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.
• All 4 Sherlock Holmes novels and 56 short stories, including the final 1927 collection, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
• More than 480 captioned illustrations, including all 357 Holmes illustrations by Sidney Paget
• Alphabetical index of titles & timeline of cases
• A helpful introduction, author bio, and bibliography
Presenting all of the stories in the order they were first published with the illustrations that accompanied the original Strand Magazine monthly editions, The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Illustrated) brings the Sherlock Holmes adventures to you the way they were meant to be read.
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
The Adventure of the Dying Detective
The Adventure of the Red Circle
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
The Adventures of Gerard
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Beyond the City
The Cabman's Story
The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Danger! and Other Stories
A Desert Drama
The Doings Of Raffles Haw
The Exploits Of Brigadier Gerard
The Firm of Girdlestone
The Great Shadow and Other Napoleonic Tales
His Last Bow
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Last Galley
The Last of the Legions
The Lost World
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
My Friend The Murderer
The Mystery of Cloomber
The New Revelation
The Poison Belt
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Round the Red Lamp
The Sign of the Four
Songs of Action
The Stark Munro Letters
A Study In Scarlet
Tales of Terror and Mystery
Through the Magic Door
The Tragedy of The Korosko
The Valley of Fear
The Vital Message
The White Company
Sherlock: The Adventures contains twelve short stories first published in The Strand magazine between 1891 and 1892 and then published as a collection in October 1892. It includes some of Conan Doyle's best tales of murder and mystery, such as 'The Adventures of the Speckled Band', in which the strange last words of a dying woman 'It was the band, the speckled band!' and an inexplicable whistling in the night are the only clues Sherlock Holmes has to prevent another murder; and 'The Five Orange Pips', in which an untimely death and the discovery of the letter containing five orange pips lead to a cross-Atlantic conspiracy.
From the Paperback edition.
• All 61 illustrations by Sidney Paget from the original Strand serials from 1901–1902
• Author bio and select bibliography
The Hound of the Baskervilles, which returned Sherlock Holmes to readers eight years after his apparent death at the hands of Professor Moriarty, is often considered the greatest mystery novel in the English language. It became Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous work and launched an improbable and incredibly successful second act for the world’s greatest detective.
Hound brilliantly embodies the best of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries while also being a first-rate gothic horror story. Set in the haunting, primeval landscape of the moors in the West Country of England, Holmes and Watson must unravel bewildering clues and confront the centuries-old legend of a terrifying spectral black hound in foiling one of the most devilishly ingenious villains they’ll ever face.
In the riveting tales collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the sleuth of 221B Baker Street and his steadfast companion, Watson, set out on the dark, foggy streets of late Victorian London to solve England’s darkest mysteries and unearth its most closely guarded secrets. In these stories, the beloved detective uses razor-sharp logic and brilliant analytical reasoning to rescue a king from blackmail, find a missing fiancé, infiltrate an opium den, and solve many other mysteries. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes remain as thrilling, surprising, and entertaining as they were more than a century ago.
Featuring a foreword from renowned Holmes scholar, Daniel Stashower, (author ofA Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan DoyleandSherlock Holmes in America),The Complete Sherlock Holmescontains every known Sherlock Holmes tale ever written.From Holmesâ€™ first appearance in â€œA Study in Scarletâ€? (1887) andThe Hound of the Baskervilles(1901-1902), through the collection of stories in theThe Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, this deluxe edition boasts the entire Holmes catalogue.
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.
In this TV tie-in edition of the classic novel, first published in The Strand in 1901, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are called to the haunting and beautiful moors of Dartmoor and the home of the Baskerville family, who seem to have fallen victim to a family curse. A terrifying spectre in the shape of a great hound was once said to have hunted an ancestor across the moors and the recent, mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville suggests that the hound has returned. But is this really a supernatural curse or is a much more dastardly and earthly plot a foot? Sherlock and Dr Watson must solve the riddle of the hound before another murder is committed.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes inspired The Map of Chaos by New York Times bestselling author Félix J. Palma. As a gift to readers, this ebook edition includes an excerpt from The Map of Chaos.
