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The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #3, 4)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  2,497 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
Sherlock Holmes’s most memorable and intriguing cases are collected here, including adventures with mysterious masked strangers, ingenious heists, murderous plots, and hidden jewels, which take the famous detective and his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson from the streets of London and the English countryside to a chilling encounter at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Random House UK (first published 1892)
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Oh, Holmes. I know you can be a miserable bastard but I love you so. Even though the actual crimes and solutions are not overly interesting, your nonchalant badassness and cutting wit when solving crimes keeps me coming back. Also, you're best in short stories. Novels allow Doyle too much time to write long, boring descriptions. I love you the most when you're short and snappy. And you're so much better than all the derivative brilliant but flawed (and often misanthropic) investigators on TV now ...more
Nov 06, 2013 LP rated it it was amazing
After watching two series of the unmissable BBC drama ‘Sherlock’, and having fallen slightly in love with Sherlock Holmes (or was that just Benedict Cumberbatch?) I decided it was about time I read some of the original stories for myself. Not being a huge fan of crime fiction or a big reader of Victorian literature, I wondered if they would really be my cup of tea but once I began reading any doubts quickly evaporated. I was completely hooked! I loved reading Dr Watson’s accounts of Holmes’ case ...more
Kate Pierson
We all know of my major crush on one Mr. Holmes. And, after reading the first two collections of the original Doyle mysteries, the crush remains. The Holmes I love, though, is Laurie R. King's, where he is an older man in Sussex, dealing with WWI and the changes of the 1920s, as well as falling in love with his young assistant. I also know Holmes as the much older brother of Enola, in Nancy Springer's brilliant Enola Holmes mystery series.

Because I've read so much King and Springer, I was appreh
Giving this one four stars because of two major points: one, it is at some points in the story horribly slow, and two, there are some stories I simply did not like. I'm not going to talk too much about those though.

There are two stories in particular which I absolutely loved, and one that I liked a great deal. This sounds so formal.

A Scandal in Bohemia
This might be because I started reading this book right after I watched the show, and still had the distinct image of the actors in mind when I r
Fay Roberts
Review to follow
Jun 17, 2011 Pamster rated it really liked it
"It was a confession," I ejaculated.

I'm only 67 pages in and this is the second time Watson has "ejaculated" some statement. Yours.

Okay, read the Adventures and will read the Memoirs another time. So totally satisfying. A bunch more uses of "ejaculated."
Feb 10, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
totally fun and fast fluff read -- but with that air of looking as if you're reading actual "lit"
Nicole Londono
Jan 03, 2017 Nicole Londono rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

These were stories about the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, who solved crimes swiftly and intelligently. There are 12 short stories and 11 memoirs, all of which are about Holmes solving mysteries. I only read the first 6 of the short stories, so I will be reviewing those. There is a complete collection of the Sherlock Holmes stories - this is just some of them.

What I particularly liked about these stories is that each story is a new adventure, new plot, but the same characters. Sherlock an

Akane Inoue
Jan 12, 2016 Akane Inoue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was never a greater detective than Sherlock Holmes, and never a better mystery than the ones solved by him, no matter how big or small.
A few of my favourite stories in the book were “A Scandal In Bohemia”, “The Yellow Face”, “The Speckled Band”, “The Man with the Twisted Lip”, “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” and “The Beryl Coronet”. The first two stories were examples where Sherlock Holmes could not entirely succeed, making him seem more human and showing readers that not all mysteries or cr
Joseph Leskey
Jul 28, 2016 Joseph Leskey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
Recommended to Joseph by: Abigail H. Leskey
A very fine collection of short stories was this. I fear, however, that I shall never again be able to enjoy fully any mystery, save for A Case of Poisons (as reviewed here), unless if the author of the same produces another book in the series which should prove to be its better.

That being said, note that these were most extraordinary stories! I immensely enjoyed Sherlock Holmes' famed skill of deduction. Dr. Watson was also quite the agreeable sort, "enduring" through Sherlock Holmes' "strangen
Simon Blair
Aug 04, 2013 Simon Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who thinks classics are as boring as… a long famous book with lots of big words (!) these adventures are a must read. The ever-loyal Dr Watson follows the adventures of the hyper-deductive detective Sherlock Holmes in a companionship that defined Victorian popular literature. Originally published as individual short stories in a newspaper called ‘The Strand’ they were so popular that when author Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill off his popular cerebral hero (by having him plunge off a ...more
Danya Bakhbakhi
Dec 14, 2010 Danya Bakhbakhi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery-lovers must-read!
Recommended to Danya by: Lubna Zantouti
The Adventures and The Memoirs, both consist of a combinations of short stories that follow some of Sherlock Holmes's adventures. told as a journal of his friend's, Watson. who accompanied him in most of the missions.

