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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  29,123 ratings  ·  455 reviews
Eccentric, arrogant, and ingenious, Sherlock Holmes remains the world's most popular and influential fictional detective. In four novels and fifty-six short stories, Holmes with his trusted friend Dr. Watson, steps from his comfortable quarters at 221B Baker Street into the swirling fog of London. Combining detailed observation with brilliant deduction, Holmes rescues the ...more
Paperback, US / CAN Edition, 709 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Barnes Noble Classics (first published January 1st 1927)
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
The sum of all of my mini reviews for this first volume is 3.8/5. Aka, I just rounded it up because that's basically four stars. The whole reason I read this volume is because I've never read the full stories. I've read this whole volume before, but not the second. And I wanted to remind myself of these stories before the second volume. That will follow this volume, actually. There are some that I like and some that I don't like. I always say to give these a go since they are good stories, some ...more
Cherie
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten so many little things about Holmes and Watson and the original stories of ACD.

It seems like a phenominal statement to make doesn't it? Holmes and Watson have been fixtures in my life, since I can't remember when. I have been watching movies and TV shows about them since my parents got our 1st TV when I was six years old. The can still remember the horror I felt watching one of the The Hound of the Baskervilles movies (I do not remember which version).

This year, there is a new TV
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Matt
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars. The stories in Volume 1 of The Complete Sherlock Holmes provided a good escape for me as a reader. The diversity of the stories in this collection kept my interest and I enjoyed reading this Sherlock Holmes collection.

The character Sherlock Holmes is an icon of literature and rightfully so. What I believe makes that character so memorable is because he’s ultimately a force for good. Look past the facts that he’s cocky, and his methods and personal habits have a lot to be desired - his
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Kathy
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
Since 8th grade I have been head over heals for Holmes. I guess I just like moody intellectuals. It is so intertaining to watch him demonstrate his superior intellect again and again. I am really glad I picked these up a B&N. It's great to have all of Sherlock Holmes in two volumes. ...more
Rishi Prakash
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We have all heard about these stories, seen early Hollywood productions about them and even today these books are being filmed with modern perspectives. Amazingly they still fascinate! I remember picking the first book from my school library with a picture of big hound on it and getting completely immersed into it; and the same happened again when I picked it up- that is the charm of this book.

I also remember how i was pulled into watching my first web-series by my dearest friend with Benedict
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Kristina
The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Volume I by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is great fun to read. Other than the three short novels, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, and The Hound of the Baskervilles, this first volume is comprised of a collection of Holmes stories (also published under the titles of Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes). I read this large volume over the course of three months or so, reading stories between the run of bad books I’ve unfortunately had this ...more
Hope
Since I’ve been reading this off and on since February (yeah, that’s right, ten months!), I’ve forgotten a lot of particular criticisms and compliments for individual mysteries. So, although I can’t be exactly in-depth with this, I can account for the general, over-all feel of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

When I first started reading, I found it difficult to picture Holmes and Watson as younger men. They’re in their mid-30s, probably, but for some reason the tone of the book makes them feel like
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Emily~Bosanac
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Wowie. That was really good lol. So I ended up rating it 3.75 but I might change it to 4 stars in the end.. Sir Arthur has a way with words, and I really like Sherlock Holmes cuz he’s just got the right amount of arrogance that makes him an awesome character. I loved all of the stories and it all fit so extremely well together. Amazing book. 👍🏼😊
Dan
Well, I think I can appreciate the fascination with the character of Sherlock Holmes and his stories. LOL...I never knew he was a raging cokehead though. A good collection of detective stories!! I have to admit though, that I grappled with this thing a bit, and I'll have to reread it at some point in the near future.
P.S. Winn
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and love a good mystery, grab this classic collection.
Mike
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of a two volume set containing all Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s published works featuring Sherlock Holmes. Collected here in order of original publication, this first volume includes the first two novels (A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four), followed by the first two collections of short stories (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes) and ends with the third novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Overall, it a wonderful collection featuring some of the m ...more
Alison
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's amazing how much English literature became less dense between Austen, Dickens and Thackeray to Doyle. I admit I was avoiding reading this because I thought it would take the same level of time and commitment as a Dickens novel, but I was (pleasantly) surprised by how much easier it was to read.

I really enjoyed reading this compilation of four of Doyle's Holmes novels. It's easy to see why so many people love Sherlock Holmes and the books are so widely read.

However, I have to admit that "A
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Kim Savage
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Sherlock Holmes. Written in the late 1800s/early 1900s in London. I love the old vocabulary and the history. I can hear the horsedrawn hansons clattering down the brick streets. I can smell the tobacco of Holme's pipe. I have enjoyed the odd friendship of Holmes and Watson. And I have enjoyed the adventure and mystery these 2 gentlemen find themselves in. This volume takes some time to read, but I recommend anyone who is interested in mystery to read about this famous detective's adventur ...more
Cindy
Whatever you do, read Hound of the Baskervilles. Holy cow, that's now one of my favorite books. The short stories are fun, but some are better than others.

