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Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)

4.42  ·  Rating Details ·  3,791 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Since his first appearance in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Along with his trusty companion John Watson, Holmes investigates each mystery presented to him with the class and ingenuity for which he is known. This volume of stories includes Holmes's feats of extraordinary detection in such ...more
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Published 2006 by Premier (Chapters) (first published October 31st 1914)
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Borislav Nikolov
Feb 19, 2012 Borislav Nikolov rated it it was amazing
It's interesting because this is my all time favorite book. There are so many reasons why Sherlock is on the top. One of all is the complex characters in it...Conan Doyle has a special way of writing that i personally love to the bones...and if I have some hero or whatever that is, was, and it will be Sherlock. My whole life i believed that the brain and the "seeing" things is the most important and in these books of Conan Doyle this is bright that I literally can breath with Holmes and ...more
May 21, 2013 Tushar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a few occasions when you grasp a book by chance and later on thank fate for making it land in your hand. This is one such book. There are a multitude of Sherlock Holmes collections ranging from boxed complete collections to individuals but this is the most well presented,well compiled and exorbitantly articulated one. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's collections were published over a long span of time and as a result, the techniques and tricks vested in Holmes' Modus Operandi had changed. This ...more
Ayush Srivastava
Oct 07, 2014 Ayush Srivastava rated it really liked it
21% of the English people believe that Sherlock Holmes was a real person. So did I, until I read about this survey before picking up the book! This is the charisma of the tone set by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while portraying Sherlock-the first consultant detective of the world, and Dr. Watson, an able chronicler and the only friend of Sherlock Holmes. The visual portrayal of incidents and setting is so substantial that an innocent reader is almost certain to believe in the legend of 221B, Baker S ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Priya rated it it was amazing
So much better than the TV series or movies .Though I love them too .Baker street is a character here. Through Watson you can read his mind and understand the abrupt resolution of confounding observations.

"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth"
Synopsis of his best fit inference strategy in one statement.He is a good observer and possesses a great deal of knowledge about soil,poison ,smells and anatomy .And on top of it he is good at form
Jun 15, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: classic-lit, 2011
I was hoping that this would give some backstory to the characters of Sherlock and Watson: how do they know each other? What made them start doing this? They're not with the cops, so how'd they become so popular? Questions that, I think, deserve an explanation.

Instead, this book is made up of 8 short stories, about 20-30 pages each (the longest one is actually 47 pages). Like any mystery, it starts with Sherlock getting word that someone needs his help. He pieces clues together in order to solv
Jan 14, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
I put this down for a few months, but I will go back to it...I think reading these stories gives me a great appreciation for why the characters Conan Doyle created endure. Unlike the Sherlock & John Watson that were represented in the PBS series with Basil Rathbone, I think the true Sherlock had a lot more humor& mischievousness & Watson much more intelligence & bravery than is usually represented. I thoroughly enjoyed the new BBC series Sherlock, which was set in modern day, but ...more
Feisty Harriet
Jun 07, 2016 Feisty Harriet rated it really liked it
Is it bad that for each of these adventures Sherlock's voice was Benedict Cumberbatch? Well, it was. I really loved reading these adventures and stories, written by Watson, but always starring Sherlock.
Dec 12, 2012 Carter rated it really liked it
I think this book is a good one for students 6th +. Also fun for adults as well. It has action and adventurous moments. It also has a very good storyline.
Nov 28, 2015 Naomi rated it it was amazing
A classic for a reason, guys! I enjoyed the longer stories best, but all of them were great.
Jan 05, 2015 Antoine rated it really liked it
Perfect for Sherlock Holmes' fans!
Elvina Maitri
Sep 24, 2016 Elvina Maitri rated it it was amazing
Bukunya seru dan gak pernah bikin bosen. Jadi pengen baca lagi dan lagi.
May 04, 2012 Reinhold rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Zu Recht durchgefallenes Erstlingswerk

Sherlock Holmes ist wohl die Grundlage der modernen Kriminalromane (auch wenn er natürlich auf einer Figur von Edgar Allen Poe basiert). Dieses Werk ist die erste Geschichte des exzentrischen Detektivs und seines Freundes Dr. Watson. Hier lernen sich die beiden kennen und schätzen und dies ist wahrscheinlich auch die einzige Rechtfertigung um dieses Buch zu empfehlen. Eventuell gibt es noch eine zweite, man will Sherlock Holmes komplett gelesen haben.

