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His Last Bow (Sherlock Holmes #8)

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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
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K.D. Absolutely
The Sherlock Holmes collection that has the fewest number of short stories: 8. It is even a story-less in its British edition. This is called His Last Bow because it shares that title with its anchor (last) story. Other than that reason, I could not associate any of the other stories with Holmes bowing out as they all have the same ingredients or formula as the earlier Sherlock Holmes literary pieces.

The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge. John Scott Eccles consults Holmes and Watson regarding the deat
Diane Librarian
This is the penultimate collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. I have spent my summer going through the Sherlock canon, and I am a bit sad to be nearing the end of my time with the great detective. Even though some of the stories are not the best mysteries, they have a certain charm to them that makes them endearing to read.

In this collection, my favorites were "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans," "The Adventure of the Dying Detective," and "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot." The fina
There are times when only certain types of books will do, when one is feeling in need of some consoling literary friend. At such times I often reach for Agatha Christie, although another old and comforting literary companion is Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

This fairly slight volume contains eight fascinating Holmes stories, each of them a fairly decent length, utterly perfect to curl up with on a chilly December evening. I adore the character of Holmes, it matches exactly the mood that Doyle cr
A fairly good collection of Sherlock stories - I probably would have enjoyed them more though if I hadn't been binge reading the series as it made them rather predictable and formulaic.
The last story was different than the others though, which I liked, but it did feel somewhat odd and out of place as it was set much later than the other cases and instead of the usual telegrams and carriages, it was all telephones and cars. I'm hoping the next lot of stories are set later on as well, it would ma
russell barnes
So, as I said previously, Not the last Sherlock Holmes book, although chronologically the last as it finishes at the dawn of The Great War. 'Great' as in 'Huge' rather than 'Spiffing'...


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are taking a trip across a desert by hot-air balloon. There are not many landmarks; so eventually, they become lost. Luckily, while flying quite low, they see a man.

Holmes shouts, "Sir, could you please tell me where we are?"

The man looks up, ponders for a moment, and then
Really enjoyed this set of stories.
I have a newly acquired quirk. As I browse through the detective shelf at my local bookstore and come across the neatly lined up spines of SHERLOCK HOLMES' many many adventures, I must, I absolutely must pluck them out just to view the artwork on the cover.
Blame it on Benedict. Benedict Cumberbatch.
Yes, do.

And so, when I came across a bright orange spine of His Last Bow , I pulled it out and lo!....there were my two favourite BBC men, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, giving me their co
Julie Davis
I'm actually listening to this concurrently with reading the second annotated Sherlock Holmes book. I enjoy reading the stories and copious notes. However, having stumbled upon Derek Jacobi's readings at my library, I simply can't resist listening to the stories first. Jacobi's narration is simply top-notch, with a fascinating interpretation of Holmes that I've never come across before. Holmes has a light touch, almost like Bertie Wooster (almost, but not as nonsensical). I really am enjoying he ...more
I was surprised at how good 'His Last Bow' was. While not an absolute masterpiece like The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, it is easily on par with The Return of Sherlock Holmes. I think part of the genius of Sherlock Holmes is how easily the primary charcter allows for adaption to the patterns of the time and the age he is read. Sherlock Holmes is like a literary dress form stand, upon which the fashions of every age can and do hang.
An excellent plot with a little hint of aventure in this Sherlock Holmes series.
John Yelverton
Yet another fantastic addition to the greatest mystery book series of all time!

Bye bye, Sherlock !

Ci sono casi e metodi d’indagine ormai divenuti da manuale. Forse più qui, nella brevità del racconto, che nei romanzi lunghi, è rintracciabile la maestria avveniristica della modalità investigativa di Sherlock Holmes che ha fatto scuola a tutti i CSI e affini televisivi, ma, ancor prima, alla polizia di ogni Stato che ha così affiancato l’analisi scientifica alle tradizionali tecniche di interrogatorio.
Il ragionamento logico di Sherlock Holmes non fa una piega e non manca d
Some consider this to be one of the worst collections of Sherlock Holmes short stories but I liked it at least as much as the others. It is the penultimate collection that was published featuring the famous detective although features the last story chronologically. Reading the Sherlock canon in order is very confusing.

The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge: A man comes to Sherlock Holmes to tell of the strange experience where he stayed round someone's house only to find there was nobody there when h
Peter Dunn
So I have now finished the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story collection entitled 'His Last Bow' as I work through a one volume complete collection of the all the novel s and stories (so ignore the random 'His Last Bow' book cover I have chosen for this review).

This collection includes some great Holmes tales including a bit more Mycroft, and Sherlock’s enforced Cornish holiday, but the very last tale is set at the end of Holmes’s career and is essentially a spy story in which Conan Doyle shoe ho
Reader SImon Prebble does a great Holmes and a spot on Watson, and His Last Bow (1917?) does have its moments, and Conan Doyle is ever a fine writer, and I like the device he frequently uses of the story within a story (as when Watson depicts suspects or clients telling their stories to Holmes). But… am I beginning to tire of Sherlock Holmes stories, having worked through all of them except those in The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes?

