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The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #9)

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If I ever saw a murderer's mouth it was there - a cruel, hard gash in the face, compressed, inexorable, and terrible.

In 1901, Conan Doyle finally bowed to public pressure and resurrected the nation's favourite detective. Featuring the last 12 stories ever written about Sherlock Holmes, this collection contains some of Conan Doyle's most villainous and unusual characters. T
Paperback, 322 pages
Published 2011 by Collins Classics (first published June 16th 1927)
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This is the final Sherlock Holmes book, and while it is enjoyable, I think "Casebook" is the weakest collection of Sherlock stories. Having gone through all nine books this summer, it really seems like Doyle was so tired of the character that he was phoning it in by the 1920s.

But I did have some favorites in the bunch: "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone," in which Holmes uses that wacky new gizmo called a phonograph to fool some criminals; "The Problem of Thor Bridge" has an ingenious method o
K.D. Absolutely
My edition of this book has a nice Preface by the author himself, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He explained that he had written enough about Holmes and Watson so he said goodbye to them. However, he hoped that his readers will remember those characters for a long time. There were some readers who advised him not to end the series as it had formed part of their boyhood. Well, I was already in my middle age when I finally read this but still I appreciated it and for 10 months became part of my daily re ...more
russell barnes
Sep 04, 2008 russell barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, crime
Despite the title previous Holmes compendium being called His Last Bow and the fact his brother Mycroft killed him before that, this is the last last Holmes novel by arthur conan doyle.

Anyway, in keeping with my last Holmes and Watson review I offer the following:

"Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson went on a camping trip. After sharing a good meal and a bottle of Petrie wine, they retire to their tent for the night.

At about 3 AM, Holmes nudges Watson and asks, "Watson, look up into the sky an
As usual some of the short stories were a tad predictable but overall they were all quite entertaining. I liked the more modern setting of the early 1900s compared to the late 1800s of earlier stories, it made things seem a bit more refreshing.

One thing that I really disliked about the series was Sherlock's claim that more or less every case was the most complex or most interesting he'd ever come across, it just made me roll my eyes. Also, the repetition of words throughout was irritating to re
SoManyBooks SoLittleTime (Aven Shore)
This is the last collection of Holmes stories before Sir Arthur's death, when he was churning them out for money. Try as he might to kill him off, Holmes dogged him to the last. I found this interesting to read knowing that Sir Arthur absolutely despised Holmes by this time in his career, and also, somehow I missed this collection! So it was a delight to read new-to-me Holmes tales... and yet...

These stories are short and snappy. Also, Doyle experiments with tales told by Sherlock himself, and t
Jan 03, 2009 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Rose
Shelves: 2009
By the time Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the dozen stories that make up "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes," from 1921 to 1927, he had clearly tired of the character. He had already tried to kill off the sleuth once, after all, and was forced by fans to bring him back. By the '20s, he obviously wasn't putting the same effort into the tales he once had, and turned to entertaining himself, seemingly, by experimenting with the Sherlock Holmes format.

While the bulk of the Holmes canon is told from Watson
Evripidis Gousiaris
Το Σημειωματάριο του Sherlock Holmes είναι η συλλογή των τελευταίων περιπετειών που έγραψε ο Doyle για τον διάσημο ντετέκτιβ και τον βοηθό του. Παρόλο που η δομή των ιστοριών παραμένει ίδια με τις υπόλοιπες, η θεματολογία είναι αρκετά πιο σκοτεινή και αρκετές περιπέτειες έχουν έναν πιο "Gothic" χαρακτήρα. Η αφήγηση δεν γίνεται πάντα από τον Watson (κάτι το οποίο ήταν δεδομένο σε όλες τις προηγούμενες ιστορίες) αλλά σε μερικές αναλαμβάνει ο Sherlock τον ρόλο του αφηγητή (σε αυτές απουσιάζει τελεί ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With this book I have re-read the entire Sherlock Holmes canon. I loved every minute and will probably do it again several times with whatever amount of time I have left to me.

The complete canon would be a great desert island suggestion.