It feels like Holmes and Watson are really fleshed out as dynamic characters in Baskervilles. Is it the longer length? Is it because it was written so much later than the short stories?
Holly
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A truly awesome collection of short stories and novels. There's no doubt in my mind that Sherlock Holmes is a master at his craft. Thoroughly entertaining; can't wait to dive into Volume II!
Mary Killian
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book! However, I'm a slow reader and it took me about a year and a half to finish. But if you're like me and love mystery, then I would highly recommend this book.
Alondra Miller
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Buffs
Shelves: books-i-own, mystery
3.5 Stars

I cannot believe I am finished! I started, stopped, sputtered-to-life, halted, then started again. It took me 4 months to plow through this book; which is rare, since size does NOT matter. I have tackled larger books in less time. I did not find this book very interesting in the beginning, but once I set my mind to it this last month, it went quickly (I mostly read it on the weekends this past October).

The stories were relatively short, and actually quite humorous (Robert Downey Jr. pla
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Charity
Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001books
I loved the novels (The Hound of the Baskervilles was a reread for me), but the stories were very much hit-or-miss.
Crystal
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ugh I love Sherlock stories.
Lauren Kammerdiener
"My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplace of existence."


Reread: May—June 2020
I sort of reread this on a whim after recently reading A Study in Charlotte and finally watching the very last episode of BBC's Sherlock. It had been so long that I really only recalled the outcome of a few of these stories, so my perspective was able to remain much more fresh and objective than I would have expected in such a reread.

To be honest, Sherlock Holmes is not as impressiv
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Athena
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Sherlock Holmes has impressed me to no end. I thoroughly enjoyed these stories, I liked that even though they were separate the narrator maintained a timeline to connect them. Similar to Nancy Drew I was a little disappointed that there were only hints of the supernatural with every case having a logical, practical resolution, but only a little. I originally wanted to put the second volume on hold, as I was not ready to depart from Watson and Holmes, until I came to the last story where Watson a ...more
Michelle Spencer
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read and re-read so many of the stories in this collection enough times that Watson and Holmes feel like old friends (well, Watson, at least . . . Holmes is a bit more reticent in the friend-making department), and I will always be fond of these adventures. I'm not sure if my love of spooky old manor houses out in the country is because of Sherlock Holmes, or if I love the Sherlock Holmes stories because they so often feature spooky old manor houses out in the country. Either way, it's ha ...more
Saffyre Storm
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sherlock
I loved this book so much! Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating addition to my shelf, and I know that I will be reading it again!
Aubrey
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Brilliant. A Study in Scarlet was my very favorite.
A.L. Butcher
Great stories but the formatting of the version was a bit weird, which became off-putting fairly quickly.
Matt
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The world’s most revered and famous fictional detective first appeared from the pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle almost a 130 years ago, but the author did not finish with his greatest creation until almost 40 years later even after unsuccessfully killing him off. In this first volume of all the collected works that feature Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. John Watson, the reader first meets the great detective and his friend through two short novellas, 23 short stories, and the best-known and gr ...more
Madeline
This month, I have read ten of the short stories for 12th grade British Literature. I am a little disappointed that this was my first foray into the adventures of Holmes and Watson. But, to be trite, better late than never.

What is there to say that hasn't already been said? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote incredibly compelling tales and created one of the most magnificent characters in the history of literature. Despite more than a century in popular culture with countless interpretations in books,
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Victoria Hitz
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOSH. That took me WAY longer than I thought it would... but I finished it!! I've said this before, but this must have been a marvel in its day... The way Holmes understands natural human reactions and thought processes is still almost super-human-like today! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a genius himself to put something like this together... Amazing!
Bridget
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, own
Having undertaken the journey of reading ALL the Sherlock Holmes stories due to my recent infatuation with the terrific BBC television series Sherlock, I am pleased to say I am pleased! Though Sir A. C. D. himself once insisted that he would be disappointed if he were only remembered for creating the character of Holmes, I have to object to such a statement. You should not be disappointed, sir!

These stories are brilliant. They aren't the most quickly-paced things, and they aren't exactly drippi
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Sydney
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I remember correctly (it's taken me years to get through this), this volume contains three novellas (A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, and The Hound of the Baskervilles), and the rest are 14-ish-page short stories. The first two novellas are a bit overlong and messy; the short stories are entertaining but mostly consist of a bunch of talking. The Hound of the Baskervilles, though, is everything you want a Sherlock Holmes story to be; it's the best by far, with mystery, adventure, suspense ...more
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, a talented illustrator, 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 u
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Other books in the series

Sherlock Holmes (9 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 (Sherlock Holmes, #8)
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #9)

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