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Celebrated Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous for his stories about a detective named Sherlock Holmes. The stories about Sherlock Holmes have made his name synonymous with detectives and have been adapted into countless movies and television shows. A table of contents is included.


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Celebrated Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most famous for his stories about a detective named Sherlock Holmes. The stories about Sherlock Holmes have made his name synonymous with detectives and have been adapted into countless movies and television shows. A table of contents is included.

30 review for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A) 85% | Extraordinary Notes: It finds an ideal medium in chapter-length tales: a rare short story collection with no misses, only hits and better hits.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa of Troy

    Dreaming of London, I simply had to pick this up. Plus, it is FREE with my Audible subscription so a double bonus! This was part of the 100 Books to Read Before You Die According to the BBC: https://www.listchallenges.com/bbcs-t... To date, I have read 22 out of the 100, and I am determined to read them all. Send me a friend request if you want to see my progress or follow along. First of all, if you haven't seen the TV Series, Sherlock, it is AMAZING! I was really curious though what was from Arth Dreaming of London, I simply had to pick this up. Plus, it is FREE with my Audible subscription so a double bonus! This was part of the 100 Books to Read Before You Die According to the BBC: https://www.listchallenges.com/bbcs-t... To date, I have read 22 out of the 100, and I am determined to read them all. Send me a friend request if you want to see my progress or follow along. First of all, if you haven't seen the TV Series, Sherlock, it is AMAZING! I was really curious though what was from Arthur Conan Doyle or what was a bit of literary license. I was simply shocked to discover that Sherlock actually did have a drug problem! That part was not made up! The book consisted of 12 short stories with each story taking approximately one hour to read. Sherlock Holmes is not on the police force or with Scotland Yard but is a very bright man who seems to aid those in need. There is usually laid out a very interesting turn of events, and then Sherlock will exclaim that he solved it and then he will explain how he arrived at that conclusion. Some of the stories were better than others. My favorites were The Adventure of a Scandal in Bohemia, The Adventure of The Red Headed League, and The Adventure of A Case of Identity. It was a bit eerie reading this book during the pandemic because it gave new meaning to "do not take it amiss if your visitor wears a mask." There were also some very good quotes in this, and I enjoyed this exchange very much: "You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen the steps which lead up from the hall to this room." "Frequently." "How often?" "Well, some hundreds of times." "Then how many are there?" "How many? I don't know." "Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, because I have both seen and observed." Gut punch. Note to self: Pay attention. You are missing important clues. 2022 Reading Schedule Jan Animal Farm Feb Lord of the Flies Mar The Da Vinci Code Apr Of Mice and Men May Memoirs of a Geisha Jun Little Women Jul The Lovely Bones Aug Charlotte's Web Sep Life of Pi Oct Dracula Nov Gone with the Wind Dec The Secret Garden Connect With Me! Blog Twitter BookTube Facebook

