Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Complete Novels and Stories, Vol. 1

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Sherlock HolmesThe Complete Novels and StoriesVolume IISince 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 II begins with The Hound of the 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 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 221B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.

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About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The most famous fictional detective in the world is Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle was, at best, ambivalent about his immensely successful literary creation and, at worst, resentful that his more "serious" fiction was relatively ignored. Born in Edinburgh, Doyle studied medicine from 1876 to 1881 and received his M.D. in 1885. He worked as a military physician in South Africa during the Boer War and was knighted in 1902 for his exceptional service. Doyle was drawn to writing at an early age. Although he attempted to enter private practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1882, he soon turned to writing in his spare time; it eventually became his profession. As a Liberal Unionist, Doyle ran, unsuccessfully, for Parliament in 1903. During his later years, Doyle became an avowed spiritualist. Doyle sold his first story, "The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley," to Chambers' Journal in 1879. When Doyle published the novel, A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was introduced to an avid public. Doyle is reputed to have used one of his medical professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, as a model for Holmes's character. Eventually, Doyle wrote three additional Holmes novels and five collections of Holmes short stories. A brilliant, though somewhat eccentric, detective, Holmes employs scientific methods of observation and deduction to solve the mysteries that he investigates. Although an "amateur" private detective, he is frequently called upon by Scotland Yard for assistance. Holmes's assistant, the faithful Dr. Watson, provides a striking contrast to Holmes's brilliant intellect and, in Doyle's day at least, serves as a character with whom the reader can readily identify. Having tired of Holmes's popularity, Doyle even tried to kill the great detective in "The Final Problem" but was forced by an outraged public to resurrect him in 1903. Although Holmes remained Doyle's most popular literary creation, Doyle wrote prolifically in other genres, including historical adventure, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite Doyle's sometimes careless writing, he was a superb storyteller. His great skill as a popular author lay in his technique of involving readers in his highly entertaining adventures.
Published December 21, 2011 by Bantam Classics. 770 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Robert Pohle provides a sequel to A Study in Scarlet, and Michael Walsh a bridge between The Valley of Fear and “His Last Bow.” Lloyd Rose spins a tale told by the young Mycroft Holmes, and co-editor Stashower a Holmesian adventure starring Dashiell Hammett.

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BC Books

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Colin Cotterill provides the graphic novel, which tells of his adventures in attempting to write a story inspired by Holmes since he has never read nor intends to read any of this stories.

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BC Books

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Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau is new novel by Guy Adams, the co-author of The Case Notes of Sherlock Holmes.

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Book Reporter

Conan Doyle’s mother saved Holmes once, but Sir Arthur.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A tour guide of Devon for those keen to retrace the steps of Arthur Conan Doyle to the places which inspired the Sherlock Holmes stories and connected him with a medical partner, a fellow writer and his publisher.

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The Boston Globe

Holmes “knows that if he comes too quickly to a judgment, he will miss much of the evidence against it and pay more attention to the elements that are in its favor.” Holmes also cultivates a kind of mindfulness.

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I mean, Estleman did a good job as far as it goes, but there needed to be more of us seeing Holmes really have to wrap his logical brain around something that isn’t logical.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Donald Thomas produces his fifth volume of Sherlock Holmes adventures, based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring three new stories narrated by Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly.

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Booked Solid

Andrew Lane received approval from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate to write the tales of Sherlock Holmes as a teenager.

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Fear Net

Estleman (Titan Books) Blu Gilliand is a freelance writer of fiction and nonfiction.

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