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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – October 22, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0192835086 ISBN-10: 0192835084

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192835084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192835086
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a Scottish writer who studied medicine before becoming the writer of the famous Sherlock Holmes series.

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Now years later it was fun to read them again.
Henry Cate III
The Speckled Band, 1892 - Universally regarded as the most popular short story in the Sherlock Holmes canon, and easily one of the more suspenseful and chilling.
Godly Gadfly
The stories were enjoyable and relaxing to read, easy to dip into and out of and fairly timeless.
Not Miss Havisham

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Godly Gadfly on August 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although he also wrote several novels featuring the world's greatest fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, it was especially in his short stories that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle perfected the Holmes formula. And of the five collections of Holmes short stories (about a dozen in each collection), "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (published in 1892) was the first and is easily the most popular and best of the five. It contains all except one of the five all-time most popular short stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon (A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-headed League, The Blue Carbuncle, and The Speckled Band), as well as some other gems like The Five Orange Pips. For newcomers to Holmes, this there is no better place to start than with the dozen stories that comprise "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". And for long-time fans, these are old favorites worth reading again and again.

Here's a list of the stories in this collection (with the better stories marked with stars):

***A Scandal in Bohemia, 1891 - The very first and one of the top five Sherlock Holmes short stories. After some brilliant detective work involving disguises and acting, Holmes is outwitted by the woman Irene Adler in his quest to help the hereditary king of Bohemia regain a scandalous photograph from her.

***The Red-headed League, 1891 - Generally regarded as all-time second best Sherlock Holmes story, this bizarre tale features a pawnbroker who is paid money to join the mysterious Red-Headed League and copy out Encyclopedia Britannica, as part of an ingenious scheme to rob a bank.

A Case of Identity, 1891 - Holmes solves the mystery of Mary Sutherland's fiance who disappears on the morning of his wedding, unmasking it as scheme hatched by her greedy step-father.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Henry Cate III on October 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
In college I went through a phase where I read all the Sherlock Holmes stories. Once I got started reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, I didn't want to stop. It was sad when I read the last story.

Now years later it was fun to read them again. I enjoy the Sherlock Holmes short stories more than one of the novels. For me one of the most enjoyable parts of a Sherlock Holmes story is reading about what happened, and then reading how Sherlock Holmes solved the problem. A collection of short stories provides this experience many times.

This collection has many classics. It has the famous line "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." (The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet.)

It is also interesting to see what life was like in England 100 years ago. They had the underground, but use carriages, there was lots of travel by train, and life in general was a bit rougher than today.

If you haven't read any Sherlock Holmes stories, this is a good place to start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on January 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
For those who love mystery stories this combined anthology of all of Sherlock Holmes Adventures and short stories is a desert island book for sure. Conan Doyle was THE author who developed the mystery genre as we know it today! His works are pure classics and each one is a masterpiece. Individual reviews could be done on all of the short stories and each of the novelettes, but it is so much nicer to have the works all in one reference volume. Conan Doyle has reached that enviable position where most authors want to be - his hero has been immortalized and there is probably no one in any of the literate countries that has not heard of Sherlock Holmes. Not too bad for an author that started these stories in penny newsprint editions! I could go on and on and write highlights from each of the stories, but that would spoil your fun when you delve in and begin to read or reread them again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana Crass on March 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I had a hard time putting this book down! I really enjoyed these stories starring Holmes and Watson. I would strongly recommend this book to others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Kettlewell on November 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
You can see why this detective model has been copied so many times: these short stories are the hour episodes of today's ubiquitous crime shows. Doyle manages a wonderful balance between intellectually entertaining crime solving, character development of Holmes and Watson, action, and turnover of each tale's novel guests and events.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jewish Princess on July 9, 2005
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This is the GREATEST BOOK EVER!!!! If you watch Star Trek - after reading all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, you will see why the character "Data" was so mesmerized by Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are ingenious - you will see how clever this detective is when he unravels the mysteries - Try as I might - I could never come up with the anwer to the riddles proposed in each of the stories - IT WAS A COMPLETE PAGE TURNER - I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN - each night I went to sleep reluctantly because I did not want to stop reading, but I was so tired! MAKE READING THIS ONE OF YOUR LIFE GOALS - IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO MISS IT. This is definately the BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.

ENJOY - I ENVY YOUR FRESH EXPERIENCE WITH IT :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Guillaume on June 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Well this is a classic that comes close to meeting its hype. I learned that the author was a medical doctor, which is probably why Holmes partner Dr. Watson is a M.D. The first page had a surprise, Dr. Watson reveals Sherlock Holmes relaxes by doing cocaine. I'm sure if I read to much of Sherlock Homes I would eventually get tired of the "I'm right even when I am wrong" syndrome. Every chapter is a story and they don't tie together, although once in a while there were vague references to other cases.
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