The Complete Illustrated Novels of Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear
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The Complete Illustrated Novels of Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear

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The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes available in a new slipcased edition.

The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 short stories in 2004 created a Holmes sensation. Here, in this eagerly awaited third volume, Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 new notes, 350 i...more
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Published (first published January 1st 1950)
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Jon
After visiting Reichenbach Falls a few months ago, I decided to brush up my Sherlock Holmes, starting at the beginning. So far the first two novels, A Study in Scarlet, and The Sign of Four, have been a disappointment. The stories seem to have been written rapidly and inattentively, with a number of inaccuracies and inconsistencies, and the level of writing is just barely so-so. Actions that go beyond the plot--for example Watson's love-at-first-sight of Mary Morstan--are a little embarrassing i...more
Kinksrock
This volume provides all four Sherlock Holmes novels with loads and loads of annotations that provide historical and literary context and definitions, plus some inconsistencies. I am new to Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed how the annotations helped me understand some things I otherwise wouldn't. I could not read all (indeed, most) of the annotations because that would take an incredible amount of time. Yes, the volume is also large and not easy to carry around in traditional book format. I'd say thi...more
James
This was a complete surprise as a Christmas gift and what a gift it is! I have already read all the Canon at least once and most many times [ I read the Hound of the Baskervilles EVERY October along with The Scarlet Pimpernell as a birthday gift to myself]. This guy goes into Victorian life and customs and really opens up what sometimes the modern reader is forced to skip over. I could not recomend these 3 editions any more highly.
SenazNasansia Muliawan
Sep 05, 2007 SenazNasansia Muliawan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read good novels
Shelves: fiction
One word... Superb!
It's the best fiction novel about detective ever..
I absolutely recommend this book to all of you who like good novels.
I myself basically don't like detective novels. Except for this one.
Sir Arthur is definitely brilliant when it comes to describing the adventures of Sherlock and Dr. Watson.
I can't stop reading it. Curiosity is the key. And Sir Arthur seems to know his reader like it.


Cristina Yukino
Che bellissimo viaggio è stato questo nel mondo di Holmes.
Avevo già letto uno dei romanzi di questa raccolta, ma all'epoca ero più interessata ad Agatha Christie, e quindi non approfondii la produzione di Doyle.
Che enorme sbaglio…ma penso di aver recuperato con questa raccolta! ^_^
Heather
The pick for book club was actually just The Hound of the Baskervilles, but as I had the book from the library, I thought I'd read the other stories too. As stories go, they were great. You really can't go wrong with Sherlock Holmes for a good, quick mystery. I've had to rate this edition down a star though, because of the annotations. I couldn't ignore them (if there are words I must read them LOL) and I found them both illuminating and annoying. Sometimes the information was beneficial and act...more
Rachayl
Wow, that guy is some Sherlock Holmes. That is what kept going through my head while reading this book. My head is dorky that way.
I am unusual- especially in this forum of avid readers- in only having discovered Sherlock Holmes in my late thirties, and I don't think the stories really need my recommendation. Since reading this edition with the four SH novels, I also have read the short stories, which are equally recommendable.
A bit about this edition. This annotated edition rather reminds me of...more
Amanda
As a kid I had read and cherished several of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, and as an adult I have greatly enjoyed BBC's series "Sherlock." Naturally, I felt inclined to read the novels.

This edition includes all four of the Sherlock Holmes novels, "A Study in Scarlet," "The Sign of the Four," "The Hound of Baskerville," and "The Valley of Fear." Each stars the delightfully eccentric Sherlock Holmes and his devoted colleague Dr. Watson as they look beyond the obvious to solve heinous criminal...more
Angie
I liked these four short novels, but I did find myself ready for each one of them to be over before it was. And I'd had more than my fill of them by the fourth novel. However, they are iconic for good reason. Sherlock Holmes is quite an interesting fellow. However, he's a tad inconsistent. Though I didn't really want to read the four of them all at once, each novel does have different things to offer. _A Study in Scarlet_ has the set-up, the introduction to Sherlock and Watson, which is fun. It...more
Kirsten
A Study in Scarlet (4/5)

This novel describes Holmes and Watson's first meeting, with Watson being at first unsure what exactly his new roommate does for a living. The mystery itself wasn't one of my favorites; parts of it struck me as a bit contrived, and the long flashback that takes place in Utah and doesn't involve Holmes or Watson bored me a little.

