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The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II

(Sherlock Holmes)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  74,226 ratings  ·  261 reviews
World of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes --
General introduction / by Kyle Freeman --
Introduction to Volume II / by Kyle Freeman --
Note on conveyances --
Return of Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the empty house ; Adventure of the Norwood builder ; Adventure of the dancing men ; Adventure of the solitary cyclist ; Adventure of the priory school ; Adventure of Black
Paperback, 709 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Barnes Noble Classics (first published October 31st 1914)
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Amy Sturgis
Reading the complete Sherlock Holmes canon by Arthur Conan Doyle in these two volumes has been a remarkably rewarding experience. I'm truly sorry to be finished with these stories and novels (although I know from past experience that they reward rereading). In this reading I've gained an even clearer appreciation for the links between Holmes and the traditions of Gothic and science fiction literature, and I've certainly enhanced my enjoyment of the BBC's brilliant new Sherlock series. These are ...more
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes 3.96/5 total!

A solid start to the second volume and a very solid volume on its own. There were some that I recognized from BBC Sherlock and I thought that Doyle presented them better than Moffat and Gatiss did. The ones that I didn't recognize were a mixed bag, I'd say. Some I really liked, some I thought used some work. There were a few duds, but none that I outright hated since I do like Holmes and Watson so they're always a joy to read.

The Adventure of the Empty
Lauren Kammerdiener
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: if you watch bbc sherlock :))
It's kind of hard to write a review for this, considering it's a bind up of various short stories. I do want to say Arthur Conan Doyle is a really great writer, and every time I read his Sherlock Holmes stories, I am very impressed.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO THE BBC because literally the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch is so flipping spot oh my lord.

If you do watch BBC Sherlock, I would 100% recommend you read the original stories because you appreciate the show so much more, and
An Odd1
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
For Wiki, I check, correct, verify, add, such as synopsis for Mazarin Stone, so slow progress here. Summaries have spoilers, so here I'll extract teasers, enough to remind me, postpone opinions to after cogitation. I prefer plots outside set format. I first thought I'd rather skip Baker Street and starts with what he's given, dive right into the clues he finds, then wrap-up. But consistent openings do increase our familiarity with the setting - sips of tepid tea, crumbs of crisp crumpet, morning ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes has had many adventures, but in this second volume of stories, he may have met his match, that of an author who was apparently weary of his resurrected character, and out of ideas. Tongue-in-cheek statements aside, it is well-known that Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, wanted to write other books, and that is why he killed off the famed detective in the story, “The Adventure of the Final Problem”. Of course, pressure was brought to bear from the public, publishers, and his ow ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it 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 second volume of all the collected works that feature Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. John Watson, the reader gets reacquainted with the great detective and his friend through 33 short stories and a short novella with the added ...more
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very good, although I think the first book was better. The more I read, the less shocking the reveals became. I was able to predict a number of the stories' conclusions. This may have been a result of reading over a thousand pages of Holmes mysteries, however. But I think Doyle also started to burn out a little. The mysteries became less mysterious, the adventures became less adventurous, the crimes became less criminal (seriously, a great number of the stories involve no criminal behavio ...more
Robert Bisbing
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I admit that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle outdid himself on volume 1 and the second volume was a change from the Sherlock we became so fascinated by. However, I still recommend both volumes 1 & 2 for any reader of detective works. After all, there are reasons he is referred to as the world's greatest detective.
Anna Larson
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Favorites in this one are probably Devil's Foot and The Dying Detective. I did not care for the Three Gables at all.
An Odd1
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery Preview Sherlock Holmes 2 Downey-Law film. #2 Review #1 Review Cumberbatch-Freeman Review
This humorous, dangerous, very British 2010 BBC UK version updated with internet and mobile phones revived my interest in Doyle's classic Victorian murder mysteries promoting early forensics and deductive solutions. Surprisingly, old and new Watson
Kim Savage
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. I think I’ve read them all now. Reading the entire volume at once is
a little daunting, but I will always reread a novel or a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
A great collection of Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II contains one novel, three books of short stories, two parodies, and two essays.

1. The Valley of Fear

Short Stories:
1. The Return of Sherlock Holmes
- The Adventure of the Empty House
- The Adventure of the Norwood Builder
- The Adventure of the Dancing Men
- The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist
- The Adventure of the Priory School
- The Adventure of Black Peter
- The Adventure of Charles Augus
Nikita Nandanwad
I've read this book before after hearing about the TV show based on the books. When I started the second volume, I was struck, as before, by the curious character of Sherlock Holmes. He is unemotional and unempathetic close to the point of being a sociopath. However, I deeply admire his deductive and observational skills.

The book is based on various crimes occurring in England, big and small. Each of them have an unusual aspect to them that catches Holmes' fantasy. He takes cases solely for enj
Mary Anne
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
It makes me very pleased to be able to say I've read all of Sherlock Holmes. Thank goodness for these awesome classics collections.

I found myself really interested in what changes I'd encounter in this volume, especially after reading the warning in the introduction. Indeed. Sherlock Holmes seemed to have changed in some subtle and not-so-subtle ways, but I think that tends to happen, especially when a writer gets downright tired of the protagonist.

