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Overview

Britain's brilliant detective is back, in this final installment in the continuation of the classic collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. Using his extraordinary powers of deduction, Holmes gets to the bottom of four more baffling cases, and brings Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless mysteries to life in a vivid dramatization from BBC Radio, complete with a full cast, a marvelous musical score and sound effects.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes Volume 3

In the tale of The Three Students, which Watson himself refers to as a "small but instructive adventure," Holmes's task is to determine which of three possible suspects has cheated in order to win the coveted Fortescue Scholarship. In The Golden Pince-Nez, a professor's secretary is found murdered, and the key piece of evidence — a pair of eyeglasses — is discovered clutched in the victim's hand. The Missing Three-Quarter takes Holmes and Watson to Cambridge, where the university's star rugby player had disappeared just prior to a crucial match. And The Abbey Grange is full of emotional intrigue when Watson finds himself captivated by a beautiful woman whose husband is found dead.

In one of his novels, author Doyle distressed readers by allowing both Sherlock Holmes and his adversary Professor Moriarty to die. Then in 1903, to please readers, he resuscitates the famous sleuth. The stories in this collection tell of his return.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582426979
  • Publisher: Pearson ESL
  • Publication date: 1/22/2001
  • Series: Sherlock Holmes Mystery Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 52
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both a doctor and a believer in spirits, which may partly explain why his Sherlock Holmes is one of literature's most beloved detectives: Holmes always approaches his cases with the gentility and logic of a scientist, but the stories are suffused with an aura of the supernatural. Narrated by devoted assistant Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes's adventures were so addictive that fans protested the master deducer's "death" in 1893 and Doyle had to resurrect him.

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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