The Complete Novels and Stories
Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero--a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime!
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 detection 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,” tales that bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.
'Sherlock Holmes was transformed when he was hot upon such a scent as this. Men who had only known the quiet thinker and logician of Baker Street would have failed to recognize him. His face flushed and darkened. His brows were drawn into two hard black lines, while his eyes shone out from beneath them with a steely glitter.'
Set against the foggy, mysterious backdrops of London and the English countryside, these are the first twelve stories ever published to feature the infamous Detective Sherlock Holmes and his side kick Doctor Watson. They first appeared as stories in the Strand Magazine and feature some of his most famous and enjoyable cases, including 'A Scandal in Bohemia', 'The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle' and 'The Red-headed League'.
A Study in Scarlet is the genre-defining work with which popular crime fiction was born. A potent mix of serial murder, suspense, cryptic clues, red herrings and revenge, the novel introduces us to the world-famous characters of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and Inspector Lestrade and sees Sherlock and Dr Watson meet and join forces for the first time as they track a mysterious killer that stalks London's streets.
In addition to the original text, this edition also has an introduction by Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, who explains how it inspired the Sherlock script.
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
* the most complete edition possible due to US copyright restrictions
* annotated with concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* illustrated with the original Sherlock Holmes images
* images of how the books first appeared, giving your EReader a taste of the Victorian texts
* ALMOST all of the Sherlock Holmes stories (due to copyright) – even the rare and unfinished THE ADVENTURE OF THE TALL MAN
* the rare comic opera Conan Doyle collaborated on with Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie
* ALL of the short stories and short story collections have their own unique contents tables – choose from a vast range of amazing and rare short stories
* rare non-fiction texts
* Conan Doyle’s historic war treatises with maps and more
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* features five rare plays by Conan Doyle, including SHERLOCK HOLMES - explore the Great Man's theatrical talents!
* scarce non-fiction works, including the GEORGE EDALJI and OSCAR SLATER real-life crime cases that Conan Doyle helped solve!
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The Sherlock Holmes Collections
SHERLOCK HOLMES: AN INTRODUCTION
A STUDY IN SCARLET
THE SIGN OF THE FOUR
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
THE VALLEY OF FEAR
HIS LAST BOW
THE FIELD BAZAAR
HOW WATSON LEARNT THE TRICK
THE ADVENTURE OF THE TALL MAN
The Sherlock Holmes Stories
The Challenger Works
THE LOST WORLD
THE POISON BELT
THE WHITE COMPANY
THE GREAT SHADOW
Other Novels and Novellas
THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER
THE FIRM OF GIRDLESTONE
THE DOINGS OF RAFFLES HAW
BEYOND THE CITY
THE STARK MUNRO LETTERS
THE TRAGEDY OF THE KOROSKO
The Short Story Collections
THE CAPTAIN OF THE POLESTAR AND OTHER TALES.
THE GREAT KEINPLATZ EXPERIMENT AND OTHER TALES OF TWILIGHT AND THE UNSEEN
MY FRIEND THE MURDERER AND OTHER MYSTERIES AND ADVENTURES
THE GULLY OF BLUEMANSDYKE AND OTHER STORIES
ROUND THE RED LAMP
THE GREEN FLAG AND OTHER STORIES
THE EXPLOITS OF BRIGADIER GERARD
THE ADVENTURES OF GERARD
ROUND THE FIRE STORIES
THE LAST OF THE LEGIONS AND OTHER TALES OF LONG AGO
THE LAST GALLEY
DANGER! AND OTHER STORIES
TALES OF TERROR AND MYSTERY
THE DEALINGS OF CAPTAIN SHARKEY AND OTHER TALES OF PIRATES
THE MAN FROM ARCHANGEL AND OTHER TALES OF ADVENTURE
UNCOLLECTED SHORT STORIES
The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
JANE ANNIE, OR THE GOOD CONDUCT PRIZE
THE SPECKLED BAND
THE CROWN DIAMOND
SONGS OF ACTION
SONGS OF THE ROAD
THE GUARDS CAME THROUGH
The Non Fiction
THE GREAT BOER WAR
THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA
THROUGH THE MAGIC DOOR
THE CRIME OF THE CONGO
THE CASE OF MR. GEORGE EDALJI
THE CASE OF MR. OSCAR SLATER
THE HOLOCAUST OF MANOR PLACE
THE BRAVOES OF MARKET-DRAYTON
THE DEBATABLE CASE OF MRS. EMSLEY
THE LOVE AFFAIR OF GEORGE VINCENT PARKER
THE BRITISH CAMPAIGN IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS VOLUMES I-VI
A VISIT TO THREE FRONTS. JUNE 1916
A GLIMPSE OF THE ARMY
GREAT BRITAIN AND THE NEXT WAR
THE FUTURE OF CANADIAN LITERATURE
THE NEW REVELATION
THE VITAL MESSAGE
THE WANDERINGS OF A SPIRITUALIST
THE COMING OF THE FAIRIES
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.
