The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes [NOOK Book]

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Overview


The illustrations for this series were created by Scott McKowen, who, with his wife Christina Poddubiuk, operates Punch & Judy Inc., a company specializing in design and illustration for theater and performing arts. Their projects often involve research into the visual aspects of historical settings and characters. Christina is a theater set and costume designer and contributed advice on the period clothing for the illustrations.

Scott created these drawings in scratchboard ­ an engraving medium which evokes the look of popular art from the period of these stories. Scratchboard is an illustration board with a specifically prepared surface of hard white chalk. A thin layer of black ink is rolled over the surface, and lines are drawn by hand with a sharp knife by scraping through the ink layer to expose the white surface underneath. The finished drawings are then scanned and the color is added digitally.

It’s elementary—there’s no more intriguing detective than Sherlock Holmes, with his unequalled powers of deduction, and no better mysteries than the tricky ones that only he can solve. Here are some of the finest Holmes stories, recounted by his trusty friend and assistant, Dr. Watson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402792663
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Sterling Unabridged Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 858,174
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle

Edinburgh-born Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) took a degree in medicine at Edinburgh University before becoming a doctor in Southsea. He began writing detective stories to supplement his income and 'A Study in Scarlet' (1887) introduced his finest creation, the hawk-eyed detective, Sherlock Holmes. Iain Pears is the is the best-selling author of six detective novels, including An Instance of the Finger Post. Ed Glinert is a journalist and writer.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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The Adventure of a Scandal in Bohemia

I.

To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise, but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen; but, as a lover, he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They were admirable things for the observer-excellent for drawing the veil from men's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.

I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to absorb all my attention; while Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in Baker-street, buried among his old books, and alternating from week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the drug, and the fierce energy of his own keen nature. He was still, as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in following out those clues, and clearing up those mysteries, which had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up of the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee, and finally of the mission which he had accomplished so delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland. Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely shared with all the readers of the daily press, I knew little of my former friend and companion.

One night-it was on the 20th of March, 1888-I was returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to civil practice), when my way led me through Baker-street. As I passed the well-remembered door, which must always be associated in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers. His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw his tall spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against the blind. He was pacing the room swiftly, eagerly, with his head sunk upon his chest, and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their own story. He was at work again. He had risen out of his drug-created dreams, and was hot upon the scent of some new problem. I rang the bell, and was shown up to the chamber which had formerly been in part my own.

His manner was not effusive. It seldom was; but he was glad, I think, to see me. With hardly a word spoken, but with a kindly eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he stood before the fire, and looked me over in his singular introspective fashion.

"Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have put on seven and a half pounds since I saw you."

"Seven," I answered.

"Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, I fancy, Watson. And in practice again, I observe. You did not tell me that you intended to go into harness."

"Then, how do you know?"

"I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have been getting yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and careless servant girl?"

"My dear Holmes," said I, "this is too much. You would certainly have been burned had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true that I had a country walk on Thursday and came home in a dreadful mess; but, as I have changed my clothes, I can't imagine how you deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has given her notice; but there again I fail to see how you work it out."

He chuckled to himself and rubbed his long nervous hands together.

"It is simplicity itself," said he; "my eyes tell me that on the inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black mark of nitrate of silver6 upon his right fore-finger, and a bulge on the side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted his stethoscope, I must be dull indeed if I do not pronounce him to be an active member of the medical profession."

I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I remarked, "the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled, until you explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good as yours."

"Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing himself down into an armchair. "You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen the steps which lead up from the hall to this room."

"Frequently."

"How often?"

"Well, some hundreds of times."

"Then how many are there?"

"How many! I don't know."

"Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, because I have both seen and observed. By the way, since you are interested in these little problems, and since you are good enough to chronicle one or two of my trifling experiences, you may be interested in this." He threw over a sheet of thick pink-tinted notepaper which had been lying open upon the table. "It came by the last post," said he. "Read it aloud."

The note was undated, and without either signature or address.

"There will call upon you to-night, at a quarter to eight o'clock," it said, "a gentleman who desires to consult you upon a matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of the Royal Houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may safely be trusted with matters which are of an importance which can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all quarters received. Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask."

"This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that it means?"

"I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. What do you deduce from it?"

I carefully examined the writing, and the paper upon which it was written.

"The man who wrote it was presumably well to do," I remarked, endeavouring to imitate my companion's processes. "Such paper could not be bought under half-a-crown a packet. It is peculiarly strong and stiff."

"Peculiar-that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an English paper at all. Hold it up to the light."

I did so, and saw a large E with a small g, a P, and a large G with a small t woven into the texture of the paper.

"What do you make of that?" asked Holmes.

"The name of the maker, no doubt; or his monogram, rather."

"Not at all. The G with the small t stands for 'Gesellschaft,' which is the German for 'Company.' It is a customary contraction like our 'Co.' P, of course, stands for 'Papier.' Now for the Eg. Let us glance at our Continental Gazetteer." He took down a heavy brown volume from his shelves. "Eglow, Eglonitz-here we are, Egria. It is in a German-speaking country-in Bohemia, not far from Carlsbad. 'Remarkable as being the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous glass factories and paper mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you make of that?" His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue triumphant cloud from his cigarette.

