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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #3)

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Complete in nine handsome volumes, each with an introduction by a Doyle scholar, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and explanatory notes, the Oxford Sherlock Holmes series offers a definitive collection of the famous detective's adventures. No home library is complete without it.

Comprising the series of short stories that made the fortunes of the Strand, the magazine
Paperback, 339 pages
Published October 22nd 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1892)
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Tom Owens The Novellas (Study of Scarlet and Sign of Four) are mentioned in passing by Watson/Holmes as being "previous cases" but no more than that. If you…moreThe Novellas (Study of Scarlet and Sign of Four) are mentioned in passing by Watson/Holmes as being "previous cases" but no more than that. If you started from here you wouldn't miss anything at all. Enjoy!(less)

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Robin Hobb
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nothing compares to the original. If you really want to know Holmes and Watson, this is what you read. The characterization and pacing is, for me, delightful. The insights into a London of trains and mail more than once a day, the manners of the time, the dialogue . . . this is a feast.

Very honestly speaking, none of the movie or television adaptations have ever given me the sensation of 'being there' at Baker Street, with Holmes and Watson, that I get from the original stories.

Read them. You ow
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, mystery
I’ve been listening to Sherlock Holmes stories in the car and think I’m going to go through and listen to all of them now. I’ve started with The Adventures and have enjoyed it immensely.

There must have been any number of psychological studies performed on Mr Holmes. There is, of course, that wonderful line by Borges in his lectures on Verse in which he says that he believes in the Character of Sherlock Holmes without actually believing in any of the stories in which that character appears. That
As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is, the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.

Who doesn't know Sherlock Holmes these days? Even if not everyone might be familiar with the original version invented by Arthur Conan Doyle, Mr. Holmes has become such a legend in his own right, a development fed and supported by numerous stage, screen and radio adaptions, that it is ne
To have a slight measure of the pleasant chills that race up and down your spine when you delve into a meaty Holmes mystery, do read the introduction passage by Mark Gatiss (co-creator of BBC Entertainment’s Sherlock). Amidst a host of admirable emotions, Gatiss’ one nostalgic paragraph captured my fancy.

It goes thusly,
“I’d never read any of the original stories until one fateful Saturday when, recovering from German measles, I was given a treat : a trip to WH Smith, and the purchase of any
russell barnes
Aug 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, crime
It's the end of the world and Watson and Holmes, on the cusp of having their brilliant lives snuffed out by the impending doom decide their simmering sexual tension can go no further.
As they remove their clothes, Watson turns around to see Holmes brandishing a tub of Lemon Curd.
"Holmes!" Watson exclaims, "I know what we're about to do goes against God's nature, but what in the name of all that is Holy are you doing with that breakfast condiment?"
To which Holmes replied, "Lemon entry my dear Wats
Paul Bryant
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sherlock Holmes is one of the great characters of literature - who can resist the aloof arrogance and limitless self-satisfaction which stems from that intellectual superiority with which he squishes all the dodgy baronets and rum foreign coves that turn up in the mysteries presented to him by the clients who never fail, when recounting their tangled tales, to speak in perfect paragraphs full of precisely recollected speech in a style exactly like a Conan Doyle story? I love the love story betwe ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3), Arthur Conan Doyle
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سوم اکتبر سال 2016 میلادی
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Huda Aweys
Sherlock Holmes ...
What a day :)
حزينة جدا على أفول نجم (شيرلوك) في أواخر ايام السير آرثر كونان دويل .. ماكانش يعرف ان دي البداية
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After “reading” lengthy audiobooks like Vanity Fair I just wanted to read/listen-to something short. Then I saw the movie The Imitation Game (highly recommended) and I thought “Of course! Sherlock!”

