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The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes Hardcover – 1976
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About the Author
Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After a rigorous Jesuit education he trained to become a doctor at Edinburgh University. Eventually he set up in medical practice in Southsea, and during the quiet spells between patients he turned his hand to writing. Although Sherlock Holmes was Doyle's greatest creation, he was more proud of his historical novels such as Micah Clarke and Sir Nigel. Towards the end of his life he devoted much of his time to his belief in spiritualism, using his writings as a means of providing funds to enable him to carry out activities in this field. He died in 1930.
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There are a number of one-star reviews that some Kindle versions are missing any part of the text that was originally printed in a newspaper or letter format - or in the case of this novel, the manuscript that details the legend concerning Sir Hugo and the Hound of the Baskervilles.
I've doublechecked, and the MysteriousPress e-book does NOT appear to be missing any of these sections. The manuscript is definitely there, as are the few newspaper articles in chapter 4.
The story, of course, is classic Holmes at his best - disguises, uncovering clues, setting Watson on a task without giving him all the details, requiring the client to take some risks, and finding the villain. Well worth the read, and well-formatted.
Heir is here, and the problems were begun. First the small one, but nothing is small for Sherlock Holmes! Watson is going in Dartmoor, Holmes stays in London, events are beginning to be weirder and weirder. And there is not even a trace of Holmes to shed some light in the dark moor of Dartmoor...
It's a creepy tale, oft-told and re-imagined, but the original version is a classic and not to be missed. I started working my way through the Holmes canon a while ago, but stumbled on the first two novels a bit (I'm obsessed with reading books in order) - then started reading a book that referenced this one and didn't want to ruin its mystery so decided to read it first. Am I ever glad I did - and if you're looking for a jumping-off point for Holmes, definitely recommend starting here rather than at the technical beginning... You won't miss anything by doing so; Holmes and Watson are so much a part of the popular imagination that everyone already knows the gist of their relationship, so you might as well start with what I (and many) consider the best novel and work you way in that way! You won't be sorry... This is, pure and simple, a great story!