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The Complete Long Stories of Sherlock Holmes

(Sherlock Holmes #1-2,5,7)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  4,482 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Present in this omnibus edition, are four unabridged novels of Baker Streets most famous resident – Sherlock Holmes and his confidant and aide, Dr. Watson. The saga of their adventures begin right from the time they are first introduced to each other by a certain “young stamford” to share rooms in Baker Street, where Watson chronicled their first adventure ‘A Study in Scar ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Jaico Publishing House (first published 1966)
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Prasoon Jha Not really but it has pictures when a new novel begins or a new part of a particular novel begins.

BTW I am talking only about the edition from "Finger…more
Not really but it has pictures when a new novel begins or a new part of a particular novel begins.

BTW I am talking only about the edition from "Fingerprints Classics" as that's the one I have.(less)
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Sep 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Since I used to be a fan of the BBC show I thought it would be fun to check out the source material. Well, what can I say? I couldn't have been more wrong. The original Sherlock novels truly suck ass. I cannot put it in a friendlier manner. (I mean, I could ... but I don't want to.)

They're so lazily written (like, seriously? I knew Doyle only wanted to make money and never put the time and effort into editing his books, but wow, the plots of these novels are such a fucking mess!) and on top of
Anthony McGill
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-crime
The ultimate in Sherlock Holmes collections. I have collected many different publishing versions of these four novels by Arthur Conan Doyle since my schooldays.

This collection contains:
A Study in Scarlet (1887)
The Sign of Four (1889)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)
The Valley of Fear (1914)

This mammoth Norton publication needs to be read and studied at home - just too big to lug around on public transport or whatever.
The research involved with the annotations is phenomenal and this along
Fred Klein
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume provides all four Sherlock Holmes novels with loads and loads of annotations that provide historical and literary context and definitions, plus some inconsistencies. I am new to Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed how the annotations helped me understand some things I otherwise wouldn't. I could not read all (indeed, most) of the annotations because that would take an incredible amount of time. Yes, the volume is also large and not easy to carry around in traditional book format. I'd say thi ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are great detective novels. I loved it. One of the better mysteries I've ever had the pleasure of reading. ...more
Balaji Mani
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Consists four novels.

A Study in Scarlet
The well narrated suspense thriller in words. With very few characters.,
Dr.Watson, Lestrade, Gregson, John/Lucy Ferrier, Jefferson Hope, Drebber, Strangerson & Holmes(Obviously), Author made such a wonderful mysterious novel.
Author neatly making the knots at the first part, to develop high enthusiasm towards the readers and
revealing them one by one at the other part.
It gives such a wonderful experience that the reader himself may feel
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, seen-adaptation
I didn't read these books because I've seen a movie or a TV show, in fact, I've never cared for them. I've seen a few Sherlock Holmes adaptations, but never liked any of them expect for the Great Mouse Detective. I've always liked his character, but the book version. Before read the actual books, I just felt like everything I've seen was off. The issue: most of the adaptations are more like a grab bag taking things they like and leaving out things that bother them making it too kid friendly or t ...more
Wonderful edition!
Jo Jyrwa
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
"Strange indeed is human nature."

1. A study in scarlet
This is a story about losing love, fanatic loyalty gone bad, and revenge. I particularly enjoyed the introduction of the first person, who continues to narrate all the four novels, Dr. Watson. He then describes us his encounters and gradual developments with Mr. Sherlock Holmes after they become room mates. In this story, I find myself first in London where two murders occurs, one succeeding the other, in two separate places, which are, obv
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A Study in Scarlet ★★★★☆
I really enjoyed this introduction to the characters of Holmes and Watson. The case was interesting, too, but I was a bit disappointed with Holmes' deduction of it because in the middle of the book you get this expansive backstory of the murderer that reads like a story within a story but this is not part of the deduction and it's not explained where it is supposed to come from or if the characters are even aware of it. Also, WTF, Sherlock, you can't just poison a dog, no
This was a great companion to my recent Sherlock Holmes binge, in which I listened to A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles. The illustrations from the original publications and annotations contained in this volume added so much to my enjoyment of those books. It also introduced me to Sherlock Holmes scholarship; dozens of experts have studied and written about Holmes and company and turn-of-the 20th-Century London as if they were actual people instead of the conjuring of Sir Arth ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a Sherlock Holmes fan. I have discovered that I'm not a true lover or obsessor because when I read critiques or essays, I realize how much I don't know. But I am a fan. During his writing of Sherlock, Sir Conan Doyle wrote four novels about Holmes. The rest were short stories. And reading all four of them in a row has given me much to ponder.

#1 - I did indeed discover the inconsistencies that Doyle is famous for. In the the first novel where we meet everyone, Watson talks about getting shot
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: holmes
I am currently reading these four novellas in this new annotated volume, which is a revelation and highly recommended. Below is my basic review of these four novella-length stories.

