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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.
I've always enjoyed a good mystery, and this was like nostalgia reading. Loved it!Published 2 days ago by Wilma Blythe
The manner of speech and the cadence of the writing adds as much to the interest to the story as the story itself. 4 stars only because I wish it were longer.Published 4 days ago by Gman
I have always loved Sherlock Holmes. These are short stories as told by Dr Watson and give you insight into Holmes.Published 9 days ago by Zoila T.
This by far an excellent read, well written would be a understatement to say the very least.
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Always good for rainy day reading. Dig in and feel like you lived a hundred and twenty years ago. Doyle must have been very cool. I love all of his books. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Crayne
I chose this rating because of the detail that the author went in to get and make a perfect book.Published 16 days ago by C. Johnson
Loved these! Great for lunch breaks since I could usually finish a story in that time. Just as engrossing as his longer ones.Published 17 days ago by Caitlin Estep