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Complete in nine handsome volumes, each with an introduction by a Doyle scholar, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and explanatory notes, the Oxford Sherlock Holmes series offers a definitive collection of the famous detective's adventures. No home library is complete without it.

Comprising the series of short stories that made the fortunes of the Strand, the magazine
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Paperback, 339 pages
Published October 22nd 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1892)
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Trevor
I’ve been listening to Sherlock Holmes stories in the car and think I’m going to go through and listen to all of them now. I’ve started with The Adventures and have enjoyed it immensely.

There must have been any number of psychological studies performed on Mr Holmes. There is, of course, that wonderful line by Borges in his lectures on Verse in which he says that he believes in the Character of Sherlock Holmes without actually believing in any of the stories in which that character appears. That
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Namratha
To have a slight measure of the pleasant chills that race up and down your spine when you delve into a meaty Holmes mystery, do read the introduction passage by Mark Gatiss (co-creator of BBC Entertainment’s Sherlock). Amidst a host of admirable emotions, Gatiss’ one nostalgic paragraph captured my fancy.

It goes thusly,
“I’d never read any of the original stories until one fateful Saturday when, recovering from German measles, I was given a treat : a trip to WH Smith, and the purchase of any
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russell barnes
It's the end of the world and Watson and Holmes, on the cusp of having their brilliant lives snuffed out by the impending doom decide their simmering sexual tension can go no further.
As they remove their clothes, Watson turns around to see Holmes brandishing a tub of Lemon Curd.
"Holmes!" Watson exclaims, "I know what we're about to do goes against God's nature, but what in the name of all that is Holy are you doing with that breakfast condiment?"
To which Holmes replied, "Lemon entry my dear Wats
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Huda Aweys
Sherlock Holmes ...
What a day :)
*****
حزينة جدا على أفول نجم (شيرلوك) في أواخر ايام السير آرثر كونان دويل .. ماكانش يعرف ان دي البداية
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Paul Bryant
Sherlock Holmes is one of the great characters of literature - who can resist the aloof arrogance and limitless self-satisfaction which stems from that intellectual superiority with which he squishes all the dodgy baronets and rum foreign coves that turn up in the mysteries presented to him by the clients who never fail, when recounting their tangled tales, to speak in perfect paragraphs full of precisely recollected speech in a style exactly like a Conan Doyle story? I love the love story betwe ...more
Kelly
Dec 30, 2009 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all Sherlock Holmes or mystery fans
So, I volunteer at a library, in what the librarians call the "Popular Library," which consists of the area with the DVDs, music CDs and of course, the audiobooks. The majority of the titles in the audiobook section are romance novels. It struck me as a hilarious idea, and indeed, each of the audiobooks I've stuck in the CD player they have there to listen to for a few minutes has borne that out. Romance novel dialogue is barely okay on the page- can you imagine all that "Oh, FABIO, your gorgeou ...more
K.D. Absolutely
May 21, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: GR-TFG 100 Favorite Books (2011 edition)
A Scandal in Bohemia (3 stars) Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, King of Bohemia is arranged to marry the daughter of the King of Scandinavia but he loves another girl. Irene Alder. Entertaining. Fast-paced. I love the disguises!

The Red-Headed League (3 stars) Mr. Jabez Wilson has an apprentice in his pawnshop whose name is Mr. Vincent Spaulding. One day, Spaulding recruits his boss to the association of people with red hair to copy encyclopedia, Very funny storyline. I love the twist!

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Wanda
If you are an enthusiastic reader of crime/noir/mystery novels, at some point you should get back to its roots—by reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur set many of the patterns which can still be observed in the modern genre novel.

Sherlock Holmes is an eccentric expert—but he defines the crime expert, what with his monographs on cigar ash, his studies of foot prints, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of crime. Many of the heroes of today’s literature are forensic anth
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Jason Koivu
Gotta love the old-school dash!

Arthur Conan Doyle created such an intriguing vehicle for his mystery stories in the figure of Sherlock Holmes, a man almost inhuman, nearly robotic in his exacting speech and actions, so much so that the reader longs for and grasps on to the minute human aspects (a hint of carnal desire, for example) on the fleeting instances they appear.

