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The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes available in a new slipcased edition. The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 short stories in 2004 created a Holmes sensation. Here, in this eagerly awaited third volume, Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 new notes, 350 i The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes available in a new slipcased edition. The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 short stories in 2004 created a Holmes sensation. Here, in this eagerly awaited third volume, Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 new notes, 350 illustrations and period photographs, and tantalizing new Sherlockian theories. Inside, readers will find: A Study in Scarlet (1887)—a tale of murder and revenge that tells of Holmes and Dr. Watson's first meeting; The Sign of Four (1889)—a cinematic tale of lost treasure; The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)—hailed as the greatest mystery novel of all time; and The Valley of Fear (1914)—a fresh murder scene that leads Holmes to solve a long-forgotten mystery. Whether as a stand-alone volume or as a companion to the boxed short stories, this classic work illuminates the timeless genius of Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation. Slipcased hardcover; two-color text; 300 illustrations.


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The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes available in a new slipcased edition. The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 short stories in 2004 created a Holmes sensation. Here, in this eagerly awaited third volume, Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 new notes, 350 i The four classic novels of Sherlock Holmes available in a new slipcased edition. The publication of Leslie S. Klinger's brilliant new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 short stories in 2004 created a Holmes sensation. Here, in this eagerly awaited third volume, Klinger reassembles Doyle's four seminal novels in their original order, with over 1,000 new notes, 350 illustrations and period photographs, and tantalizing new Sherlockian theories. Inside, readers will find: A Study in Scarlet (1887)—a tale of murder and revenge that tells of Holmes and Dr. Watson's first meeting; The Sign of Four (1889)—a cinematic tale of lost treasure; The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)—hailed as the greatest mystery novel of all time; and The Valley of Fear (1914)—a fresh murder scene that leads Holmes to solve a long-forgotten mystery. Whether as a stand-alone volume or as a companion to the boxed short stories, this classic work illuminates the timeless genius of Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation. Slipcased hardcover; two-color text; 300 illustrations.

30 review for The Complete Illustrated Novels of Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear

  1. 5 out of 5

    leynes

    Since I used to be a fan of the BBC show I thought it would be fun to check out the source material. Well, what can I say? I couldn't have been more wrong. The original Sherlock novels truly suck ass. I cannot put it in a friendlier manner. (I mean, I could ... but I don't want to.) They're so lazily written (like, seriously? I knew Doyle only wanted to make money and never put the time and effort into editing his books, but wow, the plots of these novels are such a fucking mess!) and on top of Since I used to be a fan of the BBC show I thought it would be fun to check out the source material. Well, what can I say? I couldn't have been more wrong. The original Sherlock novels truly suck ass. I cannot put it in a friendlier manner. (I mean, I could ... but I don't want to.) They're so lazily written (like, seriously? I knew Doyle only wanted to make money and never put the time and effort into editing his books, but wow, the plots of these novels are such a fucking mess!) and on top of that, Doyle spews his pro-imperialism propaganda in most of these novels and I'm not here for this shit. A STUDY IN SCARLET - 1 star - (review) THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES - 2,5 stars - (review) THE SIGN OF FOUR - 1 star - (review) THE VALLEY OF FEAR - 1 star - (review) Do I really need to read another story in which violence and corruption always happen outside of England's "green and peaceful land", because Englishmen are known for their goodness and high moral values (*coughs* British imperialism is a thing), and only foreigners are criminals? Absolutely fucking not. In the source material, Sherlock functions as a white knight, persevering the "civilized values" of the British Empire (*coughs* don't forget the slave trade, ya'll) against "barbarity and disorder". Ain't nobody got time for that. The game, my fellow readers, is so not afoot.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anthony McGill

    The ultimate in Sherlock Holmes collections. I have collected many different publishing versions of these four novels by Arthur Conan Doyle since my schooldays. This collection contains: A Study in Scarlet (1887) The Sign of Four (1889) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901) The Valley of Fear (1914) This mammoth Norton publication needs to be read and studied at home - just too big to lug around on public transport or whatever. The research involved with the annotations is phenomenal and this along The ultimate in Sherlock Holmes collections. I have collected many different publishing versions of these four novels by Arthur Conan Doyle since my schooldays. This collection contains: A Study in Scarlet (1887) The Sign of Four (1889) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901) The Valley of Fear (1914) This mammoth Norton publication needs to be read and studied at home - just too big to lug around on public transport or whatever. The research involved with the annotations is phenomenal and this along with the illustrations from the original magazines plus book covers and images from the period are just amazing. A must for all Sherlockians!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fred Klein

