Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for Classics
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces—from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes—brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning. By his side is Dr. John Watson, his steadfast assistant and our trusty narrator. This set is a must-have for every discriminating bibliophile and Sherlock Holmes fan.
- Volume 1
A Study in Scarlet: A Novel
A Sign of Four: A Novel
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
- Volume 2
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Novel
- Volume 3
The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
The Valley of Fear: A Novel
- Volume 4
His Last Bow: A Novel
The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes: Short Stories
About the Author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was a Scottish physician and prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction. He is most well known for his four novels and fifty-six short stories featuring the legendary and eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes. Holmes was modeled after Doyle's colleague, physician and surgeon Dr. Joseph Bell, who had been known for his acute powers of deductive observation. In his real life, Doyle worked in the name of justice too. He personally investigated two cases of innocent men who had been wrongfully imprisoned and helped to get them exonerated for their "crimes."
Date of Birth:May 22, 1859
Date of Death:July 7, 1930
Place of Birth:Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:Crowborough, Sussex, England
Education:Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885
Table of Contents
|A Study in Scarlet|
|Part 1||Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D., Late of the Army Medical Department.|
|1||Mr. Sherlock Holmes||15|
|2||The Science of Deduction||19|
|3||The Lauriston Garden Mystery||25|
|4||What John Rance Had to Tell||32|
|5||Our Advertisement Brings a Visitor||36|
|6||Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Do||41|
|7||Light in the Darkness||46|
|Part 2||The Country of the Saints|
|1||On the Great Alkali Plain||52|
|2||The Flower of Utah||58|
|3||John Ferrier Talks with the Prophet||62|
|4||A Flight for Life||65|
|5||The Avenging Angels||71|
|6||A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John Watson, M.D.||76|
|The Sign of Four|
|1||The Science of Deduction||89|
|2||The Statement of the Case||94|
|3||In Quest of a Solution||97|
|4||The Story of the Bald-headed Man||100|
|5||The Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge||106|
|6||Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration||110|
|7||The Episode of the Barrel||115|
|8||The Baker Street Irregulars||122|
|9||A Break in the Chain||128|
|10||The End of the Islander||134|
|11||The Great Agra Treasure||139|
|12||The Strange Story of Jonathan Small||143|
|Adventures of Sherlock Holmes|
|A Scandal in Bohemia||161|
|The Red-headed League||176|
|A Case of Identity||190|
|The Boscombe Valley Mystery||202|
|The Five Orange Pips||217|
|The Man with the Twisted Lip||229|
|The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle||244|
|The Adventure of the Speckled Band||257|
|The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb||273|
|The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor||287|
|The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet||301|
|The Adventure of the Copper Beeches||316|
|Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes|
|The Yellow Face||350|
|The Stock-broker's Clerk||362|
|The "Gloria Scott"||373|
|The Musgrave Ritual||386|
|The Reigate Puzzle||398|
|The Crooked Man||411|
|The Resident Patient||422|
|The Greek Interpreter||435|
|The Naval Treaty||447|
|The Final Problem||469|
|The Return of Sherlock Holmes|
|The Adventure of the Empty House||483|
|The Adventure of the Norwood Builder||496|
|The Adventure of the Dancing Men||511|
|The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist||526|
|The Adventure of the Priory School||538|
|The Adventure of Black Peter||558|
|The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton||572|
|The Adventure of the Six Napoleons||582|
|The Adventure of the Three Students||596|
|The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez||607|
|The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter||622|
|The Adventure of the Abbey Grange||635|
|The Adventure of the Second Stain||650|
|The Hound of the Baskervilles|
|1||Mr. Sherlock Holmes||669|
|2||The Curse of the Baskervilles||673|
|4||Sir Henry Baskerville||685|
|5||Three Broken Threads||692|
|7||The Stapletons of the Merripit House||704|
|8||First Report of Dr. Watson||712|
|9||Second Report of Dr. Watson||716|
|10||Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watson||726|
|11||The Man on the Tor||732|
|12||Death on the Moor||740|
|13||Fixing the Nets||747|
|14||The Hound of the Baskervilles||754|
|The Valley of Fear|
|Part 1||The Tragedy of Birlstone|
|2||Sherlock Holmes Discourses||774|
|3||The Tragedy of Birlstone||779|
|5||The People of the Drama||791|
|6||A Dawning Light||798|
|Part 2||The Scowrers|
|3||Lodge 341, Vermissa||830|
|4||The Valley of Fear||839|
|5||The Darkest Hour||846|
|7||The Trapping of Birdy Edwards Epilogue||865|
|His Last Bow|
|The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge|
|1||The Singular Experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles||869|
|2||The Tiger of San Pedro||877|
|The Adventure of the Cardboard Box||888|
|The Adventure of the Red Circle||901|
|The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans||913|
|The Adventure of the Dying Detective||932|
|The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax||942|
|The Adventure of the Devil's Foot||954|
|His Last Bow||970|
|The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes|
|The Adventure of the Illustrious Client||984|
|The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier||1000|
|The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone||1012|
|The Adventure of the Three Gables||1023|
|The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire||1033|
|The Adventure of the Three Garridebs||1044|
|The Problem of Thor Bridge||1054|
|The Adventure of the Creeping Man||1070|
|The Adventure of the Lion's Mane||1083|
|The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger||1095|
|The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place||1102|
|The Adventure of the Retired Colourman||1113|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought my copy of this publication 35 years ago. In that time I have enjoyed reading through the many adventures numerous times.
