIES THE NOOK WAS PERFECT. I RECENTLY PICKED UP THE BOOK AND BEC WHEN I WAS 17 YEARS OLD, MANY YEARS AGO, I STARTED TO READ THIS BOOK AND IMMEDIATELY LOST INTEREST. PERHAPS I WAS TOO YOUNG TO APPRECIATE THE USE OF THE PROPER ENGLISH LANGUAGE. I ALWAYS REGRETTED NOT FINISHING THE BOOK AND DECIDED TO TRY AGAIN. I OWN A HARD COPY AND ALSO HAVE COPY OF THE BOOK ON MY NOOK. I READ THIS BOOK ON THE NOOK WHICH WAS GIVEN TO ME AS A GIFT. I PREFER A HARD COPY, BUT IN THIS CASE, BECAUSE OF ALL THE SHORT STORIES THE NOOK WAS PERFECT. I RECENTLY PICKED UP THE BOOK AND BECAME INTERESTED IN THE STORIES AND HOW THE AUTHOR'S MIND WORKED. THE BOOK CONTAINS ABOUT 54 SHORT STORIES AND 4 NOVELS, WHICH TAKE PLACE IN ENGLAND DURING THE LATE 1800'S. SOME OF THE CHARACTERS IN THE STORIES DID ORIGINATE IN AMERICA AND SETTLED IN ENGLAND. IT WAS INTERESTING TO HAVE TO LOOK UP SOME OF THE WORDS THE AUTHOR USED IN HIS WRITING. SOME OF THE WORDS I COULD NOT FIND IN THE DICTIONARY, ALTHOUGH I HAVE A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT THE AUTHOR WAS TRYING TO CONVEY. THE WORDS I AM REFERRING TO WERE PROBABLY SLANG THAT WAS USED IN ENGLAND IN THE EALRY 1900'S. THE SHORT STORIES TAKE MANY TWISTS AND TURNS WITH SURPRISING ENDINGS. IT WAS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT AS I PROGRESSED THROUGH THE SHORT STORIES I STARTED TO THINK IN THE SAME WAY OF THE CHARACTER SHERLOCK HOLMES, AND OCCASIONALLY I WOULD COME TO THE SAME CONCLUSIONS. THE BOOK WAS VERY INTERESTING AND WORTH READING!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I had a highly abridged collection of Sherlock Holmes tales as a young lad, and I can now safely say that they don't hold a candle to the complete works. I was left with that special sadness one feels when losing a long time friend upon completion of these stories. I had to stop reading for a tick before carrying on to "Tales Of Terror And Mystery." The tales at the end are great, but the Sherlock Holmes stories are the real gold here. Each "singular" tale is fantastic in its own special way. I I had a highly abridged collection of Sherlock Holmes tales as a young lad, and I can now safely say that they don't hold a candle to the complete works. I was left with that special sadness one feels when losing a long time friend upon completion of these stories. I had to stop reading for a tick before carrying on to "Tales Of Terror And Mystery." The tales at the end are great, but the Sherlock Holmes stories are the real gold here. Each "singular" tale is fantastic in its own special way. I very much enjoyed my time on Baker Street and around the various parts of London with Dr. John Watson and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Oh, the feeling when arriving at the proper conclusion before Holmes! Each mystery is highly unique and fast paced. Riveting from start to finish. Holmes truly is a masterful character, and his methods left me just as in the dark as his loyal companion Dr. Watson at times. I only wish there was more. I guess I'll have to fill my appetite with the stories crafted by other authors.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Clem