    This volume provides all four Sherlock Holmes novels with loads and loads of annotations that provide historical and literary context and definitions, plus some inconsistencies. I am new to Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed how the annotations helped me understand some things I otherwise wouldn't. I could not read all (indeed, most) of the annotations because that would take an incredible amount of time. Yes, the volume is also large and not easy to carry around in traditional book format. I'd say thi This volume provides all four Sherlock Holmes novels with loads and loads of annotations that provide historical and literary context and definitions, plus some inconsistencies. I am new to Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed how the annotations helped me understand some things I otherwise wouldn't. I could not read all (indeed, most) of the annotations because that would take an incredible amount of time. Yes, the volume is also large and not easy to carry around in traditional book format. I'd say this is perfect for readers who are already Holmes fans. Readers like me, who are new to the stories, sometimes have to be careful to avoid annotations that are spoilers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    These are great detective novels. I loved it. One of the better mysteries I've ever had the pleasure of reading. These are great detective novels. I loved it. One of the better mysteries I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Balaji Mani

    Consists four novels. A Study in Scarlet ******************* The well narrated suspense thriller in words. With very few characters., Dr.Watson, Lestrade, Gregson, John/Lucy Ferrier, Jefferson Hope, Drebber, Strangerson & Holmes(Obviously), Author made such a wonderful mysterious novel. Author neatly making the knots at the first part, to develop high enthusiasm towards the readers and revealing them one by one at the other part. It gives such a wonderful experience that the reader himself may feel Consists four novels. A Study in Scarlet ******************* The well narrated suspense thriller in words. With very few characters., Dr.Watson, Lestrade, Gregson, John/Lucy Ferrier, Jefferson Hope, Drebber, Strangerson & Holmes(Obviously), Author made such a wonderful mysterious novel. Author neatly making the knots at the first part, to develop high enthusiasm towards the readers and revealing them one by one at the other part. It gives such a wonderful experience that the reader himself may feel that, he is taking part of the detective team. And travelling all the way through American deserts and London streets. Nicely carved novel!!!👌🏻👍🏻 “The Sign of the Four” ************************* Greatly narrated. This novel made me to cherish my Andaman travel days. As the novel travels all the way from London streets, Thames river to Agra, Madras(Chennai), Bihar, Andaman Islands(Mt.Harriett) and so..which feels closer to me to connect well. Though, Holmes study of crime gives thrilling experience throughout, but Jonathan Small character’s final narration (which is fictional with Indian Sepoy Mutiny) reveals the stronger reason for the crime happened, which is awesome. Finally, this 19th century novel, hardly resembles the Tamil movie “Mankaatha”, where the four thieves trying to steal the Indian treasure, while two army mens(Sholto/Mortsan) took over from thieves. Crazy KollyCinema directors 😜😁😁 The Hound of Baskervilles **************************** Yeah, done with the little longer novel(upto me). Well narrated thriller., Greatly making the knots, narrated with thrilling sequences, twists and turns and revealing the mysteries at the end one by one. This time, Dr.Watson took over much rather than detective Holmes, while the novel background in Devonshire moor rather than London. Story revolving around Baskerville family’s estate and property. And regarding the murders happened by the name of an hound. Well narrated . One can read quicker as much(but for me took long due to personal reasons) Seems, if it taken as a movie as well-developed, surely it will be one of the all time suspense thriller number. The Valley of Fear ******************* One of the best all above novels. Pages are flying. I dont know how I crossed it quickly. This novel has two parts while the first of half is simply rapid & suspense. And the second part is, kind of story like narration. I dont want to reveal the suspense by telling the story plot. But story will make you to fly all the way to United states from Birlstone(LONDON). Again a Perfect Crime, Investigative, Thriller Novel. All the above novels are worth, to make as movie. That’s why we are seeing Sherlock Holmes kinda movie in all languages.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    I didn't read these books because I've seen a movie or a TV show, in fact, I've never cared for them. I've seen a few Sherlock Holmes adaptations, but never liked any of them expect for the Great Mouse Detective. I've always liked his character, but the book version. Before read the actual books, I just felt like everything I've seen was off. The issue: most of the adaptations are more like a grab bag taking things they like and leaving out things that bother them making it too kid friendly or t I didn't read these books because I've seen a movie or a TV show, in fact, I've never cared for them. I've seen a few Sherlock Holmes adaptations, but never liked any of them expect for the Great Mouse Detective. I've always liked his character, but the book version. Before read the actual books, I just felt like everything I've seen was off. The issue: most of the adaptations are more like a grab bag taking things they like and leaving out things that bother them making it too kid friendly or too adult oriented. These books are neither for kids nor are they for adult, more all ages to enjoy. These books aren't hard to read either, you can finish one novel in a day or two, if more, I question your reading level. One thing that surprised me is that Sherlock Holmes isn't a likable character. He's a flawed hero. You could argue that Watson is the actual hero of these books. For me, it was essay to compare Holmes with James Bond. More people think about the movies over the books. They make them these flawless characters when they aren't. Thy both have vices: Bond is a chain smoker and Holmes has a cocaine addiction. I think both writers wanted to make there heroes more human than making them godlike. If you never read Sherlock Holes before I'd start with a complete collection of his novels or read his short story collection of Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Yes this is a series, but unlike most series there is no real order. I'm just saying, from personal experience, if I had started with only his fist novel A Study in Scarlet, I wouldn't like these books as much. Not the weakest book, but tat one felt it was a little too much. The Mormon cult didn't do it for me. However, as much as these books are a product of there time they are worth reading. Doyle created the worlds most famous detective and the archetype for all detective stories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    Wonderful edition!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jo Jyrwa