"The Adventure of the Wisteria Lodge" opens with a conservative b
His Last Bow (originally, Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes) is a collection of 7-8 Holmes tales, including the title story. "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" appears in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes in British editions, but is added to the American edition of His Last Bow. A story that deals with adultery, it was thought when Memoirs was published to be too risqué for the American public at the time. So, the story was held back and added later to His Last Bow. These are all quite good. I tho ...more
Ada delapan kisah dalam buku kumpulan kasus Sherlock Holmes ini. Sembilan kisah yang sebenarnya dulu pernah saya baca, tapi lagi-lagi saya lupa. Karena saya bacanya waktu SMA dan saya nggak pernah urut baca bukunya. Tapi nggak papa, karena ada beberapa cerita yang saya benar-benar lupa.

Nah, sekarang saya akan mencoba membahas satu per satu kasus yang pernah ditangani oleh Sherlock di buku ini.

Petualangan di Wisteria Lodge
Kisah ini adalah petualangan 'fantastis' Sherlock Holmes yang dicatat oleh
Sol  Gonzalez
Serie de cuentos de Sherlock en donde las historias están contadas como si éste fuera ya un jubilado recordando algunos de sus viejos casos que no han sido aún publicados o dados a conocer.

En este libro se presiente como un humor más tranquilo el de Sherlock, que aunque sigue sonando algo presuntuoso, ya lo es como alguien que rememora sus antiguas glorias. La mas emocionante de todas es la que concierne a Mycrof, el hermano de Sherlock, de quien todavía no había leído una historia en la que par
This is a collection of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories, and thus is more scattered than previous collections. The first story is almost a novella; the last more of a history lesson than the usual Holmes deduction fest. None of the tales were 5 star for me, but all were at least above 2. Average score - 3.5 stars.

Read on a Nook while on the road in Europe, 2015.
Guy Priel
I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and finally got the complete works. I have read this one at least five times and it is always great.
The wide variety of plots made this most enjoyable. Are they all perfect? No, but who cares if Holmes is on the trail!
I really liked this collection. The short stories were intriguing, well built, and interesting as always.
One of my favorites is the last one, the epilogue, because it is completely different from the others I have read so far. It is written in a third person narrator, it deals with the reality of the WWI, and there is this melancholic feeling, as it is clear that Sherlock Holmes and John Watson's adventures are coming to an end.

Just one more collection, and then I will be finished. I'm already
Jan 04, 2013 Ana marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know what happened but I didn't like this book at all. I'm not a massive fan of Sherlock Holmes, but Doyle's books usually intrigue me and I find myself wanting to know what's all the fuss behind the mystery, so I keep on reading until I find out .

But this time, it didn't work. I got so bored I had to convince myself to finish this book, and still I didn't manage to. It ended up on my abandoned shelve, unfortunately. Hopefully I'll have more luck with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's othe
A very mysterious story of my most favorite fictitious character of all time, Sherlock Holmes.

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Morris Graham
I love detective mysteries! One of my favorite modem authors, Tony Hillerman, has characters that in some ways reflect Holmes' penchant for deciding what to do with the guilty when he catches him. Sometimes he finds that justice is best served in letting the guilty go free. Doyle's Sherlock Holmes character has spawned many movies, and many imitators. Doyle's works are classic.

Below are a brief description of the cases in this volume. I try not to offer any spoilers here, because the conclusion
Roberto Mattos
In this story, we are on the eve of the First World War, and Von Bork, a German agent, is getting ready to leave England with his vast collection of intelligence, gathered over a four-year period. His wife and household have already left Harwich for Flushing in the Netherlands, leaving only him and his elderly housekeeper. Von Bork's diplomat friend, Baron von Herling, is impressed by his collection of vital British military secrets, and tells Von Bork that he will be received in Berlin as a her ...more
HIS LAST BOW. (1917). Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. **.
I’m a moderate fan of Conan Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes stories. I think that his early stuff is terrific. His later stories, as evidenced by this collection, are contrived and rather boring. The bright star of this collection is an introduction by Julian Symons, an acknowledged Sherlock Holmes expert. He, too, felt the need to apologize for the tenor of these stories. He believes that the relative distaste that Conan Doyle felt for his characte
Andrea Ika
Canon of Sherlock Holmes: Book 8
His Last Bow (1917)
by Arthur Conan Doyle (Author)

About to spring out upon my appalled senses, lurked all that was vaguely horrible, all that was monstrous and inconceivably wicked in the universe.' A dense yellow fog descends upon London. Tricksters, thieves and murderers stalk their prey undetected. Lawlessness abounds but it is no match for the penetrating mind of Sherlock Holmes as he investigates the strangest of cases. A woman receives a gruesome package — tw
Santosh Bhat
Being such a major Sherlock Holmes fan, it quite surprised me, when I realized, there was a collection of canonical tales of his, which I hadn't read. As far as these tales go, they are distinctly second tier, with the mystery part undeveloped, with more of a thriller vibe.
A few are superior to the rest including:
The adventure of the Cardboard box (a gruesome tale which foreshadows torture porn revenge sagas of the future);
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington plans (a gripping spy thriller w
Star Shining Forever
Sherlock Holmes solves cases without breaking into a sweat, while London's police force and detectives, and even Watson, puff along miles behind. Not to say that it is effortless for Holmes; he is merely alert and astute, seeing what others do not, overlooking nothing, and diligently but patiently working toward the discovery of the solution. Oftentimes his persistence on the right track saves lives, while the official police bumble down rabbit trails.

This collection also reminds that Holmes is
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