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Return Of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #6)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  22,795 ratings  ·  651 reviews
The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1903-1904, by Arthur Conan Doyle. This was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had "died" in The Final Problem. Having published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901-1902 (although setting it before Holmes' death) Doyle came under intense pressure to revive ...more
Published (first published January 1st 1904)
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K.D. Absolutely
I know now why this collection of 13 short stories is called “The Return..” In the last story of “Memoirs” entitled The Final Problem, Watson says that Holmes has retired and will no longer publish new stories. Now in real life, between that story which was published in 1893 and 1903, the period called by Sherlock fans as “The Great Hiatus,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle only wrote his third novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles (said to be his greatest novel). So, while writing the first story of the c ...more
Norah Sumner
Really enjoyed reading this!

This is a really interesting,mysterious,fun collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories."The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" is my favourite one,it's really spellbinding and funny.Dr.Watson is awesome as always.The only thing that I didn't like is the fact that the bad guys always look like the bad guys-their eyes are narrow and evil,their chins are weak.No one is destined to be something based on how he looks-no one is actually born to be a murderer,a thief etc.I like
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Diane Librarian
Sherlock Holmes is back! The first story in this collection, The Adventure of the Empty House, was one of my favorites because it's how Arthur Conan Doyle brought the great detective back from the dead. Doyle had previously killed the character because he was tired of writing about him, but fans were so upset (and publishers offered him more money!) that the author finally relented and wrote more stories.

My other favorite stories in this collection were The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, The
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Edward
--The Empty House
--The Norwood Builder
--The Dancing Men
--The Solitary Cyclist
--The Priory School
--Black Peter
--Charles Augustus Milverton
--The Six Napoleons
--The Three Students
--The Golden Pince-Nez
--The Missing Three-Quarter
--The Abbey Grange
--The Second Stain
Pink
More Holmes. He's back and doing his usual of belittling everyone around and solving cases using the barest evidence while Watson is still gushing over every female he comes into contact with. If this was my first experience of Sherlock I might rate it higher, but it didn't live up to previous short story collections for me. Plus I'm starting to get irritated by the class/race/sex stereotypes of the day, I know I shouldn't judge on these things as that's just how life was, but reading so many of ...more
Sanjay Gautam
A classic. One of the greatest come back of any hero.
Joe
This year I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes "inspired" work, spin-offs, pastiche's, etc. I figured it was high time to return to the source and man, was it totally worth it.

I just love the language of these stories. It is quite literally music to my ears.

This collection is 13 short Sherlock stories.

"The Adventure of the Empty House" - Sherlock Holmes' glorious return! Doyle tried to kill Holmes off, the public freaked out, so this was basically a re-con explaining how he wasn't REALLY dead. I like
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Christine
The trouble with short stories is, well, they're short: you just get into the mystery and the characters, and poof! it's solved, and on to the next. I suppose the plethora of mystery books, films and television shows in the modern world means that modern readers may sometimes, even frequently, see where the story is going as soon as Sherlock does; there are certainly modern conventions which probably came about because of authors like Conan Doyle and Christie, like it's always the least likely c ...more
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Martin
Probably the best collection of Sherlock Holmes; short stories that I have read so far. Tgere wasn't one story out of the lot that I found boring, and all but one, the one being 'The Adventure of Abbey Grange', kept me guessing to what the outcome would be right up until it is explained by Holmes.

I feel this book was a lot more fast paced then previous collections with Holmes' deduction skills seemingly having intensified; a quick one second glance at a patch of grass was all that was needed to
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R.J. Sullivan
Technically, I am reading "The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes," an omnibus collection of which "Return" is a part. I began on the volume two years ago, which consists of 37 short stories and one serialized novel (all but the first two novels of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories on the character). I am on the final 13 stories, the contents of which make up The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

During the holidays I just can't tackle a large novel, but these little 15 page short stories are perfect for w
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DC
In this volume, we hear more of Sherlock Holmes' prowess and his own interpretation of the law. (Of this, I believe that we can already clearly see and understand his sense of justice in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.) I was glad to see his display of decoding (I have always had a particular interest in this topic), as well his other methods of solving his singular cases. (I will remember fondly how he tried, most vigorously, to spear that carcass of the dead pig... all in order to test his the ...more
Ferdy
Meh, more 2.5 stars than 3. The various stories/cases didn't grip me, they were all quite samey.
Leah
Not as good as the other Sherlock books, in my opinion. Things are starting to get repetitive. The mysteries are always about a stolen document, or a foreigner who moves to escape his past and it inevitably catches up to him, or something along those lines. The love stories are cringe worthy, since they are usually about a damsel in distress who can't do anything except cry or faint. I'm also getting pretty annoyed that: a) every single woman character is either described as the most beautiful w ...more
Sais Shishir
"By Jove! What devil was upon me that I rated it only four stars last time I read the book." I exclaimed.
John Yelverton
Another fantastic addition to the Sherlock Holmes mystery book series.
Laura
"Be frank with me and we may do some good. Play tricks with me, and I'll crush you." - Sherlock Holmes, The Abbey Grange.

This collection was an absolute joyful read and my favourite of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories so far. It was simply extraordinary. Holmes is back and he is ready to shine in new and exciting stories and awesome mysteries. The reunion of Holmes and Watson was sweet without being overly sentimental, it was true to the characters.

I felt we gained a deeper insi
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Gail Cooke

A previous collection of Doyle's stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, brought so much pleasure that I couldn't wait for more. Here they are in THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES stunningly presented by Simon Prebble.. If you've not yet heard a reading by Prebble, sit down and prepare to be well entertained.

