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

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Known and loved by generation after generation, this shrewd amateur detective, with faithful Dr Watson by his side, has earned his place in our national life and social history. This collection of four short stories is taken from "The Case book of Sherlock Holmes".
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published 2004 by Collector's Library (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
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of short-format traditional mysteries
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a writer I count among my favorites, and I've been a Sherlock Holmes fan since my boyhood. However, although I've read all four of Doyle's Holmes novels, there are still a number of the short stories in the canon that I haven't read; and except for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, this is the only one of the author's own collections I've read. This volume collects the last dozen stories Doyle wrote about Holmes (his preface states his intention not to write any more o ...more
Pallavi Sareen
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is Sir Doyle. Can you expect anything less than completely entertaining and genius stories?
“Life, it turns out, is infinitely more clever and adaptable than anyone had ever supposed.”
I can't even say much about this book except that I stayed up till 4 am reading because I love Sherlock Holmes.
My Favourite story has to be The Problem of Thor Bridge and The Adventure of Sussex Vampire.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This last collection is an odd mixture: a few stories that are very good and a couple not at all (one was originally a play that itself seems to have been based on an earlier tale); a story in which Sherlock does nothing much but listen; two narrated by Sherlock himself (as one might imagine, he is not the storyteller Watson is, though his second tale is much better than his first, perhaps owing to relaxation in his retirement). As to Watson, age and experience become him; and his warning to one ...more
David Sarkies
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
A Rather Clever Collection
7 July 2017 (Great Australian Bight)

Well, that was annoying. I had finished writing my review of the Case-book last night while I was sitting on the plane, saved it to my external harddrive, packed up my bag and then headed off to my parent's house. When I got there I suddenly discovered that my external harddrive was missing. Fortunately I had backed the harddrive up on my desktop at home, however I hope that the harddrive basically disappears as opposed to ending up
russell barnes
Sep 04, 2008 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
Jan 03, 2009 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
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
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 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.
After a year, I've read all Sherlock Holmes books, at last. I loved each one of them and this whole world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle changed my life. I thought to pay my final homage to this series by listing each book of it by my personal liking. Can't say why I love one more than another: I've always, completely, followed my instincts. And here it is:

1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (★★★★★)
2. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (★★★★★)
3. The Valley of Fear (★★★★★)
4. The Case-Book of Sher
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Λατρεύω τον Σέρλοκ Χολμς αλλά το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο το βρήκα λίγο βαρετό. Μπορεί να φταίει που ήταν συλλογή διηγημάτων (και θα έλεγα ότι δεν μου αρέσουν ιδιαίτερα τα διηγήματα), άλλα το βρήκα δύσκολο σε πολλές περιπτώσεις να κρατήσω το ενδιαφέρον μου ζωντανό. Κάποιες από τις ιστορίες μου άρεσαν και τις βρήκα ενδιαφέρουσες, αλλά σε άλλες έπρεπε να πιέσω τον εαυτό μου να συνεχίσει να διαβάζει.
Shayantani Das
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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 12, 2016 rated it liked it
"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" *****

Dec 08, 2011 added it
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 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
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Steve Mitchell
Jul 25, 2011 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
Dec 14, 2012 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.
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.
My thoughts on each of the Case
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Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Uno de mis favoritos de la serie, Holmes esta más agudo e irónico que nunca.

Este libro tiene 3 puntos especiales a mi parecer. Primero, es el único en donde se leen dos casos escritos por Holmes y no por Watson. Escritos muy a su estilo, incluso Holmes reconoce que no es capaz de ponerle el toque romántico y descriptivo a la narración como lo haría su fiel amigo; aún así son muy interesantes de leer y mantienen la línea de solo saber el desenlace y todos sus detalles al final.

Segundo, en uno d
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Better late than Never" is a famous saying and I have no regrets in being late to have read one of the most famous detective story collections of all time. True to all the fan followings that Mr. Holmes has, he is indeed a manly creation by Mr. Doyle and the way the author has carried him all the way is a class apart. Holmes keeps you at your toes in all his detections, like he does to his friend Mr. Watson who is the duplicate narrator. A detective of high class, Mr. Doyle simply set a benchma ...more
Jelena Milenković
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I still think some stories should be told and some stories should be watched. Sherlock is definitely the latter.
Adam Graham
Nov 08, 2013 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 rated it really liked it
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
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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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