The Sign of Four (5/5)

This is a really good one, if quite short. There's lots of exotic stuff (stolen treasure! a Pygmy who shoots poisoned darts...more
Raj
This omnibus volume contains all four Sherlock Holmes novels by Arthur Conan Doyle. It's a companion volume to Sherlock Holmes The Complete Illustrated Short Stories and is as beautifully illustrated as the other with the illustrations from the original serial publication in Punch and the other magazines of the day.

The four novels contained within are all well known, possibly excepting the last one. Holmes' first appearance is in A Study in Scarlet, which sees Holmes and Watson take up residence...more
Kikyo
En realidad, esta no es la edición que yo tengo, la que es mía tiene el ISBN:84-7530-396-X, que contiene las obras de: "Estudio en Escarlata" "El signo de los Cuatro" "El sabueso de los Baskerville" y "Memorias de Sherlock Holmes" el cuál no es una historia en sí, son varias recopilaciones de cuentos (el último cuento llamado "El problema final" me dejó con una especie de problema emocional, no podía creer que todo hubiera terminado)
¿Qué puedo decir? Había tenido las obras de Conan Doyle en mi e...more
Maureen
May 11, 2009 Maureen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: holmes
I am currently reading these four novellas in this new annotated volume, which is a revelation and highly recommended. Below is my basic review of these four novella-length stories.

A Study in Scarlet, is actually two stories woven into one. In the first, Holmes and Watson meet for the first time, and one of the greatest working relationships in all of fiction begins. Watson recounts a case of murder where a body was found in a slum in Brixton, with the word "RACHE" carved above the body. The se...more
Steve
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Em
The novels of the Sherlock Holmes canon are fantastic despite the fact that there are only four. A Study in Scarlet is the first ever Sherlock Holmes story and begins with Sherlock meeting Dr. Watson. Of course it's a brilliant story in which we first come to see Sherlock Holmes' unique approach to crime-solving. The Sign of Four is the second ever story and follows up the second with an amazing tale including a locked-door murder. This is also the story where Dr. Watson meets Mary Morsten, late...more
Andrew
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s four classic novels (A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Hound of Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear) are presented in all their glory alongside comprehensive notations and numerous sketches and drawings.

Its substantive size—roughly the same weight and dimensions of a new born baby—precludes a comfortable reading experience unless it is had sitting at a table. Nevertheless, any fan of Sherlock Holmes should count themselves lucky to have read such an anthology....more
Lulu
I quattro racconti più famosi di Doyle con protagonista Sherlock Holmes - e l'immancabile Watson, naturalmente.

Uno studio in rosso
Introduce egregiamente il personaggio di Sherlock Holmes, e ispira la più naturale simpatia per il nostro Watson; il caso è interessante, per quanto la seconda parte del racconto non mi abbia particolarmente colpita.

Il segno dei quattro
Altro caso interessante, brillante lo svolgimento, ma anche qui la storia Indiana non mi ha interessato molto.

Il mastino dei Baskervi...more
Matt
Four novels in one, so I'll break down my thoughts.

A Study In Scarlet (3/5): Starts out as a great detective novel. Just as the suspense builds and the murderer is uncovered, you go to Utah for 60 pages and the pacing faceplants. Still worth reading; just don't read it first or you may be discouraged from reading other novels.

The Sign of Four (5/5): Probably my favorite of the bunch; or at least the most interesting backstory, as well as the most satisfying resolution.

