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Sherlock Holmes

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  4,323 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Since his first appearance in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Along with his trusty companion John Watson, Holmes investigates each mystery presented to him with the class and ingenuity for which he is known. This volume of stories includes Holmes's feats of extraordinary detection in such ...more
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Published 2006 by Premier (Chapters) (first published 1887)
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Borislav Nikolov
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...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
Jessica Worthington
"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes." --- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

I can honestly say after reading 2 volumes of Sherlock Holmes, that I do observe those around me more often.

That aside, this book was phenomenal. Sherlock Holmes Volume 2 had a compilation of short stories and the novel "The Hound of the Baskervilles". I love the way Conan Doyle writes Sherlock Holmes, through the eyes of his best friend Dr. Watson, and the
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Ayush Srivastava
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Priya
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jessica
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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Sarah
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feisty Harriet
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Naomi
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A classic for a reason, guys! I enjoyed the longer stories best, but all of them were great.
Antoine
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perfect for Sherlock Holmes' fans!
Görföl Fanni
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yuri Moreira
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, fantastic ... since i was a kid, i've always wanted to read Sherlock Holmes, but now that i got it, i'm deeply in love with this box, it's just amazing see him work and the details that everyone would let pass that he got, and the way he do it ... now imma huge fan of sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his great creation.
James Swenson
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice collection; I had never read "The Valley of Fear," and though the conclusion was quite predictable, the epilogue has stuck with me.
Janet Clucas
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. Really enjoyed re-reading these stories/novels. Still as exciting and interesting as when I first read them as a teenager. Fantastic kindle edition.
Phil
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good old-style dramatization of these classic old stories.
Leetha
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great! It is really well written, great story and solid main character. Really enjoyed this one!
Lennie MB
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, funny, plausible, realistic, Sherlock Holmes is the detective we would all love to meet!
Bonnie Dale Keck
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have read all of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and probably others as well, just never bothered to put them in to amazon or goodreads, so dates wrong. Some KU some paperback some hardback some collections.
Joie de Livre
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Since I'm very busy with school it took me a lot of time to update and I was really inactive.It actually took me five days instead of three that it would actually take me because of school and problems.I've had like a thousand years to update that though so it looks like it took me a month.Anyways...


Sherlock Holmes has to be one of my favorite characters in the world.He's a genius,he knows what he's doing,he knows exactly what to say to whom and who to trust,he works alone but he always accepts
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Jacob Martinez
“Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, while intelligent, ultimately falls short due to its inability to captivate the reader. The book follows many themes about how to live and think due to it being a collection of multiple stories in one book, however, the main central themes of all the stories is that everything is able to fit together in a simple way. The style of the writing is that of an old, European tale, which seems interesting at first, but it ultimately fails to capture the ...more
Chris
So this was the Holmes stories in radio broadcast form from the 50's. I didn't see that particular collection of Holmes stories anywhere so I just jumped onto this.
It wasn't that bad, but it wasn't particularly engaging either. While the radio format was interesting, there were aspects of it that made it hard to follow. One of them was the wide variation in volume depending what was going on. I had to turn it up super loud to hear what they were saying when they were speaking, but then every
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Avel Deleon
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes make the best tag-time Dr. Watson was perviously an aiding doctor for the war of Afghanistan. He visits his psychologist once a month his psychologist accuses him of repression, which seems like a reasonable conclusion. She warns him that integrating into society after war can be extremely difficult nearly impossible. Dr.Watson unfortunately meets Sherlock Holmes so it seems but the kick off to a good start. Sherlock Holmes impresses the war veteran with his witty ...more
Jimeetgandhi
Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Frankly speaking, Sherlock Holmes is not worth the hype. He is the kind of character, about whom you read and forget. Many times, he conjures up results while sitting on his armchair looking pensively out of the window, which, if I may be so candid as to imply, is not how a detective solves his cases. Yes, many times, he is out on the field, but during these times also, I have noticed him having received the clues on a platter without any noticeable effort on his part. Sometimes, the story ...more
Studmuffin
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. i couldnt keep my eyes off the book. this book is taken from watsons point of view and is just a collection of very intresting page turning mysterys. it gives sherlocks entire process and his magnificant thoughts and opinions. you get a great look into the mind of the great sherlock holmes! he deals with murders with the help of his close companion watson who helps analyze each case represented. he puts himself in danger to help ...more
Ethan Russell
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the prose. Watson is an apt raconteur. His delightful quandaries and anecdotes regarding his time with Holmes are refreshing. Doyle is a skilled author and his characterizations and dialogue are delightful. After hearing of and watching on screen, the allure of Holmes, then reading the original works I find myself enamored of the mythos which is Holmes.

I've learned a great deal about portraying characters by reading this tome and I am utilizing those lessons in my own fiction. Thank you
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Megan
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Here is my shameful admission; i had never read any Sherlock Holmes except for The Hound of the Baskervilles. I mostly avoided it because I had the perception that it was a bit darker than i often enjoy. So this collection of short stories was a pleasant treat for me.
Each story is a short piece, many of them rather inconsequential puzzles. It seems like classic Holmes, from what i know of it, and really shows why he became such a standard and classic.

In short, i enjoyed this, and am glad i read
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Jennifer
I personally LOVE detective stories, so reading Sherlock Holmes is easy for me. I really liked the two main characters Mr. Doyle made up, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. They were the heros in England back in the old times. Every adventures that they had were explained so detailed that I actually thought the two characters are real life people. I would really recommend people to read this book because it can change the way you see or solve challenges in life.
Michelle
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read many Holmes stories over the years and some have not dated so well but some still haunt, bewilder and perplex even the most cynical readers of today. Holmes is a personal hero and someone whose deductive powers I wish I possessed (He can keep his social skills). I recommend these stories to readers of all ages who like to see what one can accomplish with a bit of attention and a watchful eye. Should you go out and buy it? Elementary my dear Watson... of course you should.
Sana Khan
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Was easier to understand after watching Sherlock series. Noticed things in the book that I saw/heard in the show. The actor (benedict cumberbatch) acts very much like the sherlock in the books. But the stories were changed in the show, like Hounds of Baskerville was more interesting in the book than in the show, found that episode to be the dullest. Love the show, though. Eagerly waiting for season 4
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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
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