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robin Hobb

    Nothing compares to the original. If you really want to know Holmes and Watson, this is what you read. The characterization and pacing is, for me, delightful. The insights into a London of trains and mail more than once a day, the manners of the time, the dialogue . . . this is a feast. Very honestly speaking, none of the movie or television adaptations have ever given me the sensation of 'being there' at Baker Street, with Holmes and Watson, that I get from the original stories. Read them. You ow Nothing compares to the original. If you really want to know Holmes and Watson, this is what you read. The characterization and pacing is, for me, delightful. The insights into a London of trains and mail more than once a day, the manners of the time, the dialogue . . . this is a feast. Very honestly speaking, none of the movie or television adaptations have ever given me the sensation of 'being there' at Baker Street, with Holmes and Watson, that I get from the original stories. Read them. You owe it to yourself!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    June 2020 So this is a Group read for "English Mysteries", where we shall be reading all of the Conan Doyle Holmes short stories and Novels over the next 18 months finishing on Dartmoor for Christmas 2021. Interestingly, I have to say the version I am now reading has 12 short stories compared to the 10 in 2018. I can only guess that different editions (and I have many) for different countries have different sets of stories. For this re-read there will be 12, 12 is the number of stories, there shall June 2020 So this is a Group read for "English Mysteries", where we shall be reading all of the Conan Doyle Holmes short stories and Novels over the next 18 months finishing on Dartmoor for Christmas 2021. Interestingly, I have to say the version I am now reading has 12 short stories compared to the 10 in 2018. I can only guess that different editions (and I have many) for different countries have different sets of stories. For this re-read there will be 12, 12 is the number of stories, there shall be !! So in order read:- The Redheaded League 5⭐️ A wonderful example of Holmes capabilities. What is The Red Headed League and why does it want pawnbroker Mr Wilson to join their ranks. A Case of Identity 4⭐️ Where has the intended of Miss Mary Sutherland disappeared to ? In fact why did he vanish on the way to their wedding ? The Boscombe Valley Mystery 5⭐️ Who else but his son could have killed Mr Charles McCarthy, but if so, why did James not say what their argument had been about or why make up the story about his father saying "a rat" with his last breath The Five Orange Pips 4⭐️ Who keeps sending members of the Openshaw family 5 Orange Pips. And what papers should be put on the sundial in the garden ? The Man with the Twisted Lip 5⭐️ A wonderful story in which Holmes is for a while stumped, how could the beggar have killed the fit London businessman and disposed of his body out of the window into the Thames so quickly. And then a night of pipe smoking contemplation allows him to solve the crime. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle 5⭐️ A fabulous story, demonstrating Holmes ability to delve into a problem and follow it to a conclusion. So who was the man who was attacked late one night as he staggered home with a goose. Peterson the commissioner, saw the man attacked and rescued his hat and goose. Holmes manages to discern a large amount of information about the gooses owner just from his hat much to Watson's amazement. The Speckled Band 5⭐️ Probably one of the most famous short stories, and very atmospheric. Why did her twin die, and what is the whistling ? The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb 4.5⭐️ A story that focusses on an injury done to a hydraulic engineer who had been called out late at night to repair a hydraulic press. Offered an extortionate fee for his assistance it ends in him being taken to Dr Watson's surgery for treatment. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor 4.5⭐️ The upper crust Lord Robert St Simon calls on Holmes when his American (very rich) wife of just a few hours mysteriously disappears The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet 5⭐️ Alexander Holder, co-owner of a private bank, arrives in a terrible state at 221B. His honour could be in shreds as he has taken a well known fabulously expensive bejewelled coronet in exchange for a monstrous loan of £50, 000. And then that night he catches his son with the coronet in his hands and jewels missing, ruination beckons. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches Why as a governess would you be offered 3 times your asked for salary, be asked to occasionally wear certain dresses, and asked to cut your hair short. Violet Hunter visits Sherlock to ask if she accept a job with those conditions. Sherlock says she should keep in touch if she accepts the position, but he would not let his sister accept that position if he had one. A Scandal in Bohemia So this is story 1 in the book but as part of the group read, I am reading it last in this anthology simply because although interesting, it is also reliant on people already knowing about Holmes. Needless to say it is all about That Woman . enough said. February 2018 5 Stars This was a personal re-read , (I'm guessing for the 4th or 5th time ) and it was as fabulous as ever. It comprises 10 short stories :- A scandal in Bohemia -- A case of identity -- The Boscombe Valley mystery -- The five orange pips -- The adventure of the blue carbuncle -- The adventure of the speckled band The adventure of the engineer's thumb The adventure of the noble bachelor The adventure of the beryl coronet The adventure of the copper beeches These stories are all well written, with wonderful characterisations and great settings. As with Miss Marple or Poirot, I see a certain actor whenever I read a Sherlock Holmes book and that is Jeremy Brett. To me he is the epitome of Sherlock-ness. In this collection we see Sherlock and Watson involved with royalty to beggars, from geese to snakes, from central London to the suburbs (when they were suburbs) to the South Wset, from bank robbers to murders to "The Woman". If you've never read any Holmes, this is a great place to start and will give you an insight into his amazing abilities, his relationship with Watson and fantastic descriptions of Victorian London.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3), Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892; the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between July 1891 and June 1892. The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson. The stories are re The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3), Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892; the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between July 1891 and June 1892. The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson. The stories are related in first-person narrative from Watson's point of view. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سوم ماه اکتبر سال2016میلادی عنوان: ماجراهای شرلوک هولمز کارآگاه خصوصی؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: کریم امامی؛ تهران؛ طرح نو؛ چاپ نخست سال1372خورشیدی تا سال1377؛ در چهار مجلد؛ فروست: مجموعه کتابهای سیاه؛ عنوان جلد نخست: رسوایی در کشور بوهم و پنج داستان دیگر؛ عنوان جلد دوم: برق نقره ای و پنج داستان دیگر؛ عنوان جلد سوم: سیمای زرد و پنج داستان دیگر؛ عنوان جلد چهارم: عینک دور طلایی و پنج داستان دیگر؛ چاپ سوم سال1387؛ موضوع داستانهای کارآگاهی از نویسندگان بریتانیا - سده19م عنوان: شرلوک هولمز؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: محمد قصاع؛ تهران؛ شهر قلم؛ سال1394؛ در112ص؛ دوازده داستان کوتاه نگاشته‌ شده، با خیال سحرانگیز «سر آرتور کانن دویل»، درباره ی «شرلوک هلمز»، کارآگاه نامدار آفریده شده ی ایشان است؛ این داستان‌ها، نخستین داستان‌های کوتاه «شرلوک هلمز» بودند، که برای نخستین بار از ماه ژوئیه سال1891میلادی، تا ماه ژوئن سال 1892میلادی، در مجله ی «استراند» چاپ شدند؛ سپس به صورت کتاب، در روز چهاردهم ماه اکتبر، سال1892میلادی، در «انگلستان» به چاپ رسیدند؛ عنوان داستانها در کتاب اصلی: «رسوایی در بوهم»؛ «انجمن موسرخ‌ها»؛ «مسئله هویت»؛ «راز دره بوسکمب»؛ «پنج هسته پرتغال»؛ «مرد لب کج»؛ «ماجراهای یاقوت کبود»؛ «ماجراهای نوار خال خال»؛ «ماجراهای انگشت قطع شده مهندس»؛ «ماجراهای مجرد نجیب‌زاده»؛ «ماجراهای نیم تاج یاقوت»؛ و «ماجراهای آلش‌های مسی»؛ این دوازده داستان، به همراه هشت داستان دیگر از «ماجراهای شرلوک هلمز» نخستین بار توسط جناب آقای «کریم امامی» برگردان و در چهار مجلد چاپ شده اند تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 06/11/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 14/11/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    I’ve been listening to Sherlock Holmes stories in the car and think I’m going to go through and listen to all of them now. I’ve started with The Adventures and have enjoyed it immensely. There must have been any number of psychological studies performed on Mr Holmes. There is, of course, that wonderful line by Borges in his lectures on Verse in which he says that he believes in the Character of Sherlock Holmes without actually believing in any of the stories in which that character appears. That I’ve been listening to Sherlock Holmes stories in the car and think I’m going to go through and listen to all of them now. I’ve started with The Adventures and have enjoyed it immensely. There must have been any number of psychological studies performed on Mr Holmes. There is, of course, that wonderful line by Borges in his lectures on Verse in which he says that he believes in the Character of Sherlock Holmes without actually believing in any of the stories in which that character appears. That is such a clever thing to say and I think it is also remarkably true. Although, as with most other true things, I never seem to have too much trouble ‘believing’ in the stories as they are being told. If I was doing a psychological analysis of Mr Holmes (something, obviously, I’m grossly underqualified to perform – but I feel quite safe, given he never actually existed and even if he did he would be well dead by now and so would be quite unlikely to be adversely affected by any nonsense I might come up with) it would probably have a lot to say about the beginnings of these stories. There is a bit of a pattern to how these stories start. Either a client or, all too often, Dr Watson is presented to Holmes and he makes some remarkable logical deduction about these invariably astonished characters from a seemingly insignificant detail he notices via an article of clothing or their hat. What I find so psychologically interesting about him doing this at the start of each story is that I can’t help but feel he does this to present himself as the intellectual superior to those around him. The relationship between Watson and Holmes really isn’t the same as that between Boswell and Johnson, despite the constant reference to the similarities. Watson may be the dutifully biographer, but his role is also that of the slightly foolish, but endlessly appreciative audience. It is as if it is only through his reactions that we learn when to gasp and when to applaud with awesome wonder. Watson is the laughing track of his day. But Holmes repeatedly asserting his intellectual superiority at the beginning of each story is fascinating as it also hints at insecurities in his character. He requires reassurance. He is a flawed character, our Holmes. Rational, empirical but also all too often only interested in ‘people’ for the complex ‘cases’ they present him with. There is also the problem of his drug addiction which he invariably turns to out of sheer boredom - and invariably that is intellectual boredom. I can’t begin to tell you how surprised I was to find that Doyle was a spiritualist. It is something I found myself remembering as Holmes performs his tricks. Because there is something terribly similar about the tricks Holmes performs and the ‘cold reading’ performed by a spiritualist. His ‘explaining’ often results in his audience saying something like – now it is explained I can see how easy it all is, which then has Holmes complaining he should keep his methods to himself. Except I think there is a deeper significance to him doing these performances – and that is to constantly have his audience wondering what else there is about them he can ‘see’ - what other secrets has he access to? A lesser character would have ‘mystical powers’ – Holmes achieves the same thing through the force of his intellect. The only wonder is, given our culture’s clear distrust (if not active loathing) of the intellect, how he ever came to be quite so loved in the first place. Perhaps his 'coldness' explains this - perhaps it is because he is the model of the detached scientist that it is alright to like him. Now, talking of love. My eldest daughter became particularly fond of Mr Holmes about five years ago. So much so that she read all of his stories after we watched many of the BBC TV shows of his works made in the 1980s. One day she had been reading one of the stories in this book and Watson mentions, in an off-hand way, that one can calculate how tall someone is from the length of their stride. And so Fi actually tried this, taking various measurements and doing a series of calculations. It is hard to exaggerate the utter joy children bring into one’s life. They come highly recommended – as do the wonderful stories in this collection. Oh, and there are a couple of stories where it is mentioned that someone is reading a book with a yellow cover – a mystery/detective story. In Italy detective stories are still referred to as ‘Yellows’. I wonder why these stories tended to be printed in books with yellow covers? I must wiki it at some stage.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elle (ellexamines)