The Hound of The Baskervill...more
Rodrigo
Desde que, siendo niño, leí el primer caso de Sherlock Holmes ("El misterio de la banda moteada", si no mal recuerdo), se convirtió en uno de mis personajes favoritos. Tan favorito que me tomé casi como una ofensa personal lo que le hicieron con la película de Robert Downey Jr. Ahora leo por primera vez cuatro casos, de manera completa, y me vuelvo a maravillar de la manera en que Conan Doyle nos envuelve, nos intriga y nos conduce hacia la solución sin que podamos ni siquiera suponerla. Persona...more
Drew Darby
Physically, a beautiful presentation—great design, nice slipcase, pretty good page layout—a reminder of why physical books are still where it's at. The Holmes novels are, of course, great entertainment. The annotations were very informative, one drawback for me being that they were written as if Holmes, Watson, et al. were actual historical figures, which was annoying to me but is apparently "a thing" in Sherlockian scholarship. The one other drawback, for casual reading at least, is the immensi...more
Riju Ganguly
As far as the novels are concerned, there is no need for any comment. Regarding the annotations, my opinion is that they are the most comprehensive that can be physically compiled. If only Mr. Klinger could refrain from 'The Game', and produce his stupendous work without any whimsical pretensions of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson being living persons (Sir Arthur merely acting as Watson's literary agent) [more in the line of the collection brought out by the Gasogene books], I could have breathed...more
Lynne
If you are not well up on Victorian British English, you'll miss things when reading Sherlock Holmes. This book solves that problem - not just vagaries of the language, but obscure references to what were then famous happenings, common things/jobs/people that no longer exist (mudlarks, for instance) - everything you need to understand Doyle. One of the more entertaining things about the book, is that it's written as though Watson were a real person and Doyle his amanuensis. Pretty cool.
Mel
I have three of the four novel length story prior to borrowing this book, so I was mostly enjoying the illustration more than actually reading it. As to the last story, I was getting fatigued by the 'conspiracy' at that point the holmesian mystery portion has lost its persisting charm to keep me reading the back story (I am also aware that of all 4 novels this is rated the lowest of all Sherlock Holmes story among Sherlockian readers, so it might have applied a little for me).
Dan
I loved these stories as a child, indeed Sherlock Holmes may well be my first childhood hero. I haven't read them for years, and it would be interesting to do so now, with the benefit of maturity. Perhaps I may find new things in them. They are certainly a great introduction to the late Victorian era, with echoes of the far-flung empire and the intrigues of pre-War Europe setting the wider scene for the crimes of Londons dark and busy streets.
Anthony
This volume contains the 4 Sherlock Holmes novels and a huge number of annotations. If you were ever curious about how close to reality certain scenes of A Study in Scarlet were to reality, the annotations address this and many other bits of trivia. If, like me, you liked the Holmes novels as a child and want to revisit them, I would recommend the annotated versions as they add an additional layer of arcana to the canon.
Laurann
I'm not 100% sure this is the right cover of the Sherlock Holmes book I read but Goodreads doesn't have a copy of the book I read. So, all I know is that it was a book with various stories of Sherlock Holmes. It was an okay book. I wasn't dying over it and mostly just plowed through reading it to count it toward my reading goal for the year. Sorry Sherlock, I love you, just didn't gush over the book.
Surfing Moose
Am I to assume that persons of the 19th century are prone to fainting when ever in distress. And what was all the ejaculating about? "He ejaculated" and "I ejaculated", makes me wonder what the books are really about.

I truly enjoyed The Sign of Four as that was the first Holmes book I read. The Hound of the Baskervilles was only okay and as one reviewer said where was the mystery?
Mary-Beth
I believe this is the collection that I read recently. Sherlock Holmes has always been a favourite of mine. Who can resist the character himself, his supreme arrogance and self-satisfaction, and justifiably so, for he is a genius. Watson's hero worship, which includes always testing his mentor is another constant delight. I need to get my hands on more Sherlock Holmes soon.
Ken
The stories and novels of Doyle are old friends, always enjoyable, nice to dip into when the mood strikes.

This set (the novels and the stories) is magnificent - the details are sublime, the experience quite engrossing.

Also, your arms get stronger, since each volume weighs around ten pounds.

Marie
My book club will see the Holmes 2 movie, then use this extremely clear and helpful edition to guide our discussion of both the film and the great old Arthur Conan Doyle texts! This is a great bargain at $0.99, and the study guide is by professors at Princeton University--how great is that??
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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.

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