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The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels

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

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  4,975 ratings  ·  238 reviews
The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes available in a new slipcased edition.

The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 short stories in 2004 created a Holmes sensation. Here, in this eagerly awaited third volume, Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 new notes, 350 i
Hardcover, 907 pages
Published November 7th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (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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Piyush Bhatia
Mar 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always wished that Goodreads should have a decimal rating system, which would help readers to "precisely" rate a book. But I won't say that while reviewing this book, for there's no doubt in my mind that this book deserves anything less than 5 perfect stars

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - you beauty!

While many things have already been said about this book, I'd just say that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had the ability to keep the reader thoroughly engaged, boggling their minds with the mystery, swooning
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
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
Joanica Jyrwa
"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
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
Fred Klein
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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!
Shreya Anand
Jan 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic of crime fiction. Read it before you read anything else of this genre.
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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
Prasoon Jha
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
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
Arpit Katre
Nov 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very engaging it's really difficult to predict what will happen.... ...more
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Gopal Sarda
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes is a timeless fictional private detective character created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The book ‘THE COMPLETE NOVELS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES’ by Fingerprint Publishing, is the collection of the four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes – 1)A Study In Scarlet 2) The Sign of Four 3)The Hound of Baskervilles 4) The Valley of Fear.
The Book is in beautiful gold foil hardbound and is surprisingly comfortable.
The language style is moderate and is narrated in the first-person view by Dr Wa
Sep 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Although the start was a bit slow and hard to get into, once I was into it, I could. sail smoothly through the pages. The writing's not very complex, but isn't quickly readable at the same time, so the book took a little longer to finish than I expected.

This book is a compilation of four novels of Sherlock Holmes' adventures, penned by his friend Dr. John Watson. I like the way Watson's words overflow with admiration for Holmes, but also cover all the necessary facts and details of the incid
cool breeze
Jan 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
If you ever thought you could never get enough Sherlock Holmes, these are the books for you. Three volumes of 20 pounds each, with the complete novels and short stories. There is nearly as much annotation and commentary as the original text, and they are lavishly illustrated with drawings from the original stories and serializations and other material. It is almost too much, but you can take or leave as much of the supplementary material as you want.
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
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A study in scarlet: 4 stars
The sign of four: 2 stars
The hound of the baskervilles: 5 stars
The valley of fear: 4 stars
Dec 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only novel I really enjoyed here was The Hound of The Baskervilles
Gaurav Prabhu
Jun 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finest. Cream of the crop. The countless times it elicits an awe while reading. Such a delightful read. No doubt, a legend.
Adam Sarlan
Jul 31, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very adventurous and interesting book about the art of detective solving and mysteries.
Ash ☼
Aug 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Riju Ganguly
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
As far as the novels are concerned, there is no need for any comment. Regarding the annotations, my opinion is that they are the most comprehensive that can be physically compiled. If only Mr. Klinger could refrain from 'The Game', and produce his stupendous work without any whimsical pretensions of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson being living persons (Sir Arthur merely acting as Watson's literary agent) [more in the line of the collection brought out by the Gasogene books], I could have breathed ...more
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Sir Arthur Ignatius 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 underst

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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