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The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Reader's Digest) Hardcover – 1991

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This edition is printed in specially-designed large type for easier reading, and is printed on non-glare paper. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This first installment In the continuation of the classic collection of Sherlock Holmes stories will charm Sir Arthur Canon Doyle's many fans with four more lavish episodes featuring the inimitable partnership of Holmes and Watson as portrayed by the well-loved pair, Clive Merrison and Michael Williams. Presented in a stunning dramatization originally conceived for BBC broadcast and produced by the world's foremost creators of radio entertainment, this lush production combines a full cast with stirring music and sound effects to bring these classic mysteries to life.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Volume 1

In The Empty House, within hours of Dr. Watson bumping into an aged bookseller, he and Holmes are back together after a three year hiatus, tracking a master criminal to their own front door. An obvious motive and copious clues point a murderous finger at Holmes own client in The Norwood Builder. The Dancing Men jettisons Holmes into the investigation of what had previously appeared to be merely childish scribbles, and in the end it is Holmes' own pistol clapped against the head of the malefactor. The Solitary Cyclist stalking Miss Violet Smith sends Holmes and Watson down a murky trail of passion and crime. In this first volume of The Return of Sherlock Holmes, the fearsome duo of Watson and Holmes are at the top of their form. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association; unabridged edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895774011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895774019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Comeaux on January 14, 2008
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Much anticipated, as evidenced on a website "The Sherlock Holmes Society", I was not sure I would like this, having enjoyed the dramatizations by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce on restored radio productions. Well, David Tomlinson reads Arthur Conan Doyle's story in top form, as if we were hearing Dr. Watson himself tell the story. He does all the voices, and will soon become a favorite audio reader. I completely enjoyed these readings. Plus, since they are the unabridged works, we hear every nuance that ACD wrote into the story, with no embellishment. The stories do hold up after so many years.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nigel M Bailey on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
As an Englishman. resident in the United States, what do I miss most? The BBC. As a little boy I looked forward to all the broadcast plays every week. The BBC cast performed about 6 hours of radio plays every week. They still do, haven't you also noticed the number of TV plays broadcast by A and E? Most of them originate in the United Kingdom, Hornblower, ETC.. Now we can enjoy the performances by means of these Bantam Double Day releases. Very well done, by a very experienced cast, you can let your imagination run riot as you picture the various scenes in your mind. These are the classic stories by Sir Arther Conan Doyle. They have been around for 100 years or so, and time has not diminished their appeal. On this Audio Book you have 4 stories, each about 45 minutes long. If you haven't heard these before, then I don't wish to spoil the story line. If you know the stories then you will not be disappointed. Each story is presented in the time period of around the 1900's, you can almost smell the gas lighting, not to mention the foggy november weather, the horses, and so on. Order these from Amazon, and search for more of the BBC plays, they are great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Stephen Franks on March 15, 2014
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Conan Doyle had long tired of Sherlock Holmes and his adventures, finally killing him off with the idea of moving on to "higher minded" literary pursuits. But the reading public was outraged! They demanded more Holmes. The public stormed the offices of Strand Magazine demonstrating and picketing the offices while wearing black mourning armbands. Later came the circulating petitions and, finally, the cancellation of more than 20,000 Strand Magazine subscriptions. It was the final straw.

After much discussion with his publishers and finally weakening by the offers of outrageous sums of money ($45,000 for 13 stories by Collier's Magazine alone in 1903 dollars), Doyle finally relented and brought ol' Sherlock back from his watery grave after his mortal fall from Reichenbach Falls, along with his arch nemesis - Professor Moriarty. Hence, the title - The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

This book is the collection of adventures as serialized by Collier's Magazine in 1903. The illustrations for the "Return" were done by the famous American illustrator, Frederic Dorr Steele. The artistic approach is quite different from the Strand's Sidney Paget, who illustrated the original 24 Holmes adventures. This was an American interpretation. History tells us that Mr. Steele used the famous American stage actor of Sherlock Holmes, William Gillette, for his illustrations despite their never having actually met.

If you want to collect the adventures of Sherlock Holmes there are only two (out of print) editions to consider. The first is The Complete Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes printed by Bramhall House * New York 1976. It is a Facsimile of the original 24 stories from the Strand Magazine as illustrated by Sidney Paget.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 25, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Instead of showing images of things referred to in text it simply states "GRAPHIC". Have to look them up online which usually gives away the case ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maegan Casey on January 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Sherlock Holmes, and was so looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, there was some kind of error, perhaps in the transfer of content, that strung entire sentences together as one word. For example, "but a good deal was suppressed upon that occasion,since the case for the prosecution was so overwhelmingly strong that it was not necessary to bring forward all the facts." That's only part of the second sentence of the book. The problem seems to get worse the farther into the edition you read. If you read really fast, you can get through and not notice it much; however, if you want to move at a more leisurely pace or "read yourself to sleep" (as I enjoy) the errors make comprehension nearly impossible.
I've no doubt that this book is excellent-I am a huge fan of Conan Doyle-the problem lies here in the physical print. I advise purchasing a different edition of this same title.
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes, A. Conan Doyle

In 1893 "The Final Problem" ended with the disappearance of Sherlock Holmes. The fans did not accept this ending. So in 1903 Doyle brought him back for more adventures. These thirteen stories show clever and fiendish crimes that are prevented or solved. They warn about some danger in life. Each of these stories is preceded by "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. [Danger from gambling with strangers.]
The Norwood Builder. John McFarlane visits while under suspicion of murder! A man is missing, a bloody walking-stick belonging to McFarlane was found along with charred ashes in a burned wood stack. Sherlock investigates the crime scene. Is a fingerprint proof of guilt? Will a surprise witness demolish the case against McFarlane? [Danger from a rich and friendly stranger.]
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. [Danger from marrying a total stranger.]

The Solitary Cyclist. Young and beautiful Miss Violet Smith visits to tell about being followed by a man on a bicycle. Watson goes there and sees the events. He and Sherlock arrive to save Violet from a ruined life. [Danger from fraud over an inheritance.]
The Priory School. The head of a preparatory school visits to tell about a missing student and wealthy heir. A teacher is also missing. Later this teacher is found dead, no footprints near the body!
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