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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  3,481 ratings  ·  94 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 f ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 1932)
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Jonathan Coulombe I actually read it for the first time when I was 12. It was for a school project where we had to pick a book, then do a report on it and it's author.…moreI actually read it for the first time when I was 12. It was for a school project where we had to pick a book, then do a report on it and it's author. I remember enjoying it a lot and could grasp everything. There is no gore or anything like it. The stories are well written and feel more like a puzzle solved by a great mind than actual crime scenes.(less)

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Borislav Nikolov
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 Watson.. ...more
Tushar
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
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
Priya
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
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Jessica
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
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Sarah
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
Antoine
Perfect for Sherlock Holmes' fans!
Avel Deleon
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
Chris
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
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Studmuffin
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 tho ...more
Jimeetgandhi
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 doesn ...more
Carter
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.
Darius
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 lure 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 Sir
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Reinhold
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.

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Michelle
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.
Jennifer
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.
Courtney Crass
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
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.
Claire Lee
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.
Imogen
I LOVE Sherlock Holmes
the books, tv shows, movies the whole shabang(except milky holmes but we don't talk about that) and the books are my favourite way to experience the epic mess that is Sherlock Holmes and john Watson. The author did a great job at creating the character putting thought into his methods of deduction and making it all seem possible! Love this book a must read for anyone!
Patrice
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.
Anne Domingo
its amazing that sir arthur conan doyle created sherlock holmes!i grew up reading sherlock holmes' stories and i never tired of reading and re reading them!
for the people who never gets their books read to the end,this is a good way to start your reading habits. and,always expect the unexpected in the twists and turns of every story you read.
Enrique Cueva
Muy entretenido e ingenioso. La escena del sacrificio del perro enfermo choca un poco, pero concuerda con lo excéntrico del protagonista. Se trata de la primera aparición del detective, y deja con ganas de más.
Brad
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 sol ...more
Erin
I quite enjoyed this book, which is a series of short stories- or adventures- of the frighteningly observant Sherlock Holmes and his biographer of sorts and friend Dr. James Watson. I can't believe that these stories were written well over 100 years ago. They remain highly entertaining and inventive. Really recommend.
Jason Newman
I like how the author describes the dialouge between Sherlock Holmes and his partner Jone Watson. I aslo like how the author describes Sherlock as being a genuis.
Mickey Gamonal
Read about 1000 pages worth, and I dig it, I'll probably continue reading. The mysteries are pretty fun and the stories behind them are interesting.
Boldapple
I love Sherlock Holmes. All time best detective writer. Love the way he explains in details. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Louisa Lou
Sherlock Holmes is a very exciting book. It tells the intelligent detective Sherlock and his friend doctor Watson's detective stories.
Sukjun
its a myterious book that i read, but its kind of interesting to read and its giving me like wanting me to know more about it
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