    I bought this at a library sale essentially on the principle of 'well, I should read it'. Expectations of actually enjoying it? Hm… low. Reality? I’m obsessed. The appeal in these stories comes in their brief nature. They’re easy to read before bedtime, each night, if you want to be incredibly cheesy (I did). Each one sets up and interesting premise, and builds to an ending that you hardly ever see coming, but always find satisfying. In his epic video Sherlock Is Garbage and Here’s Why (a masterp I bought this at a library sale essentially on the principle of 'well, I should read it'. Expectations of actually enjoying it? Hm… low. Reality? I’m obsessed. The appeal in these stories comes in their brief nature. They’re easy to read before bedtime, each night, if you want to be incredibly cheesy (I did). Each one sets up and interesting premise, and builds to an ending that you hardly ever see coming, but always find satisfying. In his epic video Sherlock Is Garbage and Here’s Why (a masterpiece), hbomberguy pointed out that Irene Adler is, in this story, a protofeminist figure, and I’m inclined to agree. Having a woman outsmart Sherlock in one of the first stories, upon which he learns and grows, was both unexpected and deeply satisfying. It’s fun in general that Holmes, occasionally, fails. There is very little I can say about Sherlock Holmes that has not been said before. I do think, however, that the dynamic of John and Watson is particularly brilliant. As is pointed out in the introduction to the Complete Sherlock Holmes (which I just started as of the writing of this review), the idea of having an everyman to Sherlock Holmes’ incredible detective is honestly inspired. My favorite stories included: A Scandal in Bohemia → featuring Irene Adler The Speckled Band → I guessed the ending of this, but it did not impact how much I loved it. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches → arguably the eeriest one, and featuring some interesting commentary on gender Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube | About |

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1892, and available for free online reading or downloading here on Project Gutenberg (or many other places), is a collection of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories. Doyle's formula for his Sherlock stories gets a little bit worn and visible after you read several of them back to back. But there are some jewels in this collection, and they all have something to offer the interested reader, even if it's only an insight into Sherlock's or Dr. Watson' The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1892, and available for free online reading or downloading here on Project Gutenberg (or many other places), is a collection of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories. Doyle's formula for his Sherlock stories gets a little bit worn and visible after you read several of them back to back. But there are some jewels in this collection, and they all have something to offer the interested reader, even if it's only an insight into Sherlock's or Dr. Watson's characters or Victorian society. My full reviews for these stories are at the links, but I've posted my star ratings and brief comments here: 4* - "A Scandal in Bohemia" - Notable mostly for the appearance of Irene Adler, probably the best and most intelligent female character Doyle ever created. 3* "The Red Headed League" - Reading about a massive crowd of redheads was fun, but otherwise this is a fairly standard Sherlock Holmes story. 2* "A Case of Identity" - The rare swing and miss, it's lightweight and predictable, with a patronizing Victorian view of women that thoroughly irritated me. 3.4* "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" - A son is accused of his father's murder ... understandable since he was found at the scene covered in blood, but of course there's more to the story than that. 3.5* "The Five Orange Pips" - Five dried-up orange seeds in an envelope are ... a serious threat? Apparently so, when they're accompanied by the letters K.K.K. and followed by death. This one is atmospheric and compelling reading, but I'm dinging it for Doyle's complete disregard for actual historical facts about the KKK. This story is also notable for (view spoiler)[being one of the few total fails by Sherlock Holmes (hide spoiler)] . 3.5* "The Man with the Twisted Lip" - This disappearing husband case is worth reading for the insights into Dr. Watson's character and for the evocative description of Victorian era drug abuse and opium dens. 4* "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" - A missing blue jewel and ... a goose. Doyle slips up again on his research (Sherlock would be ashamed) because carbuncles are, by definition, red jewels (rubies), but that aside, this was a really fun jewel thievery escapade. 5* "The Speckled Band" - A dying young woman, with her final breath, gasps "The speckled band!" And now her twin sister fears for her own life. The best mystery in this collection! Don't miss it. 3.75* "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" - This mystery about an injured engineer involves not only thumbs but a sinister hydraulic stamping machine. I mean, if one of these could take out the Terminator, clearly there's some grave danger here! 3* "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor" - This story is interesting for its dealing with the once-popular social practice of American heiresses marrying British nobility, Downton Abbey-style. Otherwise, sadly, it's pretty forgettable. 4* "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet" - A desperate banker tells Sherlock that a valuable gold and beryl coronet has been stolen from his keeping, and the main suspect is the banker's son. A subtler and better mystery than I expected. 4* "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" - A red-headed governess becomes embroiled in a very odd situation. There's a strange employer, a giant dog that prowls the premises looking for people to eat, and a servant with a surprising story. These stories are easy to pop down like so many potato chips, but I found I enjoyed them more when I spaced them out a little. Just a suggestion!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fabian {Councillor}