A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of the four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Valley of Fear
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
His Last Bow
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
All the texts are original and complete.
The texts are paginated in an elegant version.
A collection of luster.
• All 104 original illustrations by Sidney Paget done for the Strand Magazine
• A helpful introduction
• Author bio and selected bibliography
After Arthur Conan Doyle introduced Sherlock Holmes in the novel A Study in Scarlet in 1887, he wrote a series of 24 short mysteries featuring the detective and his colleague, Dr. Watson, in the pages of the Strand Magazine from 1891 to 1893.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes collects the first 12 of these tales—(the last 12 of which comprise the Top Five Classics ebook The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes)—including “A Scandal in
Bohemia” (which introduces Irene Adler), “The Red-Headed League,” “The Five Orange Pips,” and “The Speckled Band”—some of the greatest stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon.
In this TV tie-in edition to the classic novel, Sherlock and Dr Watson receive a visit from Mary Morsten, who offers up a particularly cryptic puzzle for them to solve. Her father went missing six years ago and since then she has received a pearl for every year he has not re-appeared. Now, the treasure's sender has requested a meeting and she would like Sherlock and Watson to accompany her. Finding the mystery benefactor is only the start of this adventure, that puts Sherlock and Watson hot on the trail of cold-blooded killers and thieves, and a lost Indian fortune.
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
This Top Five Classics edition of A Study in Scarlet features:
• The original, unabridged text by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
• The original illustrations by D.H. Friston, plus addition early drawings by George Hutchinson and James Greig
• A helpful introduction and author bio
A Study in Scarlet was the first story by Arthur Conan Doyle to feature Sherlock Holmes. It begins with Dr. John Watson, an injured Afghan war veteran, searching for someone to share lodgings with in 1881 London. He soon meets the enigmatic young Sherlock Holmes, who ushers him into a world of mystery and murder, and of cases too confounding for anyone but this uniquely gifted consulting detective to solve. Two killings in London have Scotland Yard perplexed, and the solution Holmes reveals takes the reader on a journey to America’s Wild West of the 1850s and beyond.
• All 98 of the original Strand illustrations by Sidney Paget
• All 12 of the Sherlock Holmes stories from the original Memoirs
• A helpful introduction, author bio, and bibliography
Could it be that Sherlock Holmes has finally met his match in the villainous
Professor Moriarty? Quite possibly. The only way to know for certain is
to read the climactic story “The Final Problem” from this collection of
Sherlock Holmes tales.
In this second compilation of stories by
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (following the Top Five Classics ebook The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes), we
learn about Holmes’s first-ever investigation in “The Gloria Scott”;
meet his older, smarter (and fatter and lazier) brother, Mycroft; and
are introduced to the most evil criminal mastermind in English
literature, Professor Moriarty.
Including all twelve stories that
originally appeared in the Strand Magazine, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains some of the greatest mysteries the world’s greatest
detective, along with his faithful biographer, Dr. Watson, ever solved.
