Sherlock Holmes
Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero--a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime!Volume II begins with The Hound of the Baskervilles, a haunting novel of murder on eerie Grimpen Moor, which has rightly earned its reputation as the finest murder mystery ever written. The Valley of Fear matches Holmes against his archenemy, the master of imaginative crime, Professor Moriarty. In addition, the loyal Dr. Watson has faithfully recorded Holmes’s feats of extraordinary detection in such famous cases as the thrilling The Adventure of the Red Circle and the twelve baffling adventures from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle’s incomparable tales bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.Volume 2. Introduction / by Loren D. Estleman --The hound of the Baskervilles --The valley of fear --His last bow : The adventure of Wisteria Lodge : The singular experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles ; The tiger of San Pedro ; The adventure of the cardboard box ; The adventure of the red circle ; The adventure of the Bruce-Partington plans ; The adventure of the dying detective ; The disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax ; The adventure of the devil's foot ; His last bow --The case-book of Sherlock Holmes : The adventure of the illustrious client ; The adventure of the blanched soldier ; The adventure of the Mazarin stone ; The adventure of the three gables ; The adventure of the Sussex vampire ; The adventure of the three Garridebs ; The problem of Thor Bridge ; The adventure of the creeping man ; The adventure of the lion's mane ; The adventure of the veiled lodger ; The adventure of Shoscombe old place ; The adventure of the retired colourman.

Sherlock Holmes Details

TitleSherlock Holmes
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 1st, 2003
PublisherBantam Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Classics, Fiction, Short Stories

Sherlock Holmes Review

  • Madeline
    January 1, 1970
    Just as good as Volume One. I want someone to make me a tshirt with a picture of Holmes and Watson exchanging necklaces with "BFFs" inscribed on them. (actually, considering the time period, I suppose they'd exchange engraved watches or something.)Oh Watson, how I love you. And Now A Word On The Movie: It had so much potential. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are wonderful as Holmes and Watson, and their combined awesome can overcome Rachel McAdam's miscasting as Irene Adler. But everything else Just as good as Volume One. I want someone to make me a tshirt with a picture of Holmes and Watson exchanging necklaces with "BFFs" inscribed on them. (actually, considering the time period, I suppose they'd exchange engraved watches or something.)Oh Watson, how I love you. And Now A Word On The Movie: It had so much potential. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are wonderful as Holmes and Watson, and their combined awesome can overcome Rachel McAdam's miscasting as Irene Adler. But everything else is a stinking pile of action trash steampunk fail. They take Irene Adler, an awesome character from A Scandal in Bohemia (Volume I) and degrade her into a silly former fling of Holmes' (does. not. compute.); and the plot seems to have been stolen from a rejected Dan Brown novel. No, no, no, and NO.
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  • Marwan
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, that was a long one, but it was worth it. I'mean we're talking Sherlock Holmes here; probably the most famous detective in mystery fiction. I usually don't stick to one writer, especially if it was as good as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, I don't like to leave a book unfinished so it can't be helped. "The Hound of the Baskervilles" was quite an adventure. I've never guessed who is the villain. I would have if I thought outside the box (which you should in mystery novels), but the author Wow, that was a long one, but it was worth it. I'mean we're talking Sherlock Holmes here; probably the most famous detective in mystery fiction. I usually don't stick to one writer, especially if it was as good as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, I don't like to leave a book unfinished so it can't be helped. "The Hound of the Baskervilles" was quite an adventure. I've never guessed who is the villain. I would have if I thought outside the box (which you should in mystery novels), but the author did a good job in misleading the reader with a lot of events going on at the same time. "The Valley of Fear"This one was amazing, and once again I failed to see the truth. The second half of the tale takes you back 20 years in to the past where a lot of things related to the story is explained. Among Sherlock Holmes novels, this was my favorite.The rest was a collection of short stories which were interesting enough to read. my favorites were " The Adventure of the Red Circle ", " The Adventure of the Dying Defective ", " The Adventure of the Devil's Foot", " The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire " and " The Adventure of the Bruce-Partingon Plans "
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  • Zoe Artemis Fido Targaryen
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun journey with my favorite couple.