A Study in Scarlet, is actually two stories woven into one. In the first, Holmes and Watson meet for the first time, and one of the greatest working relationships in all of fiction begins. Watson recounts a case of murder where a body was found in a slum in Brixton, with the word "RACHE" carved above the body. The se
May 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After visiting Reichenbach Falls a few months ago, I decided to brush up my Sherlock Holmes, starting at the beginning. So far the first two novels, A Study in Scarlet, and The Sign of Four, have been a disappointment. The stories seem to have been written rapidly and inattentively, with a number of inaccuracies and inconsistencies, and the level of writing is just barely so-so. Actions that go beyond the plot--for example Watson's love-at-first-sight of Mary Morstan--are a little embarrassing i ...more
Jay Joshi
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and suspence story telling novel, never bores you for a minute and keeps addictive to reading it. I had hoped that it never ends.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a good read ! The whole set of stories are in a way kind of novels them selves. The amazing detective stories of sherlock and the adventure by watson makes it so interesting to read. The every single detail provided by Sherlock leaves your mind appreciating the art to deduction so much ! Every reader should definetly give it a try and you would end up liking it i am sure about that !
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock holmes A Genius Detective. If not for him, I would not have continued reading the mystery, as it seems to me, no uncommon in anyway. It's all the same: vengeance? Betrayal? Greed? And yeah, I've seen much of it; In a modern setting, it wouldn't have stood the chance of drama at all, even for an ordinary detective. What interested me is the way holmes gets his hands around the mystery; his unusual methods: Observation and deduction. No hifi tools, just brain. Whoo! Intriguing and exciti ...more
Ronald Koltnow
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read The Hound
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novels of the Sherlock Holmes canon are fantastic despite the fact that there are only four. A Study in Scarlet is the first ever Sherlock Holmes story and begins with Sherlock meeting Dr. Watson. Of course it's a brilliant story in which we first come to see Sherlock Holmes' unique approach to crime-solving. The Sign of Four is the second ever story and follows up the second with an amazing tale including a locked-door murder. This is also the story where Dr. Watson meets Mary Morsten, late ...more
SenazNasansia Muliawan
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read good novels
Shelves: fiction
One word... Superb!
It's the best fiction novel about detective ever..
I absolutely recommend this book to all of you who like good novels.
I myself basically don't like detective novels. Except for this one.
Sir Arthur is definitely brilliant when it comes to describing the adventures of Sherlock and Dr. Watson.
I can't stop reading it. Curiosity is the key. And Sir Arthur seems to know his reader like it.

Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a complete surprise as a Christmas gift and what a gift it is! I have already read all the Canon at least once and most many times [ I read the Hound of the Baskervilles EVERY October along with The Scarlet Pimpernell as a birthday gift to myself]. This guy goes into Victorian life and customs and really opens up what sometimes the modern reader is forced to skip over. I could not recomend these 3 editions any more highly.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The illustrations included in this edition were very well drawn, albeit a bit too dark at times. Other than that, the editor must have fallen asleep at about a few pages before the end of the book, because there were several annoying and quite obvious typos. "McMurdy" instead of "McMurdo" comes to mind, as well as "cmpany" instead of "company". I don't know if this is only an issue with my copy. ...more
Michael Perkins
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
was tempted to give this volume three stars. Doyle was not a particularly good novelist, whether with the Holmes versions or his long forgotten medieval romances. The short story was definitely his métier.
Bonnie Dale Keck
Have read all of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and probably others as well, just never bothered to put them in to amazon or goodreads, so dates wrong. Some KU some paperback some hardback some collections. ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic that you must read. However, I usually wandered away from the plot. Do not expect an entirely easy read on this one, but otherwise amazing.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s an excellent book to read if you are into mysteries, suspense and thrillers. After all it’s The Sherlock Holmes and who in the world doesn’t know him. 😍
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm in love with Sherlock and Dr. Watson more. The illustrations are all so good. ...more
Esteban Cruz
3,5/5 overall that was the score that i gave the book as a whole, but right now i’m going to rate every novel (from worst to best in my opinion) because they are different and i like one better than others. also this edition is really amazing and the cover is stunning so shout out to penguin random house for this incredible edition :)
so this was the worst novel for me. the first part was ok, and actually the last two chapters were really good and it had tons of revelat
Prasoon Jha
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, whodunits
Wow! Just wow!

Sherlock Holmes is a really famed character, he is the most popular detective in the pop culture and is the most portrayed movie character of all time. But I had never read any Sherlock Homes before and the only Sherlock Holmes movie I had watched was "Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes" which I believe is more a "Tom and Jerry" movie than a "Sherlock Holmes" one. Still this collection amazed me a lot!

Most people read these books for the great character of Sherlock Holmes but the t
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
(Note: this review addresses editor Leslie S. Klinger's essays, annotations, and appendices rather than Doyle's works. For my reviews of the individual Holmes novels, please see my separate entry for each particular book.)

I'll save the bulk of my comments for when I finish the short story volumes, but what will apply there will largely apply here as well. As a shepherd through the Holmes canon for a reader on their first trip, this volume provides a lot of very welcome background, some inane but
Alexis Hubsky
The Hound of the Baskervilles 4/5

I liked this one a lot more than the other two novels in the collection. It was interesting and I couldn't really predict what was going to happen. I also really liked the Sherlock wasn't in most of it. His character is a little much for me I think."

The Sign of Four 3/5

This installment into the Sherlock Holmes series was interesting. I liked the mystery of it a lot more than the previous one. I just had a little issue of the rampant racism in it. Victorian Englan
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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

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)
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