The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes
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Through the foggy streets of Victoria London to the deepest countryside, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson embark on eight thrilling investigations. In some of his best known cases including 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Reigate Puzzle', Holmes brings his unique powers of deduction to bear on the most challenging mysteries.
Paperback, Puffin Classics, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2010 by Puffin Books (first published 1988)
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Phil
The stories in this collection are a kind of solid Victorian fun. Mysteries with a fairly minimal amount of danger, where it isn't a question of if Holmes will solve the mystery, but how long it will take him--generally the minimal amount of time possible. What I find most interesting in the stories is not Holmes himself, but Watson. Watson is supposedly the chronicler of all of these adventures, writing them down after the fact. However, Watson the character (as opposed to Watson the narrator)...more
Sam
don't think I am the kind of reader that will ever get the most out of detective stories or mysteries. I know that you are supposed to be trying to solve each case as you go along, and that you're supposed to see if you can outwit Holmes and notice something from the clues, but I'm just not that kind of reader. I'm content just to read and see what happens, so in that sense I didn't solve any of the mysteries for myself. I am impressed with Conan Doyle's construction of the stories though, and...more
David Luong
The reason I chose this book is that Sherlock Holmes has a big influence on me, as she goes through challenges in solving complex mysteries. In this book, she had to investigate many issues in London. While reading, I noticed that she was very conscientious in her studies, and there were many scenes where she carefully examines clues that could lead to solutions of major conflicts. She demonstrates these during the climax of the story, and it ends by mentioning the success of Holmes in completin...more
Lei
This is a selection of cases from other Sherlock Holmes books. I enjoy reading this because it is mysterious and makes me think. It is great to see how Sherlock Holmes thinks. I learn from him that every little detail matters and so we should be more aware of the environment around us. My favorite case is the Adventures of the Dancing Men because it shows how Sherlock Holmes is able to unlock a code of children drawing dancing men and translate it into English. Everyone, including the murderer w...more
Victoria P-isb
Overall, I was impressed by Conan Doyle’s use of minuscule details that only his character Sherlock Holmes seems to notice and later brings to the attention of the readers.I was also surprised that many of the stories begin focused on small, seemingly unimportant details such as a lost hat or picture of dancing men and eventually lead to the discovery of lost diamonds or murderers.However, these little details are what characterize Holmes and create the recurring theme of the dangers of only foc...more
Rosemary
I enjoyed this selection of Sherlock Holmes stories. Holmes is not my favourite detective: I prefer mysteries that depend more on relationships and less on unlikely deductions from the state of a suspect's clothes etc., but the Holmes and Watson stories are real classics of the genre.

This selection includes 'The Speckled Band', which I'm sure gave me nightmares when I first read it, and 'Silver Blaze', which contains the famous lines:

Police Inspector: "Is there any point to which you would wish...more
Jamie
The first book I read this summer was The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes. This is a collection of the famous short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Each story is a different case and the same great deduction skills of Sherlock Holmes, carefully documented by Dr. John Watson.
My favorite story is the Case of the Speckled Band. After Holmes gets a case to search into the death of a woman’s sister., he goes on a stakeout and, even though he was drunk, solves the case.
I would recommend t...more
Joshua
Sherlock Holmes is a very weird but an enjoyable character. In all his stories that I have read, he always has his "ways" of finding out the solution. Instead of fighting, he usually uses what he sees to use around the situation. He is sometimes proud, because it is like he knows everything. This story is fascinating but very confusing because sometimes I am at the part of a killing and then suddenly they change the setting and so my brain thinks that, "There is a new scene" but then suddenly it...more
Sherry
Detective stories are always pretty good. However, I found Agatha Christie's short stories much more interesting to read. I feel that Sir Conan Doyle didn't do too good a job in character distinction; for example, I couldn't tell one character apart from another through their speech. Agatha Christie is really good at that though. Still, this book is really worth reading, especially since Sherlock Holmes is the first modern detective :).
Jaspreet Singh
Just finished the book an hour, or so, ago. Had issued it continuously, five or more times from my law college library. The reading was a mixed bag of experiences. Many highs and lows. Occasionally, the pages seemed a total boredom, making me feel, I won't be able to ever end this book. At few instances, it felt contrary, as though the tale should never end. Its over at last. I will remember it is/was the first book I issued in my college life.
Meg
Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic master of logic and detective calculation comes through time and again in the well-known and beloved mysteries of Sherlock Holmes. With Doyle's unmatched atmospheric evocation of Victorian London, unforgettable leads, and imaginative mysteries, Sherlock Holmes is delightful.
Jill
I now have a new love and new appreciation for Sherlock Holmes.

Edit, August 9: of all the classics on my list, the Sherlock Holmes stories have by far been my favorite.
David Johnson
Pretty goo book, keeps you hooked in. The plot , scene change since they are different stories compiled into one book. Very good mystery, also kinda funny.
witz
sebenernya kapan tepatnya baca ne buku lupa.. bener2 suka semua seri sherlock...menarik.. menggambarkan seorang sherlock yang bener2 genius dalam bidangnya..
Crystal
Good collection of the shorter Holmes stories, but if you're looking for the more famous ones, this is not the assortment for you.
Nathan Whatley
Classic Doyle in a nice kid friendly package. The text is the same, but the font and size of the book makes it appealing to read.
Jeremy
A great little starter set of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. My first encounter with Sherlock but certainly not my last.
Larina
Nov 02, 2008 Larina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Fans
I've never read any Sherlock Holmes before and the stories are awesome! I can't wait to get more of them!
Joy
Still has that you'll never guess what formula, always keeps you guessing and never predictable.
RaeAnn
So much fun to read! These short chapters are very readable and intriguing!!
Miriam
Just finished it today. A must read for anyone who loves mysteries:)
Wangui
The smallest things speak volumes! So to be keen.
Samantha
classic,easy to read bedtime book
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