    This was one of the first e-books I bought when I received a Kindle for Christmas in 2012. Because of copyright laws, it’s incredibly easy to purchase “The Complete Works of….” your favorite author - provided your favorite author has been dead and buried for some time. I’m not sure how far back the writings have to go to qualify, nor do I know the legal logistics, but there are plenty of old authors of centuries past that you can easily procure masses of volumes in one electronic book for a very This was one of the first e-books I bought when I received a Kindle for Christmas in 2012. Because of copyright laws, it’s incredibly easy to purchase “The Complete Works of….” your favorite author - provided your favorite author has been dead and buried for some time. I’m not sure how far back the writings have to go to qualify, nor do I know the legal logistics, but there are plenty of old authors of centuries past that you can easily procure masses of volumes in one electronic book for a very cheap price - usually from about 99 cents to about $3.99. So I snapped this one up. Would I enjoy it? Would I actually read this entire thing? I honestly didn’t know. But for a price of $1.99 or whatever it was, I simply couldn’t pass up such a bargain. It was money well spent, and I did end up reading all ten volumes within this e-book. Of course, I couldn’t do it sequentially. No, my attention span simply couldn’t stay focused in one direction for that length of time, but I slowly made my way through all of these works. It took me about two and one-half years, and I literally read more than 100 other books during this same time-frame to keep my mind fresh. So what does the average person know about Sherlock Holmes? Well, they probably know that he was a famous literary detective that practiced his trade in the 1800s in London, England. They know he wore his trademark deerstalker hat, had a pipe and tobacco that he slowly puffed while deep in thought, and had a companion, Dr. Watson, that was always faithfully by his side. I’m guessing most have never read any of the books since these works are more than a century old. It isn’t even necessary to read any of these works to know about Sherlock Holmes since there have been several movies, movie spin-offs, made for television movies, and even a “modern day” television show that appeared just a few short years ago. I found all of these books to be incredibly satisfying - 4 full length novels and 6 collections of short stories. The biggest enjoyment for me, however, was not necessarily the mysteries in and of themselves, yet the fact that these stories are told in such a rich Victorian English style and vernacular. Most of these stories are told through the eyes of flatmate Dr. Watson, as he retells these sleuthing tales that he has recorded from his extensive catalog of notes that he jots down every time the great detective solves yet another impossible crime. These aren’t stories that you can “match wits” with the protagonist. The author doesn’t give you every detail of every crime being solved so you can challenge Holmes to see if you can figure out the mystery before he does. I’m reminded of the “Encyclopedia Brown” series that I read when I was younger. It was always fun to read and reread those stories so you could try to solve the case on your own. No, these stories don’t quite work the same way. Example: when Sherlock receives a visitor to his apartment requesting help to solve some sort of conundrum, Holmes can immediately deduce much about his visitor - his background, his occupation, his nationality, etc. just by observing his visitor’s skin tone, the color of mud on their boots or how they hold their walking cane. To be fair, some of the observations, conclusions, and methods don’t stand the test of time that well. Anytime a suspect is a non-white European, they are immediately branded as “intellectually inferior”. Conversely, if the perpetrator leaves a hat behind at the crime scene and the hat happens to be larger than average, that means that the suspect obviously has “above average intelligence” because, well, if the hat is large, then so was the person’s head. There were also too many stories where characters would wear disguises to remain anonymous amongst colleagues and even family members. It seems silly, nowadays, to believe that a man could hide his true identity from his wife by wearing some sort of silly camouflage. Those sins are minor, however, as the real joy is in the tone of the storytelling and not how believable everything is. It should also be pointed out that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was not limited in his literary career to just writing about this famous detective. He had masses of other publications and narratives, and we sometimes get a glimpse of what those diversions might have been like. For example, one of my favorite of the full length novels here was “The Valley of Fear”. That story was told in two parts. Holmes and Watson solve the crime at the end of part one, and part two is a narrative from the criminal’s perspective of how and why the crime was committed. We’re allowed to take a journey several years before the crime, and even on another continent. You could easily forget you were reading a Sherlock Holmes story during this distraction, yet the tale was so well told, that you really didn’t care. In fact, it was an enjoyable diversion from the all-too familiar at that point. It should also be pointed out that the last collation in this volume, “Tales of Mystery and Terror” are not really Sherlock Holmes stories at all. Part of me thinks that they don’t belong here amongst the other stories. There were one or two stories where Holmes “sort of” made a cameo appearance (never in person, he was just referred to in the story, although not by name), but the stories are independent of the familiar. Again, though, there was nothing upsetting about such a diversion. If anything, it was a refreshing detour. It’s not necessary for one to read everything here. If you stumble on such a collection as I did, and want to spend a mere pennies for a huge collection, you can find just as much joy and satisfaction in reading only a few of these volumes and still feel satisfied. I’m glad that Holmes and Watson have lived on for so long after these books first saw the light of day.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Iantorno

    7 Years I began this collection 7 years ago. It has been my “in between” while I was looking for something else to read. I cannot believe I have finished it. I enjoyed all of the Sherlock Holmes stories very much. The tales of terror were really fun too. I was disappointed in the mystery portion, though. They could have been Sherlock stories too. They were fine though. I’m giving it 5 stars because it is a really cool collection and I kept coming back to read more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vince Cooper

    Is there anything really left to say about how great the Sherlock Homes stories are?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Alan Heath

