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His Last Bow & The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

(Sherlock Holmes #8-9)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  28 reviews
From the rooms at 221B Baker Street, the mind that strikes fear into heart of London’s criminal fraternity turns its attention to some of the strangest and most intriguing cases ever to be set before the great Sherlock Holmes.

Adventures involving an illustrious client and a Sussex vampire; the problems of Thor Bridge and of the Lions Mane; puzzles concerning a creeping man
Paperback, 546 pages
Published March 6th 2008 by Penguin Classics (first published 1927)
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Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
His Last Bow
--The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
--The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
--The Adventure of the Red Circle
--The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
--The Adventure of the Dying Detective
--The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
--The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
--His Last Bow

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
--The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
--The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier
--The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
--The Adventure of the Three Gables
--The Adventu
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
So this was the end of an era. The final instalment of Sherlock Holmes. That's just the 60 stories across 40 years then.

I've read all of them over the past 18 months or so and during that time I've fallen in and out of love with Holmes. The excitement I first felt dwindled away as the stories became more repetitive and less inventive. Yet as things were drawing to a close, I rediscovered a fondness for Holmes and even Watson in this collection.

I didn't enjoy every story. I felt exasperated at
Alexa Wardle
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tim Cole
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Reason for reading:
And finally, the eighth volume, with the last 20 tales of the great detective...

About the book:
Two sets of adventures in one, including Holmes's final outing, twenty in all. The first set is comprised of seven tales plus the title story His Last Bow, which was written during the First World War and published at its height in 1917. It includes another war-linked tale, The Adventure Of The Bruce-Partington Plans, which features Sherlock’s brother Mycroft in a rare outing as a ke
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Conrad Ross Meters
Recommended to Logan by: No one
Shelves: classics
This book was a comprehensive collection of Sherlock Holmes cases. They were late in the life time of the Sherlock Holmes series, and were written in a different style then the books I learned to love. Some of the cases in this book were very good, such as The Adventures of the Sussex Vampires or The Adventures of the Lion's Mane. Others, such as The Adventure of the Illustrious Client were not as good. I did not like that one specifically because it did not directly involve an actual crime. The ...more
Jenny Macdonald
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was inspired to read this, Conan Doyle's last Sherlock Holmes book, after watching TV's Sherlock as I had never read His Last Bow or a couple of other stories in this collection. Doyle was sick of his character by this time and it does rather show. Some of the stories are not really investigations and many are quite dark, full of mutilation, disease and bad treatment of women. But it was written after the war and probably reflect the times. The Problem of Thor Bridge, to me, is probably the on ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Picked up this copy for grad school to annotate (instead of writing in my lovely leather bound copy). I'd read all the stories before, but having His Last Bow and The Case-Book together in this edition made it clear how the stories sort of went downhill toward the end. Adventures and Memoirs are by far the best Sherlock Holmes adventures, and all four of the novels better than these two series of stories.

That said, there are a few stories in here that really stand out: the Bruce-Partington Plan
Jonny Bland
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Finally finished this last (combined) volume of Holmes stories and I must admit that sadly it was abit of a drag getting through it. Some of the shorts are great but for the main they seamed pretty cliched and full of silly twists and not comparable to Conan Doyle’s earlier stuff. Maybe for completists only. If you are looking for an introduction to Holmes then pick up either Adventures or Memoirs, they are fantastic! I suspect I’ll revisit this one in about twenty years when I reread them all a ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing experience not only through out this book but through the whole canon and series. In the last story, I was pleasantly surprised to not have assumed Holmes place in it. I just assumed that Holes would take care of these two individuals. I'll admit, a little short but still worthy of being a Holmes story. Otherwise, seeing as how this has been a first time experience for me, I very much enjoyed it and will come back again in the future.
Vale quanto scritto per il primo volume della raccolta
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Credo che in generale la serie di Sherlock Holmes sia da leggere, ed è anche un'ottima lettura di svago o da spiaggia. Appartiene senz'altro al genere giallo, tuttavia è un giallo molto diverso da qualunque altro, un giallo che sfuma nel nero, nell'introspezione e nella mesta riflessione sulla natura umana, e non sto parlando solo di quella dei criminali.
Inutile dire che come sottogenere si tratta di giallo d'investigazione, e che in questi racconti c'è poco o nulla di attivo; ma l'investigazio
Gerald Sinstadt
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Returning to Sherlock Holmes after many years was a pleasure. Conan Doyle's prose is deceptively simple, probably easier to read than write. During the various adventures in this double volume, the relationship between Holmes and Watson develops and deepens. At one point Holmes' calm self-assurance is suddenly penetrated when he believes that he has unnecessarily allowed the good doctor to be wounded. For his part, Watson's affection for his friend still permits him at times to be an amused reco ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"And so, reader, farewell to Sherlock Holmes! I thank you for your past constancy, and can but hope that some return has been made in the shape of that distraction from the worries of life and stimulating change of thought which can only be found in the fairy kingdom of romance."


