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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Hardcover – Nov 13 2012

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best remembered for the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous fictional detective, though in his lifetime Doyle also penned essays, poems, short stories, science fiction, nonfiction, historical novels, political treatises, and lectures on Spiritualism.

It was in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet that Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion, Dr. John Watson, first appeared. Doyle eventually became weary of the stories, hugely popular with both British and American readers, and killed off Holmes in the 1893 short story “The Final Problem”—only to resurrect the character years later in The Hound of the Baskervilles. On July 7, 1930, Doyle died in England of heart failure. His stories of the very logical Sherlock Holmes, which so precisely reflect the latter part of nineteenth-century Victorian England, still capture the imaginations of readers today.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Excellent product, in all regards. Dec 20 2012
By Matias Graffigna - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great bookset, the pictures don't do it justice. I was dubious when I bought it, now I'm absolutely certain it was the right choice.
The bookset contains every book on Sherclock by Doyle and is realy beautfiul. Hardcover, good paper, nice decorations.
If you want to start reading Sherlock for the first time or want to have the collection, this is definitley the way to go.
40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Cool Set, Cheaper than Expected Binding Feb. 21 2013
By HLGStrider - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is not a review of the contents of this set or the works of Doyle. It is simply a review of this box set. It is cool looking and the way the box folds up and opens is "neat" but after the first moment of oohing and ahhing my husband (who was the recipient of this gift) commented that the binding looked a little bit cheap. I inspected it closer and these books do not appear to be very durable. There are nicer sets out there. I got a discount on the item through a coupon code so at the price I paid I feel it was reasonable, but there is no way this set is worth the $96 it is currently priced at.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book, bad binding April 12 2014
By R. F - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Sherlock Holmes, and I wanted to have the best product around so I could always have it in my bookcase. I expected this from this product, especially because the price surely seemed to indicate it.
However, the box that holds the books had broken down in such a way, that if you try to hold it up, the books fall.the box they came in. I believe this happened because the box it came in didn't provide enough support. The weight of the books inevitable broke it down. This is Amazon's fault for putting it in a box too big for the case.
One of the books bindings (thankfully not all of them) has begun to break, so the cover of the book is falling off already and I haven't even begun reading it.
Lots of care must be put in the books if you don't want them breaking. DON'T but this product for kids.
I am extremely disappointed in this regard. I spent a lot of money for what seemed to be an excellent product but turned out to be a very bad one.
I cannot replace it, however, because I live in South America and the process would be horrifyingly long and dull. Then again, I would probably get the same result.

The book itself, as in, the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are beautiful. I've always loved them. I would recommend it, although from a different publisher, to anyone who wants an enjoyable, light read and/or detective stories in general.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A truly wonderful box set, great to display and read! Dec 6 2014
By M. - Published on
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Wow, I got this on a lightning deal for $20 bucks. I read a lot of books and usually don't care about condition or appearance of the book itself. I've always wanted to read the Holmes books and for that price I was sold. The package arrived damaged (thanks UPS!) but the books themselves, though not protected by anything, were untouched in this neat case. The slipcase works perfectly, the magnetic snaps hold the flaps closed when it sits on the shelve. Each of the books is different and features a different silhouette of Holmes against a different angle of the Thames River. To my surprise the silhouette and pipe smoke is raised, adding a nice tactile feel to the cover. Each book has a color theme with matching cover, page finish, and bookmark. The magnifying glass window makes for a cool effect when one of the books is taken out, it feels like a three-dimensional art piece on my shelf, and it's thousands of pages of great reading material! I don't think I would buy it for more than $50, but Amazon's "usual" asking price of $60 isn't bad, especially if you're willing to overpay a little for a special Holmes fan.

A few nitpicks-- While great attention to detail was put into the box set, the first volume's title page reads "The Collected Sherlock Holmes", the other three had the correct "The Complete Sherlock Holmes". It doesn't effect my rating, but a person who reads this set is sure to notice that. The set was also printed in China. There's nothing wrong with Chinese printers but there's plenty of American ones too. Again, neither of these points effected my rating.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great books, bad binding Jan. 15 2014
By Chris Leslie - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a big Sherlock fan and was very excited when I found this set. I got it a little over a year ago and just got around to reading them a couple weeks ago. The stories are wonderful, and I would highly recommend them for anyone, but the book binging's are bad. Whenever I first opened the books two of them had tears in the page binding, one of them had all its pages bent, and the coloring on the outside has already began to wear off.

Aside from the binding problems, the books are very nice and the stories are the best.