    Sherlock Holmes, always a good read 😀

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diego

    Sherlock Holmes is a scientist, a magician, a philosopher, and a detective... I loved him and his stories!!!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    I promised myself I would finish this mammoth book before the calendar year was up. It didn't take that long, and given the subject matter I did put it down more than a few times, but I did it. So, how was it? Sherlock Holmes is a rather fascinating character, a man who can pick up the tiniest of clues in the smallest of places and know everything there is to know. With that in mind, the longer the stories go, the less charming they are. Early Holmes work is better than later Holmes work, and eve I promised myself I would finish this mammoth book before the calendar year was up. It didn't take that long, and given the subject matter I did put it down more than a few times, but I did it. So, how was it? Sherlock Holmes is a rather fascinating character, a man who can pick up the tiniest of clues in the smallest of places and know everything there is to know. With that in mind, the longer the stories go, the less charming they are. Early Holmes work is better than later Holmes work, and even his creator apparently was having a hard time coming up with mysteries only Sherlock Holmes could solve. There is still a lot to recommend, and the further I read, the more interesting the variations on the formula got. Holmes was a narrator instead of Watson twice for adventures Watson sat out, and the omniscient third person came into play a couple times. The stories also showed their age in other ways, such as how one of the early adventures posed the ultimate evil coming from, of all places, the Mormon Church. A later one plays with degenerate lodges in what looks like the Freemasons. A few times, Holmes' presence didn't really solve anything, and once the local police inspector actually had his eye on the same suspect Holmes did, which was a pleasant surprise. Overall continuity isn't a big concern either, given how Watson's wife disappears almost without notice after Holmes returns from the dead, and just try guessing what the first time Watson heard Moriarity's name. Plus, given how much attention is given to them in various adaptations, it is also interesting to see how little Moriarity or Irene Addler are actually seen in the original source material (which is to say, one short story each and the Professor is an unseen presence in one of the novels). Of course, this volume also contains the complete "Tales of Terror and Mystery," a dozen other stories Arthur Conan Doyle wrote that are indeed focused on terror and mystery. The terror stories come across as mostly subpar Lovecraft, while the mystery ones were largely forgettable adventures that Holmes could have probably settled on his own. They weren't bad stories, but they weren't unforgettable either.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shan

    I love these stories and novels and have lost track of the number of times I've read some of them. The Blue Carbuncle at Christmas with a cup of hot chocolate - bliss! I love that there's a whole world of Holmesians out there who have compared and analyzed and dissected every aspect of the Holmes canon. After you've read the stories on their own, I highly recommend the Annotated Sherlock Holmes, an enormous 3-volume set that isn't nearly as lap-friendly as the Kindle version but provides context I love these stories and novels and have lost track of the number of times I've read some of them. The Blue Carbuncle at Christmas with a cup of hot chocolate - bliss! I love that there's a whole world of Holmesians out there who have compared and analyzed and dissected every aspect of the Holmes canon. After you've read the stories on their own, I highly recommend the Annotated Sherlock Holmes, an enormous 3-volume set that isn't nearly as lap-friendly as the Kindle version but provides context, explains the old-fashioned words, and explores many topics in depth. Reading these stories with 21st-century eyes can be jarring at times. The Victorians seem to have believed a person's character would be manifested in his appearance. A lot of the Holmes story villains are described as dark and deformed, with foreheads or noses or mouths or eyes that outwardly show the evil in their souls. What is it about Sherlock Holmes? We've had movies, tv shows, modern day versions including one with a female Watson; he's influenced other writers' characters like Poirot; there's even a brilliant neuroscientist whose book on the brain and mind is centered around Sherlock Holmes and his abilities. He's right up there with Shakespeare and Homer in his influence on our culture, it seems. I like the certainty - the idea that somebody can be so smart and insightful that anyone can turn over any sticky problem to him and he'll figure it out. I like the atmosphere, the cozy rooms on Baker Street, the hansom cabs, Mrs. Hudson, the Baker Street Irregulars, and the friendship between Holmes and Watson. The plots are action packed, some more puzzling than others.

  13. 4 out of 5

    edifanob

    I watched a lot of Sherlock Holmes movies and TV series but I never read an original story by Arthur Conan Doyle. When I saw this edition over at Amazon I could not resist to buy it for the incredible price of 0,99 EUR. I will read the stories in order of appearance in this digital edition. That will take some time. Therefore I decided to add a comment for every story I finish. A STUDY IN SCARLET First published in 1887 it does not sound out of order. There are a few words which don't use nowadays. I watched a lot of Sherlock Holmes movies and TV series but I never read an original story by Arthur Conan Doyle. When I saw this edition over at Amazon I could not resist to buy it for the incredible price of 0,99 EUR. I will read the stories in order of appearance in this digital edition. That will take some time. Therefore I decided to add a comment for every story I finish. A STUDY IN SCARLET First published in 1887 it does not sound out of order. There are a few words which don't use nowadays. I think it would be possible to sell this story as a historical thriller. It is the introduction of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. I like Arthur Conan Doyle's style and I definitely want to read more. THE SIGN OF FOUR It is a story with wit, action and a spark of romance. There is a steamboat race on river Thames! Wonderful! I love it. After the first two novels I read the first two short stories. A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA Introduction of Irene Adler. Holmes admire her. Well executed story. I would like to read more about Irene Adler. THE REDHEADED LEAGUE Again I'm impressed by Doyle's imagination.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zimt