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead with only gigantic paw prints nearby to suggest his cause of death, the locals tell of witnessing a hellish hound that has been stalking the moor.
In this, Sherlock Holmes' most celebrated case, the great detective must pit his wits against one of his greatest adversaries.
This book has been adapted many times for stage and screen and is as popular today as it was when it was first published over a hundred years ago.
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Enter Sherlock Holmes, summoned to protect Sir Henry from the fate that has threatened the Baskerville family. As Holmes and Watson begin to investigate, a blood-chilling howl from the fog-shrouded edges of the great Grimpen Mire signals that the legendary hound of the Baskervilles is poised for yet another murderous attack.
The Hound of the Baskervilles first appeared as a serial in The Strand Magazine in 1901. By the time of its publication in book form eight months later, this brilliantly plotted, richly atmospheric detective story had already achieved the status of a classic. It has often been called the best detective story ever written. It remains a thrilling tale of suspense, must reading for every lover of detective fiction.
This Top Five Classics edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Return of Sherlock Holmes features:
• All 95 Strand illustrations by Sidney Paget—his final drawings of Sherlock Holmes
• An additional 13 illustrations by Frederick Dorr Steele, created for Collier’s magazine
• A helpful introduction, author bio, and bibliography
The return of Sherlock Holmes, 10 years after his “death” at the hands of Professor Moriarty, was one of the most hotly anticipated events of the new century in 1903. Arthur Conan Doyle had teased his loyal fans with his 1902 novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, a story that took place two years before Holmes plummeted into the Reichenbach Falls. With “The Empty House,” the first story in this collection, Dr. Watson and the world finally learned how Holmes cheated the Grim Reaper and feigned mortality for three years—as he tidies up one last loose end in his battle against Moriarty’s criminal apparatus.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes finds Conan Doyle at the height of his creative powers, producing 13 of his finest mysteries for the inimitable Holmes to solve. No Sherlock Holmes collection would be complete without it.
This edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes includes a Foreword, Biographical Note, and Afterword by R. L. Fisher.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the following year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." (A "study" is a preliminary drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece.)
The story, and its main characters, attracted little public interest when it first appeared. Only 11 complete copies of the magazine in which the story first appeared, Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887, are known to exist now and they have considerable value. Although Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories featuring Holmes, A Study in Scarlet is one of only four full-length novels in the original canon. The novel was followed by The Sign of the Four, published in 1890. A Study in Scarlet was the first work of detective fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as an investigative tool.
Sir Charles Baskerville, baronet, is found dead on the grounds of his country house, Baskerville Hall. The cause is ascribed to a heart attack. Fearing for the safety of Sir Charles's nephew and the only known heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, coming from Toronto, Canada to claim his inheritance, Dr James Mortimer travels to London and asks Sherlock Holmes for help.
Mortimer explains that the Baskerville family is afflicted by a curse. According to an old account, said to have been written in 1742 and describing events which had occurred a century earlier still, during the English Civil War, Hugo Baskerville was infatuated with a farmer's daughter. He kidnapped her and imprisoned her in his bedroom. She escaped and the furious Baskerville offered his soul to the devil if he could recapture her. Aided by friends, he pursued the girl onto the desolate moor. Baskerville and his victim were found dead. She had died from fright, but a giant spectral hound stood guard over Baskerville's body. The hound tore out Baskerville's throat, then vanished into the night.
• The original, unabridged text of the novel, proofread and formatted for ereaders
• 18 illustrations by F.H. Townsend, Arthur Twidle, and others
• A helpful introduction, author bio, and bibliography
In 1890 Arthur Conan Doyle followed up the 1887 debut of Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet with The Sign of Four. Revealing the darker side of Holmes’s personal habits, the story introduces us to Watson’s future wife, the lovely young Mary Morstan, and plunges the now-famous detective and his companion into a case involving stolen treasure, an eerie locked-room murder, a one-legged man, the Afghan War, and a thrilling midnight chase down the Thames. An overlooked gem, The Sign of Four may be the finest of Conan Doyle’s book-length Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
This gripping collection includes many of the famous cases-and great strokes of brilliance-that made the legendary Sherlock Holmes one of fiction's most popular creations. With his devoted secretary, Dr. Watson, Holmes emerges from his smoke-filled rooms on Baker Street to grapple with the forces of treachery, intrigue, and evil in such cases as "The Speckled Band," in which a terrified woman begs Holmes and Watson's help in solving the mystery surrounding her sister's death, and "A Scandal in Bohemia," which portrays a European king blackmailed by his mistress. A spine-tingling treat for anyone who loves a classic whodunit, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes shows the inimitable detective at his best.
