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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories [Mass Market Paperback]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Oct. 1 1986
Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1; Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2. 2 Vols.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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“Sherlock Holmes is the very foundation stone of the edifice that is crime fiction.”
The Times --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Buy for Any Detective Story Fan April 7 2010
By WryGrin
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is easily the best collection of UNABRIDGED Sherlock Holmes stories I've ever encountered. The cover is tastefully designed and has the feel of a "good old book" often lacking in today's modern printed works.

I've read in other reviews that "the print is too small"... I however, find that the print is no smaller than any other book more than two or three hundred pages long, and is clear and well spaced on the pages, which are light-wight to accomodate the weight of such a large volume.

The one and only thing I could say against it would be that it IS a large book, so anyone looking to read it on the bus is likely to have trouble, but then again, it's all of Doyle's works concerning our favorite detective, and that must be taken into concideration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Criminal March 22 2014
By JLC
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This review has nothing to do with the work of the author but is solely based on the quality of the product I ordered and received.

To be clear, I refer directly to the paperback edition published by "Createspace"; Amazon displays the bookcover as green and cream, with the word bighousepub.com clearly visible on the back. Avoid ordering this one at all costs, it is a scam. I fell for it. I was unaware and unprepared for having to do due diligence in researching my purchasing options from Amazon, who I had previously considered to be a reputable web retailer.

When I received this book, it was obvious the cover was printed from a low resolution source material and gave the impression of having been done by someone with rudimentary Photoshop skills and a low-end printer. Upon looking inside, I was more shocked to find the pages filled with unformatted walls of text. All paragraphs, proper spacing, and carriage returns of any kind were completely removed, I can only guess to cram the work onto as few pages as possible. The result is unreadable.

I was unaware before ordering that Createspace is in fact an Amazon self-publishing company and it would appear that "bighousepub.com" are rip-off artists who have illegally published the edition through Amazon in order to score royalties from the odd sale to dupes like me.

It is an affront to the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that someone would bastardize it and then capitalize upon it in such a manner, but the bigger travesty is that Amazon is party to the creation and distribution of this sham.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic Dec 31 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This collection of stories about the famed detective Sherlock Holmes and his faithful "sidekick" Watson is truly a timeless classic. It is filled with intrigue, mystery, romance, vengeance and ,ultimately, murder. Its beautifully constructed plot and the whole motive of the murder, the clues and the amazing deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes will hardly fail to entertain you and keep you craving for more. Not only will you find crime and punishment on these pages, but also the unique world (the 19th century England) and personalities (cold-blooded Holmes and always left behind Watson) which Doyle has created.
There is one downside to this marvellous classic. When you are done reading the book and there are no more adventures to consume you will feel nostalgic. One could only wish to relax in the comfort of an armchair in front of a fireplace while a rainstorm rages outside and Sherlock Holmes is patiently absorbing the details of another case, on No. 221B Baker Street
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor binding on Doubleday hardcover edition June 15 2001
Format:Hardcover
To be a well-rounded person, you must read the wonderful stories of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. You will be amazed by the number of English expressions and culural assumptions that originate in these stories.
The Doubleday hardcover binding was atrocious, however. I bought this edition to read completely cover-to-cover, so I concede the edition was in for some heavy use. But the bound pages began to separate from the cover on the first day. By the time I was done. the cover was separated, and the bound pages had fallen into a number of chunks. Even the title print on the spine had been struck twice and appeared sloppy. The book was damaged beyond usefulness after one reading.
Read the stories, but don't get the Doubleday hardcover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Content vs Binding June 5 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This my first foray into Holmes and I am thoroughly enjoying it. My only complaint is that the binding of this edition is beginning to come apart, in spite of gentle treatment. And I had bought this edition rather than the paperback because many large paperbacks have this very problem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Pictures!!! June 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have only one beef with this edition of the book. NO PICTURES! If your funds are severely limited, then buy this edition only. It's complete and contains all the original stories. You can't go wrong buying this edition.
If you do have extra bucks to spare and you're a newbie to S.H., I'd highly recommend you first buy "The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes" by Castle Books, ISBN: 0-7858-1325-X. It contains all 356 original illustrations by Sidney Paget as they appeared in the Strand Magazine. These illustrations define the enduring image of Holmes and Watson as we have of them today. Even the popular PBS series by Jeremy Brett duplicates scenes from these illustrations. Unfortunately, Paget did not illustrate the first two novels of S.H. and died before he can illustrate the later adventures. But the illustrations will add much greater depth and enjoyment to these stories.
When you're finally done with the illustrated edition and you're still aching for more S.H., then get this complete edition to complete the adventures.
And if you're like me, being a British rebel (an American) and having no real knowledge and experience of what life in Victorian England was about, an entertaining reference book is "The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Sherlock Holmes" by Riley and McAllister, ISBN: 0-8264-1116-9.
This book can be read alongside your reading of each story of S.H. It gives a capsule summary of each adventure and lists some oddities and descrepancies to each story without giving away the ending. Also, it contains chapters which explains the life and times of Holmes' era and explains such things as monetary equivelents, etc. For someone like me who doesn't know a crown from a farthing to a sovereign, it clears up many areas of cultural difference and ignorance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Got through three stories and then forgot about it...
Published 9 days ago by rocky40
5.0 out of 5 stars The Entire Sherlock Holmes Collection for only $1?
Amazing Value first of all. Easily worth x100 the asked price.
With all the recent sherlock Holmes popularity (the shows and movies) it's no doubt that some people want to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andres Consumer
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Always a good read if you like detective stories!
Published 1 month ago by William Heath
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Well its Sherlock Holmes. This is fantastic having the complete collection. I do not know what more good things I can say about Sherlock Holmes that has not already been said. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janet A Johnstone
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
I love these books. I have read them in the past and is great to be able to read them again.
Published 2 months ago by Thelma Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME.......
This is a book I've been meaning to read for years and it was well worth the wait. An wonderful read.
Published 2 months ago by Donna Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing,read.
Always a treat to read about Holmes ! How we read and reccomend many books ,this one will certainly be passed on to others as a must to enjoy..
Published 3 months ago by Bc
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome all in one place
Conan Doyle's detective in bulk. It's a terrific compendium and is mostly linear in its presentation of stories vis a vis a timeline. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. R. Chevalier
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST DETECTIVE EVER!!
Considering that Conan Doyle is. definitely the creator of the CSI trend in DETECTIVE work 5 stars is even short.
Published 5 months ago by Pedro
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I was not impressed with this book very much. A lot of the stories were very boring in my opinion
Published 5 months ago by R.N.DUNNE
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