The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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From the strange case of The Red-Headed League to the extraordinary tale of The Engineer's Thumb, Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson grapple with treachery, murder, and ingenious crimes of all kinds. But no case is too challenging, no mystery insoluble, for the immortal detective's unique powers of deduction.
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Overview

From the strange case of The Red-Headed League to the extraordinary tale of The Engineer's Thumb, Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson grapple with treachery, murder, and ingenious crimes of all kinds. But no case is too challenging, no mystery insoluble, for the immortal detective's unique powers of deduction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141332499
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Series: Puffin Classics Series
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 341,868
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Delaney is the author of The Last Apprentice series.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2007

    The Greatest Mystery Classic of All Time.

    Sherlock Holmes solves a series of crimes that leave Scotland Yard baffled. He has to solve some very unusual cases such as ¿The Red-Headed League.¿ Despite the complexity of the crimes, he is able to solve them and to nab every thief, murderer and crook. This is one of the most popular mystery classics ever written. In his stories, the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, uses great detail and very colorful words. For example, in ¿The Red-Headed League¿ he carefully describes the damp, dark basement where Sherlock Holmes is hiding. In the story ¿Charles Augustus Milverton,¿ the author selects words that make the text flow nicely. His vivid sentences allow the reader to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words through context. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also uses irony well. In ¿The Priory School,¿ he makes you think the duke¿s son ran away from school, when actually he had been kidnapped. During ¿The Case of the Solitary Cyclist,¿ he makes you think that the man following a certain woman is evil, when really he is just trying to help the woman. In the final mystery, ¿The Red-Headed League,¿ the author makes you think that the red-headed man will keep doing his job, but this turns out not to be the case. Following Sherlock Holmes¿ reasoning makes the story very enjoyable. It allows the reader to understand how he solves the case. It is amusing the way he sometimes makes the police look like fools, especially when he finds important details that they had missed. I was amazed at how he used deduction to solve every case. This is an entertaining book filled with mystery and great suspense. J.Barton

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2007

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    This book is about the daring Sherlock Holmes and his companion Watson. About there cases involving murder and a lost Duke's son. If you don't like the story you are reading, there is many others to choose from all in the same book! This book will keeped you hooked and wanting for more. I like this book because of all the interesting stories and tales and how he is able to solve them in such a short period of time.

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