I suspect reviewing an anthology by listing all the stories and commenting on each of them is probably inelegant and amateurish, but I never said I was a pro. So the game is afoot! Let the jollification begin:

A Scandal in Bohemia - Irene Adler is not Holmes girlfriend OK? stop shipping "Sherene" alr
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been fun zipping through one of these stories each night for the past twelve nights. I’ve even felt rather clever after guessing correctly on a few of the outcomes—even without counting “The Speckled Band”, a story I remember very well from grammar school. I’m not sure why I remember it after such a long time, except for it being one of several short stories we read that year that opened up a new world for me, thanks to a favorite English teacher. (Other stories I remember from then were by ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
• Escándalo en Bohemia 4/5⭐
• La liga de los pelirrojos 4/5⭐
• Un caso de identidad 3/5⭐
• El misterio de Boscombe Valley 3/5⭐
• Las cinco semillas de naranja 3/5⭐
• El hombre del labio torcido 4/5⭐
• La aventura del rubi azul 3/5⭐
• La aventura de la banda de lunares 4/5⭐
• El dedo pulgar del ingeniero 3/5
• El aristócrata solterón 3/5⭐
• La aventura de la corona de esmeraldas verdemar 3/5⭐
• La aventura de Copper Beeches 4/5⭐
Fun. The crimes in this book are more along the lines of puzzles to work out rather than realistic depictions of crime in late Victorian- early Edwardian England. Contrived, but enjoyable.

My favourite moment, I am not positive it is in this collection is when Holmes and Watson are on a train steaming through the countryside and Watson makes an observation about the peaceful looking pretty cottages for which Holmes rebukes him 'no one knows what dark crimes are committed behind those doors' - rev
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: GR-TFG 100 Favorite Books (2011 edition)
A Scandal in Bohemia (3 stars) Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, King of Bohemia is arranged to marry the daughter of the King of Scandinavia but he loves another girl. Irene Alder. Entertaining. Fast-paced. I love the disguises!

The Red-Headed League (3 stars) Mr. Jabez Wilson has an apprentice in his pawnshop whose name is Mr. Vincent Spaulding. One day, Spaulding recruits his boss to the association of people with red hair to copy encyclopedia, Very funny storyline. I love the twist!

Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all Sherlock Holmes or mystery fans
So, I volunteer at a library, in what the librarians call the "Popular Library," which consists of the area with the DVDs, music CDs and of course, the audiobooks. The majority of the titles in the audiobook section are romance novels. It struck me as a hilarious idea, and indeed, each of the audiobooks I've stuck in the CD player they have there to listen to for a few minutes has borne that out. Romance novel dialogue is barely okay on the page- can you imagine all that "Oh, FABIO, your gorgeou ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Scandal in Bohemia: ****
The Red-headed League: ***
A Case of Identity: ***
The Boscombe Valley Mystery: ***
The Five Orange Pips: ***
The Man With The Twisted Lip: ****
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle: ***
The Adventure of the Speckled Band: *****
The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb: ****
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor: ***
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet: ****
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches: ****


I have to make clear that the ratings only represent how I personally felt reading ea
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lau by: Papá
Shelves: favorites
Me declaro fanática absoluta de Sherlock Holmes... creo que es la mejor opinión que puedo dar.
"Tan acostumbrado estaba yo a sus invariables éxitos que ni se me pasaba por la cabeza la posibilidad de que fracasara"

Me gustaron algunas más que otras, pero lo que más me llamó la atención a leer cada historia fue el carácter de Sherlock, que al ser misterios cortos y que por ahí no generaban problemas para resolver, su personalidad e inteligencia es lo que más destaca.

Escándalo en Bohemia 5/5

"Para como un carácter como el suyo, una emoción fuerte resultaba tan perturbadora como la presen
If you are an enthusiastic reader of crime/noir/mystery novels, at some point you should get back to its roots—by reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur set many of the patterns which can still be observed in the modern genre novel.

Sherlock Holmes is an eccentric expert—but he defines the crime expert, what with his monographs on cigar ash, his studies of foot prints, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of crime. Many of the heroes of today’s literature are forensic anth
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a few Sherlock Holmes stories before, more than half of these, probably, at one time or another, but this collection of twelve, taken all at one go (really over three days, but you know what I mean), gives a different impression than the stories do when taken individually. The thing that most impressed me, and which I likely noticed because Zach Dundas pointed it out in The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes, which I just read, is how nice Sher ...more
Jason Koivu
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Gotta love the old-school dash!