Diese Z
Oct 22, 2016 Dust&Shadows rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Since I'm very busy with school it took me a lot of time to update and I was really inactive.It actually took me five days instead of three that it would actually take me because of school and problems.I've had like a thousand years to update that though so it looks like it took me a month.Anyways...

Sherlock Holmes has to be one of my favorite characters in the world.He's a genius,he knows what he's doing,he knows exactly what to say to whom and who to trust,he works alone but he always accepts
So this was the Holmes stories in radio broadcast form from the 50's. I didn't see that particular collection of Holmes stories anywhere so I just jumped onto this.
It wasn't that bad, but it wasn't particularly engaging either. While the radio format was interesting, there were aspects of it that made it hard to follow. One of them was the wide variation in volume depending what was going on. I had to turn it up super loud to hear what they were saying when they were speaking, but then every fi
Avel Deleon
Mar 13, 2015 Avel Deleon rated it it was amazing
Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes make the best tag-time Dr. Watson was perviously an aiding doctor for the war of Afghanistan. He visits his psychologist once a month his psychologist accuses him of repression, which seems like a reasonable conclusion. She warns him that integrating into society after war can be extremely difficult nearly impossible. Dr.Watson unfortunately meets Sherlock Holmes so it seems but the kick off to a good start. Sherlock Holmes impresses the war veteran with his witty ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Jimeetgandhi rated it liked it
Frankly speaking, Sherlock Holmes is not worth the hype. He is the kind of character, about whom you read and forget. Many times, he conjures up results while sitting on his armchair looking pensively out of the window, which, if I may be so candid as to imply, is not how a detective solves his cases. Yes, many times, he is out on the field, but during these times also, I have noticed him having received the clues on a platter without any noticeable effort on his part. Sometimes, the story ...more
May 04, 2012 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read Sherlock Holmes before and felt compelled to do so although, admittedly, I am not much of a fan of mysteries. Unfortunately this book wasn't able to sway my feelings towards mysteries. The writing was good, not difficult or cumbersome and the stories moved along quickly but as I feared it would be, Sherlock always seemed to have just the right skill set required to solve every mystery without providing for me the knowledge or even the clues to gain said knowledge required to ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Studmuffin rated it it was amazing
this book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. i couldnt keep my eyes off the book. this book is taken from watsons point of view and is just a collection of very intresting page turning mysterys. it gives sherlocks entire process and his magnificant thoughts and opinions. you get a great look into the mind of the great sherlock holmes! he deals with murders with the help of his close companion watson who helps analyze each case represented. he puts himself in danger to help ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Darius rated it really liked it
I love the prose. Watson is an apt raconteur. His delightful quandaries and anecdotes regarding his time with Holmes are refreshing. Doyle is a skilled author and his characterizations and dialogue are delightful. After hearing of and watching on screen, the allure of Holmes, then reading the original works I find myself enamored of the mythos which is Holmes.

I've learned a great deal about portraying characters by reading this tome and I am utilizing those lessons in my own fiction. Thank you S
Apr 08, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Here is my shameful admission; i had never read any Sherlock Holmes except for The Hound of the Baskervilles. I mostly avoided it because I had the perception that it was a bit darker than i often enjoy. So this collection of short stories was a pleasant treat for me.
Each story is a short piece, many of them rather inconsequential puzzles. It seems like classic Holmes, from what i know of it, and really shows why he became such a standard and classic.