It's been a long journey for me, Holmes, and Watson, as I imagine it has been for anyone else who has dared to venture through this series in its entirety. It has its ups and downs, with some stories feeling comp
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ultimo libro della raccolta: mi mancherà l'appuntamento serale con il genio e la presunzione di Sherlock Holmes!
James Carter
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
His Last Bow is more of the Sherlock Holmes' stories written from 1908 through 1913 in The Strand magazine.

There is a feeling of an imminent ending to the entire saga which makes it a bit depressing to realize. Of course, the stories are uniformly outstanding and thrilling to read. Holmes has become more endearing and kind in the stories to Watson and seems to have relaxed his stern attitude towards to life in general.

Funny enough, in The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge, Inspector Baynes is the on
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
* The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone : 2 stars

* The Problem of Thor Bridge : 5 stars

* The Adventure of the Creeping Man : 5 stars

* The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire : 5 stars

* The Adventure of the Three Garridebs : 5 stars

* The Adventure of the Illustrious Client : 5 stars

* The Adventure of the Three Gables : 3 stars

* The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier : 3 stars

* The Adventure of the Lion's Mane : 5 stars

* The Adventure of the Retired Colourman : 5 stars

* The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
Louise Fligman
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining end to the series

I have enjoyed the other books in the Sherlock Holmes series and I was both excited and sad to begin reading the final novel.

I liked the fact that a couple of the cases in this book were from the perspective of Sherlock Holmes himself, something that has never happened in all the previous books. Whilst I like Watson's narration because of its description of Holmes' demeanour, it made a nice change to hear from the great detective himself. There were some amusing
Leila Anani
This is an omnibus edition of the last two collections of Holmes short stories. It's a mixed bag, featuring some excellent tales (The Bruce- Partington Plans, the Sussex vampire and the devil's foot to name three particular favourites) but also some absolute drivel. Hated the preposterous "the creeping man" in which a man injects himself with monkey hormones to become more virile and ends up turning into a monkey every nine days - Also hated His Last Bow which is set during the war and turns Hol ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah Sherlock Holmes, you fail to amaze me. This is the first Sherlock Holmes book that I have read and I did enjoy it immensely. At some moments, I was waiting for the case to become clearer as it began to drag a bit, but the last case (The Last Bow) was absolutely brilliant. It was short; surprising and had a 'Sherlock Holmes' style more than some of the other cases. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to read his other cases :)
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dvanáct krátkých povídek z "pozdního" holmesovského období.
Čte se dobře, zápletky jsou netušené (i přesto, že je to sto let staré dílo) a snad se nenajde příběh, který by nudil. Za nejlepší ze sbírky považuji "Voják bílý jako stěna" a "Upír v Sussexu" - obojí příběhy v podstatě podobného konceptu.
Takže proč ne.
Ben Flay
brilliant nothing i can say that hasnt been already said truly the master the grandfather of all cops and csi original and genius
connan doyle missed his calling if he was capable of this red the master enjoy be intrigued and amazed b breathless in awe
Maria Shaul
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books, always relaxing and calming me down

Jamie Bradway
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
There are a couple stories worthy of Conan Doyle, but His Last Bow reads like a grudgingly produced piece of commissioned propaganda.
Philip Christman
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My goal to read all of the original Holmes stories- 4 novels and 56 stories is accomplished, and was worth every minute invested in it.
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sempre simpatico leggere le storie di SH. Specie quando fa caldo e ci si siede all'ombra al fresco.
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Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just my Favourite Collection of books that has not maintained all of it's brilliance to this day.
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