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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Paperback – February 7, 2011
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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.
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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'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.
Silver Blaze-The favorite horse in the Wessex Cup is missing and his trainer has been murdered. Holmes and Dr. Watson leave London to investigate.
The Yellow Face-A mystified husband is concerned about a yellow face he saw at a home near his home. He also begins to question his wife's past.
The Stockbroker's Clerk-An innocent young clerk becomes involved with a gang of thieves.
The Gloria Scott-Murder and piracy on a ship come back to haunt characters in the present.
The Musgrave Ritual-A buried treasure from the days of Charles II lead Holmes and Watson to an old estate and the discovery of grisly murder.
The Reigate Squires-Holmes and Watson travel to rural England where wealthy homes have been violated by thieves. A surprising twist in the tale will surprise readers.
The Crooked Man-The story of a love triangle resembling the story of David's seduction of Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah
the Hittite. One of the best stories in this collection.
The Resident Patient-A terrified criminal fears reprisals from his old gang.
The Greek Interpreter-The abduction of a fetching maid from Athens leads London's foremost interpreter into a murky world of criminal abduction.
The Naval Treaty-The longest story in the collection deals with a young government offical who has an important document stolen from him. An intriguing case!
The Final Problem-Sherlock Holmes and the evil Dr. Moriarity fight to the death at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.Read more ›
In Memoirs, we are introduced to many important characters in the Sherlock Holmes canon, including Sherlock's brother Mycroft. This collection also marks our first introduction of Sherlock's nemesis, Moriarty. The last story in this collection is The Last Problem, where we first see Sherlock and Moriarty go head to head (the results of this meeting leading to what is sometimes referred to as "The Great Hiatus" for Sherlock).
This collection was entertaining and, in my opinions, still stands up pretty well more than 100 years later. The mysteries are engaging and seemingly unsolvable, until Sherlock cracks the case, with explanations making it seem so simple. For those unfamiliar with Sherlock, you can easily pick up this collection and jump right in, although you won't have as much background on Watson and Holmes relationship, or Holmes' quirks. Overall, an entertaining and fun read.
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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These stories are timeless and can be read over and over again.Published 5 days ago by Hilary Anderson
I've seen the movies and plays; I've read some of the novels, but this is my favorite work about Sherlock Holmes. Written in the first person as if by Dr. Read morePublished 9 days ago by honeybee