  • Hamti
    January 1, 1970
    Als ich klein war, habe ich zeimlich viele Sherlock Holmes Geschichten gelesen. Es waren nicht alle und ich konnte mich an keine mehr so richtig erinnern. Ich weiß nur noch, dass ich The Hound of the Baskervilles am wenigsten mochte. Und jetzt, nachdem ich die zwei Bände und alle Sherlock Holmes Werke am Stück gelesen habe, ist eben der Roman meine allerliebste Geschichte. Der Fall ist cool, das Setting beeindruckend und gruselig, die Charaktere wachsen einem sehr schnell ans Herz und es ist all Als ich klein war, habe ich zeimlich viele Sherlock Holmes Geschichten gelesen. Es waren nicht alle und ich konnte mich an keine mehr so richtig erinnern. Ich weiß nur noch, dass ich The Hound of the Baskervilles am wenigsten mochte. Und jetzt, nachdem ich die zwei Bände und alle Sherlock Holmes Werke am Stück gelesen habe, ist eben der Roman meine allerliebste Geschichte. Der Fall ist cool, das Setting beeindruckend und gruselig, die Charaktere wachsen einem sehr schnell ans Herz und es ist alles so emotional. Auch The Valley of Fear mochte ich sehr. Besonders wegen der Auflösung ganz am Ende. Die Erzählunden in der Sammlung His Last Bow und besonders die Geschichte His Last Bow wären SO ein guter Abschluss gewesen. Die letzten 12 Kurzgeschichten fühlen sich deshalb etwas unzusammenhangslos an. Alles in allem hatte ich sehr viel Spaß mit Holmes und Watson. Ich war leider zu ungeduldig, um mir mit dem Lesen Zeit zu lassen. Aber ich finde, besonders die Kurzgeschichten könnte man sich gut über einen langen Zeitraum verteilen. Dann wirken sie vermutlich auch stärker. Ich bin aber froh, jetzt alles gelesen zu haben und ich bin sehr begeistert von Arthur Conan Doyles Schreibweise. Ich bin immer sehr gut in die Fälle eingetaucht und selbst die kleinsten Nebenfiguren wurden auf nur wenigen Seiten mit Leben gefüllt. Ich mag es, wenn Holmes gefühlvolle Seite ab und zu zum Vorschein kam und seine und Watsons Freundschaft ist so hach.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    If you know anything about Sherlock Holmes apart from the Robert Downey Jr. movie versions, then you will have a good idea of what you are getting into when you pick up this book. The Valley of Fear is the best Holmes novel, in my opinion, and it was interesting to read the two stories in this collection that are told by Sherlock himself. Nothing earth-shattering here, just good 'ol meat-and-potatoes mystery writing.
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  • Gabriel
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing
  • David
    January 1, 1970
    I have at last finished the Sherlock Holmes tales. After a while there comes a certain sameness to the method, but as it is an enjoyable sameness, it is not a significant drawback. In those few stories not narrated by Watson he is missed, never more so than when Holmes himself is the narrator—an experiment which, to me, fails. But, no matter what legitimate criticism might be voiced against the oeuvre, it seems to me more satisfying than not.
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  • Roozbeh Estifaee
    January 1, 1970
    As we proceed through his adventures, Mr. Holmes gradually lets go of his "art of deduction" and tends to lean toward the joy of thrill. Though the lost aspect is really missed, it still continues with being great read and sketching one of the loveliest characters of literature history.
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  • Elise
    January 1, 1970
    I love Sherlock so much that it makes me sad to know that I’ve read all the stories. I wish there was more!
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Believe it or not, even though I love mysteries, I had never read Sherlock Holmes! This was the second volume, and I enjoyed it a bit more than the first volume. I do want to go back to re-read the stories that featured Irene Adler and Moriarty.
  • Bill
    January 1, 1970
    The good: The Hound of the Baskervilles. The bad: The increasingly repetitive, formulaic and sensationalist nature of the later stories.
  • Utelias
    January 1, 1970
    Debería de contar cómo 4 libros. The valley of fear es ahora mi novela favorita de Sherlock Holmes y este volumen está lleno de cuentos magníficos de los que sería difícil escoger uno.