The British born Prebble, an experienced stage, television, and film, actor came to our country in 1990. Since then he has narrated some 350 audio books and has garnered every possible award
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 08, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes Fans
This is the third collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories, consisting of a baker's dozen of puzzle pieces with the Great Detective. I wouldn't recommend them as an introduction to Holmes. In the last story of the second collection, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, "The Final Problem," Doyle famously sent Holmes over Reichenbach Falls. The introduction in the edition I read relates how a boatman told Doyle that even if Holmes survived the fall over the cliff, "he was never quite the same man a ...more
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vox pupoli, vox dei

suara juri memang menentukan. anda dinyatakan tidak bersalah

siapa sih yang ga tau sherlock holmes. minimal pernah nonton filim na. dan itulah rhe :D

sudah sering disebut di komik conan, sudah nonton film na, tapi belon pernah baca sendiri buku na. buku ini yang pertama rhe baca. buluk memang dengan bahasa masa buku ini diterbitkan. hehe.. sempat pelan-pelan. dan bagi pembaca awal, jangann takut ga mudeng karena watson menjelaskan dengan rinci rasa penasaaran pembaca yang seakan
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Audrey
When the London police force is stumped, who do they call? Sherlock Holmes, of course.

Arthur Conan Doyle is a brilliant writer. His creation, Sherlock Holmes, posses an amazing intellect, and uses it to solve the seemingly unsolvable crimes. Often the police already think they have a solution to the crime, but Sherlock Holmes looks beyond the obvious to find the true culprit.

I love the way that all of the mysteries are chronicled from the perspective of Watson. Watson can pick up many clues, so
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Dan
Sherlock Holmes returns from the dead in this third collection of short stories. Here's my thoughts on each story:

The Empty House: A great start as Sherlock Holmes makes his dramatic return and manages to solve a murder and capture one of the most dangerous men in the country.

The Norwood Builder: Holmes saves a man who is accused of murder by proving he cannot possibly have committed the crime. This has a particularly good Sherlock Holmes reveal!

The Dancing Men: A code-breaking story where Hol
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Malysha
I guess the tranformation of Holmes depicted in this anthology was quite fascinating, letting the avid reader of sherlock holmes to cast loose their yearning over the expectedly-dead character, meanwhile at the same time giving them a refreshingly unexpected sides of the surviving Sherlock. He didn't appear as a cold blooded fully functioning psychopath that we used to know (well, maybe he never was, more likely a sociopath, I guess), but this was what really makes this whole anthology even more ...more
Huma

SPOILERS Ahead. Consider yourself warned!!

This is the book where Holmes return from the dead after he fell from the Reinchenbach Falls with his archenemy Professor Mortiary at the end of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. In the first story, The Adventure of the Empty House we learn that Holmes miraculously survived the fall and kept his death a secret for the last few months as Moriarty's gang was still at large.

The edition at my school library had a foreword which told the story behind Holmes r
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Sarah
Ok, I will admit this. I am reading the Sherlock Holmes books because they are.....bad.

They really are.

There is really nothing likable about Sherlock Holmes as a character - he is an arrogant twit who treats the people around him terribly and on a good day, thinks of only mild insults to throw at them. On most days, he is just downright demeaning and treats them as if they are small children there for his amusement, or to be his servants.

As a writer, Doyle couldn't actually spin together a de
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Sarah
I really didn't expect to like this book as much I did. I'm not a particular fan of mysteries or short story collections, but my husband kind of likes Sherlock Holmes stories, so I'd originally put this audiobook on my iPod for us to listen to together on long car trips. Luckily, I didn't wait until we ran out of things to talk about on a car trip to listen to it, because we're both pretty talkative, and when you put us alone in a car, let's just say we don't get bored together easily.

As for the
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Tracy
Sherlock Holmes comes back after popular demand to solve more nefarious crimes. Holmes comes across as egalitarian and much warmer in print. Watson is our guide, he is the one who relays the narrative. Holmes rarely speaks in first person so we see the events through Watson's astonished perspective most of the time. The events surrounding the crimes tend to be shocking and violent with a nice little twist at the end. Perfect for a monthly publication like The Strand Magazine where they first app ...more
Ea Solinas
When last we heard of Sherlock Holmes, he had plummeted from Reichenbach Falls along with the evil Professor Moriarty.

But after years of fans badgering him to bring Holmes back, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle finally relented in "The Return of Sherlock Holmes." The stories in here aren't quite as gripping as the previous collections, but there's still plenty of striking, mind-bending mysteries for the legendary detective to unwind.

A few years after Holmes' death, Watson has settled into a routine as a r
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Tyler Jones
When last we saw our hero, he was locked in a death-embrace with the arch-villian Moriarty as the two of them tumbled over Reichhenbach falls to certain death. Conan Doyle, weary of his tremendously popular creation, sought a noble death for Holmes and thus could free himself up to write more serious literature. The public, however, would not let Holmes die and hounded Conan Doyle until at last he brought him back.

The stories published in this collection are largely just variations on the succes
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Scott
This was not as good as the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. It gets kind of boring after a while because the stories all follow the same basic pattern. On the first page we see how Sherlock spends his time between cases, a case is then presented, Sherlock investigates that case, we hear the police's theory about what happened (which is always wrong), and then Sherlock figures it what really happened.

I like the character of Sherlock Holmes and some of the stories are entertaining. I get annoyed with
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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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Other Books in the Series

Sherlock Holmes (1 - 10 of 11 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 Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7)
  • His Last Bow (Sherlock Holmes, #8)
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #9)
  • The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Volume III: The Novels
  • Sherlock Holmes. Relatos II (Sherlock Holmes, #6, #8, #9)
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