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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

(Sherlock Holmes #4)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  74,192 ratings  ·  1,721 reviews
Silver Blaze
The Adventure of the Yellow Face
The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk
The Adventure of the "Gloria Scott"
The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual
The Adventure of the Reigate Squires
The Adventure of the Crooked Man
The Adventure of the Resident Patient
The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
The Adventure of the Navel Treaty
The Final Problem
Hardcover, The Oxford Sherlock Holmes, 378 pages
Published October 28th 1993 by Oxford University Press (first published 1894)
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(A) 85% | Extraordinary
Notes: Wherein Sherlock Holmes is given backstory and greater dimension, while the stories get darker and more complex.
Aishu Rehman
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that had originally been published in the Strand Magazine. Much like we like to watch our favorite shows with a new episode every week, the Strand published these stories and fans couldn't get enough. Readers, not unlike fans today, wanted to have a marathon, so Doyle published collections allowing them to binge out on their favorite detective. This is the second Sherlock Holmes collection and at the time i ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr Fry is a genius of interpretation...
This is just a wonderful , to me, walk down memory lane, re-living and re-experiencing some of the most iconic Holmes stories ever written by "Sir Arth".

This book contains such gems as "The Musgrave Ritual", "Silver Blaze", "The Resident Patient", "The (fabulous) Greek Interpreter" - πολι καλά and of course the amazing, emotional, fatal "The Final Problem".

The Final Problem, what can one say, I almost had tears in my eyes as (view spoiler)
Another series of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes as reported by his faithful biographer Dr. Watson and it becomes clearer than ever that the real draw of these stories is the fascinating character of Holmes himself. The mysteries are secondary to the enjoyment, though many of them do prove to have distinct elements of interest (otherwise why would the great detective have bothered himself about them?), but it really is in observing the fascinating character of Holmes himself that the reader i ...more
K.D. Absolutely
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que el título incluya la palabra “memorias” sugiere mucho y, aunque sé que la mayoría ya sabe cómo termina, no por eso voy a arruinarle el final a la minoría. Creo que no supera a Estudio en escarlata o El sabueso de los Baskerville y, aunque varios de estos cuentos me supieron a poco, valió la pena llegar hasta el final. Además, las aristas que se presentan de Holmes lo pintan mucho mejor que en los libros anteriores (sigue siendo un misógino, lamentablemente eso no lo cambia). Haré un punteo s ...more
Barry Pierce
As with most short story collections, you have hits and misses. However in this collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, Conan Doyle writes far too many misses to be it to be enjoyable. As the collection went on I found myself getting less and less invested in the stories of the great detective. I tutted and sighed at how formulaic and ridiculous some of the stories were. My utter frustration came to a vocal climax when Holmes was pushed from the Reichenbach Falls and I muttered, "thank god".

If yo
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Holmes fans
Come and see the Softer Side of Sherlock Holmes! The stories in this collection focus on the revelation that: "Sherlock Holmes! He's Just Like Us!" He makes mistakes! He judges too quickly! He was once young and went to school! He had friends! He has a brother (who is, as Sherlock readily admits, smarter than he is, just without his ambition)!

We (shockingly!) essentially find out that he is a human being. We see Sherlock has a family, and has interests other than things that have to do with his
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though some of these stories slipped into the formulaic, I was still entertained. The one I keep thinking of, however, is the one that's most laughable – for both good and bad. “The Adventure of the Reigate Squire” is problematic in its plot elements, especially with the introduction at the very end of a name we’d not heard before (What?!), but the description of Sherlock’s physical actions are a visual delight (and that’s something I don’t usually value). The 'bad-laughing' had me wondering if ...more
Stephanie Anze
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"It has been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important."

Sherlock Holmes continues solve mysteries and stop villains across England and abroad. His trusted biographer and friend, Dr. Watson, continues to document this sleuth's adventures. Wether in the countryside or a grand mansion, there is yet a mind that rivals that of Sherlock but while he is busy solving crime, someone else is in the business of creating it. Dr. James Moriarty is a criminal mastermind and his
--Silver Blaze
--The Yellow Face
--The Stockbroker's Clerk
--The 'Gloria Scott'
--The Musgrave Ritual
--The Reigate Squires
--The Crooked Man
--The Resident Patient
--The Greek Interpreter
--The Naval Treaty
--The Final Problem
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-mystery
I think this is my favorite.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fourth in the Sherlock Holmes series, this collection includes:

- Silver Blaze - 4/5 - after a slow start it's Holmes by a nose!
- The Yellow Face - 4/5 - An interesting mystery with an ending that was quite progressive for its day
- The Stock-Broker's Clerk - 3/5 - very similar to The Red Headed League
- The Adventure of the Gloria Scott: Sherlock Holmes - 3/5 - Holmes' first case, very similar to The Sign of Four
- The Musgrave Ritual - 4/5 - another early Holmes case told to Watson
- The Reigate
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
*** Review The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes on Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews ***

The stories for me in this book is a 4 stars and the audio is a 2.5 star so I will round it down to 3 stars. I really did enjoy the amazing stories in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holms they all was absolutely amazingly brilliant stories. And so far my favorite short stories in this one was The Adventure of Silver Blaze I so didn't see that twist at the end left me guessing until
“I don’t think you need alarm yourself,” said I. “I have usually found that there was method in his madness.”

“Some folks might say there was madness in his method,” muttered the Inspector.