    As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is, the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify. Who doesn't know Sherlock Holmes these days? Even if not everyone might be familiar with the original version invented by Arthur Conan Doyle, Mr. Holmes has become such a legend in his own right, a development fed and supported by numerous stage, screen and radio adaptions, that As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is, the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify. Who doesn't know Sherlock Holmes these days? Even if not everyone might be familiar with the original version invented by Arthur Conan Doyle, Mr. Holmes has become such a legend in his own right, a development fed and supported by numerous stage, screen and radio adaptions, that it is nearly impossible to hear the word 'detective' without immediately associating Sherlock Holmes. 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' is a collection of altogether twelve short stories, published as the third part of the Sherlock Holmes series following Doyle's novels "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Sign of Four". Not without reason do many readers consider this collection to be Doyle's masterpiece, myself included. It simply was no masterpiece which absolutely thrilled or stunned me. Blame it on me or my inability to read all the stories from this collection in less than four months, but a lot of the fun about Holmes' and Watson's adventures was deprived from the novel by repeating exactly the same concept in each and every one of those stories. Let's take a look at the short stories itself, which may very well represent the very essence of Doyle's works in the Sherlock Holmes canon. Beginning with A Scandal in Bohemia and concluding with The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, Doyle invented two famous female characters frequently associated with the stories about Holmes: Irene Adler and Violet Hunter. Both may be considered ahead of their times, surprisingly independent and brave. The other characters Doyle brought into play during the other ten stories were not quite as memorable, however. The Red-Headed League turned out to be a sweet little short story which isn't very outstanding in the Sherlock Holmes series because of its predictability, but still includes some interesting quotes and follows a suspense-packed plot with a conclusion which will keep you turning the pages ... just as The Boscombe Valley Mystery, an interesting mystery story about a man being suspected of having murdered his father, consisting of fast-paced dialogues and an exciting turning point. Everyone seems to have guessed the ending correctly before reading it - everyone except for me -, which may be the reason for why I liked it so much. A Case of Identity was far off being nearly as intriguing - I have written a full review for this story here - while The Man with the Twisted Lip emerged as a really good short story with an interesting twist I would never have figured out on my own. In addition, Arthur Conan Doyle included some interesting material surrounding Sherlock's drug addiction here, and once again, he masterfully explored the friendship between Sherlock and Watson. Afterwards, a story about the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, The Five Orange Pips, eloquently narrated by Watson as usual, once again followed the pattern of a classic Holmes tale with an interesting plot and new layers of depth to the character of Sherlock Holmes. Sadly enough, it wasn't as unique as Doyle wanted the story to appear. Another rather interesting little story, but not outstanding or mind-blowing was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, enjoyable, but nothing more. Therein, Holmes has to deal with a stolen carbuncle appearing in the throat of a Christmas goose, entering on the search for the real culprit. The Speckled Band is one of the most well-known stories in this collection, and the hype this short story received is understandable due to its complex mystery and the stunning conclusion. I liked the story myself. However, never before has Doyle confronted us with so many plot holes, which ultimately disappointed me. A story full of potential which was stripped from its credibility for the sake of cutting it short - the story certainly provided home for more potential than some of Doyle's full-length novels. The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb deals with an engineer whose thumb is chopped off, stinging Sherlock to work out the background of this new case. The Noble Bachelor focuses on the disappearance of a Lord's bride immediately after the wedding ceremony. Quite an entertaining story with snarky Sherlock Holmes at his best, and a stunning conclusion which once again made the reader feel as dumbfounded as John Watson about Sherlock's investigative talents. The second-last story, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, deals with the damage mysteriously inflicted to the coronet of a British earl, and, finally, during the conclusion of the collection Doyle rises to fresh heights of his writing with The Adventure of the Copper Beeches, breathing life into a suspenseful story surrounding a woman who assumes work at the mansion of a strange couple with dark secrets. While most of these stories are independently enjoyable and memorable on their own, added up on each other they amount to a collection of great mysteries Doyle could have been proud of. However, for me, the problem in getting through the anthology proved to be the similar execution of each and every story. All of them started with Sherlock and Watson sitting or conversing in Sherlock's home, right before the case's new victim appeared - in most cases on the story's second page. After elaborately recounting their experiences in a way so explicitly formulated that they might have been the starting-point of a story without Sherlock or Watson being present, the second part of all the stories mainly consisted in Sherlock and Watson calling upon the location of the occurence, right before the third part was used to allow Sherlock to narrate the real events leading up to the upcoming of the mystery based on his investigations. Now and then, the second step was even skipped if Sherlock started the investigation without Watson (who was the first-person narrator, which resulted in us only being allowed to look at Sherlock's approach if Watson was present as well), and it just bothered me to read the same concept over and over again, only embedded in different plotlines. And, just as a footnote, someone should have told Sherlock not to consider every single one of his cases as the greatest challenge of his career. It became repetitive after a certain point. However, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" remains a great work and can be seen as a tribute to the wonderful and world-wide famous characters of Holmes and Watson. My only disappointment results in my shattered hopes that Mycroft - Holmes' brother - or Moriarty - Holmes' archenemy - might be introduced during one of these stories, but my anticipation of meeting them obviously needs to wait slightly longer. Up next on my Sherlock Holmes quest: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amalia Gkavea

    ‘’It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at Baker Street. A thick fog rolled down between the lines of dun-coloured houses, and the opposing windows loomed like dark, shapeless blurs through the heavy yellow wreaths. Our gas was lit and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been silent all the morning, dipping continuously into the adver ‘’It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at Baker Street. A thick fog rolled down between the lines of dun-coloured houses, and the opposing windows loomed like dark, shapeless blurs through the heavy yellow wreaths. Our gas was lit and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been silent all the morning, dipping continuously into the advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very sweet temper to lecture me upon my literary shortcomings.’’ '’To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.’’ A Scandal in Bohemia : The Woman who defeated the great detective in the funny hat. (Sorry, I just could NOT resist the reference…) The Red-Headed League : A suspicious league hires red-headed men to copy the Encyclopedia Britannica. Yes, something is definitely rotten… A Case of Identity : Sherlock aids a distraught young lady whose fiance has mysteriously disappeared. This story was deliciously depicted in one of those perfect ‘flash cases’ in BBC’s Sherlock in the even more perfect episode The Empty Hearse. Yes, I used the word ‘’perfect’’ twice. The Boscombe Valley Mystery : Sherlock is required to prove the innocence of a young man who is accused of the murder of his father. The Five Orange Pips : A story in which Sherlock investigates a case of five orange pips sent in an empty envelope, a ‘’message’’ of death, and finds himself dealing with the tentacles of the abominable KKK. The Man With the Twisted Lip : The disappearance of a husband brings Sherlock into opium dens in a story that has always reminded me of Agatha Christie’s The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle : A classic Christmas story in which Sherlock and Dr Watson find themselves involved in a peculiar mystery centred around a precious blue stone. And a goose. The Adventure of the Speckled Band : Strange deaths plague a woman’s family and Sherlock comes face-to-face with a horrible patriarch in a wonderful, atmospheric story. The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb : An injured thumb leads Sherlock to a gang of coiners and London’s underbelly. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor : When a bride disappears on the day of her wedding, Sherlock discovers secrets whose roots can be found years ago in San Francisco. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet : An invaluable coronet reveals the secrets within a prominent family. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches : In one of the most fascinating stories, a young woman asks for Sherlock’s advice after she has been promised a generous salary. However, there is a strange condition. She has to obey her employers’ requests which include cutting her hair short. Cruelty, obsession, love and Violet Hunter steals the show… Always an immense joy to revisit Sherlock and Dr Watson’s adventures. And this particular editiom is just beautiful! ‘’No; I shall be my own police. When I have spun the web they may take the flies, but not before.’’

