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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451569920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451569926
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,194,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penzler Pick, February 2000: What is there about the greatest series of short stories in the history of the world that hasn't already been said? This is the second (of five) story collections by Doyle about the greatest detective in literature--and a splendid volume it is, containing such superb puzzles as "The Greek Interpreter," in which readers are introduced to Mycroft Holmes; "The Musgrave Ritual"; "Silver Blaze"; and the earth-shattering "The Final Adventure," recounting the struggle between Holmes and the evil Professor Moriarty in which the two titans were apparently killed as they went over the edge of the Reichenbach Falls.

But every mystery reader already knows this. I'm pointing out this marvelous book because it has been extensively annotated by a fine Sherlockian scholar, Les Klinger, who has brought to all serious students of the Holmesian canon a level of erudition seldom encountered. In addition to the expected illustrations from The Strand magazine and meticulous scrutiny of chronological evidence of various events, there are references to primary sources and a staggering helping of information from the thousands of works about Sherlock Holmes by others.

More than 30 years ago, another great Sherlockian scholar, William S. Baring-Gould, produced a ground-breaking volume that enjoyed more than 35 printings in its original two-volume format and probably sold just as many copies in a slightly less elaborate one-volume size. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes became the single most essential volume in the library of any true Sherlockian, of which the world has far more than you think.

Les Klinger has acknowledged Baring-Gould in every way imaginable, and it was an act of extraordinary courage to attempt to supercede that monumental work. But that is exactly what he appears to be doing. The first volume, his annotated edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, was introduced by the same publisher last year. There are seven yet to come.

If you want to master just about everything there is to know about The Great Detective and The Good Doctor, to understand what Holmes meant when he referred to "a comet vintage" of wine, and to know what discrepancies there are between the English and American editions of the works, plus a thousand other things relating to Holmes, Watson, and the England of the Victorian era, you must have this volume, as well as all the others in the series as they become available over the next few years. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This BBC radio production presents all 12 short stories in Conan Doyle's 1893 Memoirs collection, which includes such gold as "Silver Blaze," "The Musgrave Ritual," and "The Final Problem." This is radio drama in the grand tradition, and the programs feature fine acting, moody sound effects, and original violin music. The stories are generally convincing, with Clive Merrison and Michael Williams taking on the roles of the consulting detective and his doctor friend Boswell. Williams is quite fine as the dutiful and often perplexed Watson, but Merrison's Holmes at times comes across as confused and even pompous. Generally, however, he does the role justice. Pop in a tape, close your eyes, and be transported back to Victorian London. The lights on Baker Street are always on. Recommended.?Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I couldn`t have fallen more in love with these characters.
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The characters, plot but mostly the writing is excellent and really stands as great literature.
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I've read all these stories before, but I had forgotten how they all turn out at the end.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Louie Louie on March 18, 2010
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a number of books, but to me, nothing really worked like his Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The characters are believable, and one begins to think that one almost knows them. The characters in Doyle's other books just don't have the same character.

I've read all these stories before, but I had forgotten how they all turn out at the end. They are perfect for reading just before sleeping; you can finish one story easily each night before your eyes close and drift off to sleep.

I love the way Holmes sees even the smallest details and is able to deduce truths from them. Of course these are classics that people will enjoy for centuries.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Renee Marksman on May 21, 2010
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I love reading Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and now I have them on my ipod! The stories has a couple of typos, but nothing that ruins the story. The complete stories are all there, with no missing parts. The pages are easy to read, flip, and use. I really enjoy using Kindle to read my stories, it's easy to use, and has all the features that I want like view lock, and automatic page saving. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves reading Holmes!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
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This is the perfect follow up to Klinger's annotated "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." It is exhaustively researched, beautifully printed, and tastefully illustrated. The scope of the annotations are awesome, and truly enhance the appreciation of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Both die-hard fans and casual readers will absolutely love this book!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2010
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This book is pretty nice because it contains some of the queerest mysteries Sherlock Holmes ventured to solve, such as the Silver Blaze mystery and (my favorite) the Reigate puzzle (which I've read seven times because its kinda sad, strange, and actiony.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Hill on October 17, 2002
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What a wonderful surprise it was to come across Leslie Klinger's outstanding annotated versions of the Sherlock Holmes stories on Amazon! Klinger's notes are extremely helpful and informative (not to mention entertaining), and the copious illustrations by Paget are a great addition as well. This (and the other volumes, of which Adventures, Hound of the Baskervilles, and Study in Scarlet have been published to date) are a worthy successor to William Baring-Gould's justly acclaimed annotated Holmes from years back, and are, in opinion, a better value and more enjoyable read than the rather dry Oxford editions.
If you are new to Sherlock Holmes, this may not be the most economical way to pick up all of Conan Doyle's work. But if you are a long-time Holmes fan, or just want to experience the Holmes stories in a deeper and more informed way, I can think of no better purchase than this. Very highly recommended!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Sandstrum on May 24, 2012
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Recently watched the last episode of the second season of "Sherlock" on PBS. It made me want to read the original story, "The Final Problem", which appeared in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes". I found this free copy of "Memoirs" on Kindle, and it includes illustrations and a table of contents, which is important since "Final" is the last story in the book.

This is a must have for anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Barteldes on October 25, 2000
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It is hard to write about classics . They are also hard to choose, specially because since most of them are in public domain, several publishing companies publish them.In the case of Sherlock Holmes adventures,this is also true.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is the collection of stories which its author intended to be the last, where the great detective plunges to apparent death with his arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty. Roughly ten years later the sleuth was resurrected.
The first time I purchased a Sherlock Holmes collection it was the Wordsworth edition. Very amusing, since they are the facsimile of the original Strand Magazine editions. On the other hand, the print is terribly small and difficult to read.
I was preparing my thesis when I found this edition of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. It was edited by Christopher Roden,a specialist in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It has a very comprehensive introduction and liner notes which make the book very understandable, specially if you are not British.This edition is a very helpful one not only for the student, but also to the reader who is not familiar with Victorian times.
Bottom line: If you are a serious reader of Sherlock Holmes, this book should be part of your collection.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jetpack on March 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes gets you the following stories:

Silver Blaze (a favorite of mine)
The Yellow Face
The Stock-Broker's Clerk
The "Gloria Scott"
The Musgrave Ritual (Another great one)
The Reigate Puzzle
The Crooked Man (one of the saddest Holmes stories)
The Resident Patient
The Greek Interpreter
The Naval Treaty
The Final Problem

Doyle produced some of the finest detective stories, and this is a download I would recommend for any Kindle.

If you haven't ever read Holmes, give this free version a try.
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