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Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Conan Doyle , Maplewood Books
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Book Description

NEW EDITION: NOW CONTAINS EVERY SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY, INCLUDING THE CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES!

There's no mystery about it: here before you is the ultimate Kindle collection of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

Included in Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection are:

• The complete text of all four novels and fifty-six short stories starring Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, each elegantly formatted for ease of use and enjoyment on your Kindle reader.
• Links to free, full-length audio recordings of the novels and stories in this collection.
• An individual, active Table of Contents for each book accessible from the Kindle “go to” feature.
• Perfect formatting in rich text compatible with Kindle’s Text-to-Speech features.
• A low, can't-say-no price!

Sixty Complete Works

Four novels and fifty-six short stories starring Sherlock Holmes, in order and unabridged. Books included:

Novels:
• A Study in Scarlet
• The Sign of the Four
• The Hound of the Baskervilles
• The Valley of Fear

Short Story Collections:
• The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
• The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
• The Return of Sherlock Holmes
• His Last Bow
• The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

Additional Fan Resources

Also included are special features for any Holmes enthusiast, including:

• A list of films and television series starring the character Sherlock Holmes.
• A Reading Guide to additional books about Sherlock Holmes by other authors.
• Links to free, full-length audio recordings of all the novels and short stories in this collection.


Editorial Reviews

Review

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

About the Author

<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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DCD53C2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the classic detective 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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition and Great Stories July 27, 2013
By Lan
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock and Watson: Modern characters in modern stories 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyable reading
Published 6 days ago by joe cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading all of them in one book
Always been a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. Great reading all of them in one book.
Published 8 days ago by becky B
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably priced, well formatted classic
A great option for anyone who wants to read Sherlock Holmes.
Published 8 days ago by John Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a classic. Interesting look at the late Victorian ...
Simply a classic. Interesting look at the late Victorian culture and mores.
Published 8 days ago by Joseph Dierkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still a great read
Published 9 days ago by Chad Bobo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of the greatest mystery writers ever -...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of the greatest mystery writers ever - and his short stories and novels on Sherlock Holmes
are classics enjoyed to this day. Read more
Published 9 days ago by John E. Hostetler
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Some stories a bit tedious and some bider on science fiction. All in all though a good value .
Published 11 days ago by Paul M Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sherlock!
I never expected to have the complete works of Mr.Doyle so easily available. I have enjoyed every story and tried to pace myself and only read a few stories at one sitting. Read more
Published 11 days ago by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars great
A Classic, great buy
Published 11 days ago by ann brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars a really perfect collection for fans and for all readers
The one and only Sherlock Holmes! All stories in just one Kindle edition ebook, a really perfect collection for fans and for all readers.
Published 11 days ago by EffixC
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