  11. 5 out of 5

    Namratha

    To have a slight measure of the pleasant chills that race up and down your spine when you delve into a meaty Holmes mystery, do read the introduction passage by Mark Gatiss (co-creator of BBC Entertainment’s Sherlock). Amidst a host of admirable emotions, Gatiss’ one nostalgic paragraph captured my fancy. It goes thusly, “I’d never read any of the original stories until one fateful Saturday when, recovering from German measles, I was given a treat : a trip to WH Smith, and the purchase o To have a slight measure of the pleasant chills that race up and down your spine when you delve into a meaty Holmes mystery, do read the introduction passage by Mark Gatiss (co-creator of BBC Entertainment’s Sherlock). Amidst a host of admirable emotions, Gatiss’ one nostalgic paragraph captured my fancy. It goes thusly, “I’d never read any of the original stories until one fateful Saturday when, recovering from German measles, I was given a treat : a trip to WH Smith, and the purchase of any book I wanted. There, nestling amongst all the possible contenders for my shiny fifty-pence piece was a gorgeous, plump, purple Pan paperback, with a colour-tinted Sidney Paget illustration on the cover: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Everything about it promised the thrill of mystery and the faintly queasy allure of Victoriana with which I was already and headily in love. But first came the introduction. I can’t remember much about it now, except that it ended with the moving sentiment: I wish I were reading these stories for the first time.“ *I wish I were reading these stories for the first time* Never has a statement so effectively captured the sheer bliss of nose-diving into an old and much cherished spot of literature. What prompted me to revisit the series was BBC Entertainment’s hugely popular and marvellously brilliant show : *SHERLOCK*. A fellow fan, sharp reviewer and possessor of the prodigious talent to pick the perfect book (Yes, Mith....I am talking about you) and yours truly were jamming up our Tumblr dashboards with the magnificence of a certain Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch. Said Cumberbatch has done a splendid job of yanking Mr.Holmes into modern day London and playing him with aplomb. It doesn’t hurt that he’s very easy on the eyes too. Ergo, when Cumberbatch (he of the cupid curls, vertiginous cheekbones and manic eye-glint) with his trusty bro-mate, Watson (Martin Freeman) graced the cover of yet another Sherlock edition, I had to lay my hands on it. All the foaming-at-the-mouth fans (and I mean that in the nicest way possible since I unashamedly head the pack) can be forgiven for labouring under the misconception that this book here, is a TV Series adaptation. It’s not. Sadly...well, not really (because, *KNOCK KNOCK*, it’s Sherlock Holmes, the O.R.I.G.I.N.A.L.)...the book is a reprint of the twelve original mysteries as written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. So when Holmes is not marvelling over the cleverness of Irene Adler, he’s scratching his head over the sudden collapse of the Red-Haired League. Whether it’s the trivial case of the Blue Carbuncle or the horrifying finale of the Speckled Band, Holmes is striding about with a befuddled Watson in tow. Dignities are being restored....genteel ladies are being chivalrously rescued.....and pages are being fraught with drama, deceit and old-fashioned danger. In short, everything that you would expect from the most famous detective of all fictional times. What could I write in my review that would add anything new to the reams that have been dedicated to the snarkiest sleuth of them all? How do I delve into a character that’s a delightful blend of humility and egotism? How do I gush and fawn over a mind that could dissect an individual down to the tiniest speck of dust on the tip of his frock-coat? From the moment a knock falls at the door of 221B Baker Street, you know that you are in for a treat. From the pithy to the sensational, no case escaped the interest of Holmes and his partner in crime-solving, Dr.Watson. Holmes would settle down before the roaring fireplace, light his pipe, give the despairing individual a clinical onceover, draw his (almost always correct)conclusions and then just as quickly, proceed to unravel mysteries on the strength of observation, infallible logic and that essential spark of genius cloaked in eccentricities. In the times of darkly dreaming Dexter and stiletto wearing Detective Kate Beckett, Holmes may pale in comparison. And then again....maybe he won’t. In the cold of Victorian London, amidst the ladies who sniffed into their lacy kerchiefs and the gentleman who blustered around in their breeches, Holmes cut a dashing figure. With his dry wit and baffling disguises, he plundered the murky underbelly (ah, how I love my clichés) of crime, and almost always got his man/woman/murderous cult. Yes, we love our modern day detective-dramas and high-octane police chases. We love the forensics lab with it’s meticulously laid out tools. We love the fact that a well-worded Google search might just catch that horrendous serial killer by the end of the one hour episode. But, as Steven Moffat (co-creator of BBC Entertainment’s Sherlock) puts it: "Conan Doyle's stories were never about frock coats and gas light; they're about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes – and frankly, to hell with the crinoline. Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures, and that's what matters."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ola Madhour

    The art of analysis! I love it. I do it all the time. Not very well, I mostly pretend to be smart. But to be able to step outside the immediate physical universe, and to uncover a hidden (yet obvious) order through sheer intellect is one of the most exciting human experiences. I’m not preaching. I’m talking about the premise of the detective story. Watson often confesses that the conclusion which Sherlock Holmes reaches is evident and most simple. Yet he remains baffled by the reasoning itself. The art of analysis! I love it. I do it all the time. Not very well, I mostly pretend to be smart. But to be able to step outside the immediate physical universe, and to uncover a hidden (yet obvious) order through sheer intellect is one of the most exciting human experiences. I’m not preaching. I’m talking about the premise of the detective story. Watson often confesses that the conclusion which Sherlock Holmes reaches is evident and most simple. Yet he remains baffled by the reasoning itself. His crime: he doesn’t observe. He sees, but he doesn’t observe. The answer is always just right there, but few can grasp it. Subtlety is key. Randomness be damned. Of course, Doyle’s writing remains quite limited and clumsy at times and many of those he will inspire (like Joseph Conrad or Henry James) will outdo him in expanding his commitment to reasoning. There is, however, a lot to learn from the way Doyle carefully constructs his world (in a degenerative, fin de siècle, too-large-to-understand London) and how every short story in this collection aims to make sense of the senseless. I have never been drawn to fiction that celebrates the senseless. I am drawn to writers who pick up the fragments, study them and find lost connections. Are you surprised then, that T.S. Eliot once confessed to being a Sherlock Holmes admirer? Impressive, since Eliot didn’t like many things—but there are elements of modernism in Doyle’s fiction, especially in the way it calls for order, deduction and science within a realm of chaos, murder and eccentricities.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Apatt

    After “reading” lengthy audiobooks like Vanity Fair I just wanted to read/listen-to something short. Then I saw the movie The Imitation Game (highly recommended) and I thought “Of course! Sherlock!” I suspect reviewing an anthology by listing all the stories and commenting on each of them is probably inelegant and amateurish, but I never said I was a pro. So the game is afoot! Let the jollification begin: A Scandal in Bohemia - Irene Adler is not Holmes' girlfriend OK? Stop shipping "Sherene" al After “reading” lengthy audiobooks like Vanity Fair I just wanted to read/listen-to something short. Then I saw the movie The Imitation Game (highly recommended) and I thought “Of course! Sherlock!” I suspect reviewing an anthology by listing all the stories and commenting on each of them is probably inelegant and amateurish, but I never said I was a pro. So the game is afoot! Let the jollification begin: A Scandal in Bohemia - Irene Adler is not Holmes' girlfriend OK? Stop shipping "Sherene" already! (sorry for this bout of Tumblrism). One of the best known SH stories ever, one with a great twist. Irene Adler is simply awesome. She is possibly the inspiration for Catwoman. Without spoiling anything I can tell you that she was never in any danger of being beheaded in the Middle East. Actually Holmes probably fancies her a bit, mostly for her brain. The Red-Headed League - Holmes vs The Deadly Gingers! This is “a three pipes problem” according to Holmes. This story is subtly funny in places, Holmes and Watson even have a good laugh at his dimwitted client's expense. A Case of Identity - One of the more comfy cases which Holmes can solve from his armchair. Funny thing about this story is that while it is good, when I looked at the title of the story a couple days later in the Contents page I had no idea what it is about. It's just too elementary. Note to self: This one is about a missing fiancé who leaves his nice but dim bride at the altar, he is not what he seems... The Boscombe Valley Mystery - Murder (al)most foul. Number of pipes not specified, probably not more than four as the case involves a bit of traveling. Holmes says something surprisingly religious here: “You are yourself aware that you will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the Assizes." The Five Orange Pips - A bit of an epic fail for Sherlock, it's a great story and Holmes did solve the case but the conclusion of the case is not one of his shining moments. If you receive five orange pips in the post (view spoiler)[you may as well kill yourself because even Holmes can’t help you (though he will avenge you which is not much of a consolation) (hide spoiler)] The Man with the Twisted Lip Holmes vs a master of disguise! Great story with a surprisingly sweet ending. Holmes solves this one by “sitting upon five pillows and consuming an ounce of shag.” LOL! Mr. Holmes you are too many for me. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle In which Holmes wouldn't say boo to a goose. Underneath the cold exterior he can be quite kindly and forgiving to newbie criminals. It's a gem! The Adventure of the Speckled Band - Holmes assists a Stoner in a most serpentine tale! This is the most thrilling and sinister story so far in the book. Definitely a favorite. The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb - Another case where Holmes does not have to do a lot of work. The poor engineer and his ex-thumb though. The climax is quite thrilling, (view spoiler)[you can almost feel the ceiling closing in (hide spoiler)] . The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor The titular Noble Bachelor turns out to be an upper class twit. Doyle is doing a bit of a social satire with this story I think. A relatively inconsequential story but still a lot of fun. The wedding scene reminds me of the movie The Graduate a little bit. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet A tale of thievery and familial trust issues. Holmes can be quite paternal and sentimental when he chooses to be, though here he does that stuff "off screen". The Adventure of the Copper Beeches “They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're all together ooky” It’s Holmes vs The Addams Family! Well, not quite but it’s not too far off. Marvelous story, featuring Violet Hunter, a resourceful and competent young lady, who is almost as awesome as Irene Adler. If Irene is Catwoman, Violet is surely Batgirl. No Shit Sherlock* - Holmes battles his deadliest enemy, constipation! Dr. Watson to the rescue with a suppository. Every story in this book (except that last one about constipation) is a gem. Gems come in different sizes of course, but the entire collection is definitely a treasure. Holmes is probably my favorite fictional character of all time. His intellect is practically of superhero proportion, he is also wonderfully inscrutable yet caring and staunch defender of the less well to do. Watson is an extremely important support for Holmes, his courage and loyalty to Holmes saves the sleuth’s bacon on many occasions. He is also definitely not an idiot as portrayed in some dramatization. He can be quite quick witted and observant, and of course he is our trusty narrator. Of course it takes an actual genius to create such a vivid and convincing fictional genius. From the reader’s point of view it may seem easy to think up a crime and then retroactively create clues that will lead Holmes to solving them, but when you read these stories Holmes’ problem solving just seem so organic and natural. His reading of people’s background from observing the minutiae of their appearance is mind boggling even though we know the author create the observations to fit the characters’ appearance. The ingenious part is that Doyle makes it all so believable, and he writes with such wit, style and elegance. If you never read any Sherlock Holmes before shame on you! I recommend starting with this collection, then go on to the novels and other collections. _________________________________ * OK, I totally made this one up! The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Librivox audiobook read – nay performed – by David Clarke. Awesome job Mr. Clarke!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Saadia B.