"The paper was made in Bohemia," I said.

"Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you note the peculiar construction of the sentence-'This account of you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian could not have written that. It is the German who is so uncourteous to his verbs. It only remains, therefore, to discover what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper, and prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if I am not mistaken, to resolve all our doubts."

As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and grating wheels against the curb, followed by a sharp pull at the bell. Holmes whistled.

"A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes" he continued, glancing out of the window. "A nice little brougham9 and a pair of beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in this case, Watson, if there is nothing else."

"I think that I had better go, Holmes."

"Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my Boswell.10 And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity to miss it."

"But your client—"

"Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best attention."

A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there was a loud and authoritative tap.

"Come in!" said Holmes.

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Table of Contents

Biographical Note
Introduction
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1
The Adventure of Scandal in Bohemia 3
The Adventure of the Red-Headed League 25
The Adventure of a Case of Identity 47
The Adventure of the Boscombe Valley Mystery 63
The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips 85
The Adventure of the Man with Twisted Lip 103
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle 125
The Adventure of the Speckled Band 144
The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb 167
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor 187
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet 207
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches 229
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 253
Silver Blaze 255
The Cardboard Box 278
The Yellow Face 297
The Stockbroker's Clerk 314
The 'Gloria Scott' 331
The Musgrave Ritual 349
The Reigate Squires 366
The Crooked Man 384
The Resident Patient 400
The Greek Interpreter 416
The Naval Treaty 433
The Final Problem 464
Note on the Text 481
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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    best for thrilling

    best for anyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Sherlock's story

    ¿Sherlock, watch out,¿ someone shouted to me boom! ¿what happened Pudwill,¿ said Sherlock . My book was he adventures of Sherlock holmes and the author was Sir Canon Author Doyle. The Setting was old London and Germany. Sherlock has five mysteries I¿m going to tell you about one. The third mystery was about the secret factory. He found a note in his mailbox . and the rest is up to you. My opinion was it was to hard and I liked it I wanted to read it, it made it a challenge for me because I¿m not very good with words. The book was very interesting and Sherlock is very smart. He uses a lot of dialog. My recommendation is that the grade level was 8 grade because it is very challenging. It is very challenging because it gives very tough words. I liked the book a lot and it was very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    I loved this book!!!!

    This book was great!!! I don't love mystery that much but this book was wonderful. What great mysteries!!!! If you want a good book to read read this one!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    this book is a good book!

    this book is a classic and it's a mystery book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    JOHNLOCK IS CANNON

    Yes it is

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Great Book

    Loved it!

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    The book that I read was The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur

    The book that I read was The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This book is about a hound that terrorizes the moor in Coombe Tracey, London. The hound apparently killed the most famous man in England, Sir Charles Baskerville. Now that Sherlock and Watson have to go on another investigation, they have to be smart, swift and witty to catch this hound. It first starts out at a crime scene where Charles Baskerville is dead. Then Dr. Mortimer comes in to examine the body. Then they notice bite marks and dog prints the size of cantaloupes. This is the basis of the mystery in this story.
    One of the main strengths of this book is the unique point of view through which this story is narrated. Because even though that Sherlock Holmes is the main character of the story, his sidekick Watson is the narrator. Since he is the narrator and a personal friend of Holmes, he can see what Sherlock sees and what he speaks his mind about, too. Watson is very peculiar about Sherlock and what decisions he makes, which is usually a bad idea, but sometimes, his choices work out perfectly in the end. When watson describes how he moves and how his attitude is at all times, really brings out and helps you understand why Sherlock has his motive to do what he is ordered to do. This strength of this book gives a mysterious feeling that gives great description on what you have read. This is the book that Doyle fans would go crazy for.
    One weakness of the book. Except, for only one scene in this book, is that there was one part in this book that didn’t really provide a well suited setting that readers could imagine what was going on. Other than that, the book was fantastic. In the setting, he only said it was a beautiful coffee shop. And that was it. So then they start to talk about how they could catch the hound. Then at the time, Stapleton was an ally, so he decided to sit with them and talk as well.
    Personally I think this is simply one of the best books that I have read in my life. The storyline was perfect for expert readers, and the setting was so detailed, it felt like I was actually in the story itself. So overall, an outstanding book. The author would even have one part of the story to just be about the architecture of the building. The author describes the way others talk, how the hound should sound like, and even how the trees leaves on the ground rustling. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, by far the best author in history.
    This book would be perfect for Sherlock Holmes fans and many others who like to read about this era. The book is well fitted and very well written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who is, well, to me, one of the greatest writers in history because of his storylines and his sophisticated way of writing. For the fans of Doyle, if you haven’t read this book yet, I would right away because I assure you, this book will blow your mind. If you like mystery books, action, and fiction, this book has all of them combined into one book. Mystery is probably the main part of the story but action. This book is just packed with action. The fights, shootouts, and even, killing the hound, that was by far the best part, in action sense. So to you Doyle fans, read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Pretty awsome

    Was over all a good book and i liked it but it had alot of big wa
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