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The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol 2 (Sherlock Holmes)

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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
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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
Caidyn (BW Reviews; 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
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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, and
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Borislav Nikolov
It's interesting because this is my all time favorite book. There are so many reasons why Sherlock is on the top. One of all is the complex characters in it...Conan Doyle has a special way of writing that i personally love to the bones...and if I have some hero or whatever that is, was, and it will be Sherlock. My whole life i believed that the brain and the "seeing" things is the most important and in these books of Conan Doyle this is bright that I literally can breath with Holmes and Watson.. ...more
Tushar
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a few occasions when you grasp a book by chance and later on thank fate for making it land in your hand. This is one such book. There are a multitude of Sherlock Holmes collections ranging from boxed complete collections to individuals but this is the most well presented,well compiled and exorbitantly articulated one. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's collections were published over a long span of time and as a result, the techniques and tricks vested in Holmes' Modus Operandi had changed. This ...more
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
MC
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
Matt
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
Bear
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
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.
An Odd1
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Ayush Srivastava
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
21% of the English people believe that Sherlock Holmes was a real person. So did I, until I read about this survey before picking up the book! This is the charisma of the tone set by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while portraying Sherlock-the first consultant detective of the world, and Dr. Watson, an able chronicler and the only friend of Sherlock Holmes. The visual portrayal of incidents and setting is so substantial that an innocent reader is almost certain to believe in the legend of 221B, Baker S ...more
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
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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
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Priya
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much better than the TV series or movies .Though I love them too .Baker street is a character here. Through Watson you can read his mind and understand the abrupt resolution of confounding observations.

"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth"
Synopsis of his best fit inference strategy in one statement.He is a good observer and possesses a great deal of knowledge about soil,poison ,smells and anatomy .And on top of it he is good at form
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Jessica
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-lit, 2011
I was hoping that this would give some backstory to the characters of Sherlock and Watson: how do they know each other? What made them start doing this? They're not with the cops, so how'd they become so popular? Questions that, I think, deserve an explanation.

Instead, this book is made up of 8 short stories, about 20-30 pages each (the longest one is actually 47 pages). Like any mystery, it starts with Sherlock getting word that someone needs his help. He pieces clues together in order to solv
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Kerri
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
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Sarah
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I put this down for a few months, but I will go back to it...I think reading these stories gives me a great appreciation for why the characters Conan Doyle created endure. Unlike the Sherlock & John Watson that were represented in the PBS series with Basil Rathbone, I think the true Sherlock had a lot more humor& mischievousness & Watson much more intelligence & bravery than is usually represented. I thoroughly enjoyed the new BBC series Sherlock, which was set in modern day, but ...more
Victoria
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ac-doyle, owned
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.
Emily
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.
Feisty Harriet
Is it bad that for each of these adventures Sherlock's voice was Benedict Cumberbatch? Well, it was. I really loved reading these adventures and stories, written by Watson, but always starring Sherlock.
Carter
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is a good one for students 6th +. Also fun for adults as well. It has action and adventurous moments. It also has a very good storyline.
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.
Waltham
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A must read; especially with Kyle Freeman comments.
Naomi
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic for a reason, guys! I enjoyed the longer stories best, but all of them were great.
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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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 clueless
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Antoine
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for Sherlock Holmes' fans!
Darinda
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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.

Novel:
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
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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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“Am dining at Goldini's Restaurant, Gloucester Road, Kensington. Please come at once and join me there. Bring with you a jemmy, a dark lantern, a chisel, and a revolver. S. H." It was a nice equipment for a respectable citizen to carry through the dim, fog-draped streets.” 28 likes
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