Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “His Last Bow (single story)” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
His Last Bow
Arthur Conan Doyle
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

His Last Bow (Sherlock Holmes)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  750 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
His Last Bow is a collection of seven Sherlock Holmes stories (eight in American editions) by Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the title of one of the stories in that collection. Originally published in 1917, it contains the various Holmes stories published between 1908 and 1913, as well as the one-off title story from 1917. The collection was originally called Reminiscences ...more
ebook, 56 pages
Published (first published January 1917)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about His Last Bow, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about His Last Bow

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jason Parent
May 26, 2016 Jason Parent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holmes, in his latter years, writes about bees and lends his services to pre-WWI England.
Anthony Michalski
Jul 28, 2012 Anthony Michalski rated it it was amazing
It's Holmes. 'Nuff said.
Oct 21, 2016 Wend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes. A quick, 20 minute read and enjoyable. A taster for me to decide if to read through the full works as I am with Agatha Christie. It's seems like a yes, good to have older school reads mixed in with modern thrillers.
Mar 26, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pretty much anyone
Ahhhh.... another satisfying volume of Holmes stories.

A couple of points:
1) The Kindle edition pictured here is a lie! The "free" Kindle version actually contains ONLY the final story from the collection, which itself is called "His Last Bow." I had to purchase a different collection for 99 cents (but it had some Paget illustrations to make up for it).

2) Once again, these stories show that Holmes definitely is Neutral Good rather than Lawful Good. He is very willing to bend or break the law if i
Jul 27, 2016 JC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another short story collection consisting of the adventures of one of literatures most fascinating fictional characters.

Regardless of the quality of each individual short story - it is always nice to see the continued growth and chemistry between Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Sometimes this can be the saving grace if a certain story is not your cup of tea, This collection contains one of my favourite short stories known as "The Dying Detective. This was quite a cleverly done short story which Art
Jan 15, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
What's so say about more Sherlock. Is one really any better than any of the others? I guess you'd have to be a serious crazy cray Sherlock fan to get into the nooks and crannies of that, but anyhow good Sherlock, good audio. And I love how every single time Doyle brought back Sherlock he'd title it, No Seriously This is the Last One: Sherlock's Farewell Fuck Off Tour and then five days later he'd be pressured or financially situated into needing to write a new batch. This one has Mycroft, so the ...more
Carolyn James
Jul 05, 2016 Carolyn James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was pretty short, too short to really get into the characters (only 20 pages) but it works well as a good precursor for setting up for upcoming works and aligning with real world issues happening at the time with World War 1. Not too much else to add, if you enjoy Sherlock it's worth 20 minutes of your time!
Shashi Kant
Feb 01, 2014 Shashi Kant rated it it was ok
Actually i should not review this book because i had not completed it full...
But the reason for that had forced me to review,
Straight forward i didn't liked this book, a too boring one, i did tried a lot to complete it, but whenever i do try i feel bored and get into dreams as soon as i do start reading it,
Sorry, i can't tell anything about the story...
Feb 02, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
I became a fan of Sherlock Holmes through BBC's modernized version, and I have yet to encounter a story, TV adaptation, or movie that I don't like. I read a few of the most popular original stories before coming across this set of 8. Five of them were quite memorable; the other three were not stand-outs for me. Overall, I really enjoyed this set of stories.
Jim Layman
rereading this volume was entertaining and enjoyable, only slightly marred by the thinness of The Holmes saga in a few of these latter takes. the last installment, where Holmes bags the Kaiser's spy, was truly opaque. However, the enduring power of this created Sherlockian myth must be deeply appreciated
Jan 11, 2011 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost through my rereading of the Canon in a year. This one was shorter than I remembered it, and Doyle is definitely recycling some of his earlier plots, but there is some really nice writing, particularly in the title story. Still a 5.
Jun 11, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. Had an excellent audiobook version of it for my work commute - Tantor Media. The narrator, Simon Prebble seamlessly slipped into a couple dozen different voices and accents. Great fun. I'd never read this collection either, so it was all a treat.
Anna M. Watson
Dec 25, 2013 Anna M. Watson rated it really liked it
It's nice to be able to read an entire story in an hour. The character of Sherlock Holmes ever amazes me. And he constantly makes me laugh. The end of this story is brilliant, with foreboding and mystery and closure at the same time.
Aug 14, 2013 Kevin rated it it was amazing
I loved this epilogue to the Holmes series. It was very different from what you would normally expect from Holmes and yet it was brilliant and entertaining the whole read
Aug 04, 2015 Utkarsh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
WHAT IS THIS!! . Its not complete story, just one story. Dont bother to read it also. This review is for Kindle Edition.
Daniel D.
Aug 31, 2016 Daniel D. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Pretty much like every other Holmes book. There were some unusual stories as well that made this stand out a bbit.
Collin A.
Apr 21, 2014 Collin A. rated it liked it
After time spent apart, the dynamic duo reunite for a nighttime capture on the Eve of World War I. Short, sweet and ever so satisfying, one of the last of Holmes' and Watson's cases puts on a show.
Jeff Yoak
Not one of the better-written stories, even if Holmes pulled out of retirement late in his life to tackle an infamous spy is a good premise.
Charlotte rated it really liked it
Oct 19, 2015
Juliana Machado
Juliana Machado rated it it was amazing
Jun 28, 2016
Vijaya S
Vijaya S rated it it was amazing
Sep 28, 2016
Laesar rated it it was ok
Oct 07, 2013
Maria Galonardo
Maria Galonardo rated it liked it
Jan 20, 2016
William D. Terry
William D. Terry rated it liked it
Nov 20, 2015
Ashley Westbrook
Ashley Westbrook rated it it was amazing
Feb 25, 2014
Denise Shaw
Denise Shaw rated it really liked it
Dec 23, 2015
Rodrigo rated it it was amazing
May 09, 2015
Linda Schaldenbrand
Linda Schaldenbrand rated it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2014
Rushi Chincholkar
Rushi Chincholkar rated it really liked it
Jul 17, 2014
Constanza Álvarez
Constanza Álvarez rated it it was ok
Mar 01, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Bryant & May and the Secret Santa (Bryant & May, #11.5)
  • Fire Above, Fire Below
  • The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero
  • Rosecliff Manor Haunting (Addison Lockhart #2)
  • The Benghazi Hoax
  • Terminator and Philosophy: I'll Be Back, Therefore I Am
  • Castles in the Air
  • Zeb and the Great Ruckus
  • My Sister's Song
  • The History of Napoleon Buonaparte
  • The Werewolf of Paris
  • iPhone: The Missing Manual
  • A Storm in the Wassail Bowl
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us - Year One
  • Disciple of the Dog
  • Anne Neville: Richard III's Tragic Queen
  • Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon
  • Mary's Christmas
Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
More about Arthur Conan Doyle...

Other Books in the Series

Sherlock Holmes (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
  • The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #4)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #6)
  • The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7)
  • His Last Bow: 8 Stories (Sherlock Holmes, #8)
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #9)
  • I cinque misteri di Sherlock Holmes

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There's an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.” 9 likes
“It was nine o'clock at night upon the second of August - the most terrible August in the history of the world.” 0 likes
More quotes…