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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484824105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484824108
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,447,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but he also had a passion for storytelling. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. Despite the immense popularity Holmes gained throughout the world, Doyle was not overly fond of the character and preferred to write other stories. Eventually popular demand won out and he continued to satisfy readers with the adventures of the legendary sleuth. He also wrote historical romances and made two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy: The Lost World and The Poison Belt. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Good short stories.
Louie Louie
I happen to love Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories more than Sherlock Holmes and this is the best collection I have found.
S. Wiley
I recommend this book for anyone who is a history buff and reads for relaxation.
M. Baker

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Louie Louie on March 5, 2010
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This book includes nine tales of terror and six tales of mystery. It was written in 1923, four years before the last of the Sherlock Holmes books.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obviously at his best at mystery rather than terror. Fortunately, the mystery stories tend to be the longer of the two.

The tales of mystery really do remind one of Sherlock Holmes. In one, one character states that if you have exhausted all the possibilities except one, that last remaining must be the truth no matter how farfetched it appears. In all the tales, he sets up mysteries that are solved in the Holmes style. Though not Holmes, some of the characters are quite interesting, and it is fun to try to figure out the answers to the mysteries.

Good short stories. I recommend this book, at least the mysteries section.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Wiley on May 6, 2011
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I once owned this book, and I have been unable to find it. I remember reading this book from cover to cover; every story is unique and fascinating. My favorite is "The New Catacomb". I happen to love Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories more than Sherlock Holmes and this is the best collection I have found.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Foster on July 21, 2011
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By our standards today these stories are not terrifying but the mystery ones are great. It is a quick and Doyle always produces and interesting story to keep you guessing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynette McClenaghan on March 28, 2015
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My reading of Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger stories inspired me to buy this collection. Like those stories, these are very readable; Conan Doyle is a fine prose stylist. As you would expect of Sherlock Holmes’s creator, the plotting and pacing of the stories is exquisite.

Readers should be aware that the notion of terror is more in the M.R. James vein than that of modern terror tales. That said, Conan Doyle’s tales of terror are fascinating and for me, reach out over the years rather better than James’s as the latter tends to be less concise and engaging. I particularly enjoyed The Horror of the Heights, which is a terrific science-fiction/adventure/horror story. Other good stories in the Terror section were The New Catacomb, a Poe-esque tale of revenge; The Case of Lady Sannox, which has a very fine twist; and The Brazilian Cat, a grim tale that reminded me of some of Roald Dahl’s mordant stories. Some other reviewers have expressed preference for the Mystery stories over the Terror stories, but I found these to be just as satisfying.

The Mystery stories are all suspenseful and meticulously constructed. The Lost Special was very complex for a short story, as was The Man with the Watches; both of these stories are dramatic and exciting renditions of captivating mysteries. The Black Doctor is similarly exciting, reminding us that a good murder mystery is as cerebral as it is visceral.

A dozen superb stories by an acknowledged master.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fra7299 VINE VOICE on December 17, 2014
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I am glad I was made aware of this collection of short stories from Doyle, as they serve to be a precursor to the widely popular Sherlock Holmes character Doyle would create a few years later. Overall, this was quite an impressive set of stories, and clearly Doyle’s skill and ability to create suspense and tension is evident in many of these tales. For the most part this small sampling of stories was impressive, although there were a few I didn’t really care for. A few in the terror section of this collection were rather bizarre and one, “The New Catacomb”, is very reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe. “The Horror of the Heights” definitely has a Jules Verne/ H.G. Wells feel to it, as it borders more on sci-fi. For the most part, I probably enjoyed the mystery section of the stories more so than the terror stories. I think what a reader and fan of this author can take and appreciate from the Tales of Terror and Mystery is Doyle’s methods of creating a slowly evolving mystery that comes into focus as we are given pieces and fragments of clues from the narrator. Clearly, the wheels were turning in Doyle’s head to create his Sherlock Holmes character (and Holmes even makes an appearance in one of the stories, unannounced). Some of my favorites: “The Terror of Blue John Gap”, “The Brazilian Cat”, “The Japanned Box”, “The Black Doctor”.

I think this is definitely one to check out if you are a mystery fan or love the Holmes stories.
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Book includes the twelve tales:

1) Horror of the Heights
2) The Leather Funnel
3) The New Catacomb
4) The Case of Lady Sannox
5) The Terror of Blue John Gap
6) The Brazilian Cat
7) The Lost Special
8) The Beetle-Hunter
9) The Man With the Watches
10) The Japanned Box
11) The Black Doctor
12) The Jew's Breast-Plate

While one illustration at the beginning of each story is nothing to write home about, at least it provided some basis to locate a story of interest by matter of a break point since this book was sorely lacking handy links from the table of contents to otherwise access said story quickly in any order you choose. My favorite of the twelve was "The Black Doctor" for the ease of which the tale flowed and the intrigue as to how the identity of the murdered man was eventually revealed. Book is in need of better formatting as well, but I can't complain about the price since each tale if sold individually is 99 cents a piece, so short of buying the public domain ebook I clearly saved a bundle on some fine works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!
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