About the Author
A prolific author of books, short stories, poetry, and more, the Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is best known for the creation of one of literature’s most vivid and enduring characters: Sherlock Holmes. Through detailed observation, vast knowledge, and brilliant deduction, Holmes and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson, step into the swirling fog of Victorian London to rescue the innocent, confound the guilty, and solve the most perplexing puzzles known to literature.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I still have a fond but very vauge recollection of reading some of the Sherlock Holmes short stories way back in elementary school. It is one of those things I always thought I'd get back to. Then came the show "Sherlock" and it has rather clinched it for me that I'd like to read these stories. I did rather start in the middle with "The Hound of the Baskervilles" primaily because this was the one Sherlock Holmes I already had in my TBR pile when I discovered the wonderful BBC series. Then I decided to go back to the beginning, hence my reason for picking up this omnibus of the first two Holmes.I did enjoy these. I find Watson to be pretty darn funny and found myself laughing out loud more than once at his anecdotes. I also had to laugh a bit at some of the language...but that's something I won't get into. My only complaint would be about the long winded criminal explanations of the "why" of the crime which I found to be rather tedious. I guess I enjoy the character studies more than the mysteries themselves but, of course, this is certainly a personal preference.Overall, I think I'm going to like reading more and already have picked up "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" which I am looking forward to.