A tip--get these books with the original illustrations. Makes them even more fun.
Jul 12, 2016 Özlem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Adventure of Illustrious Client" **
"The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" ***
"The Adventure of Mazarin Stone" ***
"The Adventure of the Three Gables" ****
"The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire" **
"The Adventure of the Three Garridebs" ****
"The Problem of Thor Bridge" **
"The Adventure of the Creeping Man" ***
"The Adventure of the Lion's Mane" *****
"The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger" ****
"The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" **
"The Adventure of the Retired Colourman" *****

Don't read this if:
1. You have not read the book yet
2. You have no sense of humour
“The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes“ is the final collection of Sherlock Holmes stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The collection I have has 10 stories:
1. "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client"
2. "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier"
3. "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"
4. "The Adventure of the Three Gables"
5. "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"
6. "The Adventure of the Creeping
Mar 10, 2011 Sammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Well, I've now read the nine books in the Sherlock Holmes canon, and what a ride! After the initial two disappointing novels came three very good short story collections, a great novel, a better-than-average novel and a slightly-better-than-average short story collection. To finish off the series, "The Case-Book" is... well, not that great. On the one hand, Conan Doyle's prose skills have developed considerably from the early days of A Study in Scarlet and his handling of both atmosphere and the ...more
By finishing this book, I not only finish "just a book", I have also arrived at the final stop of a journey. The journey of mr. Holmes and dr. Watson. So I would like to recap for just a moment on that journey through over fifty short stories and four novels. It's been a fun journey, I've seen a writer grow and employ his skills better and better. I've seen the stories grow more and more interesting, more exciting. I'm actually quite sad knowing there's nothing new in store for me, the journey h ...more
Shayantani Das
And with this I finish reading the Sherlock Canon. Although some of the stories in this collection have the classical characteristics – Holmes being a prick and using his deductive and acting skills to solve mystery, Watson with his modesty and loyalty and a range of queer cases; yet mostly this novel is rather disappointing. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was rather tired of this character by the time he wrote this book. He had almost killed him off in some previous part and the lack of enthusiasm is r ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Fede rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
That's it. That's the end.

I had grown fond of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson's adventures and now... I know that my previous reviews were not much useful to understand my real feeling toward their stories, however I can swear that I truly love them. I began this last book with a heavy heart knowing that everything would soon be all over.

This collection starts with an introduction written by A. C. Doyle, that really made me come to tears. It was beautiful, and sad, and I still cannot realize tha
Thomas Strömquist
I thought that the final Holmes short story collection was the weakest of the lot - perhaps one as a reader is a bit satiated even with these great stories when one has gotten this far, or it may be true that the author was thoroughly fed up with his hero by here. Anyway, does not matter much, the rating is still a (possibly rounded up) 4-star and this is well worth your time.
Adam Graham
Nov 08, 2013 Adam Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the proverbial mixed bag. There are some stories in the book that are essential reading for Holmes fans (The Problem at Thor Bridge and the Sussex Vampire), and then there are some of the weakest stories in the Canon (The Lion's Mane, the Blanched Soldier, and the Veiled Lodger), and then others that range between average to fairly good.

The Problem at Thor Bridge is simply one of Holmes best cases. There's so much in the story and the solution is classic. The same thing goes for th
Spencer Borup
Jan 21, 2016 Spencer Borup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I actually... miss Sherlock Holmes. What is happening? Am I going crazy???

