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Eight Great Sherlock Holmes Stories
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
I get these large print books for my Grandmother, who is a voracious reader. I often have a hard time finding decent material (i.e. new best-sellers and actual literature rather than cheesy romance, nostalgia, or "chicken soup for the elderly soul"-type content) in large print format so I was pleased to find these classic short stories for her. The Sherlock Holmes series is engaging, witty, and enjoyable to read. The larger print makes reading easier on the eyes.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2008
I've caved in and decided if I'm to enjoy books again, I must go to the large print whenever possible and this was my first choice. And these are great stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2011
I ordered this as a birthday gift for my Dad (75 years old). He has really enjoyed this book, the print was large and clear and easy for him to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
Eight Great Sherlock Holmes Cases, Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle, MD wrote fifty-six short stories and four long stories about the private detective Sherlock Holmes and his associate Dr. John Watson (who recorded these cases). The copyright on Doyle’s characters expired in 1970 so anybody is free to use these fictional characters in a story. How many of the imitators are as good as the original? I was told these stories are no longer used in High School English classes. What could have replaced them? Many of them have meanings or messages best understood by adults. (“Silver Blaze” is not included.) The first Holmes story was written in 1887, the last in 1927. Other writers have admired these detective stories. There are collections of the complete series in a one or two-volume edition, and individual books for each of the sets of stories. The number of books and stories written about Sherlock Holmes exceed the original stories, a mark of his popularity.

1) A Scandal in Bohemia. A big, tall man visits Holmes on a secret mission. This nobleman is in a photograph with an actress, and this can endanger an arranged dynastic marriage. Holmes is given £1,000 for expenses [a small fortune then]. Holmes uses a trick to find a hidden valuable object.
2) The Red-Headed League. A man with blazing red hair visits Holmes with his problem of a lost well-paying job. Holmes visits his shop on a side street. A watch at night catches the burglar and saves the bank its fortune in French gold. Holmes explains his deductions. A man who works for half-wages?
3) The Adventure of the Speckled Band. A young woman consults Holmes about her fears, her older sister died earlier. Why was her bedroom changed? What makes her stepfather so fierce? [Is it madness?] Helen’s life is saved, the guilty person falls into his own trap.
4) The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb. A murderous attack severed the thumb of a young hydraulic engineer. He tells his story to Holmes. He was offered high pay for a few hours of work in secret. He had a narrow escape! Holmes takes him to Scotland Yard and they go to Eyford. But it is too late, the criminals escaped capture.
5) The Musgrave Ritual. A friend visits Holmes to ask his advice about a missing butler. The butler’s former girlfriend also disappeared without a trace. Holmes studies the questions and answers of the heirloom ritual and solves the puzzle. A hidden pit tells what happened to the butler! Holmes surmised the unwritten history of the ritual.
6) The Final Problem. Holmes explains there is a power that shields criminals. There is evidence against Professor Moriarity and his underlings. Can Holmes be stopped? Holmes and Watson flee to Europe and Switzerland. A message brings Watson back to their hotel, but he must return to the Reichenbach falls. Homes is gone, only a farewell letter remains! [It was a mistake for Holmes and Watson to travel together, a pair is more noticeable than a lone man.]
7) The Adventure of the Empty House. It begins with the mysterious death of Ronald Adair in a locked room. Watson gets a surprise from a visiting bibliophile. Sherlock explains his past actions. That night they capture a murderer, a highly regarded Army officer.
8) The Adventure of the Dancing Men. A man's wife was frightened by a letter that had little stick figures. He visits Sherlock, who studies this message. There is a shooting. Sherlock sends a coded message to an unknown man and solves the mystery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
My mother in law is 94 years young but with poor eyesight. I bought this for her because she loves reading but most print is too small. She loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2014
An excellent selection of Sherlock Holmes short stories, a great way to introduce someone to the wonder of Sherlock and Watson.
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on December 18, 2014
This is a nice looking paperback, not small. I bought it as a gift for an elderly neighbor, but the "enlarged print" is hardly what I expected. Even I still needed my reading glasses to look at the pages. He would never be able to read it. I gave it to a nursing home so that they could give it to someone with better sight for Christmas.
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on January 14, 2014
Eight Great Sherlock Holmes Cases

Arthur Conan Doyle, MD wrote fifty-six short stories and four long stories about the private detective Sherlock Holmes and his associate Dr. John Watson (who recorded these cases). The copyright on Doyle’s characters expired in 1970 so anybody is free to use these fictional characters in a story. How many of the imitators are as good as the original? I was told these stories are no longer used in High School English classes. What could have replaced them? Many of them have meanings or messages best understood by adults. (“Silver Blaze” is not included.) The first Holmes story was written in 1887, the last in 1927. Other writers have admired these detective stories. There are collections of the complete series in a one or two-volume edition, and individual books for each of the sets of stories. The number of books and stories written about Sherlock Holmes exceed the original stories, a mark of his popularity.

1) A Scandal in Bohemia. A big, tall man visits Holmes on a secret mission. This nobleman is in a photograph with an actress, and this can endanger an arranged dynastic marriage. Holmes is given £1,000 for expenses [a small fortune then]. Holmes uses a trick to find a hidden valuable object.
2) The Red-Headed League. A man with blazing red hair visits Holmes with his problem of a lost well-paying job. Holmes visits his shop on a side street. A watch at night catches the burglar and saves the bank its fortune in French gold. Holmes explains his deductions. A man who works for half-wages?
3) The Adventure of the Speckled Band. A young woman consults Holmes about her fears, her older sister died earlier. Why was her bedroom changed? What makes her stepfather so fierce? [Is it madness?] Helen’s life is saved, the guilty person falls into his own trap.
4) The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb. A murderous attack severed the thumb of a young hydraulic engineer. He tells his story to Holmes. He was offered high pay for a few hours of work in secret. He had a narrow escape! Holmes takes him to Scotland Yard and they go to Eyford. But it is too late, the criminals escaped capture.
5) The Musgrave Ritual. A friend visits Holmes to ask his advice about a missing butler. The butler’s former girlfriend also disappeared without a trace. Holmes studies the questions and answers of the heirloom ritual and solves the puzzle. A hidden pit tells what happened to the butler! Holmes surmised the unwritten history of the ritual.
6) The Final Problem. Holmes explains there is a power that shields criminals. There is evidence against Professor Moriarity and his underlings. Can Holmes be stopped? Holmes and Watson flee to Europe and Switzerland. A message brings Watson back to their hotel, but he must return to the Reichenbach falls. Homes is gone, only a farewell letter remains! [It was a mistake for Holmes and Watson to travel together, a pair is more noticeable than a lone man.]
7) The Adventure of the Empty House. It begins with the mysterious death of Ronald Adair in a locked room. Watson gets a surprise from a visiting bibliophile. Sherlock explains his past actions. That night they capture a murderer, a highly regarded Army officer.
8) The Adventure of the Dancing Men. A man's wife was frightened by a letter that had little stick figures. He visits Sherlock, who studies this message. There is a shooting. Sherlock sends a coded message to an unknown man and solves the mystery.
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on August 15, 2013
My dad is losing is eyesight so large print books are a must for reading and he just loved these stories. He loved them as a kid and devoured them now. I will buy other Dover large print books for him, Sherlock Holmes especially, and highly recommend this to others, especially mystery lovers with poor vision.
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on January 15, 2014
Truthfully, I had only previously experienced Sherlock on the TV and movies. Really enjoyed reading them, as written by Watson. Stories short enough to provide a nice read at bedtime. Think you'll like this book.
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