    "Strange indeed is human nature." 1. A study in scarlet This is a story about losing love, fanatic loyalty gone bad, and revenge. I particularly enjoyed the introduction of the first person, who continues to narrate all the four novels, Dr. Watson. He then describes us his encounters and gradual developments with Mr. Sherlock Holmes after they become room mates. In this story, I find myself first in London where two murders occurs, one succeeding the other, in two separate places, which are, obv "Strange indeed is human nature." 1. A study in scarlet This is a story about losing love, fanatic loyalty gone bad, and revenge. I particularly enjoyed the introduction of the first person, who continues to narrate all the four novels, Dr. Watson. He then describes us his encounters and gradual developments with Mr. Sherlock Holmes after they become room mates. In this story, I find myself first in London where two murders occurs, one succeeding the other, in two separate places, which are, obviously connected and committed by the same person. The second part, we are taken to Mid west America, among of Mormons, where some were staunch devotees and had preposterous rules and way of living. The story would then come into circle and it would make sense. 2. Sign of the Four It is a very odd but interesting story. A free trip to Southern India and Andamans in the second part. The first part, there is a woman whose father has been missing for years, and since, she started receiving anonymous gifts and letters. In another house, there are some secrets a a father takes with him to his grave. However, the sons come to know of a treasure hidden and they try to find it only to realise that enemies of the past are waiting on them. One of them get murdered, but by who? Then the trip down the memory lane to India makes complete sense. 3. The Hounds of Baskerville This is by far the most mysterious and my favourite. This is definitely for my list of rereads. I can never talk and express much bout books I love, because I am rather afraid of falling short. Spooky and mysterious at its best. I mean, while reading it I could not decide if it the deaths were criminal or supernatural offenses. The moor is indeed Okay, I can say no more. "As you value your life or your reason keep away from the moor." 4. Valley of fear It begins where Mr. Holmes get a strange letter about an impending murder of certain Mr. Douglas. Before they could prevent this, the murder already happens. Now, on further investigation in the murder spot, Both Dr. Watson and Mr Holmes find some eerie acts on Mrs. Douglas and the victim's friend, Mr. Barker. This story also takes us to a second location, which is of the past. The latter being called The valley of fear, and we get acquainted with a society of rogue murderers. It is a fascinating story, but I cannot say it is his best. But all in all, more than the stories, I have become much of a fan of Doyle's writing and story telling style. Worth every minute of reading :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Miss Bookiverse

