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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume II (Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories #2)

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Since his first appearance in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two volumes, this new Bantam edition presents all 56 short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle's classic hero--a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes's adventures in crime now ...more
paperback, 768 pages
Published 1986 by Bantam Classics (first published January 1st 1927)
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Jan 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as good as Volume One. I want someone to make me a tshirt with a picture of Holmes and Watson exchanging necklaces with "BFFs" inscribed on them. (actually, considering the time period, I suppose they'd exchange engraved watches or something.)
Oh Watson, how I love you.

And Now A Word On The Movie:
It had so much potential. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are wonderful as Holmes and Watson, and their combined awesome can overcome Rachel McAdam's miscasting as Irene Adler. But everything else
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, that was a long one, but it was worth it. I'mean we're talking Sherlock Holmes here; probably the most famous detective in mystery fiction. I usually don't stick to one writer, especially if it was as good as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, I don't like to leave a book unfinished so it can't be helped.

"The Hound of the Baskervilles" was quite an adventure. I've never guessed who is the villain. I would have if I thought outside the box (which you should in mystery novels), but the author
Zoe Targaryen
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
Such a fun journey with my favorite couple.
If you know anything about Sherlock Holmes apart from the Robert Downey Jr. movie versions, then you will have a good idea of what you are getting into when you pick up this book. The Valley of Fear is the best Holmes novel, in my opinion, and it was interesting to read the two stories in this collection that are told by Sherlock himself. Nothing earth-shattering here, just good 'ol meat-and-potatoes mystery writing.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roozbeh Estifaee
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As we proceed through his adventures, Mr. Holmes gradually lets go of his "art of deduction" and tends to lean toward the joy of thrill. Though the lost aspect is really missed, it still continues with being great read and sketching one of the loveliest characters of literature history.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debería de contar cómo 4 libros. The valley of fear es ahora mi novela favorita de Sherlock Holmes y este volumen está lleno de cuentos magníficos de los que sería difícil escoger uno.
*5 out of 5 stars*

"When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

How can I possibly convey, in a set amount of words, how much I thoroughly enjoy the stories of Sherlock Holmes? I just can’t see that it’s possible to dislike them. However, I will attempt a brief review.

Watson's narrative provides an unbiased telling of the various cases he shares with his eccentric, renowned pal, and we must follow along until Holmes is ready to d
Almost three years ago exactly I set out to read every Sherlock Holmes story and novel, considering the length of the average story and the briefness of the novels I should have finished this long since, but, as my reviews attest, at times I could barely stand the bastard.

Despite starting strong with The Hound, Doyles follow up novel and the majority of the stories published after Holmes' return from the grave fail to live up to expectations. There's a lot of merit of course, and if I had outrig
Brit McCarthy
The only thing I regret about reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes in two great big chunks is that I feel like it's all over too soon. How I wish I'd lived in the time where I would have had to wait, impatient and eager, for the next installment of the great detective's adventures. The wait would have been well worth it.

While reading, I am in fact transported to Victorian England, to the apartment at 221B Baker Street which I can see clearly in my mind's eye (note: I have never watched any She
I actually only got one story into this volume before I had to turn it back in to the library. I couldn't renew it because someone else wanted it! At this point, my Sherlock furor has eased up a bit, but I will eventually recheck and finish this volume.
Scribble Orca
Sometimes a little slow going. But you just can't go past all those lovely plots. Such a pity technology these days renders most of Doyle's twists and turns obsolete.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I love Sherlock Holmes. Some stories were better than others, but I truly enjoyed it.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhh! am done , I feel so accomplished it took me tremendous time to finish this volume, over three months with 11 other novels in-between, you can't tackle Sherlock Holmes novels, you have to take it slowly, piece be piece, adventure by adventure, enjoy each one, and indulge yourself with the old Victorian British narrating of Doyle. if any one is going to read Sherlock Holmes I would recommend to get the books one at a time, other wise it might overweight you as intriguing as it is , but it i ...more
Ross-Barry Finlayson.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the 2nd part of Arthur Conan Doyle's Complete Novels and Stories. The edition consists of the possibly most well known novel 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', but the main part of the book contains a collection of the Sherlock short stories. I like those better than the novels actually, as they are describing only one case each, which makes it feel more like an actual diary.

The edition is just as great as the first volume, though as I said, I like the short stories and the 2nd installment
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Someday, the true story may be told.”

These were Sherlock Holmes’ last words as written on page 737 of Sherlock Holmes Complete Novels and Stories Volume 2, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have now reached the end of my journey. A first, I must say, on my part reading a canon.

