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His Last Bow. The circle of red lights - ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE The volume consists of two collections of short stories. The first presents fascinating stories about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, with riddles, puzzles, and, of course, ingenious solutions talented detective. Second collection of stories focused primarily on physicians: their profession, the His Last Bow. The circle of red lights - ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE The volume consists of two collections of short stories. The first presents fascinating stories about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, with riddles, puzzles, and, of course, ingenious solutions talented detective. Second collection of stories focused primarily on physicians: their profession, their observations, the curious case of the practice - sometimes paradoxical and always interesting. © Book Club "Family Leisure Club"


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His Last Bow. The circle of red lights - ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE The volume consists of two collections of short stories. The first presents fascinating stories about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, with riddles, puzzles, and, of course, ingenious solutions talented detective. Second collection of stories focused primarily on physicians: their profession, the His Last Bow. The circle of red lights - ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE The volume consists of two collections of short stories. The first presents fascinating stories about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, with riddles, puzzles, and, of course, ingenious solutions talented detective. Second collection of stories focused primarily on physicians: their profession, their observations, the curious case of the practice - sometimes paradoxical and always interesting. © Book Club "Family Leisure Club"

30 review for His Last Bow. The circle of red lights

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    The story begins with Mrs. Warren coming to Sherlock Holmes at Baker’s street. She was worried about the man who is living in her house. A young man with thick beard who spoke English well. He offers to pay considerably more for the room than the woman asked for but has requirements. He needs a key, and most importantly he needs to be completely isolated in the house. They bring him food everyday but never see him, which has begin to worry her (the landlord of the house) after a few weeks. If he The story begins with Mrs. Warren coming to Sherlock Holmes at Baker’s street. She was worried about the man who is living in her house. A young man with thick beard who spoke English well. He offers to pay considerably more for the room than the woman asked for but has requirements. He needs a key, and most importantly he needs to be completely isolated in the house. They bring him food everyday but never see him, which has begin to worry her (the landlord of the house) after a few weeks. If he wants anything he writes it in capital lettera on a piece of paper and leaves it on the chair; for example SOAP, MATCH, DAILY GAZETTE etc. She has also brought some cigarettes and matches to help learn about the man. Holmes determines that there is something ODD (strange) as the cigarettes are short and they would have burnt the man’s beard.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Saman

    "Education never ends, Watson." Mrs.Warren visits Sherlock on account of her odd tenant and furnishes him with details of the said tenant. The tenant went out only on the first night, came back only when everyone was asleep, stays in his rooms, uses the laconic style of messages to conceal his foreign language and writing style. Gordiano, initiator of the Neapolitan society, the Red Circle, was convicted of fifty murders, with no proof to make an official arrest. The tenant had fled this society a "Education never ends, Watson." Mrs.Warren visits Sherlock on account of her odd tenant and furnishes him with details of the said tenant. The tenant went out only on the first night, came back only when everyone was asleep, stays in his rooms, uses the laconic style of messages to conceal his foreign language and writing style. Gordiano, initiator of the Neapolitan society, the Red Circle, was convicted of fifty murders, with no proof to make an official arrest. The tenant had fled this society and took refuge in England. How was the tenant connected with the society? What dangers does Gordiano pose to the tenant? In this short story, both American and English detectives come together to solve the case. There weren't many clues for Sherlock to put together and he is of the opinion that the tenant had been substituted. While certain parts of the story were interesting, the others didn't appeal to me much. The story as a whole was a satisfying read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charles van Buren

    Are there caves in Long Island? Review of free Kindle edition A Public Domain Book Publication date: May 12, 2012 Language: English ASIN: B0082XICCA 28 pages Holmes and Watson investigate a mysterious tenant which leads them to a Mafia-like Italian criminal organization. Codes, strange signals in the night and violence highlight this story. The story is notable as the last appearance in the canon of Inspector Tobias Gregson. Also featured is a Pinkerton detective named Leverton. Holmes refers to him as Are there caves in Long Island? Review of free Kindle edition A Public Domain Book Publication date: May 12, 2012 Language: English ASIN: B0082XICCA 28 pages Holmes and Watson investigate a mysterious tenant which leads them to a Mafia-like Italian criminal organization. Codes, strange signals in the night and violence highlight this story. The story is notable as the last appearance in the canon of Inspector Tobias Gregson. Also featured is a Pinkerton detective named Leverton. Holmes refers to him as "the hero of the Long Island cave mystery". There is no explanation of that mystery in this story or in later ones.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bill Lynas

    After the hugely disappointing latest series of Sherlock (with the exception of the excellent Toby Jones) it was good to re-read Conan Doyle once again. It's amazing how, in a story written over a hundred years ago, he can create more excitement & drama than in a modern day, big budget TV series. There's even a nice glimpse of humour from the great detective in this one. A joy to read, as always. After the hugely disappointing latest series of Sherlock (with the exception of the excellent Toby Jones) it was good to re-read Conan Doyle once again. It's amazing how, in a story written over a hundred years ago, he can create more excitement & drama than in a modern day, big budget TV series. There's even a nice glimpse of humour from the great detective in this one. A joy to read, as always.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason Parent

    A decidedly American tale... in England... with Holmes and Watson

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rowena

    No star. I am sorry Arthur Canon Doyle but that’s some bad crime story in here . Everything was so rushed and we were provided by a little sense of it and i still feel like I gained nothing of it no feeling of fear, shock or amazement and no effort of explaining . I didn’t like this on at all but I won’t give up on you Sherlock, how could i !

