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This volume, authorized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate, contains all 4 full-length novels and all 56 short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. At over a thousand pages, the weighty tome is a perfect gift for budding amateur sleuths, and it is an ideal companion for a long stay on a desert island (or a leisurely trip through the English countryside). As the reader wades past the tense introductions of A Study in Scarlet and moves towards such classic tales as The Hound of the Baskervilles, "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," and "The Final Problem," she is sure to draw her own conclusions about Holmes's veiled past and his quirky relationship with his "Boswell," Watson. Doyle never revealed much about Holmes's early life, but the joy of reading the complete Holmes is assembling the trivia of each story into something like a portrait of the detective and his creator. By the end of the long journey through London and across Europe (with a long stopover at Reichenbach Falls), one is apt to have found a friend for life. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
“Sherlock Holmes is the very foundation stone of the edifice that is crime fiction.”
— The Times
Definitely my favourite novels. Ingenious plots that all seem so simple in the end. I'd recommend this to anyone who can read.Published 1 month ago by Lisa
I bought this as a present for a relative who loves mystery stories. She was thrilled.Published 5 months ago by Lava1964
I would have appreciated a Table of Contents. There is no way to check back on what you are reading or find a particular story.Published 6 months ago by Karen Pestl
The Holmes stories can be read and reread endlessly with pleasure. Excellent is not sufficient praise for them. Absolute recommendPublished 11 months ago by J Morton