The whole experience was a bit bumpy but nevertheless amazing and educational. I would have finished this volume in a week or two, but there’s a part of me which wanted to prolong the ride. I know I can always read Sir Doyle’s
Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My final installment of the Holmes' series, I can now lay claim to having read them all. Some of the stories toward the end slipped a bit, as it feels like Doyle, bored with the basic premise, characters, settings, and plot line, tried to tweak the variables to re-enliven the series for himself as the writer. But the life-long problem that Doyle had with Holmes is that people wanted their Holmes and Watson just as Doyle had always given it to them with no fancy flourishes.

Two of these stories ar
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing the complete stories of Holmes, this volume starts with the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, a great Holmes adventure, and continues through the last short stories ever written (canonically) about the detective.

Holmes lovers will know--actually, it's mentioned in the book's forward--that author Conan Doyle had killed off Holmes, to great public outcry, and brought him back seven years later. This particular story (and his reemergence) were collected in the previous volume, but it'
Gregory K.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hall-of-fame
I was sad to have finally finished such a clever bit of writing. Few works are so self-assured or flavorful as the original Sherlock Holmes stories. If any of the endless movies, TV shows, pop-culture references, or parodies have interested you at all in the character of Sherlock Holmes I encourage you to pick up this set of books (or download them since the stories of Sherlock Holmes are in the public domain) and read them through. Even though they are more than a century old they are still ver ...more
Over the years reading, and re-reading, Conan Doyle’s stories of the great detective and his friend and colleague, has been one of the most gratifying ways in which I have spent an afternoon; those lazy Sunday mornings; or for that matter any time of day. It was the works of Doyle and Roald Dahl that imbued me with a zest and passion for the written word at an early age; their words stoked my imagination and crafted worlds that I reveled in for hours on end, all from the comfort of my armchair.

Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The latter half of the original Holmes canon is generally just as good as the first half. While I was a little disappointed in Hound of the Baskervilles, it was only because I already knew the plot thanks to all the adaptations of it. The Valley of Fear was incredible, being almost a second and much improved go at A Study in Scarlet. His Last Bow, while the shortest of the short story collections, is definitely one of the best. I almost wish the stories ended there, because it's such a strong no ...more
Ann Jacob
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
And, so, it's after a lot of days that I am completing this book. I could have completed it earlier but then with the reopening of school, I had a lot of work to do. Now also I don't get much time to read except for the early mornings. Still, I enjoy reading. So, as maybe, if you have been reading my earlier reviews, it must be clear to you that I adore Sherlock Holmes now! :) The way he uses his brain and solves the mysteries are really fascinating! I would love to meet someone like him in real ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me more than 2 months to finish each book (Volume 1 and 2), and though it seems to be a blow on my pride being a self-proclaimed bookworm and fast-reader, it doesn't bother me at all.

Yep. Because as I read every single story and chapters in this compilation of the great works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it was like I was right there with Sherlock and Watson.

Read the full review for both Volume 1 and 2 here

Have you read this book or any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work? What do you think

much injustice has been done to the character and necessity of watson in more modern film interpretations.

this genre is a lesson and reminder of the weight given to each word in writing, and that the reader is always working together with the text, leaping ahead and drawing conclusions or making brilliant deductions instead of passively spectating.

I only wish the sherlock holmes stories could somehow step outside of its boundaries as genre fiction. right now each story sets up its gam
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Whew! I was feeling some mixed emotions as I finished up the last story in this set, not the least of which was relief. Relief that it's finally finished, and that I can start (or get back to) reading something else. But I'm definitely not sorry I read this.
My review from the first set will also suffice for this one... easy to get into, quick to finish, more character development than what I usually get from short stories, but also a bit redundant by the end. I think if I were to recommend these
Oct 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, classic
Generally solid mystery writing. I enjoyed most of these works but found them to be more literary puzzles than substantive storytelling. They have clues and deductions and twist endings that you sometimes see coming and sometimes don’t, but, in spite of the fanatical following these stories have, I really didn’t see much more to them but mild entertainment. I enjoyed them, of course, but am baffled at the cult that surrounds them. Hammett’s and Chandler’s mysteries try to peer into the depths of ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant and as crisp as the first volume. One thing that i really loved about the book is the finesse. Its exquisite how the author has based the entire chain of events which are simplistic to the very basics, coupled with the fact that all of us do know it, for the most part, but also at the same time fail to notice it none the less. To explore this particular side of the human weakness and to garner interest from the same aspect everytime is a work which surely deserve appreciation. This who ...more
I own this mass market paperback version, but in order to count up each book included in this collection for the Goodreads Challenge, I have reviews for the individual books as well:
The Hound of the Baskervilles // The Valley of Fear // His Last Bow // The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES is great, but on the whole I found these later stories a bit less compelling than those in Vol. I. It seems pretty clear Conan Doyle was getting tired of Holmes by this point (he had, after all, tried to kill him off). The writing seems considerably less polished. The plots are also more far-fetched, as if Conan Doyle was running out of ideas, or just didn't care about trying to make things believable anymore. Most of the charm of the characters is still there, thou ...more
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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.

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 record
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