This first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories includes many of the consulting detective’s best known cases. “A Scandal in Bohemia” finds Holmes matching wits with—and being outfoxed by—a beautiful American opera singer named Irene Adler. A struggling shop owner stumbles into a lucrative side job, and a criminal conspiracy, in “The Red-Headed League.” And in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” which Arthur Conan Doyle named as the best of his Sherlock Holmes stories, our brilliant hero and his loyal friend Dr. Watson pay a visit to a young heiress’s bedroom late one night only to stumble across another, far deadlier, visitor.
Other beloved tales collected here include “The Five Orange Pips,” “The Boscombe Valley Mystery,” and “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.” Originally appearing in the Strand Magazine, these twelve stories catapulted Holmes and Watson to international fame and established Doyle as one of the most popular and influential mystery writers of all time.
This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Sherlock Holmes, the greatest fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was the creation of Scottish born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of deductive reasoning and astute observation to solve difficult cases. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognizable literary characters in any genre.
Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories that featured Holmes.
(The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, 9788180320484)
Included in this volume are:
THE FOUR-FIFTEEN EXPRESS, by Amelia B. Edwards
THREE SPANISH LADIES, by Walter E Marconette
BRICKETT BOTTOM, by Amyas Northcote
ACROSS THE GULF, by Henry S. Whitehead
THE NIGHT CALL, by Henry van Dyke
HIS UNQUIET GHOST, by Mary Noailles Murfree
THE DREAM-GOWN OF THE JAPANESE AMBASSADOR, by Brander Matthews
THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, by Lillian B. Hunt
HIS DAY BACK, by Jack Brant
MY OWN TRUE GHOST STORY, by Rudyard Kipling
THE LONG CHAMBER, by Olivia Howard Dunbar
THE PAST, by Ellen Glasgow
MISS TEMPY'S WATCHERS, by Sarah Orne Jewett
THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST'S BARGAIN, by Charles Dickens
THE BULLY OF BROCAS COURT, by Arthur Conan Doyle
THE SPIRAL STONE, by Arthur Willis Colton
THE GHOST OF THE BLUE CHAMBER, by Jerome K. Jerome
THE MINIATURE, by J. Y. Akerman
TO LET, by B. M. Croker
THE FOREIGNER, by Sarah Orne Jewett
THE STONEGROUND GHOST TALES, by E. G. Swain
THEY THAT MOURN, by Juliet Wilbor Tompkins
GREEN BRANCHES, by Fiona Macleod
THE WERE-WOLF, by H. B. Marryatt
THE GHOST AT POINT OF ROCKS, by Frank H. Spearman
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PEOPLE OF THE PYRAMIDS, by William P. McGivern
KING SOLOMON'S MINES, by H. Rider Haggard
LAND OF THE SHADOW DRAGONS, by Eando Binder
JOURNEY TO THE UNDERGROUND WORLD, by Lin Carter
THE MOON POOL, by A. Merritt
THE METAL MONSTER, by A. Merritt
A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH, by Jules Verne
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, by Rudyard Kipling
THE DEVIL-TREE OF EL DORADO, by Frank Aubrey
TERROR ISLAND, by Alex Shell Briscoe
AT THE EARTH'S CORE, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
PELLUCIDAR, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
OUT OF TIME'S ABYSS, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
UNDER THE ANDES, by Rex Stout
THE MAN WHO MEASURED THE WIND, by Harold Lamb
DWELLERS OF THE DEEP, by Don Wilcox
VRIL, THE POWER OF THE COMING RACE, by Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton
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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
When Joe “Rick” Rickman, a former golden boy of the CIA, steals a massive amount of the Agency’s most classified documents in an elaborately masterminded betrayal of his country, CIA director Irene Kennedy has no choice but to send her most dangerous weapon after him: elite covert operative Mitch Rapp.
