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Sherlock Holmes's best ... remains a classic --Marcel Berlins The Times

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<DIV>Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe s detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world s best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed. Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.</DIV>

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  • File Size: 2314 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Maplewood Books; 2 edition (August 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DCD53C2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Connelly on August 19, 2013
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I read most of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes as a kid in ad hoc fashion, and downloaded this collection only because it was essentially free, because I wanted to compare Lyndsay Faye's Holmsian style in Dust and Darkness (2009) to the original.

But once through A Study in Scarlett I was hooked once again, and couldn't stop until I got to the end of this collection. It was great having them chronologically arranged by publication date since stories refer to previous stories in this sequence but of course never to future ones, even though the stories are not in "actual" time order.

To this edition: the table of contents, both of the compendium and the individual books, work nicely. There's some flaws in it all, however. An obvious is The Last Bow contains only the short story, while the other stories in the eponymous collection are mysteriously missing. The other is there's some unfortunate omissions: the cryptograms in The Dancing Men, and a truncated telegram in The Missing Three Quarter. Additionally the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is intentionally missing thanks to the Mickey Mouse Act's extension of copyright in the US.

But the Last Bow collection is readily available for the same price, and the Casebook's not hard to find, so these are easily enough remedied. I recommend grabbing The Dancing Men from another source since it's unfortunately to read it without the key element of the story.

Holmes, given the time it was written, is absolutely brilliant work. Indeed in comparison other fictional detective appear bumbling fools, ignoring obvious opportunities for clues in an apparent effort to pad out the full length of their book.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. Hayes on December 19, 2013
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This is an almost complete set of the Sherlock Holmes stories. My review is only 4 starts because the last story collection published, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, is not included. (I was really annoyed to find, after buying this, that the Kindle store's description of the book deliberately obscures this, and presents the book as a complete set.)

However, this is a very readable edition. The design and typography are easy on the eyes, so long reading sessions are no problem. It's a good and very affordable omnibus for any fan who wants nearly all the stories in one place. No illustrations or annotations; this is purely for the pleasure of reading and rereading the stories.

If you're new to Sherlock Holmes, this is a good choice, too, because the stories are presented in the order they were published, and though one collection of late stories is missing, the very last story, His Last Bow, is included.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Piesco on July 16, 2013
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If you're interested in getting to know Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, this book is a good way. In fact, I had read Conan Doyle before, but this book brings his novels and short stories in the order they were published. By this way, the reader starts to get to know the characters and their features little by little as they evolve through the stories. Besides, Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection offers a very good range of other references which are quite helpful, mainly when you're looking for different sourcers to attract students' attention to this great character.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lan on July 27, 2013
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I have never been much of a mystery fan, but I have greatly enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes series. I find the stories extremely easy to follow and I think the details of each case are presented in such an intriguing way. I also found this particular electronic edition very easy to navigate. I haven't spotted any grammatical or other errors. I am so pleased with how much reading I was able to do for only .99 cents! A great value!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Adele on November 26, 2014
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Fantastic collection. It contains all of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. I read the collection in its entirety over a stretch of six weeks. When I completed the last story, I felt saddened that I was losing an old friend ... at least until the next time I revisit the stories two or three years from now. While I had read several Sherlock Holmes stories many years ago, my image of him and his adventures was heavily colored by the old black and white Basil Rathbone films, which portrayed Holmes, Watson, the victims, villains and police as cardboard cutouts. I found him mildly amusing. The accounts themselves struck me as period pieces, stodgy products of Victorian England. In my recent reading of the Holmes corpus, I experienced an entirely different feeling. The stories are quite modern. The psychology of the characters is carefully explored. For all of his self-assurance, braggadocio, and bombast, Holmes is often a lonely person, prone to melancholy and insecurity. A close look at his sidekick, Dr. John Watson, shows him to be an intriguing character. He is a wounded warrior from the Afghan wars (sound contemporary?). His dedication to Holmes seems almost masochistic, but is not truly selfless: Sherlock provides him with ample material for his regular "blogs" reported in the newspapers. We discover that Watson's personal following by readers grew substantially over the years -- his readers gave him many "likes." In fact, it grows clear that Holmes' fame is inextricably tied to Watson's newspaper recounting of his adventures.
On a personal level, I found that the Sherlock Holmes stories served the same function as weekly detective programs, such as NCIS, Law and Order, and Criminal Intent. Each story takes about 35-45 minutes to read.
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