This publication is the most complete, and most authentic compilation of the original works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that I have seen. No frills, no pretensive illustrations or pictures, no clever attempts to interpret or explain the content. It is the written work, as it was originally written by the Master Story-Teller. The printed page is all that is needed to spark the imagination and stimulate the mind. And Boy-O-Boy does it deliver!!
So effective are Conan Doyle's literary methods that many people, at one time or another, thought of Sherlock Holmes as a historical figure, a real person. In fact, the master of "Deductive Reasoning", as presented by the author, established methodology that was previously unheard of. Eventually these ideas became the basis for much of modern day detective work.
The stories are captivating, stimulating and exciting. Visual images and "What-If" mental paradoxes jump from the page to the mind with seamless interface. So convincing are the arguments and conclusions of Mr. Holmes, these tails, filled with pure, indisputable logic and deductive reasoning leave one in a frame of mind to question everything that fails to fit into a logical realistic pattern or solution. I'm telling you, this is powerful stuff and if you're not careful it can change your way of looking at things. It surely has done that to me. For me, this is a positive thing. You will need to decide for yourself.
The publication is well made, although not truly archival in quality. Overall product quality is mediocre at best. The paper is average quality, but heavier than most. The print it durable and well done, although font size is on the small side. No doubt necessary for including the entire, unabridged compilation into a single volume. The cover is stout and durable, although the binding on mine has partially parted in a few places. None-the-less, it is still very much intact, and very much one of my favorites.
My copy is thirty-five years old, read through several times, and yet, after all of these years is is still in good condition. The page ends were left un-trimmed, giving it a unique, vintage look. Makes it more special to me. Newer additions are much more neatly put together and finished. I paid $8.95 for it 35 years ago. At under $30 today, this publication is a great bargain. I highly recommend it to any true Sherlock Holmes officianado, or any one who may like to become one.
No where in the collective adventures of Sherlock Holmes did he ever say, "Elementary My Dear Watson". That was an erroneous tag foisted on the worlds greatest "Consulting Detective" by the money grubbing movie moguls of Hollywierd.
He did, however, say, (and I parraphrase): "When you remove all other possibilities, whatever remains, no matter how unlikely it may seem, must be the truth". Words to live by if I ever heard them. Today they say, "It Is What It Is".
This a great collection for any fan of the Master Detective, Mr. Holmes, or for any lover of classic mystey writing. I highly recommend this, above all other publications of these classic works of the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. One of the greatest mystery writers of all times.
This is a big big book, but it's actually a pretty fast read. I love mysteries, and there is none better than Holmes. I will definitely be reading this one again and again.
A bargain book for those who desire a complete listing of all of Conan Doyle's Sherlock stories. I was well satisfied. I read many I did not know existed.
What is there not to like about Sherlock Holmes !! However there are much less expensive anthologies for the Nook.
All the original stories by Conan Doyle, kicking off with A Study In Scarlet, prepare yourself to read for hours
I love Sherlock Holmes! Its a very good series. At first I thought mystery was boring, and uninteresting. But then I read Case Closed, and I thought, if Case Closed is this good, maybe I should try Sherlock Holmes. I loved it after the 1st page! I love it to death.
