The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Book - 2009
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A new collection to coincide with the upcoming major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Jude Law, Sherlock Holmes

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.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780143117025
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY DOYLE A
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 21 cm.


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Classic short stories of whodunit. * subgenre: private eye

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Jul 20, 2019

The first collection of Holmes short stories. I really enjoyed them all, particularly The Five Orange Pips, and A Scandal in Bohemia, with the enigmatic Irene Adler.

May 31, 2019

Good mysteries.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jul 16, 2018

Well-told short fiction is one of the greatest pleasures in life, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is certainly well-told short fiction. Some of the stories are less interesting (I don't find The Redheaded League quite as interesting as the author, Doyle, did), and some are rather easily figured out (The Adventure of the Copper Beeches being the prime example of this), but they are all fantastic in their own individual ways. Each takes up "those incidents which have been trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those faculties of deduction and of logical synthesis which I [Holmes] have made my special province."

The point being that the stories need not always amaze you with their incredible mysterious quality, but rather with the central character who can so quickly deduce the truth in everything he sees. This a man for whom a smudge of ink on the left hand thumb can reveal so much about his job, and for whom worn patches on the sleeves of a woman's blouse reveal she works at a typewriter. Sometimes these details are sensational and silly, but other times they simply fit and the logic is sound and there's no arguing with it. At the end of it all, Sherlock Holmes stories ask us what we might be capable of were we simply to pay attention.

Throughout Holmes reminds Watson that they see the same things, but Holmes knows how to look. If Watson could simply learn how to look at things, then he too could be like Holmes. The same is true for us in a way. Holmes is not the deepest of literary characters, yet he is one of the most cherished and well-loved. Not only can Doyle create interesting stories and situations, but he can create interesting characters to put in them.

In the last story in this collection there is a short exchange between Sherlock and Watson as they travel by carriage through the countryside. The street is lined with cute country homes, quaint and harmless looking. Watson remarks how lovely they are, and how he thinks they would be very relaxing. Sherlock says he doesn't see it that way. To him, such places are merely future crime scenes, places for murder and mischief. There is a sad quality to what he says, and ultimately that's what we find in the character of Sherlock Holmes: yes, he is wonderfully brilliant, but this brilliance comes at a painful price.

Jul 10, 2018

I enjoyed reading the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The novel was really entertaining, and I would say that all ages would enjoy this book.

Aug 26, 2017

Sherlock Holmes is a classic mystery novel, and I think everyone should try reading it. The great thing about Sherlock Holmes books is that there are many short stories, mysteries and crimes in one novel.
I think it is most suitable for children 10 to 15 but if you are 20 and you still haven't read it than you should certainly read at least one of the short stories!

Oct 10, 2015

Much better than "A Study In Scarlet"...! If you want to immerse yourself in a few good Sherlockian tales, make this your pick.

Jan 13, 2014

i love Sherlock Holmes!Can't wait to read this book!

thaKingRocka Jun 02, 2012

The nice thing about Sherlock stories is that, being short stories, they can be completely absorbed and reflected upon in a much shorter time frame than novels. These stories are no less rich or dense though. They are wholly satisfying.

May 04, 2011

j think sherlock homes a wonderful story for young and children

Aug 16, 2010

Intriguing mysteries. Easy to pick up and put down because it is a bunch of short stories. The mysteries will keep you guessing and you will be baffled at how Sherlock Holmes finds solutions to them.


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