    A Study in Scarlet ★★★★☆ I really enjoyed this introduction to the characters of Holmes and Watson. The case was interesting, too, but I was a bit disappointed with Holmes' deduction of it because in the middle of the book you get this expansive backstory of the murderer that reads like a story within a story but this is not part of the deduction and it's not explained where it is supposed to come from or if the characters are even aware of it. Also, WTF, Sherlock, you can't just poison a dog, no A Study in Scarlet ★★★★☆ I really enjoyed this introduction to the characters of Holmes and Watson. The case was interesting, too, but I was a bit disappointed with Holmes' deduction of it because in the middle of the book you get this expansive backstory of the murderer that reads like a story within a story but this is not part of the deduction and it's not explained where it is supposed to come from or if the characters are even aware of it. Also, WTF, Sherlock, you can't just poison a dog, no matter how old it is! The Sign of Four ★★★★.5 I liked this even more! It had so many layers that kept getting revealed and I loved the little trips they had to undertake (including Toby, the dog). I could've done without the racist side comments though. Holmes really is a great character, very arrogant but fun to read and wow, does he take a lot of cocaine (and in such a nonchalant manner). Also, how cute are Ms Morstan and Watson together? I wish she'd had a bigger role. The Hound of the Baskervilles ★★★★.5 My favorite so far! I loved the Gothic setting, all the fog and the creepy atmosphere of the moor. Also, I seem to really like it when Sherlock and Watson have to travel for their cases. The case itself was great, too, because it was made up of so many different threads and because it bordered on the supernatural so much; I really wasn't sure about the actual state of the hound for a long time. (view spoiler)[I was even speculating about Stapelton having fabricated his own creature out of different taxidermy animal parts (hide spoiler)] . On a side note: I wish this didn't include so many animal deaths (poor moor ponies). The Valley of Fear ★★★.5☆ My least favorite out of this book. The case was cool and I enjoyed the whole first part but part 2 took a long step back and gave you the background story to the characters involved in the crime, just like A Study in Scarlet did. Their past was definitely interesting but I didn't want to read about it in such detail.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    This was a great companion to my recent Sherlock Holmes binge, in which I listened to A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles. The illustrations from the original publications and annotations contained in this volume added so much to my enjoyment of those books. It also introduced me to Sherlock Holmes scholarship; dozens of experts have studied and written about Holmes and company and turn-of-the 20th-Century London as if they were actual people instead of the conjuring of Sir Arth This was a great companion to my recent Sherlock Holmes binge, in which I listened to A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles. The illustrations from the original publications and annotations contained in this volume added so much to my enjoyment of those books. It also introduced me to Sherlock Holmes scholarship; dozens of experts have studied and written about Holmes and company and turn-of-the 20th-Century London as if they were actual people instead of the conjuring of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A little dense in places and definitely not a book to tote around - it's large format and feels like it weighs 10 pounds - but very fun to have handy while reading these novels. There are two companion books covering all the short stories. Why I'm reading this: I'm listening to The Hound of the Baskervilles along with the Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group and wanted to have a print copy handy. I discovered this annotated version at my library - looks like it will be a great companion to the audio.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I am a Sherlock Holmes fan. I have discovered that I'm not a true lover or obsessor because when I read critiques or essays, I realize how much I don't know. But I am a fan. During his writing of Sherlock, Sir Conan Doyle wrote four novels about Holmes. The rest were short stories. And reading all four of them in a row has given me much to ponder. #1 - I did indeed discover the inconsistencies that Doyle is famous for. In the the first novel where we meet everyone, Watson talks about getting shot I am a Sherlock Holmes fan. I have discovered that I'm not a true lover or obsessor because when I read critiques or essays, I realize how much I don't know. But I am a fan. During his writing of Sherlock, Sir Conan Doyle wrote four novels about Holmes. The rest were short stories. And reading all four of them in a row has given me much to ponder. #1 - I did indeed discover the inconsistencies that Doyle is famous for. In the the first novel where we meet everyone, Watson talks about getting shot in the shoulder. By the second novel, it's changed to the leg. Also in the first novel, Watson struggles to catch Holmes because he's always eaten and left the house before Watson gets up. In a later novel, he mentions how Holmes is a late riser unless he's on a case. #2 - Why does all the movies and TV shows portray Holmes as so mean? He's not mean in the novels. He's a little arrogant and sarcastic, but he's not MEAN. He has said mean things about people, but usually when talking to Watson, not to these people's faces. I don't get how we decided that. 3. However, I do love the mysteries and Sir Conan Doyle does a great job at making it seem like a bunch of threads loosely tied together and then revealing that it is in fact a beautiful tapestry.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    I am currently reading these four novellas in this new annotated volume, which is a revelation and highly recommended. Below is my basic review of these four novella-length stories. A Study in Scarlet, is actually two stories woven into one. In the first, Holmes and Watson meet for the first time, and one of the greatest working relationships in all of fiction begins. Watson recounts a case of murder where a body was found in a slum in Brixton, with the word "RACHE" carved above the body. The se I am currently reading these four novellas in this new annotated volume, which is a revelation and highly recommended. Below is my basic review of these four novella-length stories. A Study in Scarlet, is actually two stories woven into one. In the first, Holmes and Watson meet for the first time, and one of the greatest working relationships in all of fiction begins. Watson recounts a case of murder where a body was found in a slum in Brixton, with the word "RACHE" carved above the body. The second story takes place in America, in a Mormon community, and features an appearance by Brigham Young. In the final pages, the connection between the two stories is finally revealed. The Sign of Four is many people's favorite Sherlock Holmes story, and with good reason. Even though it is the shortest of the four, its plot is one of the most complex. It involves a pact among four escaped convicts, military service in India, a cruel husband, and a stolen treasure. It is also the first time that Holme's drug use comes into play. The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of Conan Doyle's best-known stories, partly for its spooky setting on the moors, partly for the unearthly howling hound, but mostly for the interaction among the finely drawn characters: a rich man in love with the sister of a naturalist, a doctor, the servants, a dangerous killer, and, of course, Watson and Holmes. For much of this story, Watson carries the day as the protector of Henry Baskerville, the only remaining heir to the Baskerville name and fortune. In the final novel, The Valley of Fear, once again a series of adventures take place in America. The protagonists are based upon a real group, the Molly Maguires, a group of militant union organizers in the coal fields of Pennsylvania. There is the death of one man, who is falsely assumed to be someone else. The second man's story takes up most of the second half of the tale.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    After visiting Reichenbach Falls a few months ago, I decided to brush up my Sherlock Holmes, starting at the beginning. So far the first two novels, A Study in Scarlet, and The Sign of Four, have been a disappointment. The stories seem to have been written rapidly and inattentively, with a number of inaccuracies and inconsistencies, and the level of writing is just barely so-so. Actions that go beyond the plot--for example Watson's love-at-first-sight of Mary Morstan--are a little embarrassing i After visiting Reichenbach Falls a few months ago, I decided to brush up my Sherlock Holmes, starting at the beginning. So far the first two novels, A Study in Scarlet, and The Sign of Four, have been a disappointment. The stories seem to have been written rapidly and inattentively, with a number of inaccuracies and inconsistencies, and the level of writing is just barely so-so. Actions that go beyond the plot--for example Watson's love-at-first-sight of Mary Morstan--are a little embarrassing in their silliness. I'm hoping that things will improve with the short stories. The annotations in this edition are remarkably thorough, with all kinds of lore I didn't know. It seems that Victorian gentlemen ALWAYS carried a walking stick, that you could judge a woman by how perfectly her gloves fit, and that Englishmen didn't carry wallets until the introduction of paper money in 1914. Who knew the date of the first public telephone? Or the novelty of taking cocaine by injection? Certainly not me. On the other hand, the annotations all adopt the Sherlockians' assumption that these are real historical personages acting in the real world--so they are forced to spend a lot of (for me) tiresome effort in explaining away the many inconsistencies and inaccuracies. Highlights,though,are the many illustrations from early editions, often several depicting the same plot-point. It's fascinating to see how skillful and accurate some of them are, and sometimes how clumsy and inaccurate. There are thirteen illustrations of Jonathan Small, the man with the wooden leg in The Sign of Four. It was explicitly his right leg, taken above the knee by a crocodile. Only two of the illustrations get both those things right. One even shows him with no wooden leg at all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jay Joshi

