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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume II

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  51,626 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Since his first appearance in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two volumes, this new Bantam edition presents all 56 short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle's classic hero--a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes's adventures in crime now...more
paperback, 768 pages
Published 1986 by Bantam Classics (first published 1930)
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Amy Sturgis
Reading the complete Sherlock Holmes canon by Arthur Conan Doyle in these two volumes has been a remarkably rewarding experience. I'm truly sorry to be finished with these stories and novels (although I know from past experience that they reward rereading). In this reading I've gained an even clearer appreciation for the links between Holmes and the traditions of Gothic and science fiction literature, and I've certainly enhanced my enjoyment of the BBC's brilliant new Sherlock series. These are...more
Madeline
Just as good as Volume One. I want someone to make me a tshirt with a picture of Holmes and Watson exchanging necklaces with "BFFs" inscribed on them. (actually, considering the time period, I suppose they'd exchange engraved watches or something.)
Oh Watson, how I love you.

And Now A Word On The Movie:
It had so much potential. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are wonderful as Holmes and Watson, and their combined awesome can overcome Rachel McAdam's miscasting as Irene Adler. But everything else...more
An Odd1
For Wiki, I check, correct, verify, add, such as synopsis for Mazarin Stone, so slow progress here. Summaries have spoilers, so here I'll extract teasers, enough to remind me, postpone opinions to after cogitation. I prefer plots outside set format. I first thought I'd rather skip Baker Street and starts with what he's given, dive right into the clues he finds, then wrap-up. But consistent openings do increase our familiarity with the setting - sips of tepid tea, crumbs of crisp crumpet, morning...more
John
If you know anything about Sherlock Holmes apart from the Robert Downey Jr. movie versions, then you will have a good idea of what you are getting into when you pick up this book. The Valley of Fear is the best Holmes novel, in my opinion, and it was interesting to read the two stories in this collection that are told by Sherlock himself. Nothing earth-shattering here, just good 'ol meat-and-potatoes mystery writing.
Brit McCarthy
The only thing I regret about reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes in two great big chunks is that I feel like it's all over too soon. How I wish I'd lived in the time where I would have had to wait, impatient and eager, for the next installment of the great detective's adventures. The wait would have been well worth it.

While reading, I am in fact transported to Victorian England, to the apartment at 221B Baker Street which I can see clearly in my mind's eye (note: I have never watched any She...more
An Odd1
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This humorous, dangerous, very British 2010 BBC UK version updated with internet and mobile phones revived my interest in Doyle's classic Victorian murder mysteries promoting early forensics and deductive solutions. Surprisingly, old and new Watson...more
Mary Anne
It makes me very pleased to be able to say I've read all of Sherlock Holmes. Thank goodness for these awesome classics collections.

I found myself really interested in what changes I'd encounter in this volume, especially after reading the warning in the introduction. Indeed. Sherlock Holmes seemed to have changed in some subtle and not-so-subtle ways, but I think that tends to happen, especially when a writer gets downright tired of the protagonist.

While it's likely that none of the stories will...more
Bear
It was very good, although I think the first book was better. The more I read, the less shocking the reveals became. I was able to predict a number of the stories' conclusions. This may have been a result of reading over a thousand pages of Holmes mysteries, however. But I think Doyle also started to burn out a little. The mysteries became less mysterious, the adventures became less adventurous, the crimes became less criminal (seriously, a great number of the stories involve no criminal behavio...more
Kerri
Moreover than the actual stories, the superior writing style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is what really draws me to the Sherlock Holmes series. Doyle was an expertly skilled writer, whose attention to detail and ability to weave together tantalizing clues into the solution of a mystery are to be envied. His character development is also exemplary, as there is much to mystify one about Sherlock Holmes; his aversion to women and distance from his family, his lack of friends save one physician who se...more
Alex T.
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Timothy Stone
Sherlock Holmes has had many adventures, but in this second volume of stories, he may have met his match, that of an author who was apparently weary of his resurrected character, and out of ideas. Tongue-in-cheek statements aside, it is well-known that Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, wanted to write other books, and that is why he killed off the famed detective in the story, “The Adventure of the Final Problem”. Of course, pressure was brought to bear from the public, publishers, and his ow...more
Emily
This has been a favorite collection since high school. I could read these stories over and over! They are unique and intricate, and that's probably why I never tire of them. Holmes is perpetually beset either by boredom or fascination with a puzzle, and not much in between. It makes for dynamic stories.
Stephanie
I actually only got one story into this volume before I had to turn it back in to the library. I couldn't renew it because someone else wanted it! At this point, my Sherlock furor has eased up a bit, but I will eventually recheck and finish this volume.
Mary Grace Albario
“Someday, the true story may be told.”

These were Sherlock Holmes’ last words as written on page 737 of Sherlock Holmes Complete Novels and Stories Volume 2, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have now reached the end of my journey. A first, I must say, on my part reading a canon.

The whole experience was a bit bumpy but nevertheless amazing and educational. I would have finished this volume in a week or two, but there’s a part of me which wanted to prolong the ride. I know I can always read Sir Doyle’s...more
Sercan Çelik
daha önce de dediğim gibi polisiye romanlar da kısa hikayeleri sevmiyorum ama sherlock holmes sevdiğim bir karakter çok eğlendim okurken güzel vakit geçirmek için birebir ama şuan aklımda hiç birşey kalmadı kitapla ilgili o da ayrı mesele :))
Tamsen
I'm sorry but I just hate these short stories! Terrible! The novels themselves are much better. Two stars for the collection.