In short, i enjoyed this, and am glad i read
I personally LOVE detective stories, so reading Sherlock Holmes is easy for me. I really liked the two main characters Mr. Doyle made up, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. They were the heros in England back in the old times. Every adventures that they had were explained so detailed that I actually thought the two characters are real life people. I would really recommend people to read this book because it can change the way you see or solve challenges in life.
Aug 29, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries, detective fiction, looking for an intro to Holmes
Started: March 21, 2007
Finished: March 29, 2007


I've read certain of the Sherlock Holmes stories before but had never owned any of the books myself. So, desiring a greater acquaintance with the oeuvre, I bought this book in the bargain bin at Chapters. Some of the stories were familiar - The Speckled Band, The Red-Headed League, The Dancing Men - but many of them were new to me, and were delightful. Why have I not read more Sherlock Holmes? Must remedy.
Dec 26, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I have read many Holmes stories over the years and some have not dated so well but some still haunt, bewilder and perplex even the most cynical readers of today. Holmes is a personal hero and someone whose deductive powers I wish I possessed (He can keep his social skills). I recommend these stories to readers of all ages who like to see what one can accomplish with a bit of attention and a watchful eye. Should you go out and buy it? Elementary my dear Watson... of course you should.
Oct 18, 2014 Jono rated it liked it
Having not really known much about this before starting I was unaware each of the mysteries solved by Sherlock Holmes were delivered as short stories. I quite enjoyed them but missed having a narrative running through the entire book.

Some of the deductions have dated poorly with time e.g. Holmes deducing someone was intelligent because they they had a large hat and therefore a large head with a large brain. These probably slightly hampered my enjoyment of the book.
Claire Lee
Dec 16, 2014 Claire Lee rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely thrilling with excellent details. All the cases were extremely interesting and the book was very engaging. However, there were some part of the book that was not fun because I felt the author needed to elaborate more in order for the readers to understand. As a result, those parts were quite unclear. However, overall, I think that this book is an excellent piece of literature.
Sana Khan
Nov 17, 2014 Sana Khan rated it liked it
Was easier to understand after watching Sherlock series. Noticed things in the book that I saw/heard in the show. The actor (benedict cumberbatch) acts very much like the sherlock in the books. But the stories were changed in the show, like Hounds of Baskerville was more interesting in the book than in the show, found that episode to be the dullest. Love the show, though. Eagerly waiting for season 4
Courtney Crass
Nov 29, 2014 Courtney Crass rated it it was amazing
The game is afoot.:) If you have never read the book version of Sherlock Holmes, you ought to. This is one of my favorite books. Interestingly, it is a far longer collection than intended. (spoiler) Moriarty's decision to kill Sherlock was supposed to end the series--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was tired of writing about the same character. After a public uproar over the death of Sherlock, Doyle brought him back to life reluctantly.
Mcgwire Simmons
Oct 14, 2014 Mcgwire Simmons rated it it was amazing
This book is a great puzzler and a classic read. Very enjoyable and fun to think that you have the riddle solved and then it switches around on you.if you like mystery novels you will love this book. It is the heart of mystery novels and has good adventures and riddles along the way. Arthur Conan Doyle is a genius and a great trickster for writing mystery novels, I look forward to reading more of his books.
Aug 28, 2010 Madison rated it really liked it
I'm a pretty huge Sherlock Holmes fan and have read most all of the collections.. His Bio is pretty interesting. his novels/stories were actual short stories compiled into a collection which I love, if you like any of the old films I encourage you to read his books. (not starting with this one but particularly the original sherlock stories that you've probably heard of... :) May favourite: The Adventures of Sherlock...
Jul 11, 2014 Patrice rated it really liked it
The Case of the Speckled Band. Beautifully written, suspenseful, had a message about jumping to conclusions. But I'm not and never will be a mystery lover. I don't follow the details very closely, don't really care, and hate suspense. Still, it was a pleasant read and I'm glad I know something more about Sherlock Holmes than his goofy hat and pipe. It also gave me a nice picture of Victorian England.
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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 19 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
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