    Sherlock Holmes have always been my favorite. Love how he solves mysteries using deductive reasoning. Blog | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn Sherlock Holmes have always been my favorite. Love how he solves mysteries using deductive reasoning. Blog | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bryant

    Sherlock Holmes is one of the great characters of literature - who can resist the aloof arrogance and limitless self-satisfaction which stems from that intellectual superiority with which he squishes all the dodgy baronets and rum foreign coves that turn up in the mysteries presented to him by the clients who never fail, when recounting their tangled tales, to speak in perfect paragraphs full of precisely recollected speech in a style exactly like a Conan Doyle story? I love the love story betwe Sherlock Holmes is one of the great characters of literature - who can resist the aloof arrogance and limitless self-satisfaction which stems from that intellectual superiority with which he squishes all the dodgy baronets and rum foreign coves that turn up in the mysteries presented to him by the clients who never fail, when recounting their tangled tales, to speak in perfect paragraphs full of precisely recollected speech in a style exactly like a Conan Doyle story? I love the love story between Holmes and Watson - they may or may not be closet cases, but yes it is rather interesting how in "The Man with the Twisted Lip" when Watson stumbles over Holmes in disguise in an opium den from where Watson is retrieving the erring husband of his wife's friend late one night, without a second thought, Watson packs the stoned husband into a cabriolet and sends him home whilst he goes off with Sherlock to spend the night – never mind what a fretting wife will be thinking! Watson is of course the Boswell to Sherlock's equally-eccentric Dr Johnson and just as the great doctor got rather aggravated at Bozzy at times and swatted him like a fly, so we get this rather grim pronouncement from Sherlock - they are discussing the accounts Watson writes and publishes of Sherlock's cases, the very accounts we have been reading in this book, yes, rather postmodern of Conan Doyle: "You have erred perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your statements, instead of confining yourself to the task of placing upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is really the only notable feature about the thing." "It seems that I have done you full justice in the matter," I remarked with some coldness, for I was repelled by the egotism which I had more than once observed to be a strong factor in my friend's singular character. "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing – a thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales." That's telling him. But Sherlock, these are beautifully written tales! For instance, I love the pause which allows some conversation before the moment when the next agitated client twangs the Baker Street bell with another very unlikely tale. A pause where Sherlock makes some random, unexpected observations about London life or makes of tobacco or the problems of succession in Schleswig-Holstein. And then, in comes the client shaking an umbrella - Sir, a foreign gentleman cut off my thumb last night. Mr Holmes, my wife disappeared thirty minutes after we were married. Mr Holmes, they believe I killed my father. Sir, a person sent my father five orange pips through the mail, and he died shortly thereafter. Now I have received five orange pips through the mail. The unlikeliness of the mysteries and their resolutions are delightful in many ways. Sometimes it turns out no crime has been committed. Sometimes Sherlock turns out to be the criminal! He has to break a law to obtain justice. And he dishes out summary punishments too. Sometimes the police never get involved, often they're flat-footed stooges or simply noises off. The stories become the vehicle to make many comments on England and the English – here's one I liked. Holmes and Watson are driving out into the Surrey countryside on a beautiful Spring day : "You look at these scattered houses and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their isolation, and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there." "Good Heavens!" I said, "who would associate crime with these dear old homesteads?" "They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, Watson, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." Always fascinating, glinting with intelligence, ascerbity and occasional indirect humour, and human affection, all these stories surpassed my dim memories of them and made me very happy that there are another four volumes to go.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Anze