    I always wanted to read Sherlock Holmes, but when I looked into Doyle's Bibliography I found out about the impossible large size of his Sherlock Holmes Stories. I was always someone to read works in their proper order and by sheer luck came across this Complete Collection for 99 cent. When you can excuse the absence of Doyle's uncompleted Sherlock Holmes Stories and works from/with co-workers, mostly short-stories, essays and vignettes and play adaptations (all those are only a couple of works) t I always wanted to read Sherlock Holmes, but when I looked into Doyle's Bibliography I found out about the impossible large size of his Sherlock Holmes Stories. I was always someone to read works in their proper order and by sheer luck came across this Complete Collection for 99 cent. When you can excuse the absence of Doyle's uncompleted Sherlock Holmes Stories and works from/with co-workers, mostly short-stories, essays and vignettes and play adaptations (all those are only a couple of works) then this work is quite the treasure for you. The best part about Holmes is the Slapstick. I'm often sitting before it while chuckling to myself. Mind you, there are happy endings, sad endings or neither, but it always was a satisfactical conclusion from Holmes side. Never forget to set your mind on the century, when Doyle's work was published first. So, it is quite important to bring some facts of the Stories in the right light without being misunderstood. At last, I can only advise you to relax and enjoy a true classic of all times.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathi

    Doyle is a brilliantly inventive writer, as it turns out, both in the Holmes stories and in the Tales of Terror and Mystery, which I enjoyed very much. I actually enjoyed the short stories more, because the four novels did sometimes drag a little in the middle (and the flashbacks ... no no.). Times have moved on a little in terms of writing style, as his way of presenting a story seems a little outdated now and then, and a couple of the stories had pretty sudden and rushed endings. But that is al Doyle is a brilliantly inventive writer, as it turns out, both in the Holmes stories and in the Tales of Terror and Mystery, which I enjoyed very much. I actually enjoyed the short stories more, because the four novels did sometimes drag a little in the middle (and the flashbacks ... no no.). Times have moved on a little in terms of writing style, as his way of presenting a story seems a little outdated now and then, and a couple of the stories had pretty sudden and rushed endings. But that is all reasonable, I guess, cosidering when they were written, and how far they have still influenced the crime genre in the century to follow. As far as the variation of contents and the invention and description of characters went, though, I was never bored. Both parts of the book are definetely worth a read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    I can finally say that I have read the Sherlock Holmes canon: All 56 short stories and 4 novels. In this collection, they are presented in order of publication. I had thought that I had read more of the original Doyle stories than I actually had. I was pleasantly surprised. The originals are much better than I expected them to be. I had a great time. Now if I can only figure out the chronological order of the stories . . . And I am not even going to mention Dr. Watson's personal live . . . Sherl I can finally say that I have read the Sherlock Holmes canon: All 56 short stories and 4 novels. In this collection, they are presented in order of publication. I had thought that I had read more of the original Doyle stories than I actually had. I was pleasantly surprised. The originals are much better than I expected them to be. I had a great time. Now if I can only figure out the chronological order of the stories . . . And I am not even going to mention Dr. Watson's personal live . . . Sherlock is lots of fun.

  17. 5 out of 5

    R.

    Usually, I read on till I know or guess 'who dunnit', and just drop it. With the Scarlet Case, I was left wanting to read on after Holmes spells out the name of the culprit, which was only half way through the story. Amazing surprise. I enjoyed every last line of the first 2 novels within the collection. Again, early20th Century or 19th Century novels are full of stereotypes and colonial attitude: 'arab street boys', 'native monsters' (a local from Asia), and showing a savage cannibal in fairs'. Usually, I read on till I know or guess 'who dunnit', and just drop it. With the Scarlet Case, I was left wanting to read on after Holmes spells out the name of the culprit, which was only half way through the story. Amazing surprise. I enjoyed every last line of the first 2 novels within the collection. Again, early20th Century or 19th Century novels are full of stereotypes and colonial attitude: 'arab street boys', 'native monsters' (a local from Asia), and showing a savage cannibal in fairs'.

