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The Adventure of the Six Napoleons and Other Cases

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  480 ratings  ·  46 reviews
The Penguin English Library edition

Many readers would claim that The Adventure of the Copper Beeches or The Man with the Twisted Lip was their favourite Sherlock Holmes story - but then that would be doing an injustice to The Adventure of the Yellow Face and The Problem of Thor Bridge. It is just as well that in the end we do not have to choose - as if we did then there wo
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by Penguin Classics (first published May 1904)
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Mary Pagones
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah, the end with Holmes bowing with a flush of pleasure, but unable to accept Lestrade’s praise, is one of my favorite canonical moments.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books, classics
“This case is quite sufficiently complicated to start with, without the further difficulty of false information.”
“Meaning that I lie.”
“Well, I was trying to express it as delicately as I could, but if you insist upon the word I will not contradict you.”

I quite enjoy Sherlock Holmes-stories, but after reading several Holmes-books, I can say I prefer the short stories quite a bit over the “full novels” (even though these were only just between a 100 and 200 pages). Both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. W
Eustacia Tan
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After an enjoyable experience reading Sherlock Holmes for the first time, I decided to buy another book by Arthur Conan Doyle (also, the fact that I like this series of covers may have played a role in it). The Adventure of the Six Napoleons and other cases is a baker’s dozen of Sherlock Holmes short stories, ending with an essay by Michael Saler on why people believe that Holmes is real.

Each of the stories here work as standalone tale, and my personal favourites were:

- The Adventures of the Six
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arthur Conan Doyle is/was famed for his Sherlock Holmes stories. Everyone knows this detective and his assistant, Dr Watson. I had never really read any of the stories - or not that I remember, in any case. Seeing several of those stories republished by Penguin Classics, I decided to go for this compilation, even if there are others.

The only Conan Doyle book I read previously, was 'The White Company', which I liked very much, not in the least because the writing style, as you can read here.

I'm n
Marthese Formosa
One of my favourite Holmes mysteries that I read recently. I listened to the audiobook by Greg Wagland.

Lestrade brings news often and this time he brings news of a strange case - where a thief goes into establishments and smashes their Napoleon busts.

Immediately I knew that it was because something was inside but this time, it was fun to see how Holmes arrived to the conclusion of what was inside.

I noticed now how meticulous Holmes is. He always makes sure that he has proof and that he has docu
Rob Thompson
An entertaining enough tale which shows how meticulous Holmes is at securing proof. Worth reading if you want a good introduction to the methods of the great detective.
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José Cruz Parker
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Six Napoleons is the worst Sherlock Holmes stories that I've read so far; it isn't bad, but it isn't nearly as good as, say, The Hound of the Baskervilles. However, even the mediocre stories of a great author are superior to anything written by a hack.

In The Six Napoleons, the Poe influence once again shows up: one of the suspects in the case is a "sharp-featured simian man with thick eyebrows, and a very peculiar projection of the lower part of the face like the muzzle of a baboon" (remembe
Symon Vegro
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite an interesting little story. I’m pleased to say that I solved the mystery of the thefts myself 😀
Sam Tornio
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Comforting little problems.
George Slade
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is one that ended up making it into the BBC television adaptation of the stories, except that on TV it was the Six Thatchers. The premise remained the same. A person was smashing busts in a frantic search for a concealed valuable. Sherlock's skills are put to good use in this adventure, and the story is fun to follow. ...more
John Yelverton
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another crazy Sherlock Holmes adventure, but you can sadly see the ending coming because the premise has been copied by so many mystery writers since the story was originally published.
Carole Tyrrell
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ah Sherlock Holmes! Surely the blueprint for all maverick detectives who like to be ahead of Scotland Yard’s finest and who also have their little addictions…He’s a master of joining up the dots but not necessarily in the same order as everyone else to solve the most unusual crimes quickly. He is aided and abetted by Dr John Watson, ex-army medic who succinctly narrates Sherlock’s cases from beginning to satisfying and believable conclusion.
In this book are 13 adventures culled from both the Me
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
The radio drama version broadcast in 1954 - Sir Ralph Richardson as Dr. Watson, Sir John Gielgud as Sherlock Holmes
Inspector Lestrade tells Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson about something unusual happenings around London. Someone running around smashing busts of Napoleon. Nothing is stolen, however, a Napoleon bust is smashed to pieces. The case heats up when one of the victims wakes up to what he thought was a break-in only to find a dead man on his front doorstep. He also has a bust of Napoleon
Zac Davies
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
This is essentially Sherlock Holmes showing off and displaying his superior intellect for the entirety of this story’s plot. If that’s why you enjoy Sherlock Holmes and the works of Arthur Conan Doyle then this will be right up your alley, I on the other hand prefer a more intricate playful and mysterious Holmes story which is why I would give this a miss unless you truly enjoy the Sherlock Holmes series as a collective.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I always get into a reading slump during the colder months and this book is great to read eventhough you are in one! some stories are better than others, but the overall length of them is easy to digest (about 20 pages per story). It isn't the best I've ever read, but overall it was good. ...more
As with most Sherlock Collections I enjoyed this a lot. This may have had some of my favorite stories in it, most of which I had never heard of before. It also had some oddly short ones in it as well, I'm used to the longer Sherlock stories so those were a nice surprise. ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sherlock
Good deduction in this one. The BBC "Sherlock" television series spoiled me a little bit on a main plot point in this story, so I knew what was coming all along. I wonder how much more I would have liked the mystery if not for that. ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
221b Baker Street is a second home to me. Honourable mentions - The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Problem of Thor Bridge, The Adventure of the Six Napoleons, The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my second Sherlock Holmes stories' collection that I have read, and I have realised how much I enjoy reading the different cases, following along the twists and turns of each case, and the build up to its eventual resolution. Arthur Conan Doyle had a gift for suspenseful writing. ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A good selection of Arthur Conan Doyle short stories. It is always nice following through such stories with the ever growing relationship between Holmes and Watson. However, on certain occasions you do feel you are reading a Poirot and Hastings story with the similarities of plot.
Nilson R.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Though, like myself, most SH's fans will be able to figure out what the real reason for all that bust-breaking, the story still has some surprises at hand. such as Lestrade's humble but touching (even for the sleuth himself) 'hommage' of sorts, at the very end. ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nothing better than Sherlock Holmes
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never get tired of reading Sherlock Holmes. Loved it!
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
It wasn't a terrible read it just wasn't for me. ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I need to find a new suitable book for travels now, oh the burden...
Redwan Hasan
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I have seen the movie, story was a bit different there. This story is not that complicated either but not that bad.
As I have read all short stories except one I will mark this as read. I am collecting all the Penguin Library editions concerning Sherlock Holmes.
Josiah Richardson
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The adventure of the Six Napoleons was adapted for the BBC Sherlock show and was the first episode I watched, which may have contributed to why I enjoyed this particular adventure so much.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Too predictable.
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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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