    "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." Sherlock Holmes is a detective consulted upon by royalty and commoners alike. Where crime is concerned, Sherlock Holmes is the key. Relying on minute information Mr. Holmes is able to solve cases that Scotland Yard cannot. Wether a murder or a disapperance, a grand mansion or the streets of London Mr. Holmes is on the case. With his trusted partner and friend Dr. John Watson by his side, Mr. Holmes takes crime by storm. My interest for Britis "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." Sherlock Holmes is a detective consulted upon by royalty and commoners alike. Where crime is concerned, Sherlock Holmes is the key. Relying on minute information Mr. Holmes is able to solve cases that Scotland Yard cannot. Wether a murder or a disapperance, a grand mansion or the streets of London Mr. Holmes is on the case. With his trusted partner and friend Dr. John Watson by his side, Mr. Holmes takes crime by storm. My interest for British detectives was first piqued by one Agatha Christie last year. My brother suggested that since I like Miss Christie's work, I should give Sir Doyle a go. I absolutely love this collection of short stories starring Sherlock Holmes. Residing in 221B Baker Street, Mr. Holmes takes on cases that the police are unable to solve. Kings and commoners ring his doorbell when confounded by difficult situations. His partner and biographer, Dr. John Watson accompany Holmes as he tackles crime with his keen eye. Relying on deduction and observation, Holmes seeks out the most intriguing crimes. The craftsmanship of this work is impeccable. The prose well wriiten and quite entertaining. The meting out of clues perferctly paced. So many times I felt like Watson when upon hearing the same information, was astounded that Holmes had all but solved the case. I have no qualms whatsoever about this book. It was great in regards to the setting, characterization and every case was unique and intriguing. There will certainly be more Sherlock Holmes for me. Sherlock Holmes was first introduced in 1887, in 'A Study in Scarlet' (a work that is already on my shelves). While its believed that there are multiple sources of inspiration, one of the main ones is Joseph Bell. Joseph Bell was a real Royal Infirmary surgeon for whom Doyle had worked for as a clerk. It took some time for Holmes to become widespread but once it did, it spread like wild fire. Sherlock Holmes is now a British Cultural Icon. He is a beloved literaure character that has been portrayed on screen more so that any other fictional character. An interesting fact I have learned is that the phrase "Elemtary, my dear Watson" was not actually said by Sherlock Holmes. Yet, its one of the most attributed to him. Having now read about Holmes, I can see how his popularity only seems to increase with time. A fantastic read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    It’s been fun zipping through one of these stories each night for the past twelve nights. I’ve felt rather clever after guessing correctly on a few of the outcomes, even without counting “The Speckled Band," a story I remember well from grammar school. I’m not sure why I remember it after such a long time, except for it being one of several short-stories we read that year that opened up a new world for me--thanks to a favorite English teacher. (Other stories I remember from then were by Guy de M It’s been fun zipping through one of these stories each night for the past twelve nights. I’ve felt rather clever after guessing correctly on a few of the outcomes, even without counting “The Speckled Band," a story I remember well from grammar school. I’m not sure why I remember it after such a long time, except for it being one of several short-stories we read that year that opened up a new world for me--thanks to a favorite English teacher. (Other stories I remember from then were by Guy de Maupassant and, of course, O. Henry, as well as the very sad “The Scarlet Ibis,” which I didn’t remember was written by one James Hurst.) However superficially clever I might’ve felt, my guessing the outcome is not the attraction for me with these stories: It’s seeing the original elements that have since become the stock-in-trade for works about two very different buddies, working together as their personalities clash. I also enjoy Doyle’s disparaging remarks on his own (Watson’s) stories through the mouthpiece of Sherlock. The last story of this set (“The Copper Beeches”) starts off with Watson feeling ‘cold’ toward Sherlock after the latter has noted that Watson has embellished his published statements of Sherlock’s deductions instead of sticking to a record of severe reasoning from cause to effect, going on to admonish Watson that he has degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales. Doyle then goes on to pen his most sensationalistic tale yet. (Sort of meta, isn’t it?)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Luís

    This is a must in my Sherlock Holmes collection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    Here are my reviews of individual stories: Link to review of the first story, A Scandal in Bohemia Link to review of the second story, The Red-Headed League Link to another one, The Adventure of the Speckled Band Here are my reviews of individual stories: Link to review of the first story, A Scandal in Bohemia Link to review of the second story, The Red-Headed League Link to another one, The Adventure of the Speckled Band

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jan-Maat

    Fun. The crimes in this book are more along the lines of puzzles to work out rather than realistic depictions of crime in late Victorian- early Edwardian England. Contrived, but enjoyable. My favourite moment, I am not positive it is in this collection, is when Holmes and Watson are on a train steaming through the countryside and Watson makes an observation about the peaceful looking pretty cottages for which Holmes rebukes him 'no one knows what dark crimes are committed behind those doors' - re Fun. The crimes in this book are more along the lines of puzzles to work out rather than realistic depictions of crime in late Victorian- early Edwardian England. Contrived, but enjoyable. My favourite moment, I am not positive it is in this collection, is when Holmes and Watson are on a train steaming through the countryside and Watson makes an observation about the peaceful looking pretty cottages for which Holmes rebukes him 'no one knows what dark crimes are committed behind those doors' - reversing a view of the country as peace and the city as locus of iniquit,y instead the countryside is the place of dark Hardian misery (where engineers' thumbs may be cut off with impunity, and daughters forever imprisoned(view spoiler)[ until some interfering busybody and his sidekick from the city turns up (hide spoiler)] ) while in the busy teeming city every crime will be found out and the brutal, or dishonest (view spoiler)[ or both (hide spoiler)] perpetrator brought to justice. Enjoyably I love in the story of "The man with a twisted lip" the ever green urban legend that beggars are secretly rich men - hamming up their incapacity for work while earning piles of money by sitting on a street corner.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Simona B

    4.5

  22. 5 out of 5

    James

    Classic Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle at his finest. If you've read and enjoyed any books in the Sherlock Holmes series - then read them all, they are all consistently great. Sherlock Holmes must be one of the greatest literary characters ever created and the stories are so very well written. Intriguing, compelling, intelligent, exciting, page-turning fun of the highest order. Classic Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle at his finest. If you've read and enjoyed any books in the Sherlock Holmes series - then read them all, they are all consistently great. Sherlock Holmes must be one of the greatest literary characters ever created and the stories are so very well written. Intriguing, compelling, intelligent, exciting, page-turning fun of the highest order.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892. Follow the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his devoted assistant, Dr. Watson — as they investigate a dozen of their best-known cases. Featured stories in this collection include several of the author's personal favorites: "A Scandal in Bohemia" — in which a king is blackmailed by a former lover and Holmes match The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892. Follow the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his devoted assistant, Dr. Watson — as they investigate a dozen of their best-known cases. Featured stories in this collection include several of the author's personal favorites: "A Scandal in Bohemia" — in which a king is blackmailed by a former lover and Holmes matches wits with the only woman to attract his open admiration — plus "The Speckled Band," "The Red-Headed League," and "The Five Orange Pips." Additional mysteries include "The Blue Carbuncle," "The Engineer’s Thumb," "The Beryl Coronet," "The Copper Beeches," and four others.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ☆ SANA ☆

    Sherlock Holmes is the best. The best fictional detective ever created. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has written 56 stories and 4 novels which are compiled in 9 books. From those 9 books, the best cases are in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. They are really the best. It contains most of the best cases of Sherlock Holmes. I loved it. And for beginners who is are thinking to try Sherlock Holmes, I highly recommend you to start with this then move to the The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes to The Return of Sherlock Holmes is the best. The best fictional detective ever created. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has written 56 stories and 4 novels which are compiled in 9 books. From those 9 books, the best cases are in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. They are really the best. It contains most of the best cases of Sherlock Holmes. I loved it. And for beginners who is are thinking to try Sherlock Holmes, I highly recommend you to start with this then move to the The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes to The Return of Sherlock Holmes to The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes and at last to His Last Bow.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    Click here to hear my thoughts on the Wishbone episode that focuses on the Sherlock Holmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia" over on my Booktube channel, abookolive. Click here to hear my thoughts on the Wishbone episode that focuses on the Sherlock Holmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia" over on my Booktube channel, abookolive.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    It's true what they say: You can't beat the classics! Seriously, there's a reason why these stories have stood the test of time: They're amazing! If you've never read any of the original Holmes novels, you should go find one...NOW! It's true what they say: You can't beat the classics! Seriously, there's a reason why these stories have stood the test of time: They're amazing! If you've never read any of the original Holmes novels, you should go find one...NOW!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steve Payne