Having recently read a collection of Father Brown stories, where solutions often depend on mere coincidence and guesswork, and where criminals often go out of their way not only to kill for the strangest of motives but also to come up with the most Byzantine of plans, I cannot disagree more strongly with the In
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pensaba darle 3 estrellas porque la verdad es que estos cuentos no me atraparon tanto como los de otros libros (salvo "El problema final" que fue GENIAL).

Pero le doy 4 estrellas, porque me parece interesante conocer nuevos aspectos de la vida de Sherlock Holmes, por ejemplo, descubrimos un poco más sobre sus comienzos en la profesión, conocemos a su brillante hermano Mycroft y a su mayor enemigo. Todos estos detalles suman :)
Vanessa J.
In 2010, we had to read for classes one of the Sherlock Holmes' books. My teacher gave us three options. Those options were The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. We had to vote for the one we considered the most interesting, and the winner was THotB. Since then, I made the promise to read the entire canon... but I did it with one purpose: To get to TMoSH. Do you know why? Because in this one Holmes was supposed to die, and also because Moriarty app ...more
David Sarkies
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another Collection of Holmesian Mysteries
7 January 2016

In a way I’m not entirely sure how I should approach this book, particularly since I generally don’t review short story collections as a whole but rather each story on its merits. Mind you, that is probably going to cause a little bit of a problem when I get around to reading the Collected Tales of Edgar Allen Poe, particularly since I can’t do The Raven the injustice of lumping it together with a bunch of other stories. Then there is At th
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, this is a stronger set of stories than the Adventures, mainly through Conan Doyle's attempts to humanize Holmes. That said, Conan Doyle also betrays a reliance on a couple of different themes that reappear throughout the stories, especially the too-good-to-be-true job offer that turns into a ruse for a larger crime. Story-by-story mini-reviews:

Silver Blaze: 4* A classic and memorable story, one of the best.
The Yellow Face: 5* A great twist ending, all the more impressive for its time.
Hiba Arrame
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A collection of eleven short stories, all about Sherlock Holmes and more cases he was involved in, and regardless of the fact that I am one of the biggest Sherlock Holmes' fans, this one still didn't do its magic on me. I got bored, the stories were trivial if compared with what I've read before, and they just didn't catch me or take me by surprise.
The only one I really liked was "The Final Problem", but I still don't accept that ending as a logical one.
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Holmes, another hit? Yep it was for me. I found myself liking this collection of stories more and more the further along I read. Yes there's a formula to each of them, yes you can usually see what's coming a mile off, that or it's completely implausible. Yet, there is something about Sherlock that is captivating. Is it the writing, the relationship with Watson, the whodunnit? I'm not sure exactly, but I'll quote George Orwell on the matter of Holmes in his essay entitled 'Good Bad Books' ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oct 03, 2016 marked it as to-read
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #4), Arthur Conan Doyle
Project: Catch Up On Review Backlog, review #3 out of 11

Of the four Holmes books I've read so far, this one has been my favorite. Even my least favorite stories are solid, and there are several that are excellent.

For context, these stories were all published between 1892-1893, at the height of both Conan Doyle's and his famous hero's popularity. Conan Doyle was growing extremely tired of his creation, and he wanted to write other, newer and more challenging things (he did, almost none of which
The Death of Holmes!

Whilst not the title of the story or the book containing it that is exactly what is included in this collection. But of course we all know better than that these days. We all know that Doyle was forced to write more Holmes stories against his wishes. Poor guy.

I think the dislike Doyle had for writing the Holmes stories is incredibly apparent with this collection. Some of the stories are dull and formulaic - ten pages of somebody telling Holmes about the case and ten pages of


"Es perfectamente natural que yo, al publicar estos breves bocetos, basados en los numerosos casos en que las extraordinarias cualidades de mi compañero me convierten en un agente y, en ocasiones, en actor de algún drama extraño, es perfectamente natural, digo, que yo ponga de relieve con preferencia sus éxitos y no sus fracasos. No lo hago tanto por cuidar de su reputación, porque era precisamente cuando él ya no sabía que qué hacer cuando su energía y su agilidad mental resultaban más a
This book is a short story collection, it contains eleven short stories. Unfortunately, I only managed to read four of those stories: these stories are lengthy so it’s not as if I read a tiny segment of the book and then gave up, I did get far in before deciding to stop reading. Usually, I only stop reading books when I’m about to give them one star but I wanted to get this one finished even though I still liked it, in a way.

I did like this book: I’m glad I’ve read a Sherlock Holmes book and I d
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone and anyone.
Addressed to:
Reichenbach Falls

To Whomever It May Concern,
After visiting the famed "Reichenbach Falls" yesterday, (an experience I was informed must not under any circumstances be missed - and I was not disappointed) I was most disturbed about the safety of the walks leading around the falls. The cliff is steep, and the drop a good way down. If one were to
fall, that person, I think, would no doubt come to a rather unfortunately nasty end. Since the path, also, as I noticed, is a slip
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable collection of short stories, not quite as strong as the previous volume.
The standout story in this collection is The Final Problem.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En este volumen se reúnen varios casos excelentemente resueltos por mi amado Sherlock Holmes. Especialmente llamativos bajo mi punto de vista son "Estrella de Plata" donde resulta que el asesino es quien menos nos podríamos imaginar y que Sherlock lo descubre entre otras pistas porque las ovejas del prado están coja, o "El rostro amarillo" donde Sherlock se equivoca en sus deducciones y donde podemos ver cómo relacionarse con la gente de color en la Inglaterra del siglo XIX era algo horrible y d ...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, 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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