    An interesting and suspence story telling novel, never bores you for a minute and keeps addictive to reading it. I had hoped that it never ends.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ish

    This book was such a good read ! The whole set of stories are in a way kind of novels them selves. The amazing detective stories of sherlock and the adventure by watson makes it so interesting to read. The every single detail provided by Sherlock leaves your mind appreciating the art to deduction so much ! Every reader should definetly give it a try and you would end up liking it i am sure about that !

  16. 4 out of 5

    Abhy

    Sherlock holmes A Genius Detective. If not for him, I would not have continued reading the mystery, as it seems to me, no uncommon in anyway. It's all the same: vengeance? Betrayal? Greed? And yeah, I've seen much of it; In a modern setting, it wouldn't have stood the chance of drama at all, even for an ordinary detective. What interested me is the way holmes gets his hands around the mystery; his unusual methods: Observation and deduction. No hifi tools, just brain. Whoo! Intriguing and exciti Sherlock holmes A Genius Detective. If not for him, I would not have continued reading the mystery, as it seems to me, no uncommon in anyway. It's all the same: vengeance? Betrayal? Greed? And yeah, I've seen much of it; In a modern setting, it wouldn't have stood the chance of drama at all, even for an ordinary detective. What interested me is the way holmes gets his hands around the mystery; his unusual methods: Observation and deduction. No hifi tools, just brain. Whoo! Intriguing and exciting. "Its somewhat ambitious title was "The Book of Life," and it attempted to show how an observant might learn by an accurate and systematic examination of all that came in his way...... The writer claimed by a momentary expression, a twitch of a muscle or a glance of an eye, to fathom a man's inmost thoughts. Deceit, according to him, was an impossibility in the case of one trained to observation and analysis." Infact, it would not be more right to say I shared the conjectures of watson as first thoughts. "What an ineffable twaddle!" "From a drop of water, a logician could infer the possibility of an atlantic or a niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other." Indeed, draw out a possibility! But, that is one possibility among thousand possibilites we could draw and how do we exactly expect to arrive to the truth? Well, that is what sherlock offered in this book. His deduction seemed so perfectly perfect with very logical reasons, such that it seemed exciting and odd at moments. Like let me quote one of my favourite parts from the book, when watson teases holmes with a watch to find it's history: "Subject to your correction, I should judge that the watch belonged to your elder brother, who inherited it from your father. He was a man of untidy habits, --very untidy and careless. He was left with good prospects, but he threw away his chances, lived for some time in poverty with occasional short intervals of prosperity, and finally, taking to drink, he died. That is all I can gather." Mind-blown. How did he find it? "I began by stating that your brother was careless. When you observe the lower part of that watch-case you notice that it is not only dinted in two places, but it is cut and marked all over from the habit of keeping other hard objects such as coins or keys, in the same pocket.Surely it is no great feat to assume that a man who treats a fifty-guinea watch so cavalierly must be a careless man. "It is very customary for pawnbrokers in England, when they take a watch, to scratch the numbers of the ticket with a pinpoint upon the inside of the case. It is more handy than a label as there is no risk of the number being lost or transposed. There are no less than four such numbers visible to my lens on the inside of this case. Inference- that your brother was often at low water. Secondary inference- that he had occasional bursts of prosperity, or he could not have redeemed the pledge. Finally, I ask you to look at the inner plate, which contains the keyhole. Look at the thousands of scratches all around the hole-marks where the key has slipped. What sober man's key could have scored those grooves? But you will never see a drunkard's watch without them. He winds it at night, and he leaves these traces of his unsteady hand. Where is the mystery in all this?" I should say, sherlock holmes is the most celebrated detective in the whole history, that he went to make guinness world record for most portrayals in flims and TV. It is a common conception that his character was inspired from edgar allan poe's August Dupin. Also, in the book, "You remind me of Edgar Allan Poe's Dupin," remarked watson. As conann doyle himself wrote once, "Each [of Poe's detective stories] is a root from which a whole literature has developed... Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?" But, sherlock holmes' remark on the same case, "Now, in my opinion, dupin was a very inferior fellow. That trick of his breaking in on his friends' thoughts with an apropos remark after a quarter of an hour's silence is really very showy and superficial. He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine." I guess conan's portrayal of holmes with utmost professionalism is where he found his breakthrough. Indeed, he was the first detective in fiction to incorporate magnifying glass as investigation tool and his stress upon very small details of the mystery could not go unnoticed. I liked valley of fear best among the four novels; Setting was dark and the mystery seemed to be narrated in a detailed intrguing manner, observing in every possible theories with more sound logics, than other plots, in my opinion. Hound of baskervilles was equally good, since I personally had a liking for watson and felt as he was given more a role in this story/investigation than other and the mystery itself, man, I should say so good. Overall, All four novels were good and a pleasure to read indeed. Highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Koltnow

