Volume I includes the early novel A Study in Scarlet, which introduced the eccentric genius of Sherlock Holmes to the world. This baffling murder mystery, with the cryptic word Rache written in blood, first brought Holmes together with Dr. John Watson. Next, The Sign of Four presents Holmes’s famous “seven percent solution” and the strange puzzle of Mary Morstan in the quintessential locked-room mystery. Also included are Holmes’s feats of extraordinary deception in such famous cases as the chilling “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” the baffling riddle of “The Musgrave Ritual,” and the ingeniously plotted “The Five Orange Pips.”
Volume II begins with The Hound of Baskervilles, a haunting novel of murder on eerie Grimpen Moor, which has rightly earned its reputation as the finest murder mystery ever written. The Valley of Fear matches Holmes against his archenemy, the master of imaginative crime, Professor Moriarty. In addition, the loyal Dr. Watson has faithfully recorded Holmes’s feats of extraordinary detection in such famous cases as the thrilling “The Adventure of the Red Circle,” Holmes’s tragic and fortunately premature farewell in “The Final Problem,” and the twelve baffling adventures from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.
Conan Doyle’s incomparable tales bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221 B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.
From the Paperback edition.
‘They all agreed that it was a huge creature, luminous, ghastly and spectral.’
Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine, Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles follows the infamous Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as they investigate the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, whose dead body is found on the misty and desolate Devon moors.
The locals blame his death on the legend of the fearsome phantom hound that they claim has haunted the Baskerville family for generations. When the heir to the Baskerville fortune, Sir Henry, also comes under threat Holmes’ detective skills are put to the test as he battles to discover the truth behind the legend and to solve one of the most macabre mysteries of his career.
Indisputably the greatest fictional detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes lives on—in films, on television, and of course through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s inimitable craft. These twenty-two stories show Holmes at his brilliant best.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND
A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA
THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE
THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE
THE NAVAL TREATY
THE FINAL PROBLEM
THE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN
THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES
THE CROOKED MAN
THE RESIDENT PATIENT
THE GREEK INTERPRETER
THE ADVENTURE OF THE NORWOOD BUILDER
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SOLITARY CYCLIST
THE ADVENTURE OF THE EMPTY HOUSE
THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS
THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SIX NAPOLEONS
THE ADVENTURE OF THE PRIORY SCHOOL
THE MUSGRAVE RITUAL
THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND STAIN
THE ADVENTURE OF THE ABBEY GRANGE
Reprinted from a standard text, this inexpensive volume offers mystery lovers a choice selection of six of the finest Sherlock Holmes stories: "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-headed League," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb," "The Final Problem," and "The Adventure of the Empty House." In these richly atmospheric stories, Victorian London comes vividly to life as hansom cabs clatter over the cobblestoned streets, gas lamps flare in the thick fog, and an almost palpable sense of excitement seizes the reader as Holmes and Dr. Watson set off on another adventure.
The second tale, The Sign of Four, is an incredible story of greed and revenge in which Holmes and Watson accompany a beautiful young woman on a mission that leads to a terrifying, one-legged man in the dark heart of London.
A thrilling experience for legions of Holmes fans, these exciting tales will also serve as an excellent introduction to readers who have never made the acquaintance of this incomparable detective and his colleague.
The country doctor had come to 221B Baker Street, the famous lodgings of Sherlock Holmes, with an eerie tale—the legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles, the devil-beast that haunted the lonely moors around the Baskervilles’ ancestral home. The tale warned the descendants of that ancient family never to venture out on the moor. But Sir Charles Baskerville was now dead—and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Would the new heir of the Baskervilles meet the same dreadful fate? Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend, Dr. Watson, are faced with their most terrifying case in this wonderful classic of masterful detection and bone-chilling suspense.
Includes an Afterword by Anne Perry
Twenty-three great Sherlock Holmes mysteries as published in Strand Magazine. These stories have won over readers in the thousands and have helped make Sherlock Holmes the most popular and most famous detective of all times.
Arthur Conan Doyle, was born in Scotland in 1859. He was educated in Jesuit schools in England and Austria. In 1881 he finished a medical degree and signed on as a surgeon aboard a whaling vessel in the Arctic. After an unsuccessful medical practice, Doyle started writing. Sherlock Holmes was an instant success. At the end of his career Conan Doyle complemented his writing with spiritualism and psychic research. He died in 1930.
"Ralph Cosham delivers a classic, scholarly reading with fine pacing, clear diction, and an astute sense of dialogue." -- The Christian Science Monitor
The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 stories.
Among them are "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder", a tale of a reclusive old bachelor who suddenly vanishes; "The Adventure of the Dancing Men", a delightful puzzle involving a mysterious message that contains a series of stick figures; "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" in which a lovely young governess is being stalked by a man on a bicycle, and many others.
The last story, "The Adventure of the Second Stain" has Watson revealing that Holmes is now completely retired and would not like Watson to write any more stories about him!
The Return of Sherlock Holmes is indeed a delightful continuation of the Holmes saga and a great addition to your repertoire!
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