Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories Volume I (Mass Market)

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If you haven’t already read about the incomparable Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I highly recommend you rectify that immediately. Even though they were written well over a century ago, Sherlock Holmes will always, always be relevant. (Holmes is the most adapted character of all time.)

If you watch and of the following and haven’t read Sherlock Holmes it is time to educate yourself on the original masterpieces:

  • Sherlock (BBC)
  • Elementary (CBS)
  • Psych (USA)
  • Bones (Fox)
  • Any film with Sherlock and/or Holmes in the title
— Misha D'Andrea

I have to say that this collection of novels and stories is absolutely fabulous. I was never into mystery or Sherlock Holmes, but after finishing this volume I am completely converted. I loved The Hound of the Baskervilles. I was so frought with fear for the protagonist that I couldn't put the book down. The idea of a red-eyed raging beast roaming about on the moors was so frighteningly real that I thought for sure that the curse of the Baskervilles was doomed to repeat itself forever. The short stories in this volume are perfect to read before work or before bed. They are so inventive and clever that I can't help but wonder at the genius of Sir Conan Doyle, and Sherlock Holmes for that matter. This volume is inexpensive and contains hundreds of pages of stories about the clever folk at 221 B Baker Street. — Cheryl Cornwell


Sherlock Holmes
The Complete Novels and Stories

Volume I

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.

About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and began to write stories while he was a student. Over his life he produced more than thirty books, 150 short stories, poems, plays and essays across a wide range of genres. His most famous creation is the detective Sherlock Holmes, who he introduced in his first novel A Study in Scarlet (1887). This was followed in 1889 by an historical novel, Micah Clarke. In 1893 Conan Doyle published 'The Final Problem' in which he killed off his famous detective so that he could turn his attention more towards historical fiction. However Holmes was so popular that Conan Doyle eventually relented and published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901. The events of the The Hound of the Baskervilles are set before those of 'The Final Problem' but in 1903 new Sherlock Holmes stories began to appear that revealed that the detective had not died after all. He was finally retired in 1927. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on July 7, 1930.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780553212419
ISBN-10: 0553212419
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Publication Date: November 1st, 1986
Pages: 1088
Language: English
Series: Sherlock Holmes