I think I went into this series with all these preconceived notions about one of the most famous characters in literature and was ultimately let down. I had no idea that Arthur Conan Doyle did not intend Sherlock Holmes to consume his career and that he considered this character's stories to be of little merit--he wished to focus his talents on other things which he saw as more worthy his time, and yet the characte
Peter Dunn
So I have now finished the very last Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story collection entitled ' The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes ' as I work through a one volume complete collection of the all the novel s and stories (so ignore the random ' The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes ' book cover I have chosen for this review).
In this very last collection of the original Sherlock Holmes stories you can clearly see that Conan Doyle is running out of steam. He does try and play with the format by having two st
Aug 14, 2011 Coco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful as ever. I enjoyed that this book had some stories that were told from Holmes' perspective in contrast to Watson's. One of the things I had lamented in the other stories I'd read so far was the lack of "relationship" between Holmes and Watson. It's very clear that they work well together and like each other a lot, but it's only Watson's deep affection for his friend that the reader was able to see--both because most stories are from his perspective and because Holmes' character is to a ...more
Steve Mitchell
Jul 25, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ninth and final volume of the Sherlock Holmes canon is once again a collection of short stories; the fifth collection. Although some of the stories are actually really good, by this stage Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has become formulaic in his approach and there is a distinct much-of-a-muchness about the stories; which is a shame. The short story that gave the previous collection its title – His Last Bow – is the last of all the stories in terms of chronology and would have made a fitting finale ...more
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Annelise Lestrange
I think this is the... Fourth Sherlock book that i read.
I don't have to say that the cases are incredible and that Sherlock's methods dazzles me everytime, since the man is a freaking genius!

What I really enjoy on the books is Sherlock and Watson's relationship. I freak out over the simply stuff, like their routine. The frienship and the care that they have for each other it's so beautiful and innocent... I just go nuts! hauhuahuauha

Ignoring my excentricities, it's a really good book, like the o
Feb 07, 2009 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, mystery
A couple of stories written by Holmes himself are the stand out of this collection, even if they are not as successfully written as the standard formula. There is also a preface which is quite amusing. Doyle states in it that the popularity of the Holmes stories may have undermined his more serious literary work. I found this a little hard to believe. I mean, it is not as if an author is necessarily like an actor - in the way it would have been hard for Don Adams to play someone other than Maxwe ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Darwin8u rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
My least favorite of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story collections. Probably 3.5 stars, all but a couple stories remind me of listening to the Rolling Stones post 2000 (appreciate the work, but it is obvious the exceptional stuff was done 20 years previous). Still here and there I found the Case-Book enjoyable, the rest of the stories seemed phoned in. Doyle wasn't carving new channels here, but his craft was still formidable.
May 01, 2016 Kathrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 20th-century, uk
The last short story collection that I somehow missed when I declared the series finished in January. As always I liked some of the stories more than others but this was probably my favorite collection.

"The Problem of Thor Bridge" was interesting and while “Lion’s Mane” was kind of far-fetched I liked it a lot. There were also several stories told from Holmes' POV instead of being narrated by Watson. A Nice experiment to change the feel of the stories.
Jun 21, 2015 Thom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
Sherlock was a decent companion through Europe. Just wish I had traveled through Switzerland so I could have tossed this collection over Reichenbach Falls.

At this point in the collection, the author was tired of the character, and while these stories could have branched out and been interesting, they were on the whole just okay.

I look forward to reading some modern takes on the main characters in the near future.
For me, Sherlock Holmes will always be about this one line:
"I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see."

Oh, and also this one:
"When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Conan Doyle adds yet another fantastic novel to his mystery book series.
Michael Mills
Mar 10, 2017 Michael Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So after nine years of deliberately slow reading, I've got to the end of the Sherlock Holmes canon. I've no doubt I'll go back and reread all the books at some point in the future, but it's still a wistful moment to know there are no more original stories to be discovered.

According to popular wisdom, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes is a bit of an anticlimax; it's regularly referred to as the worst of the Holmes books and a few of the stories in particular really get backs up among some of the m
Brennan Kumitch
I had read this novel through an ebook on Kobo which had Sir Arthur Canon Doyle's introduction about why this would be the last time he would write about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson. I felt like this added to the closure of the character quite nicely. As for the stories themselves they where up and down some being must reads for anyone who likes mysteries or books in general, some being mehhh and others just generally lacking. Unfortunately most of the stories in the Case-book are cas ...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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Other Books in the Series

Sherlock Holmes (1 - 10 of 13 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 Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #6)
  • The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes, #7)
  • His Last Bow: 8 Stories (Sherlock Holmes, #8)
  • Sherlock Holmes: El sabueso de los Baskerville; Reaparece Sherlock Holmes; Sherlock Holmes no ha muerto (Sherlock Holmes, #5, 6)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Estudio en escarlata; Sherlock Holmes sigue en pie; El archivo de Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #1, 9)

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