  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    *5 out of 5 stars*"When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”How can I possibly convey, in a set amount of words, how much I thoroughly enjoy the stories of Sherlock Holmes? I just can’t see that it’s possible to dislike them. However, I will attempt a brief review.Watson's narrative provides an unbiased telling of the various cases he shares with his eccentric, renowned pal, and we must follow along until Holmes is ready to d *5 out of 5 stars*"When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”How can I possibly convey, in a set amount of words, how much I thoroughly enjoy the stories of Sherlock Holmes? I just can’t see that it’s possible to dislike them. However, I will attempt a brief review.Watson's narrative provides an unbiased telling of the various cases he shares with his eccentric, renowned pal, and we must follow along until Holmes is ready to divulge his process of analysis and unearth the true murderer or criminal. Sometimes we are even graced with the narrative of Holmes himself. I will mention one con I found before I move on and that was that it seemed for these latter stories (some, not all) Doyle rushed them, as if simply transcribing them rather than unfolding them. Okay, moving on. Some of the cases you could guess the motive and criminal before the end of the story, but most of the time you were blind-sided once you reached the end. Arthur Conan Doyle knew how to keep his audience guessing until the very end, and I think that’s what I like most about his stories. These ones, however, were a bit more violent than I remember Volume I being. Also, near the end of our beloved stories, as if Doyle seems to portray Holmes as more human than previously; that even the greatest detective sometimes makes mistakes and doesn’t always know the full answer. But I like that. He is human after all, despite his astute deductive reasoning.Rich with adventure and suspense, and wit and humor in all the right places, the stories of Sherlock Holmes are simply timeless. Nothing more to say. However, I’m sure you can guess that for yourselves - if you have not already. I'm sad to see it finally finished, and I just don't think that there are many sleuths that can compare.My favorites include The Hound of Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear, The Adventure of the Red Circle, The Adventure of the Dying Detective, The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, The Adventure of the Three Garridebs, and the Adventure of the Creeping Man.
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  • Brit McCarthy
    January 1, 1970
    The only thing I regret about reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes in two great big chunks is that I feel like it's all over too soon. How I wish I'd lived in the time where I would have had to wait, impatient and eager, for the next installment of the great detective's adventures. The wait would have been well worth it.While reading, I am in fact transported to Victorian England, to the apartment at 221B Baker Street which I can see clearly in my mind's eye (note: I have never watched any She The only thing I regret about reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes in two great big chunks is that I feel like it's all over too soon. How I wish I'd lived in the time where I would have had to wait, impatient and eager, for the next installment of the great detective's adventures. The wait would have been well worth it.While reading, I am in fact transported to Victorian England, to the apartment at 221B Baker Street which I can see clearly in my mind's eye (note: I have never watched any Sherlock inspired TV series). From that sitting room I embark on, with Holmes and Watson, so many mind boggling adventures where I try as I might, like Watson does, to keep up with the great Sherlock Holmes. He leaves me for dust just about every time, but that makes it no less enjoyable. I rather like watching him prove his talents time and again.John Watson faithfully chronicles the adventures of Sherlock Holmes for us, as Holmes is called to many a case where it is never about the money, only the mental exercise. Holmes likes to be challenged and more often than not he rises to the occasion. We are told that there are some cases that were not solved, which is interesting, but their tales have not been concluded because they lack completion. We also find in this volume, one story from the third person and a couple from Holmes', both which I enjoyed and had a distinctly different voice to that of Watson. I felt that these were interesting author choices but also reflective of the fact Watson and Holmes were not always together. As I'm sure you can tell, I loved every Sherlock Holmes story I read. Some of course were more thrilling than others, more adventurous, but they were all well written and very clever all the same. My hat off to Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I actually only got one story into this volume before I had to turn it back in to the library. I couldn't renew it because someone else wanted it! At this point, my Sherlock furor has eased up a bit, but I will eventually recheck and finish this volume.
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  • Scribble Orca
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes a little slow going. But you just can't go past all those lovely plots. Such a pity technology these days renders most of Doyle's twists and turns obsolete.
  • Gerasimos
    January 1, 1970
    I love Sherlock Holmes. Some stories were better than others, but I truly enjoyed it.