    I read The Hound

  18. 5 out of 5

    Em

    The novels of the Sherlock Holmes canon are fantastic despite the fact that there are only four. A Study in Scarlet is the first ever Sherlock Holmes story and begins with Sherlock meeting Dr. Watson. Of course it's a brilliant story in which we first come to see Sherlock Holmes' unique approach to crime-solving. The Sign of Four is the second ever story and follows up the second with an amazing tale including a locked-door murder. This is also the story where Dr. Watson meets Mary Morsten, late The novels of the Sherlock Holmes canon are fantastic despite the fact that there are only four. A Study in Scarlet is the first ever Sherlock Holmes story and begins with Sherlock meeting Dr. Watson. Of course it's a brilliant story in which we first come to see Sherlock Holmes' unique approach to crime-solving. The Sign of Four is the second ever story and follows up the second with an amazing tale including a locked-door murder. This is also the story where Dr. Watson meets Mary Morsten, later to become Mary Watson. Then there's the classic - The Hound of the Baskervilles. I don't think I could tell you anything about it as this is the case everyone thinks of when they think of Sherlock Holmes. Needless to say it's a classic. Finally The Valley of Fear takes us overseas and through some cultural schisms that still exist to this day. All in all this collection is incredible, very readable and able to provide the reader with a more intensive look at Sherlock Holmes and his work.

  19. 5 out of 5

    SenazNasansia Muliawan

    One word... Superb! It's the best fiction novel about detective ever.. I absolutely recommend this book to all of you who like good novels. I myself basically don't like detective novels. Except for this one. Sir Arthur is definitely brilliant when it comes to describing the adventures of Sherlock and Dr. Watson. I can't stop reading it. Curiosity is the key. And Sir Arthur seems to know his reader like it. One word... Superb! It's the best fiction novel about detective ever.. I absolutely recommend this book to all of you who like good novels. I myself basically don't like detective novels. Except for this one. Sir Arthur is definitely brilliant when it comes to describing the adventures of Sherlock and Dr. Watson. I can't stop reading it. Curiosity is the key. And Sir Arthur seems to know his reader like it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    James

    This was a complete surprise as a Christmas gift and what a gift it is! I have already read all the Canon at least once and most many times [ I read the Hound of the Baskervilles EVERY October along with The Scarlet Pimpernell as a birthday gift to myself]. This guy goes into Victorian life and customs and really opens up what sometimes the modern reader is forced to skip over. I could not recomend these 3 editions any more highly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nyx