This is the first time I read a book that contains different short stories. I only read one at a time. And went through other books between them. There wasn't that grip that makes you read on to get to the end. But I enjoyed most of the stories anyways.
Leonart Maruli
Beberapa kasus kaya Scandal in Bohemia sama The Five Orange Pips gue suka tapi beberapa kasus lainnya gue kurang suka...honestly, gue ga baca semua kasus yang ada di buku ini...mungkin kalo ada waktu gua akan baca lagi buku ini...soalnya gue lagi demen sama deskripsinya Jules Verne di 20.000 Leagues under the Sea jadi gue beralih ke buku itu...
A very enjoyable, though tragic, volume. I learned a few things about being observant along the way.
Justine Wen
May 24, 2010 Justine Wen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love it :)
classic holmes
Ghada Almoulani
A bit boring
Dec 19, 2015 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yep, I still love The Blue Carbuncle!
P.M. Pevato
Apr 16, 2014 P.M. Pevato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My comfort food!!!
Oct 10, 2016 Chaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jonathan Kramer
What can you say about the original other than Amazing! That said, after reading most of the adventures, the 'pattern' of story used becomes similar from one to another which is why Sherlock became so popular. The highly intuitive character seems to have a connection with details others only dream about. Told through the eyes of Watson these stories are enchanting, surprising and filled with twists and turns. I did grow weary of the style over time though; in fact I seem to take on a "Sherlock" ...more
Monica Rodriguez
Nov 21, 2016 Monica Rodriguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come!
Sasha (whispersofthesilentwind)
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

Note: I had to read this for school.

I'm totally in love with Sherlock Holmes now. Previous to this book I've seen the movies with Robert Downey Jr. and the BBC Sherlock television show and thoroughly enjoyed them! They capture the essence of Sherlock very well. Sherlock is just a fascinating character, I can't get enough of him. Sir Doyle's writing style is great and I wouldn't mind picking up some of his other books. What else is there t
Jan 07, 2017 Shelbycat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I really enjoyed this bind up of so many of the Sherlock Holmes short stories and will now move on to more of them along with the longer book as well. Much better than the tv series in my opinion.
Feb 14, 2017 Dominique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I didn't expect this book to be filled with short stories but I can't think of a better introduction to Sherlock Holmes.
Feb 25, 2010 BJM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A Scandal in Bohemia-- finished 2/25/10 -- 5 stars

The Red-Headed League-- finished 3/23/10 -- 5 stars

A Case of Identity-- finished 3/23/10 -- 5 stars

The Boscombe Valley Mystery-- finished 4/12/10-- 5 stars

The Five Orange Pips-- finished 4/12/10-- 4 stars; loved it up until the ending, very unsatisfying "conclusion"

The Man With the Twisted Lip-- finished 4/12/10-- 5 stars

The Blue Carbuncle-- finished 4/13/10-- 5 stars

The Adventure of the Speckled Band-- finished
Samuel Lee
Nov 29, 2014 Samuel Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is an collection of short stories. The book is made up of 2 different novels which are The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. In this book, the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. John Watson goes on an adventure to solve 24 mysteries.

Each of the stories follows similar characteristics and plot structure. All of the stories are narrated by Dr. Watson. It begins with a
Aug 12, 2011 Jilane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I really enjoyed reading this book, but there were several things that bugged me as well. First, the stories kept referring to other "cases" that weren't in the book that I was supposed to know about.

Second, I am a mystery lover. I try really hard to figure out what is going on before the answer is revealed. In the edition I was reading there were questions at the end. One of the questions was, "Did you figure out the solution before it was revealed?" I hated it because Holmes always told Watso
Kelly Pinella
Aug 05, 2015 Kelly Pinella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took the advice from a friend who told me to start with a few of the more popular short stories of Sherlock Holmes; this is very good advice and I recommend that readers do the same. Previously, I had tried jumping right into his novel, but lost interest. In other words, you don't need to read the book in order from cover to cover. Beginning with "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" and moving next with "The Red-headedLeague," I began to get a feel for Arthur Conan Doyle's presentation style a ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Raven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
August 3, 2011 - Incredible! As always this book is amazing. I adore Sherlock Holmes, he is amazing.

March 9, 2014 - Rereading this wonderful collection of stories. Below are short reviews of each story in this massive book. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes in such a wonderful style with so many beautiful precise details that you can see the image in his mind. You can see the house on Baker Street, Sherlock's famous posture and facial features and each and every crime. Doyle is one of the best story
Paul Harris
Jul 26, 2013 Paul Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As ever with Sherlock Holmes the stories are timeless classics, whose relevance and appeal has been cemented by recently films and television adaptations demonstrating the sheer breadth of the material. As surprising as it can often be to a newcomer to the original texts, they aren't actually 'that' well put together. Often having a convoluted narrative which makes little sense until Holmes sits down at the end and explains it all whilst smoking a pipe. Either Doyle came up with the solution and ...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
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