  18. 5 out of 5

    L.Y. Levand

    It took me forever...but I finally finished it. Watching the writing change from story to story was very interesting, to say the least. I'd read The Hound of the Baskervilles before, and I have to say that it remains my favorite, although I did really like the short stories at the end. They didn't have Sherlock Holmes in them, which surprised me, but they were very interesting and I really liked them anyway. I will read this again, I'm sure of it! It took me forever...but I finally finished it. Watching the writing change from story to story was very interesting, to say the least. I'd read The Hound of the Baskervilles before, and I have to say that it remains my favorite, although I did really like the short stories at the end. They didn't have Sherlock Holmes in them, which surprised me, but they were very interesting and I really liked them anyway. I will read this again, I'm sure of it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I really enjoyed reading the Sherlock Holmes collection over the last year and a half. I enjoyed both the short stories and novels. The last section, The Tales of Terror and Mystery were quite different from the rest of the stories. Over all very enjoyable. The short stories started blend together after a while, as they were the same premise many times over. Dr. Watson is one of my favorite literary characters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Finally finished! Holy.crap. It took me about 6 months to read through the almost 1900 pages of this collection. It was worth it though - the Sherlock Holmes stories are pretty entertaining and Doyle's other tales of mystery & terror were suitably creepy. Definitely worth having around to read every now and then. Finally finished! Holy.crap. It took me about 6 months to read through the almost 1900 pages of this collection. It was worth it though - the Sherlock Holmes stories are pretty entertaining and Doyle's other tales of mystery & terror were suitably creepy. Definitely worth having around to read every now and then.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ko-So-Wa

    After reading a ton of stories as a child and rereading them as an adult I'm sad to say I'm slightly disappointed. I didn't expect to like all the stories but I also didn't expect to dislike so many. Still one of my favorite characters and I'm sure I'll read several again in the future but it's safe to say I've had my feel of Sherlock Holmes for a while. After reading a ton of stories as a child and rereading them as an adult I'm sad to say I'm slightly disappointed. I didn't expect to like all the stories but I also didn't expect to dislike so many. Still one of my favorite characters and I'm sure I'll read several again in the future but it's safe to say I've had my feel of Sherlock Holmes for a while.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    I hadn't read these stories in a while and it was fun to revisit them. They were familiar both because I remembered them somewhat and because the plots have been used again and again. Worth a re-read. I hadn't read these stories in a while and it was fun to revisit them. They were familiar both because I remembered them somewhat and because the plots have been used again and again. Worth a re-read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    LMKW

    This is my current go-to as I'm heading off to sleep. I read a story or two as I work on longer novels or non-fiction books. Got interested after watching the BBC Sherlock series - excellent fun (highly recommend the show)! It's really fun to read the story that each episode is loosely based on. This is my current go-to as I'm heading off to sleep. I read a story or two as I work on longer novels or non-fiction books. Got interested after watching the BBC Sherlock series - excellent fun (highly recommend the show)! It's really fun to read the story that each episode is loosely based on.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Richard Gumiran

    Sherlock Holmes Fan this is a very great book of Sherlock Holmes stories. I enjoy the style of writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and all of his written stories of Sherlock Holmes adventure in solving crimes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura Ann Tull

    Having read the entire collection I now see Doyle as a man who appreciated women as the better sex, capable of saving men from their own bad character. His work is the Brittish counter to Edgar Allen Poe, though not as gothic. Well done.

  26. 5 out of 5

    bob

    Salutes and mystery lovers Salutes and mystery lovers a really good read that of course be takeni in small doses. I read it off and on for about a year. it is also interesting when compared to the new Sherlock on amazon prime.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    It was okay This book took me years to read, and the last 10% had nothing to do with Sherlock Holmes. Some of the stories are quite interesting but I frequently found myself getting sleep while reading this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maria Witwiky

    Awesome book to read. I love mystery books and this Sherlock Holmes books are the complete package in one who is found of mystery and thriller books. Awesome book to read. I love mystery books and this Sherlock Holmes books are the complete package in one who is found of mystery and thriller books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Elementary reading What an excellent book beginning to end, straining your brain over and over only to realize the simplesity of the solutions. The pure genius of the writing. Thank you Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Robin Markowitz

    I took a class in high school devoted exclusively to Sherlock Holmes. We read them all. One of the best classes I ever had, and I went successfully all the way to a Ph.D. Still, my Sherlock Holmes class w/the teacher in a Deerstalker and pipe was matchless!

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