In story after tightly wound story intelligence and rational thought wins the day. But before it gets all too academic, Conan Do
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Vane
I'm continuing with writing reviews for all of the books in the Sherlock Holmes canon. Now is the turn of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!



A Scandal in Bohemia:

Plot: The King of Bohemia comes to Holmes to ask him for help because an ex-lover he had owns a picture of him and her that can compromise his reputation... and it doesn't help that she's blackmailing him with it.

Opinion: Kick-ass female! Irene Adler might be the best woman in literature. She's the only one who manages to leave Holmes fo
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Jonathan

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes were the first Sherlock Holmes stories I ever read. I fell in love with the style and atmosphere of these stories, eight or so years ago, and never bothered to re-read until now. Having re-read, I see that there are key elements of the stories which slipped past my younger self.

For instance, the fact that - for his time - Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in ways that were a touch more shocking. To us, he may still seem very dated, his moral codes part of his era. Yet th
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Camille Stein


Pinacotheca Holmesiana / The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb / Illustration by Sidney Paget - http://ow.ly/ubT5m


Si pudiéramos salir volando por la ventana, cogidos de la mano, sobrevolar esta gran ciudad, levantar con cuidado los tejados y espiar todas las cosas raras que pasan, las extrañas coincidencias, las intrigas, los engaños, los prodigiosos encadenamientos de circunstancias que se extienden de generación en generación y acaban conduciendo a los resultados más extravagantes, nos parece
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Franky
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes features twelve stories that were originally released in a serial format in Strand magazine. What this collection offers is a great look into the character of Holmes as a master of solving what seems to be the unsolvable: puzzling crimes, murders, mistaken identities and generally mysterious circumstances. Doyle really sets the bar and precedent for the detective genre with Holmes as his lead. Many mysteries in contemporary film and book have been influenced in ...more
Amy
So far this collection of short stories has been marvelous.

"Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" was a gruesome little gem illustrating the strange comic stoicism of British gentlemen.

"A case of identity" was a cruel little plot and I guessed this one! I was so proud of myself. I figured out who the ne'er-do-well was when the client first presented the facts.

"Noble Bachelor" was another one that I had an inkling about from the beginning, I just didn't know who or how.

I'm finishing up "The Five Ora
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Norah Sumner
How can one rate The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes?

Of course I loved this book.I loved the humor,the adventures,amazing deductions and the relationship between Watson and Holmes.I really liked the stories but I liked "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" the best.Irene Adler and Alice Hunter were very cool female characters,I liked them both a lot.
Excellent book.

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Favourtie quotes:

“As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your com
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Celine
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is the first short story collection I've read by Arthur Conan Doyle. I'm reading his Sherlock Holmes stories roughly in their publication order; I already have A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four under my belt.

I really enjoyed the two novels I read by Doyle - but I think I enjoyed his short stories more. Short stories are a weird sort of format when you're used to novel length books. There is very little room for characterisation, and they tend to be very st
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Mohammed
I read the short stories are better form for the series and reading the often excellent stories in this collection i would say the same thing. The first two novels i liked storytelling wise but was not overly impressed by his prose,writing style,the two characters. In these stories the writing is crisp,more focused,expressive.

There are two reasons i think this series is great read and still important works in the field.
I especially enjoy the way the narratives imbue the tales with the milieu of
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Dante
The stories were very interesting, and I enjoyed most of them. But, I don't know, I didn't find them very satisfying. Maybe I am not really a fan of short stories? Perhaps I'll enjoy the Sherlock Holmes novels more.

There are twelve short stories in this collection. They are a selection of some of the interesting cases recorded by Dr. Watson which he and his friend Sherlock Holmes handled in the latter's career.

A rough sketch of the stories (Spoiler alert!)

A Scandal in Bohemia

The King of Bohemia
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♍ichael Ƒierce
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Every story ranged from 4 to 5 star entertainment!