Rapp quickly dispatches the traitor, but Rickman proves to be a deadly threat to America even from beyond the grave. Eliminating Rickman didn’t solve all of the CIA’s problems—in fact, mysterious tip-offs are appearing all over the world, linking to the potentially devastating data that Rickman managed to store somewhere only he knew.
It’s a deadly race to the finish as both the Pakistanis and the Americans search desperately for Rickman’s accomplices, and for the confidential documents they are slowly leaking to the world. To save his country from being held hostage to a country set on becoming the world’s newest nuclear superpower, Mitch Rapp must outrun, outthink, and outgun his deadliest enemies yet.
Kathy Reichs calls it “extraordinary… a major achievement.”
Jeffery Deaver says that “fiction doesn't get any better than this.”
Gillian Flynn says of Karin Slaughter: “I’d follow her anywhere.”
See for yourself what these #1 New York Times-bestselling authors are talking about.
Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.
The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.
Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful novel from one of the finest writers working today.
Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. He works and lives in the ghettos of D. C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. He's a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano. But he also has two adorable kids of his own, and they are his own special vulnerabilities.
Jezzie Flanagan is the first woman ever to hold the highly sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Blond, mysterious, seductive, she's got an outer shell that's as tough as it is beautiful. She rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph. What is she running from? What is her secret?
Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the "crime of the century," is playing at the top of his game. Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim?
Gary Soneji is every parent's worst nightmare. He has become Alex Cross's nightmare. And now, reader, he's about to become yours.
“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.
Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way—right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.
Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.
Praise for Make Me
“Child’s Reacher series has hit Book No. 20 with a resounding peal of wisecracking glee. Everything about it, starting with Reacher’s nose for bad news, is as strong as ever. . . . The big guy’s definitely on the upswing. The guy who writes about him is too.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Another winner . . . There’s a reason why Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre: He can take all these strange elements and clichés and make them compelling and original.”—Associated Press
“A superb thriller.”—New York Daily News
“Child’s complete command of the story makes this thriller work brilliantly.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“I’ve read all twenty of Lee Child’s novels. Maybe there’s something wrong with me. But I can’t wait for the twenty-first.”—Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
“[The Reacher series] is the current gold standard in the genre. . . . In Make Me Lee Child delivers another Jack Reacher specialty; the total knockout.”—Dayton Daily News
“Child serves up wingding plots, pithy dialogue, extraordinary background on intriguing topics, and cunningly constructed suspense. But what keeps us coming back—by the millions—is the chance to walk around in the skin of that big guy in the middle of everything.”—The Oregonian
“A dark thriller . . . Lee Child’s Make Me, the twentieth in his wildly popular Jack Reacher series, delivers exactly what readers have come to expect from the perennial bestselling author: interesting characters, tight plots and page-turning action. . . . Readers won’t be disappointed.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Jack Reacher is back. . . . Readers new to this series will find this book a good starting point, and fans will be pleased to see Jack again.”—LibraryReads (Top Ten Pick)
“The reigning champ ups the ante.”—Booklist (starred review)
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)
Women are being murdered in upstate New York, their bodies found mysteriously hanging in chains. With the FBI called in, given the bizarre nature of the murders—and the lack of any clues—there is only one agent they can turn to: Special Agent Riley Paige.
Riley, reeling from her last case, is reluctant to take on a new one, since she is still convinced a former serial killer is out there, stalking her. She knows, though, that her ability to enter a serial killer’s mind and her obsessive nature is what will be needed to crack this case, and she just can’t refuse—even if it will push her over the edge.