    The illustrations included in this edition were very well drawn, albeit a bit too dark at times. Other than that, the editor must have fallen asleep at about a few pages before the end of the book, because there were several annoying and quite obvious typos. "McMurdy" instead of "McMurdo" comes to mind, as well as "cmpany" instead of "company". I don't know if this is only an issue with my copy. The illustrations included in this edition were very well drawn, albeit a bit too dark at times. Other than that, the editor must have fallen asleep at about a few pages before the end of the book, because there were several annoying and quite obvious typos. "McMurdy" instead of "McMurdo" comes to mind, as well as "cmpany" instead of "company". I don't know if this is only an issue with my copy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael Perkins

    was tempted to give this volume three stars. Doyle was not a particularly good novelist, whether with the Holmes versions or his long forgotten medieval romances. The short story was definitely his métier.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Have read all of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and probably others as well, just never bothered to put them in to amazon or goodreads, so dates wrong. Some KU some paperback some hardback some collections. Have read all of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and probably others as well, just never bothered to put them in to amazon or goodreads, so dates wrong. Some KU some paperback some hardback some collections.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    A classic that you must read. However, I usually wandered away from the plot. Do not expect an entirely easy read on this one, but otherwise amazing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anup

    It’s an excellent book to read if you are into mysteries, suspense and thrillers. After all it’s The Sherlock Holmes and who in the world doesn’t know him. 😍

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cerize

    I'm in love with Sherlock and Dr. Watson more. The illustrations are all so good. I'm in love with Sherlock and Dr. Watson more. The illustrations are all so good.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Esteban Cruz

    3,5/5 overall that was the score that i gave the book as a whole, but right now i’m going to rate every novel (from worst to best in my opinion) because they are different and i like one better than others. also this edition is really amazing and the cover is stunning so shout out to penguin random house for this incredible edition :) 4. THE VALLEY OF FEAR (3/5) so this was the worst novel for me. the first part was ok, and actually the last two chapters were really good and it had tons of revelat 3,5/5 overall that was the score that i gave the book as a whole, but right now i’m going to rate every novel (from worst to best in my opinion) because they are different and i like one better than others. also this edition is really amazing and the cover is stunning so shout out to penguin random house for this incredible edition :) 4. THE VALLEY OF FEAR (3/5) so this was the worst novel for me. the first part was ok, and actually the last two chapters were really good and it had tons of revelation moments that i didn’t expect at all so i was very invested into it, but the second part was awful bc it was set before the events of part one (wasn’t managed well) and it was very slow. in the last two chapters everything was more dynamic and the epilogue was very short and un my opinion it didn’t fully solved the main story. 3. THE SIGN OF THE FOUR (3,5/5) ok so this was the second novel i read and it was really cool, i mean it was about a treasure and overall i think it was very mysterious and it kept me wanting for more when i read it. i think this was a great development for the characters and also the backstory of the whole treasure itself was really interesting. the things i didn’t enjoyed that much was the fact that the sign of the four is like not that important in like half of the story, and i think, since it was the title of the novel, that sherlock and watson will be talking about the organization in every page. 2. A STUDY IN SCARLET (4/5) what a great way to introduce us to the characters and the stories of mr. sherlock holmes and dr. watson. i think this was a great introduction novel and by reading it i immediately knew what to expect about the whole book. the first part and the resolution of the case was very intriguing and impressive, and the second part started as if it was a different separate story, but when things got connected pretty much everything made sense and the way the story was told really blew my mind. since it was the first novel i read, i kind of compared the other ones with this one ( especially the valley of fear because the structure and the way the story is told is very similar, but this was the way to do it :) ) and just one, in my opinion was better than this hell of novel. 1. THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (4,5/5) this novel was absolutely what i needed. at first i was a little scared because in the start i didn’t really knew what was going on, but when things kicked off it was one hell of a ride. also i was a little nervous because i knew this novel was pretty much told by watson and his adventures because sherlock holmes wasn’t as present as he was in the last two novels, but i was impressed with the results of this and the conclusion of the move itself. it was mysterious, spooky and it really caught mg attention because the revelations that came with it made me really question myself if this was a perfect score read for me or not. the only reason it doesn’t have five stars is because i think the start was a little bit rough. the format was really cool bcc it included telegrams and letters and it made me get really into the story and i think this is one of the greatest pieces that conan doyle has written.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Prasoon Jha