Lots of incredibly addictive storylines, clever dialogue, solid well-woven mysteries, rare treasures, memorable villains, amazing Victorian period settings enriched with gaslights, cobblestone paved streets, fog-enshrouded cities & country manor landscapes, as well as an assortment of fascinating characters with dark suits & funny hats, many well-dressed ladies of high stature, the Scotland Yard police, a few exotic animals, an appearanc
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Ferdy
3.5 stars

These were pretty good, there were more faster paced and interesting than the first two Sherlock Holmes stories. I loved A Scandal in Bohemia best for the sole reason that up-himself-and-thinks-very-little-of-women Sherlock was bested by a woman.
The Red-Headed League, the Five Orange Pips, and the Speckled Band mysteries were all entertaining reads too. There were a few that were really predictable though, like the Copper Beeches, the Beryl Coronet, and the Identity case.
I rolled my e
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Karla
Unabridged audiobook, narrated by Derek Jacobi.

No wonder I could never really get into the stories on paper. The mysteries themselves are simple and Holmes' methodology is way too neat and tidy, but in a sound medium with a dedicated narrator who trucks in nuance, they're delightful. :D

My view of Holmes as an insufferable, smug asshole has been softened somewhat, purely due to Jacobi. He still comes across as patronizing to all the mental midgets around him, but the tone is...I don't know....aff
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Terry
Well, what can I say? It's Sherlock Holmes. Even if you've never read any of Conan Doyle's stories (and shame on you!) you probably still know quite a bit about this figure that is one of the most iconic in literature and even know details of many of his cases. Prior to this more systematic read-through I had only actually read a few of the stories and much of my knowledge came from the (admittedly excellent) BBC TV series starring the late great Jeremy Brett (the best of all Holmes').

These twel
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Diane Librarian
This is a good collection of 12 stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. I listened to this on audio CD narrated by actor Derek Jacobi, who was marvelous at bringing the characters to life. My favorite stories were "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" and "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb." I plan on listening to more Sherlock stories voiced by Mr. Jacobi.
Mei-Lu
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of short stories. If one is reading Sherlock Holmes in publication order, then one would read this volume after A Study in Scarlet and the Sign of Four. I really enjoyed A Study in Scarlet and found the Sign of Four well enough to continue on with the series. Fans of various incarnations of Sherlock Holmes will recognize some of the situations and characters in these stories,, in particular Irene Adler, who was featured in both the Robert Downey ...more
midnightfaerie
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was by far the best set of mystery stories I've ever read. I've never read him before so I decided they'd be a nice easy read for my kindle on my smart phone when I'm out and about and I was right. It's easy to see why this is considered one of the two most redone, prominent influential characters for books and movies. (The other being Dracula) Look at any T.V. show today and it's easy to see how many of them took cues from Doyle. (ie. ...more
Michael
It’s often really hard to review classic literature; simply because it’s already stood the test of time and that makes it difficult to be critical of the book. I’m not really a can of reading a collection of short stories, especially over a few days; but I really did enjoy reading through The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I’m not sure why I haven’t read more of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels; this is my second and the first being A Study in Scarlet. I think I need to pick up my act and read mo ...more
Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. I've only perused these stories to get a sense of the writing style and structure of the plots but what I have read I enjoyed. I plan to come back and do a complete read through of these stories at some point. For now, I can see that they are well written and a lot of fun. A very good introduction to detective fiction.
Uncle
The fact that I had never read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes titles was a serious oversight, particularly strange considering that I am such a fan of classic British mysteries. So in 2013 I began a personal project of reading the Holmes and Watson series in chronological order. My clear favorite so far has been the third book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of stories originally published in 1892.

In several stories, the famous detective Holmes outlines his the
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Aidan
"Very few literary characters attain iconic status". It's true. Everyone knows who Sherlock Holmes is. But who has read a book about him?
In the book The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes he solves many different mysteries. Anything from a scandal involving a king to stopping a bank robbery, Sherlock Holmes is who you see if you need something solved.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did a good job of describing how Sherlock Holmes solves each mystery. I wish he had put more action into the book. I think the au
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
"On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic."

Of the three Sherlock Holmes books I've read so far (the oth
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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.

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
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Sherlock Holmes (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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