While it's likely that none of the stories will
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moreover than the actual stories, the superior writing style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is what really draws me to the Sherlock Holmes series. Doyle was an expertly skilled writer, whose attention to detail and ability to weave together tantalizing clues into the solution of a mystery are to be envied. His character development is also exemplary, as there is much to mystify one about Sherlock Holmes; his aversion to women and distance from his family, his lack of friends save one physician who se ...more
Savannah Riestenberg
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did the first volume. I don't know if I wasn't as focused or what, but I couldn't recall any of the stories the day after I had read them. Perhaps the stories weren't as interesting, or they all started to blend together when read in such quick succession, not sure.
My one complaint about these volumes, this one in particular is the ordering of the stories. Though it is interesting to read them in the order Doyle wrote them, I was often very confused. I woul
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sherlock
In Vol. 2, the short stories are superior to the one novel, with the best ones in the 2 collections: Return of S.H., and His Last Bow. The Case Book stories are not of the same quality as Doyle's earlier writing, but are still entertaining. This edition contains 2 interesting essays by the author discussing the origin/formation of Holmes, and a very funny and spot-on parody written by J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. It's refreshing to finally say I have read every original S.H. work.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This has been a favorite collection since high school. I could read these stories over and over! They are unique and intricate, and that's probably why I never tire of them. Holmes is perpetually beset either by boredom or fascination with a puzzle, and not much in between. It makes for dynamic stories.
Amy Sturgis
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
No matter how many times I've reread these stories, I always find something new to admire and appreciate each time I revisit them.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read; especially with Kyle Freeman comments.
Devon Flaherty
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Vol.1 (Sherlock Holmes)
by Arthur Conan Doyle
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4.55 · rating details · 31 ratings · 2 reviews
With a knock on the door, a stranger enters Sherlock Holmes’s Baker Street rooms, begging Holmes to solve a ghastly and perplexing mystery. The legendary detective and his longtime friend Dr. Watson set out to explore the scene of the crime, making headway where the literally clueless
Richard Subber
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes never tires of being a marvel, and Doyle’s prose never ceases to entertain. One other thing: Jeremy Brett is my favorite TV Sherlock Holmes, you can pick your own favorite.
Every time I pick up this collection of Holmes adventures, I wish that I had picked up Volume I somewhere—I can’t remember how I acquired this slightly battered copy of Volume II, I’m doing my best to take care of it so I can pass it on when I find a young reader who wants it.
I won’t entertain the conceit of na
Saroja Nimmagadda
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“There’s an East wind coming, Watson” That’s exactly how I felt when the book was down to 50 pages. I didn’t want it to end.

“Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age." That’s how I feel about Sherlock Holmes. A friend was upset with me for not reading these stories despite being an avid reader.

Do you know why I don’t complete things I like? Because I don’t want them to end. It is understandable if my favourite contemporary writers can reach out to me through their books,
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as strong as the first volume, the second volume (which begins with The Return of Sherlock Holmes) lacks much of the energy of the first half of the Holmes canon. Perhaps knowing some of the background influenced my opinion, but these stories do feel like they were written by a man who was sick of his creation (and that’s not even including the few that may have been written by someone else altogether). Overall, the riddles aren’t quite as complex, and these stories didn’t grab me the way th ...more
Andrew P
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
I would personal rate this a 6 out of 5 because I love the book but the scale stops at five. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads before they go to sleep or have a lot of time just warning if you love mystery this book would stick to your hands. This book contains multiple short stories and is an adventure, mystery and a classic set in London. The stories start from how Holmes faked his death and continues from there. If one is looking to teach allusion, this is book for them because ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes Fan, Detective
Recommended to Lacey by: I follow the Author
I have been struggling for a long time with this half of the book. I loved, loved the first half. And completely understand why people were so upset when Arthur Conan Doyle killed Sherlock Holmes. But the stories in the second half seem more abrasive. Sherlock Holmes more demeaning and hurtful towards the character Watson. The stories are still but there is this feeling while listening or reading that seems to push the character Sherlock Holmes into uncharacteristic qualities. I am not sure but ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still a classic, although the first volume was better. Sherlock Holmes became more worldly, more criminal, but kinder as the years worn on. There were some strange stories towards the end of the volume that many people did not believe were written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but without concrete evidence, we would not know if these claims are true or the author simply suffered a lapse in the quality of his output. I read this volume slowly, a story or two a day, over 2 months, and enjoyed the exp ...more
Tina Romanelli
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, wondrously engaging and fun stories fill this collection. Unlike many Holmes fans, I like the first half of the oeuvre better than the second, but I'd come back to this over and over again just the same. I'm desperately sad to be through them all. No more surprises for me. I'm sure this audience already knows this, but the books are infinitely, and I mean infinitely better than any adaptations I have seen, not that I'd ever be able to convince my teenagers of this fact.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The ending was a bit vague and in general although it was satisfying end I wasn't happy with it. I felt that there could have been more to write in terms of Watson's charater and it completely cut off everyone but holmes. I would read it again if I was bored, but otherwise I would probably would not read it again.
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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, 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 re

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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)
“Am dining at Goldini's Restaurant, Gloucester Road, Kensington. Please come at once and join me there. Bring with you a jemmy, a dark lantern, a chisel, and a revolver. S. H." It was a nice equipment for a respectable citizen to carry through the dim, fog-draped streets.” 27 likes
“My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built. Life is commonplace; the papers are sterile; audacity and romance seem to have passed forever from the criminal world. Can you ask me, then, whether I am ready to look into any new problem, however trivial it may prove?” 15 likes
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