    Wow! Just wow! Sherlock Holmes is a really famed character, he is the most popular detective in the pop culture and is the most portrayed movie character of all time. But I had never read any Sherlock Homes before and the only Sherlock Holmes movie I had watched was "Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes" which I believe is more a "Tom and Jerry" movie than a "Sherlock Holmes" one. Still this collection amazed me a lot! Most people read these books for the great character of Sherlock Holmes but the t Wow! Just wow! Sherlock Holmes is a really famed character, he is the most popular detective in the pop culture and is the most portrayed movie character of all time. But I had never read any Sherlock Homes before and the only Sherlock Holmes movie I had watched was "Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes" which I believe is more a "Tom and Jerry" movie than a "Sherlock Holmes" one. Still this collection amazed me a lot! Most people read these books for the great character of Sherlock Holmes but the thing which I liked the most was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's storytelling. Plus there were some other great characters too, one character which isn't mentioned much in the list of great characters by Conan Doyle yet I liked him very much was the protagonist of the second half of the last novel. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet is a good novel though it's first half was extremely boring. The transition to the second half was hard for me too but once I got into the second half, I realised it was much better than the first one. The second novel, The Sign of the Four is not a bad novel but it is not as good as other novels in this collection, according to me. Also this book has some racist and sexist elements which make it unsuitable for some of today's readers, but I don't think that's something to criticize as it is also a product of it's time. The third novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles doesn't begins just after the events of the second novel, they are seperated by a bunch of short stories which aren't included in this collection. That's actually a good thing because now the author doesn't waste time in strengthening the partnership of Holmes and Watson. This novel is the best one in the collection and can be even read as a standalone. It is in this very novel why I realised Sherlock Holmes is this popular. The fourth novel, The Valley of Fear is also seperated from the third novel by a bunch of short stories. This novel's plot is similar to that of the first novel but better. Unlike previous novels, it connects to the short stories and mentions some of the characters which don't appear in novels but only in short stories like Professor Moriarty. Now, I will most probably read the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories which if I am right is collected in four books so, that I can fill the gaps between the novels and I have heard sometime that Conan Doyle is known more for his short works than his long works.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    (Note: this review addresses editor Leslie S. Klinger's essays, annotations, and appendices rather than Doyle's works. For my reviews of the individual Holmes novels, please see my separate entry for each particular book.) I'll save the bulk of my comments for when I finish the short story volumes, but what will apply there will largely apply here as well. As a shepherd through the Holmes canon for a reader on their first trip, this volume provides a lot of very welcome background, some inane but (Note: this review addresses editor Leslie S. Klinger's essays, annotations, and appendices rather than Doyle's works. For my reviews of the individual Holmes novels, please see my separate entry for each particular book.) I'll save the bulk of my comments for when I finish the short story volumes, but what will apply there will largely apply here as well. As a shepherd through the Holmes canon for a reader on their first trip, this volume provides a lot of very welcome background, some inane but ultimately harmless digressions based on the theory that Holmes and Watson were real, and... spoilers. I'm happy to report that this disappointing trend seemed to become less of a problem with the two later books in this volume, but Klinger's annotations for both A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four gave away the perpetrator's name long before Doyle mentioned it within the narrative. I suppose the fact that Doyle didn't design either book as a modern-style whodunnit (where the author allows the reader to solve the mystery for herself) somewhat mitigates that problem, but as I didn't understand that fact going in, it took me more than a little by surprise. The issue becomes even more glaring in the annotations for the later books, where Klinger seems to have already learned his lesson, and either disguises references within the annotations, or makes reference to later annotations that come after the secret gets revealed. Still, many, many more of the annotations delivered valuable explanations of Victorian-era trivia and slang, and I find that they overall improved and deepened my appreciation for these books beyond what I might have experienced otherwise. The seasoned Holmes reader will savor this volume as a treat. For the Holmes newcomer... let's say that while I don't have any regrets, I lament that Klinger apparently too late considered a wider audience.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Hubsky

    The Hound of the Baskervilles 4/5 I liked this one a lot more than the other two novels in the collection. It was interesting and I couldn't really predict what was going to happen. I also really liked the Sherlock wasn't in most of it. His character is a little much for me I think." The Sign of Four 3/5 This installment into the Sherlock Holmes series was interesting. I liked the mystery of it a lot more than the previous one. I just had a little issue of the rampant racism in it. Victorian Englan The Hound of the Baskervilles 4/5 I liked this one a lot more than the other two novels in the collection. It was interesting and I couldn't really predict what was going to happen. I also really liked the Sherlock wasn't in most of it. His character is a little much for me I think." The Sign of Four 3/5 This installment into the Sherlock Holmes series was interesting. I liked the mystery of it a lot more than the previous one. I just had a little issue of the rampant racism in it. Victorian England I get it, but sometimes I just don't want to read about it. Whenever they described Tonga I just rolled my eyes at it. I liked Mary's character as she seemed very competent. A Study In Scarlet 3.5/5 I have never read Sherlock Holmes before so this is my dive into the novels. I must stay that it sure is wordy. IT's not a completely bad thing, but it can get a little hard to read when it's so wordy sometimes. I'm happy to start the adventure and see where it takes me with the next one in this compilation The Valley of Fear 2/5 I got so bored with this one that it was hard to finish it. Which is a shame cause I really wanted to enjoy one with James Moriarty in it. Overall I didn't particularly care for Sherlock Holmes as a novel or as a character. As a character I felt like he was quite dull. The mysteries were interesting, but I think that you need good characters to make me interested and this read was a slow and painful one for me. I'm not saying it's not good, but it's very dry. This is more of a complaint of the creation of this edition, but i had to tear some of the pages cause they were so stuck together I couldn't read the book. It annoyed me and it kind of pissed me off cause I ended up mangling my own book to be able to read it! Please make it as easy as possible for readers to be able to actual read your material.

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