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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – October 22, 1998
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Here's a list of the stories in this collection (with the better stories marked with stars):
***A Scandal in Bohemia, 1891 - The very first and one of the top five Sherlock Holmes short stories. After some brilliant detective work involving disguises and acting, Holmes is outwitted by the woman Irene Adler in his quest to help the hereditary king of Bohemia regain a scandalous photograph from her.
***The Red-headed League, 1891 - Generally regarded as all-time second best Sherlock Holmes story, this bizarre tale features a pawnbroker who is paid money to join the mysterious Red-Headed League and copy out Encyclopedia Britannica, as part of an ingenious scheme to rob a bank.
A Case of Identity, 1891 - Holmes solves the mystery of Mary Sutherland's fiance who disappears on the morning of his wedding, unmasking it as scheme hatched by her greedy step-father.Read more ›
Now years later it was fun to read them again. I enjoy the Sherlock Holmes short stories more than one of the novels. For me one of the most enjoyable parts of a Sherlock Holmes story is reading about what happened, and then reading how Sherlock Holmes solved the problem. A collection of short stories provides this experience many times.
This collection has many classics. It has the famous line "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." (The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet.)
It is also interesting to see what life was like in England 100 years ago. They had the underground, but use carriages, there was lots of travel by train, and life in general was a bit rougher than today.
If you haven't read any Sherlock Holmes stories, this is a good place to start.
These are the first twelve short stories about the most famous detective in fiction. They were written in the 1890s when illumination came from fire (candles, oil lamps, and gas). Local travel was by horse or foot. No telephones. Technology has advanced but human nature remains the same. The character of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ was inspired by Doctor Joseph Bell, the famous medical professor in Edinburgh Scotland. Reading the original stories reminds you how good they are, much better than the many imitators. Greed is the motive for most of these stories. I wonder how many were adapted from long forgotten true crime cases? A. Conan Doyle had a library on famous crimes. His life provided examples for “Dr. Watson” and “Sherlock Holmes”.
* A Scandal in Bohemia. A big, tall man visits Holmes on a secret mission. This nobleman is in a photograph with an actress, and this can endanger an arranged dynastic marriage. Holmes is given £1,000 for expenses [a small fortune then]. Holmes uses a trick to find a hidden valuable object.
* The Red-Headed League. A man with blazing red hair visits Holmes with his problem of a lost well-paying job. Holmes visits his shop on a side street. A watch at night catches the burglar and saves the bank its fortune in French gold. Holmes explains his deductions. A man who works for half-wages?
* A Case of Identity. A young woman wants to find a missing fiancé who disappeared before their wedding. Holmes figures out the fraud and why it was done. The law can’t touch this scoundrel. [The impressions of a typewriter can identify each unique machine.]
* The Boscombe Valley Mystery. Charles McCarthy was found dead by a lake, his son James was arrested as a suspect.Read more ›
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Well this is a classic that comes close to meeting its hype. I learned that the author was a medical doctor, which is probably why Holmes partner Dr. Watson is a M.D. Read morePublished on June 18, 2009 by Joseph Guillaume
...but because it's the perfect kind of book to spend a lot of time reading. As a series of short mysteries this book is perfect to set on the bedside stand or have in the bag... Read morePublished on November 10, 2008 by Long Ago
After having read "The Hound of the Baskervilles" children's version at the age of 10, for some reason I believed that I knew all there was to know about Mr. Holmes. Read morePublished on February 27, 2008 by Ravenskya
Detective novels can get irritating, as coming to the final solution is just being strung out too long. Read morePublished on January 1, 2008 by Not Miss Havisham
Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were hugely popular in their day. Readers would sometimes line up outside the offices of the Strand magazine, which originally... Read morePublished on March 9, 2007 by David Bonesteel
This is the GREATEST BOOK EVER!!!! If you watch Star Trek - after reading all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, you will see why the character "Data" was so mesmerized by Sherlock... Read morePublished on July 9, 2005 by Jewish Princess