  • Yami
    January 1, 1970
    Ahhhh! am done , I feel so accomplished it took me tremendous time to finish this volume, over three months with 11 other novels in-between, you can't tackle Sherlock Holmes novels, you have to take it slowly, piece be piece, adventure by adventure, enjoy each one, and indulge yourself with the old Victorian British narrating of Doyle. if any one is going to read Sherlock Holmes I would recommend to get the books one at a time, other wise it might overweight you as intriguing as it is , but it i Ahhhh! am done , I feel so accomplished it took me tremendous time to finish this volume, over three months with 11 other novels in-between, you can't tackle Sherlock Holmes novels, you have to take it slowly, piece be piece, adventure by adventure, enjoy each one, and indulge yourself with the old Victorian British narrating of Doyle. if any one is going to read Sherlock Holmes I would recommend to get the books one at a time, other wise it might overweight you as intriguing as it is , but it is too much to take in one setting, and the joy of it will be backfires, so YES take is Slowly, I wish I had a living room as the one in Baker St. with a warm fire and a comfy chair, reading it in a cold evening sipping tea .Sigh~ delightful would be the word....as for this Volume , well it IS Sherlock Holmes, and its brilliance lies in its simplicity, you keep reading and you find that the answer in every mystery is so simple yet genius. I had my share of favorites in this one , but I think my favorite is "the adventure of the three Garridebs"loved this one how it showed Holmes's emotions was so sweet to the point that I wanted to hug the book, but I was in a Bank "people everywhere" and I couldn't . and the "the Lying Detective " too.my least favorite was "the adventure of the veiled lodger" but what made me think and felt a bang of sadness was the "the adventure of the lion's mane"putting the mystery aside, the idea of Sherlock's retirement and him becoming that distant from Waston, to the point of rarely seeing each other was really depressing , after all these years even their friendship was challenged, to be a far timed visit, that was really unfortunate.now that am finished with the complete works and adventures of Sherlcok HOlmes, I think I will go back to it from time to time, just to re-visit Baker Street, and refresh my memory with certain adventure, especially after watching and adaptions here or there.cos I know my memory will betray me and I will not remember most of then after a while, so it wont be the end of it ,,the Game is STILL afoot.
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  • Kermina Philip
    January 1, 1970
    With pride i can say i finished this volume together with first one which were my company in various occasions. no matter where you were just opening the book takes you to another place and takes your mind with it to try and solve what problems that may lay . and for this we should give credit to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle whom i will forever wonder how does such things come to his mind :) . picturing Holmes as an ingenious , methodical man and yet a humble, tender hearted that may appear to only th With pride i can say i finished this volume together with first one which were my company in various occasions. no matter where you were just opening the book takes you to another place and takes your mind with it to try and solve what problems that may lay . and for this we should give credit to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle whom i will forever wonder how does such things come to his mind :) . picturing Holmes as an ingenious , methodical man and yet a humble, tender hearted that may appear to only those who deserve. and picturing Watson the loyal companion,that no one would be ever lucky to have a friend like . but i was that lucky to have both of them as companions through this time and for this i'm grateful . *But i would also advice to read the stories seperately so as not to get bored with a 700 page book
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  • Puneet
    January 1, 1970
    I did not enjoy this as a whole volume as much as the first volume. I didn't find the novels to be that enjoyable and after reading them found it difficult to find the motivation to continue the rest of the book.The short stories were much better, and especially enjoyed that two short stories were in the point of view of Sherlock Holmes, which was interesting to see. I also liked the change in, I think it was, one or two of the short stories being in third person was also interesting.
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  • Jenish Patel
    January 1, 1970
    Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, nothing can be wrong with the novels and stories of their adventure. This volume 2 was equally engaging like volume 1. Stories from the perspective of Holmes were also enjoyable.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Another great volume combining 2 feature length stories with short stories. I immensely enjoyed this volume and I'd recommend to anyone who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Kim Zinkowski
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining...would be good to read to an audience on dark and gloomy nights.
  • Rayne Reid
    January 1, 1970
    My favourites
  • Jitendra Singh
    January 1, 1970
    I can say that I am addicted to Sherlock Holmes and pretty much disappointed that tha book ended. It's great
  • Brian Gaston
    January 1, 1970
    The second coming of Sherlock -- the original canon. His career's second half was not as strong as his first but still a lot of fun.
  • E'mon Harris
    January 1, 1970
    Can't go wrong with the classics. I enjoyed all of the stories
  • Ross-Barry Finlayson.
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant.