I don't usually like detective stories because most of the ones I have read/seen are built entirely on the mystery and detective work and don't have the well developed and complex characters that I like to see in fiction. Well, to my complete amazement I discovered that Sherlock Holmes is most definitely an exception to this rule of mine. I won't bother to give a detailed description of Holmes because I could never make him sound as interesting in this review as he is in the stories. I'll just say that no writer ever created a character who was as realistic, complex, and intriguing as Sherlock Holmes and no writer ever will--period.
Thank God for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! In these days of uncertainty and the crooked it is nice to know that some pages will always contain stories pure enough to give us hope that,yes,good will triumph.There lies the magic of Sherlock Holmes and Dr.John Watson.That for a flitting moment in a certain time and space everything is just right.
I'm a 16 year old guy who never really liked to read novels for 'fun'. However, One day in my school library, while browsing, I found a Book titled ' The Complete Sherlock Holmes', me being a lover of mysteries picked the book up and checked it out. Days later I couldn't beleive it this book had me HOOKED! Mr. Doyle did a superbulous job on his fictional character Mr. Holmes and I recommend this whole set to all Mystery lovers of all ages, Trust me you won't be dissappointed.
Doyle wrote several novel-length books, but is particularly famous for his 56 short stories, starring Sherlock Holmes. This collection contains all of Doyle's works, but is especially worth purchasing because it contains the complete collection of the adventures of the world's most famous super sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. Although written in the early 20th century, Holmes' incredible deductions and brilliant detective work is timeless, and will continue to amaze and entertain readers well into the 21st century. One of my favorites! A worthy addition to any personal library!
This book is great! It really captures your imagination. With this book younot only read it, but have a certain involvement in trying to reveal the outcome to the reader. I checked this out from the library just to read a mystery book, but liked the book so much that I decided to buy it. doyle really put a great plot in the sherlock holmes story, making holmes a character that is still recognized today.
This is the greatest book! It has many short stories that are thrilling to read. It also has 'The Hound of the Baskersville' a spine-chilling narrative about a killer hound... It is a great book and I enjoyed it immensely. Sherlock Holmes amazed me by solving all of the mysteries. This book is a definate MUST!
This is the complete adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a ¿consultant¿ detective, with an amazing power of deduction, and his roommate at 221B, Baker Street, Dr. John Watsons they travel across England to solve cases that has left the Police clueless. Nowadays, Sherlock Holmes is a name known to everyone. I liked this book for Sherlock¿s eccentric behavior, and Watson¿s cluelessness about what Sherlock thinks. Conan Doyle is a very good author, who puts himself well into the skin of Watson to tell the amazing stories of his two protagonists and how they fight crime and Sherlock¿s archenemy, Moriarty.
While it is handy to have the entire Canon in one volume, this edition contains a plethora of errors, as well as failing to correct the awkwardness that ensued when Doyle moved "The Cardboard Box." If you can manage it, spring for the 12-volume Oxford edition -- also unlike this volume, the Oxford books are a convenient size for carrying and reading.
Catchy. Good, solid writing. Humorous, entertaining characters. Only quip is the second half to the first novel; the first half is wonderful (you can wonder in awe, with Watson, about who Sherlock is); however, the second half is displaced from the immediate story line, and worse, the girl (when young) was irrecoverably annoying. For that, I am tempted to say that AC Doyle was better at the short story form than the novel, but the other novels make up for the first. (4)
Engrossing. I like the fact that these are short and they're engrossing.
Excellent stories. If you enjoy mystery, then Doyle's Holmes is a must. Be transported back to London in the days of horse and buggy. Superior style and prose, plus masterful characterization, and plots that will have you up reading past your bedtime!
The novels and short stories are of somewhat uneven quality but, come on, there's a reason why Doyle was forced by the reading public to resurrect Holmes from death...it's a lot of fun!
Simply fantastic. Everything you could want from a Sherlock Holmes collection. Beautiful book and made of the highest quality.
I looked and looked for a good Sherlock Holmes collection with the original illustrations to replace my 1970s book that is falling apart. There are none! The only ones I found had blurry/pixelated images, missing illustrations, or none a all. This copy is great! And, from what I can tell, it has all of the original spelling, which is great for language enthusiasts.
Complete and with the original illustrations—best collection of Sherlock Holmes out there.
The book set was NOT secured properly inside the box. For a heavy item like this should be wrapped more carefully than just randomly throwing airbags inside the shipping box. The front corners of the box set and the first book were dented. It was a big hassle to re-order for replacement, so just keep it but disappointed.
Wanna get it but don't know if it is a good copy