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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Volume II

(The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  78,179 ratings  ·  300 reviews
World of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes --
General introduction / by Kyle Freeman --
Introduction to Volume II / by Kyle Freeman --
Note on conveyances --
Return of Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the empty house ; Adventure of the Norwood builder ; Adventure of the dancing men ; Adventure of the solitary cyclist ; Adventure of the priory school ; Adventure of Black
Hardcover, 709 pages
Published September 20th 2004 by Barnes Noble Classics (first published October 31st 1914)
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Amy Sturgis
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reading the complete Sherlock Holmes canon by Arthur Conan Doyle in these two volumes has been a remarkably rewarding experience. I'm truly sorry to be finished with these stories and novels (although I know from past experience that they reward rereading). In this reading I've gained an even clearer appreciation for the links between Holmes and the traditions of Gothic and science fiction literature, and I've certainly enhanced my enjoyment of the BBC's brilliant new Sherlock series. These are ...more
Lauren Kammerdiener
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you watch bbc sherlock :))
It's kind of hard to write a review for this, considering it's a bind up of various short stories. I do want to say Arthur Conan Doyle is a really great writer, and every time I read his Sherlock Holmes stories, I am very impressed.

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO THE BBC because literally the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch is so flipping spot oh my lord.

If you do watch BBC Sherlock, I would 100% recommend you read the original stories because you appreciate the show so much more, an
Caidyn (he/him/his)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes 3.96/5 total!

A solid start to the second volume and a very solid volume on its own. There were some that I recognized from BBC Sherlock and I thought that Doyle presented them better than Moffat and Gatiss did. The ones that I didn't recognize were a mixed bag, I'd say. Some I really liked, some I thought used some work. There were a few duds, but none that I outright hated since I do like Holmes and Watson so they're always a joy to read.

The Adventure of the Empty
I enjoyed the first audiobook in the series that I immediately downloaded the next one from the library and loved it just as much.
An Odd1
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
For Wiki, I check, correct, verify, add, such as synopsis for Mazarin Stone, so slow progress here. Summaries have spoilers, so here I'll extract teasers, enough to remind me, postpone opinions to after cogitation. I prefer plots outside set format. I first thought I'd rather skip Baker Street and starts with what he's given, dive right into the clues he finds, then wrap-up. But consistent openings do increase our familiarity with the setting - sips of tepid tea, crumbs of crisp crumpet, morning ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Holmes has had many adventures, but in this second volume of stories, he may have met his match, that of an author who was apparently weary of his resurrected character, and out of ideas. Tongue-in-cheek statements aside, it is well-known that Holmes' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, wanted to write other books, and that is why he killed off the famed detective in the story, “The Adventure of the Final Problem”. Of course, pressure was brought to bear from the public, publishers, and his ow ...more
The world’s most revered and famous fictional detective first appeared from the pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle almost a 130 years ago, but the author did not finish with his greatest creation until almost 40 years later even after unsuccessfully killing him off. In this second volume of all the collected works that feature Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. John Watson, the reader gets reacquainted with the great detective and his friend through 33 short stories and a short novella with the added ...more
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
It was very good, although I think the first book was better. The more I read, the less shocking the reveals became. I was able to predict a number of the stories' conclusions. This may have been a result of reading over a thousand pages of Holmes mysteries, however. But I think Doyle also started to burn out a little. The mysteries became less mysterious, the adventures became less adventurous, the crimes became less criminal (seriously, a great number of the stories involve no criminal behavio ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
After 1400 pages of Holmes, I'm still not tired of him. ...more
Anna Larson
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert Bisbing
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle outdid himself on volume 1 and the second volume was a change from the Sherlock we became so fascinated by. However, I still recommend both volumes 1 & 2 for any reader of detective works. After all, there are reasons he is referred to as the world's greatest detective. ...more
Michelle Spencer
I will say I think the later Holmes stories lack the same charm the earlier ones do, but still, what an enjoyable way to spend time with a book. The entire Holmes collection is something I like to re-read every few years, and for good reason. Quick, gripping detective stories are a nice little thrill, and I like this spot in the middle of the road between cozy and dark. Great place to start if you want to read more classics but find them to be intimidating.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Still fun to see the ways this has been adapted. I enjoy the adaptations more because they leave out the elements that haven't aged well. ...more
Favorites in this one are probably Devil's Foot and The Dying Detective. I did not care for the Three Gables at all. ...more
An Odd1
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery Preview Sherlock Holmes 2 Downey-Law film. #2 Review #1 Review Cumberbatch-Freeman Review
This humorous, dangerous, very British 2010 BBC UK version updated with internet and mobile phones revived my interest in Doyle's classic Victorian murder mysteries promoting early forensics and deductive solutions. Surprisingly, old and new Watson
Kim Savage
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. I think I’ve read them all now. Reading the entire volume at once is
a little daunting, but I will always reread a novel or a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime, own
A great collection of Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II contains one novel, three books of short stories, two parodies, and two essays.