  • Dominik
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 2nd part of Arthur Conan Doyle's Complete Novels and Stories. The edition consists of the possibly most well known novel 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', but the main part of the book contains a collection of the Sherlock short stories. I like those better than the novels actually, as they are describing only one case each, which makes it feel more like an actual diary.The edition is just as great as the first volume, though as I said, I like the short stories and the 2nd installment This is the 2nd part of Arthur Conan Doyle's Complete Novels and Stories. The edition consists of the possibly most well known novel 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', but the main part of the book contains a collection of the Sherlock short stories. I like those better than the novels actually, as they are describing only one case each, which makes it feel more like an actual diary.The edition is just as great as the first volume, though as I said, I like the short stories and the 2nd installment more than the first one overall.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    “Someday, the true story may be told.”These were Sherlock Holmes’ last words as written on page 737 of Sherlock Holmes Complete Novels and Stories Volume 2, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have now reached the end of my journey. A first, I must say, on my part reading a canon.The whole experience was a bit bumpy but nevertheless amazing and educational. I would have finished this volume in a week or two, but there’s a part of me which wanted to prolong the ride. I know I can always read Sir Doyle’s “Someday, the true story may be told.”These were Sherlock Holmes’ last words as written on page 737 of Sherlock Holmes Complete Novels and Stories Volume 2, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have now reached the end of my journey. A first, I must say, on my part reading a canon.The whole experience was a bit bumpy but nevertheless amazing and educational. I would have finished this volume in a week or two, but there’s a part of me which wanted to prolong the ride. I know I can always read Sir Doyle’s works anytime. It’s just that on my part, it was pretty tough to let go. I may be overreacting, I don’t know, but that’s how it is. During the days I was absorbed reading Sherlock Holmes’ stories, adventures, case-books, memoirs, whatever you call it, I even experienced seeing him in my dreams. I’m not exactly sure how the story went in my dream, all I know is that I saw him there. Sherlock Holmes visited me in my dreams. Isn’t that sweet?I’ve read a lot of novels and have been acquainted with a couple of male characters but it was only Sherlock Holmes who blew me away. Well, unlike other characters and heroes, he is the only one, by far, who had the luxury to pour himself onto his readers. Imagine with those four novels and 56 short stories (divided in Volumes 1 and 2), readers and fans like me, can truly have the opportunity to know him on a deeper level and have a clear picture of him as if he really exists in real life.I couldn’t be more grateful to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for bringing the greatest detective ever in our lives, in my life specifically. He has been beyond generous on his descriptions of Sherlock Holmes in every story. And what a genius he is for coming up with such amazing adventures! It was, in general, a pleasant experience and an educational trip. To Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Not only have you made my 24th year of existence more colourful and bright, but you have also proven to me, that great minds never once forget the Creator that is behind it.To Dr John Watson, it has been very selfless of you to show your loyalty and obedience to Sherlock Holmes even if some things are beyond your understanding and even if it meant welcoming danger upon saying ‘yes’ to your bestfriend. Sir Doyle, yet again showed in you that we are all capable of meeting and maintaining a close tie with at least one person for the rest of our years on earth. And that even the most successful person needs someone to turn to in times of tears and much more in times of laughter.Lastly, to Mr Sherlock Holmes, I apologise for using the prefix due to you just now. I wanted my narration of you in my previous writings to be casual as I feel that I can express more using only ‘Sherlock’ or ‘Holmes’ or ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ This time around, I am addressing you as Mr Sherlock Holmes as a sign of respect and yeah, love, for the character and person that you are in these carefully crafted adventures. You have showed that all men have a soft spot and it takes time before one can truly see that. You have also showed that some people even behind those cold masks are capable of showing emotions. You have taught me that small details, which are oftentimes considered unimportant can also be as vital as the big ones. You are a perfect example, a model to me of someone who can exhibit composure amidst chaos and have proven that patience is definitely a virtue that we humans must all possess. Above all, you have shown regards to a Supreme Being. You are one of the few fictional characters who have successfully instilled in my mind that this life is not our own. Hence, we should take care of it with all our powers.Thanks to you all.This isn’t a heart-breaking goodbye. Best to put it as my first goodbye for I am certain that I will be with you all again in due time.‘Til next time my dearest SH. <3*a friend told me that the best way to get over this great book (as I don’t want to really feel sad) is to read a new one right away. And that’s what I’m going to do now.
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