Riley’s search takes her deep into a killer’s deluded mind as it leads her to orphanages, mental hospitals, prisons, all in an effort to understand the depth of his psychosis. Realizing she is up against a true psychopath, she knows time is short before he strikes again. But with her own job on the line and her own family a target, and with her fragile psyche collapsing, it may all be too much for her—and too late.
A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE TAKEN is book #2 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Book #3 in the Riley Paige series is also now available!
After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation—no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend the governor is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. “Should be fun!” he says, and it kind of is—until they find they have a shadow: an armed man intent on killing the governor...and anyone who gets in the way.
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.…
The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away–point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr’s own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best.
Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning–and then match him shot for shot….
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Lee Child’s The Hard Way.
Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.
The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport.
Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.
And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the “Queen of home-improvement tools” compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he’s just another large target.
Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Golden Prey is further reason why “Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers” (The Huffington Post).
They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.
Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.
Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.
From the Hardcover edition.
Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997.
A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A cover-up. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington.
Reacher is ordered undercover to find out everything he can and then to vanish. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, Reacher meets local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux, who has a thirst for justice and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust each other, they reluctantly join forces. Finding unexpected layers to the case, Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission—and turn him into a man to be feared.
Don’t miss Lee Child’s short story “Not a Drill” and an excerpt of his novel, Make Me, in the back of the book.
The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.
He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was . . . something smelled bad—like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another.
By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to fifteen bodies and counting. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, when Lucas began to investigate, he made some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. How could this have happened without anybody noticing?
Because one thing was for sure: the killer had to live close by. He was probably even someone they saw every day. . . .
You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.
Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad—is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.
If anyone can stop Kott, it’s the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he’d rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they’re facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses—and no backup if they’re caught. All the while Reacher can’t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won’t let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.
Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal.
BONUS: This edition includes the short story "Not a Drill" and an excerpt from Lee Child's Make Me.
Praise for Personal
“The best one yet.”—Stephen King
“Reacher is the stuff of myth, a great male fantasy. . . . One of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes . . . Child does a masterly job of bringing his adventure to life with endless surprises and fierce suspense.”—The Washington Post
“Yet another satisfying page-turner.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Reacher is always up for a good fight, most entertainingly when he goes mano a mano with a seven-foot, 300-pound monster of a mobster named Little Joey. But it’s Reacher the Teacher who wows here.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
“Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of. I read every one as soon as it appears.”—Ken Follett
“Reacher’s just one of fiction’s great mysterious strangers.”—Maxim
“If you like fast-moving thrillers, you’ll want to take a look at this one.”—John Sandford
“Fans won’t be disappointed by this suspense-filled, riveting thriller.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Child is the alpha dog of thriller writers, each new book zooming to the top of best-seller lists with the velocity of a Reacher head butt.”—Booklist
“Every Reacher novel delivers a jolt to the nervous system.”—Kirkus Reviews
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)
ONCE CRAVED is book #3 in the bestselling Riley Paige mystery series, which begins with ONCE GONE (Book #1)--a free download with over 100 five star reviews!
When prostitutes turn up dead in Phoenix, not much attention is paid. But when a pattern of disturbing murders is discovered, the local police soon realize a serial killer is on a rampage and they are in way over their heads. Given the unique nature of the crimes, the FBI, called in, knows they will need their most brilliant mind to crack the case: Special Agent Riley Paige.
Riley, recovering from her last case and trying to pick up the pieces of her life, is at first reluctant. But when she learns of the grievous nature of the crimes and realizes the killer will soon strike again, she is compelled. She begins her hunt for the elusive killer and her obsessive nature takes her too far—perhaps too far, this time, to pull herself back from the brink.
Riley’s search leads her into the unsettling world of prostitutes, of broken homes, and shattered dreams. She learns that, even amongst these women, there are glimpses of hope, hope being robbed by a violent psychopath. When a teenage girl is abducted, Riley, in a frantic race against time, struggles to probe the depths of the killer’s mind. But what she discovers leads her to a twist that is too shocking for even her to imagine.
A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE CRAVED is book #3 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Book #4 in the Riley Paige series will be available soon.