I did rather like "The Last Bow"'s ending (the last short story - in chronological order anyways). In reference to the impending World War I, Holmes concludes:

"There's an east wind coming, Watson."
"I think not, Holmes. It is very warm."
"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 Eng...more
Scribble Orca
Sometimes a little slow going. But you just can't go past all those lovely plots. Such a pity technology these days renders most of Doyle's twists and turns obsolete.
Amy Sturgis
No matter how many times I've reread these stories, I always find something new to admire and appreciate each time I revisit them.
9 3/4
I love Sherlock Holmes. Some stories were better than others, but I truly enjoyed it.
Hugh Coverly
I have taken the time to plough through the remainder of volume 2. Many of the stories have been superbly recreated in the famed ITV series starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke. I found myself visualizing the stories with exactly those characters in mind.

Only one story caused any consternation. The Adventure of the Three Gables is a masterful story, but it is marred by the obvious "racist" descriptions used to describe the encounters between Sherlock Holmes and the black boxer, Steve Dixi...more
Nikita Nandanwad
I've read this book before after hearing about the TV show based on the books. When I started the second volume, I was struck, as before, by the curious character of Sherlock Holmes. He is unemotional and unempathetic close to the point of being a sociopath. However, I deeply admire his deductive and observational skills.

The book is based on various crimes occurring in England, big and small. Each of them have an unusual aspect to them that catches Holmes' fantasy. He takes cases solely for enj...more
RØB
THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (227 pages; read 11/17/2013-11/26/2013):

Another selection of good, interesting, delightful Holmes stories. I admit that the earlier volumes of Holmes stories were, shall I say, slightly more provocative? Conan Doyle manages nonetheless to continue to construct compelling scenarios and to playfully (or seriously) insert our beloved Holmes & Watson into them. Eventually I'll complete this volume and have all of Sherlock under my belt. By then I'll probably be read...more
Douglas Hackney

The Holmes canon is one of my lifetime favorites. I read and re-read my thick compilation of the stories and novels many times as a child. This was my first return to them since then.

In the meantime, I grew up (some), and wrote a few books. Being a writer, I take a different view on the stories now than I did then. I also have a different perspective, having learned a bit about Doyle himself and his disdain for this work.

All of that enables me to see the tell-tale signs of rushed conclusions,...more
Mike
This is the second volume completing the Holmes canon. Like the first volume it includes both short and long fiction. It takes up where the first volume ended, after Holmes disappears into the falls at Reichenbach. This volume contains the short story collections The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the fourth Holmes novel, The Valley of Fear.

It is the weaker of the two volumes. After Doyle initially killed off the famous detective to free...more
Paul Fergus
The whole series should just be called "One Eyed Cavemen In A World Of The Blind Gone Mad". At least that would be more honest and interesting.

Holmes stands the test of time because of the idea he represents, not because these are well-written mysteries or characters. He stands in for the reader's belief in Justice, that a larger-than-mundane element exists to make things right. Watson is our point of reference glimpse and easily identifiable fool, allowing us to witness genius in action.

That's...more
Ruthmgon
I have never had the pleasure of reading Arthur Conan Doyle before, and with a fan of this genre in my house I have had some great conversations as I learn about the character of Sherlock Holmes. I unfortunately started with Volume II, but as anyone who has read these, you can start to read anywhere.

I really enjoyed all 700+ pages of this second volume, and will have to get over to Volume I sometime soon. Some of these mysteries are so current and dramatic and some not so exciting. I found it i...more
Cherie
I finished this book (of books) last night. Well, yes, I liked it. I liked being back with Holmes and Watson and all of the case files that came after Holmes was back from the dead.

After all was said and done, yes, I have read all of these stories before. Some not for many, many years. Most so long ago, that I could not remember the story line until I was several pages along.

I was looking to discover the relationship between Holmes and Watson and as I was reading, this is what was uppermost in...more
Mike
Here are all the Sherlock Holmes stories that take place after the "Great Hiatus", that is, the break between "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House". These are some really great stories, though most scholars, and many fans, will tell you that these stores are not on the same par as those stories from before Holmes and Moriarty fought at Reichenbach Falls. There are some differences and some changes and several of the later collections seems like a set of experiments for Doyle...more
Brie
This took me quite awhile to read, but that is because I would read a short story here and there while I was between other books. I finally just bit the bullet and read the last 2/3 of the book straight through. I thought I would tire of the stories and want a break, but that turned out not to be the case.

If you enjoyed the first volume, then definately pick up this volume. I have now read all the Sherlock Holmes stories and thoroughly enjoyed them. I also enjoyed the parodies and essays written...more
Kayt
Continuing the complete stories of Holmes, this volume starts with the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, a great Holmes adventure, and continues through the last short stories ever written (canonically) about the detective.

Holmes lovers will know--actually, it's mentioned in the book's forward--that author Conan Doyle had killed off Holmes, to great public outcry, and brought him back seven years later. This particular story (and his reemergence) were collected in the previous volume, but it'...more
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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...more
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