1. The Valley of Fear

Short Stories:
1. The Return of Sherlock Holmes
- The Adventure of the Empty House
- The Adventure of the Norwood Builder
- The Adventure of the Dancing Men
- The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist
- The Adventure of the Priory School
- The Adventure of Black Peter
- The Adventure of Charles Augus
Nikita Nandanwad
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-just-right
I've read this book before after hearing about the TV show based on the books. When I started the second volume, I was struck, as before, by the curious character of Sherlock Holmes. He is unemotional and unempathetic close to the point of being a sociopath. However, I deeply admire his deductive and observational skills.

The book is based on various crimes occurring in England, big and small. Each of them have an unusual aspect to them that catches Holmes' fantasy. He takes cases solely for enj
Mary Anne
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It makes me very pleased to be able to say I've read all of Sherlock Holmes. Thank goodness for these awesome classics collections.

I found myself really interested in what changes I'd encounter in this volume, especially after reading the warning in the introduction. Indeed. Sherlock Holmes seemed to have changed in some subtle and not-so-subtle ways, but I think that tends to happen, especially when a writer gets downright tired of the protagonist.

While it's likely that none of the stories will
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Moreover than the actual stories, the superior writing style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is what really draws me to the Sherlock Holmes series. Doyle was an expertly skilled writer, whose attention to detail and ability to weave together tantalizing clues into the solution of a mystery are to be envied. His character development is also exemplary, as there is much to mystify one about Sherlock Holmes; his aversion to women and distance from his family, his lack of friends save one physician who se ...more
Savannah Riestenberg
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did the first volume. I don't know if I wasn't as focused or what, but I couldn't recall any of the stories the day after I had read them. Perhaps the stories weren't as interesting, or they all started to blend together when read in such quick succession, not sure.
My one complaint about these volumes, this one in particular is the ordering of the stories. Though it is interesting to read them in the order Doyle wrote them, I was often very confused. I woul
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read all of these as a young lad and now in my 50's, went back to an audiobook to listen to every single case on my long commute to work. Sir Arthur to this day is such a great writer and a genius in setting up and solving each crime, no wonder Mr. Holmes is still so relevant today. Special props to the narrator of these audiobooks, they were a true pleasure to listen to. Have a long commute? Then give Mr. Holmes a chance to met away the miles. ...more
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sherlock
In Vol. 2, the short stories are superior to the one novel, with the best ones in the 2 collections: Return of S.H., and His Last Bow. The Case Book stories are not of the same quality as Doyle's earlier writing, but are still entertaining. This edition contains 2 interesting essays by the author discussing the origin/formation of Holmes, and a very funny and spot-on parody written by J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. It's refreshing to finally say I have read every original S.H. work. ...more
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This has been a favorite collection since high school. I could read these stories over and over! They are unique and intricate, and that's probably why I never tire of them. Holmes is perpetually beset either by boredom or fascination with a puzzle, and not much in between. It makes for dynamic stories. ...more
Amy Sturgis
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No matter how many times I've reread these stories, I always find something new to admire and appreciate each time I revisit them. ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, love listening to these stories! About 1 hour long, and intriguing. I love the narrator, too.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A must read; especially with Kyle Freeman comments.
Devon Flaherty
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volumes 1 and 2, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and compiled by Barnes & Noble Classics. The material was originally published between 1887-1927. This version, with an introduction by Kyle Freeman, appeared in 2003.

For a collection of works, this one is tremendously steeped in history and widely adored. Therefore, to enhance your experience should you choose to read any of it, I would like to give you a little history and background. I went in blind and researched as I w
Devon Flaherty
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Vol.1 (Sherlock Holmes)
by Arthur Conan Doyle
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4.55 · rating details · 31 ratings · 2 reviews
With a knock on the door, a stranger enters Sherlock Holmes’s Baker Street rooms, begging Holmes to solve a ghastly and perplexing mystery. The legendary detective and his longtime friend Dr. Watson set out to explore the scene of the crime, making headway where the literally clueles
Maria Salve
Many have compared the two volumes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in terms of quality and singularity. I have read comments stating that its second collection ─ two novels (The Hound of Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear) and two short story collections (His Last Bow and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes) ─ fell deeply short of people’s expectations.

But, I would like to set one thing straight. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has had enough of Sherlock Holmes by 1893. When he wrote “The Final Proble
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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.

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