    3.5 The fifty-six Sherlock Holmes short stories came out in five books after their initial Strand magazine publications. ‘The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes’ was the first, and covers the stories written between July 1891 and June 1892. What can you say? It’s a pretty solid collection of stories with much to enjoy and reams of atmosphere. Of the twelve, I like four better than the others:- ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’ is the first Holmes short story and one of the best. Holmes tries to trick someone who w 3.5 The fifty-six Sherlock Holmes short stories came out in five books after their initial Strand magazine publications. ‘The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes’ was the first, and covers the stories written between July 1891 and June 1892. What can you say? It’s a pretty solid collection of stories with much to enjoy and reams of atmosphere. Of the twelve, I like four better than the others:- ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’ is the first Holmes short story and one of the best. Holmes tries to trick someone who will be forever known to him as ‘the woman’ into giving away the hiding place of a photograph. From the initial meeting with the ‘aristocrat’ giving him the case, to the diversionary action scene, to the final denouement in which Holmes is proven not to be as clever as he thinks, it’s a fine story. ‘The Red-Headed League.’ Why does a firm insist on employing only a man with red hair? Clouds of atmosphere envelope a bizarre mystery. ‘The Man With The Twisted Lip.’ A man goes missing, but his wife sees him in a dingy area of London. Even though I solved the case well before Holmes, this is still one of the better stories. Again, tons of atmosphere! ‘The Adventure Of The Engineer’s Thumb,’ sees an engineer called out to repair a strange machine. Though the end doesn’t live up to the rest of the story, it’s nevertheless another atmospheric tale which has a constant air of expectancy. I have to say, though there are no bad stories here (or, maybe one), there are plenty which are really no better than middling. There are occasional passages which are really quite flat, even plodding - in which a heck of a lot of dull telling goes on. There are also some rather thin stories which struggle to hold the interest, such as the bizarrely uneventful ‘The Case Of Identity.’ Holmes doesn’t even leave his room to solve this one. Why doesn’t a man, who was seen to be entering a carriage at the beginning of his journey, not exit it when it reaches its destination. Mmm [Plot spoiler here] – he got out of the door on the other side. Tough one that for Sherlock! At his best, Doyle’s a very entertaining writer – he’s written some of my favourite short stories. But there’s no getting away from the fact that he was extremely prolific and churned out his stories and novels at a fair old rate, to the point where it does show at times. Fortunately, he was able to mask some of the blander passages and plots of these tales with Sherlock himself. Overall, these stories are understandably iconic and definitely worth the read (7 out of 10 in my scoring system). If you can get a copy with the original illustrations, all the better, for they add much to the pleasure. [I read these from 'Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Short Stories' from Chancellor Press].

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve adventures and the most famous cases of the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. John Watson, including the likes of A Scandal in Bohemia, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Speckled Band, The Five Orange Pips, and The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, all created by revered author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I am looking forward to continuing with the series. These books have become true classics and one of the reasons why is best s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve adventures and the most famous cases of the legendary Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. John Watson, including the likes of A Scandal in Bohemia, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Speckled Band, The Five Orange Pips, and The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, all created by revered author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I am looking forward to continuing with the series. These books have become true classics and one of the reasons why is best said by our esteemed protagonist as follows: "'My dear fellow,' said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, 'life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of event, working through generations, and leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.'"

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    “Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short mystery stories all published in the late 19th century in a serial magazine. Besides the mysteries, these show the dynamics of Holmes and Watson that I had missed by reading Doyle stories at random (that were from a later period). I admit to knowing about Sherlock Holmes through film adaptions more than from reading the books. After seeing the B “Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short mystery stories all published in the late 19th century in a serial magazine. Besides the mysteries, these show the dynamics of Holmes and Watson that I had missed by reading Doyle stories at random (that were from a later period). I admit to knowing about Sherlock Holmes through film adaptions more than from reading the books. After seeing the British Sherlock TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch, I can only think of Holmes with his face and mannerisms he exhibited in the shows. I wanted to learn about how Holmes and Watson’s relationship developed, so that’s why I picked this collection. A fantastic why to experience these stories is through the Dreamscape Media audio narrated by Stephen Thorne. Read at a perfect pace with emotion and accents! Recommended. The twelve stories on the audio are in the sequence I have listed in the spoiler along with a one- or two-word summary of each. No spoilers though! It is better to know less about the story because figuring out the plot is the highlight. (view spoiler)[ A Scandal in Bohemia Regret. The Red-Headed League Red herrings (pun intended 😉). A Case of Identity Greed. The Boscombe Valley Mystery Extortion. The Five Orange Pips Ruthlessness. The Man with the Twisted Lip Confessions. A favorite! The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Comedy of errors. The Adventure of the Speckled Band Clever deduction. A favorite! The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb Clever deduction. A favorite! The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor Tangled web. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet Betrayal. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches Betrayal. (hide spoiler)] Besides learning the dynamics of the duo, the stories are filled with insights of London. You get a period feel for the dialogue and manners. They contain complex knowledge of trains, shipping, mail systems, human tendencies, disguises, opium dens, exotic animals, extortion, and jewels. The stories have mild violence, and, in many case, justice is served happenstance or left open ended. But all come to satisfying conclusions. This story collection is a wonderful way to experience Holmes and Watson in a variety of settings. Plus, you get a “tour” of London along the way. And you can mark off another on the list of Boxall’s 1001 books.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Piyangie

    This short story collection on the adventures on Sherlock Holmes set the famous fictitious detective at his best and Mr. Doyle himself at his best as well, save except in the Hound of the Baskerville. All twelve short stories in this collection are well written and varied between 3 stars to 5 stars in my opinion on them. A Scandal in Bohemia **** - I really liked it. It was one instance that famous detective was outwitted, and that too by a woman! The Red-headed League *** - This was a clever mys This short story collection on the adventures on Sherlock Holmes set the famous fictitious detective at his best and Mr. Doyle himself at his best as well, save except in the Hound of the Baskerville. All twelve short stories in this collection are well written and varied between 3 stars to 5 stars in my opinion on them. A Scandal in Bohemia **** - I really liked it. It was one instance that famous detective was outwitted, and that too by a woman! The Red-headed League *** - This was a clever mystery where Holmes finally apprehend a most wanted criminal. A Case of Identity *** - A simple mystery but nevertheless an enjoyable read. The Boscombe Valley Mystery **** - An interesting mystery though the culprit was pretty predictable. Still, I liked it very much. The Five Orange Pips *** - I wish the end of this mystery was made more satisfactory. The Man with a Twisted Lip **** - I was really surprised at the end result to his mystery. Never for a moment guessed what it would be. The adventure of the Blue Carbuncle *** - The famous detective shows the world that under a detached analytical self, a kind and compassionate man lives, by pardoning a thief and giving him another chance in life. The Adventure of the Speckled Band ***** - A great mystery, a sinister villain, the exceptional analytical skill of Holmes combines in creating a great adventure. Simply, an amazing read. The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb *** - The mystery was interesting enough. My only regret was that the villain were not apprehended. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor **** - This is the one story out of the twelve pack in which I found a comic relief. I had a hearty laugh over the way this story was presented. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet ***** - This is my most loved mystery out of the lot. Apart from Holmes and the dear doctor, I found an admirable character in Arthur Holder. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches **** - Again we come across a sinister villain and how Holmes, a governess, a servant and a lover rescues an injured victim. Overall, it was a enjoyable read. Highly recommended to those who would enjoy some quick adventures with our most beloved detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!

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