Arthur Conan Doyle created such an intriguing vehicle for his mystery stories in the figure of Sherlock Holmes, a man almost inhuman, nearly robotic in his exacting speech and actions, so much so that the reader longs for and grasps on to the minute human aspects (a hint of carnal desire, for example) on the fleeting instances they appear.

In story after tightly wound story intelligence and rational thought wins the day. But before it gets all too academic, Conan Do
Vane J.
I'm continuing with writing reviews for all of the books in the Sherlock Holmes canon. Now is the turn of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!

A Scandal in Bohemia:

Plot: The King of Bohemia comes to Holmes to ask him for help because an ex-lover he had owns a picture of him and her that can compromise his reputation... and it doesn't help that she's blackmailing him with it.

Opinion: Kick-ass female! Irene Adler might be the best woman in literature. She's the only one who manages to leave Holmes fo

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes were the first Sherlock Holmes stories I ever read. I fell in love with the style and atmosphere of these stories, eight or so years ago, and never bothered to re-read until now. Having re-read, I see that there are key elements of the stories which slipped past my younger self.

For instance, the fact that - for his time - Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in ways that were a touch more shocking. To us, he may still seem very dated, his moral codes part of his era. Yet th
Camille Stein
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Pinacotheca Holmesiana / The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb / Illustration by Sidney Paget -

Si pudiéramos salir volando por la ventana, cogidos de la mano, sobrevolar esta gran ciudad, levantar con cuidado los tejados y espiar todas las cosas raras que pasan, las extrañas coincidencias, las intrigas, los engaños, los prodigiosos encadenamientos de circunstancias que se extienden de generación en generación y acaban conduciendo a los resultados más extravagantes, nos parece
Fred Shaw
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the original (supposedly) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is part of my "bucket list" of classics to read. No one can out maneuver Sherlock, not even Scotland Yard. His partner Dr. Watson, who is the narrator and an intelligent man himself, can never predict an outcome whereas Sherlock has any dilemma figured out and put to bed within an unbelievable short timeframe. Usually not more than a day. How does he do it? Uncanny powers of observation and logic and a mind t ...more
Gabriele Valenza
Crea dipendenza!
Michael Fierce

Every story ranged from 4 to 5 star entertainment!

Lots of incredibly addictive storylines, clever dialogue, solid well-woven mysteries, rare treasures, memorable villains, amazing Victorian period settings enriched with gaslights, cobblestone paved streets, fog-enshrouded cities & country manor landscapes, as well as an assortment of fascinating characters with dark suits & funny hats, many well-dressed ladies of high stature, the Scotland Yard police, a few exotic animals, an appearanc
The stories were very interesting, and I enjoyed most of them. But, I don't know, I didn't find them very satisfying. Maybe I am not really a fan of short stories? Perhaps I'll enjoy the Sherlock Holmes novels more.

There are twelve short stories in this collection. They are a selection of some of the interesting cases recorded by Dr. Watson which he and his friend Sherlock Holmes handled in the latter's career.

A rough sketch of the stories (Spoiler alert!)

A Scandal in Bohemia

The King of Bohemia
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes features twelve stories that were originally released in a serial format in Strand magazine. What this collection offers is a great look into the character of Holmes as a master of solving what seems to be the unsolvable: puzzling crimes, murders, mistaken identities and generally mysterious circumstances. Doyle really sets the bar and precedent for the detective genre with Holmes as his lead. Many mysteries in contemporary film and book have been influenced in ...more
3.5 stars

These were pretty good, there were more faster paced and interesting than the first two Sherlock Holmes stories. I loved A Scandal in Bohemia best for the sole reason that up-himself-and-thinks-very-little-of-women Sherlock was bested by a woman.
The Red-Headed League, the Five Orange Pips, and the Speckled Band mysteries were all entertaining reads too. There were a few that were really predictable though, like the Copper Beeches, the Beryl Coronet, and the Identity case.
I rolled my e
Ahmad  Ebaid
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

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