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rob Thompson

    Would you rent a room to a suspicious lodger who demands the utmost privacy and never re-emerged? Probably not. But the landlady, Mrs Warren, in this story does. She hears him walking around in his room constantly. And she worries there is a despicable reason why the man has gone into hiding. Sounds pretty suspicious, right? That's why she seeks the help of the brilliant consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. Although the case at first appears to be trivial, Holmes soon connects it to a serious c Would you rent a room to a suspicious lodger who demands the utmost privacy and never re-emerged? Probably not. But the landlady, Mrs Warren, in this story does. She hears him walking around in his room constantly. And she worries there is a despicable reason why the man has gone into hiding. Sounds pretty suspicious, right? That's why she seeks the help of the brilliant consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. Although the case at first appears to be trivial, Holmes soon connects it to a serious crime. This is another enjoyable addition to the chronicles. It had a few unexpected twists and turns. There's also a nice glimpse of humour from the great detective. If someone wanted to flesh out the backstory of the Red Circle and it's shadowy members, they'd have a bestseller on their hands. A joy to read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James

    Another mystery for Holmes to solve. A landlady, Mrs Warren comes to Holmes regarding a mysterious tenant who leaves late on their first night, returns and never leaves there room. It is quite an odd story. Why would Mrs Warren need the police or even Holmes? The tenant pays over the odds for the room, Mrs Warren needs the money. They are quiet, asks only NEVER to be disturbed and makes requests by a note. They cause no problems or issues at all. So, why call in Holmes? In fact, Holmes isn’t need Another mystery for Holmes to solve. A landlady, Mrs Warren comes to Holmes regarding a mysterious tenant who leaves late on their first night, returns and never leaves there room. It is quite an odd story. Why would Mrs Warren need the police or even Holmes? The tenant pays over the odds for the room, Mrs Warren needs the money. They are quiet, asks only NEVER to be disturbed and makes requests by a note. They cause no problems or issues at all. So, why call in Holmes? In fact, Holmes isn’t needed in this story what so ever. The police are on hot pursuit, are miffed as to Holmes’ appearance and the situation is fully resolved whether Holmes gets involved or not. So, you have to ask yourself, perfects quiet tenant, the situation resolves itself naturally, the police deal with this WITHOUT Holmes, why write this story in the first place?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rajan

    A very mysterious story of my most favorite fictitious character of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is approached by Mrs. Hudson to assist a friend of hers. The lady also lets furnished rooms and is now worried about what one of her boarders may be up to. The man had come to her 10 days before and paid her an exorbitant amount to ensure complete privacy during his stay. His meals are left outside his door and no one enters the room. Now the landlady can't sleep at night wondering what A very mysterious story of my most favorite fictitious character of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is approached by Mrs. Hudson to assist a friend of hers. The lady also lets furnished rooms and is now worried about what one of her boarders may be up to. The man had come to her 10 days before and paid her an exorbitant amount to ensure complete privacy during his stay. His meals are left outside his door and no one enters the room. Now the landlady can't sleep at night wondering what the person is up to. Based on the available information, it's apparent to Holmes that the lodger is an Italian gentleman who had recently arrived from New York City. Knowing of recent crimes there, Holmes soon knows the man's identity and that he is running away from the head of a sinister group known as the Red Circle. Considering the day and age in which these stories were written this is a very good and intriguing mystery. The Serials like CSI, Bones relies heavily on forensics. Serials like monk, mentalist, castle etc relies on hunches and unexplained guess work of leads. But todays VFX graphics movie generation will not be able to appreciate the mystery. A very satisfying read. Must read for all those who like a good mystery. What sets apart Sherlock Holmes form Poirot, Miss Marple, Feluda, Byomkesh Bakshi and many others is that he explains everything logically. Holmes doesn’t rely on intuition, hunches or so called intelligent guess work. Holmes is the best.

  10. 4 out of 5

    DJ

    "The Adventure of the Red Circle" is the third story in the His Last Bow: 8 Stories story collection, the eighth publication in the Sherlock Holmes series. Mr Holmes receives a visit from a landlady who is concerned about the bizarre and mysterious behaviour of her latest tenant. This one was one of my favourites so far. "The Adventure of the Red Circle" is the third story in the His Last Bow: 8 Stories story collection, the eighth publication in the Sherlock Holmes series. Mr Holmes receives a visit from a landlady who is concerned about the bizarre and mysterious behaviour of her latest tenant. This one was one of my favourites so far.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Collin A.

    The Adventure of the Red Circle was another enjoyable addition to the chronicles. It was a linear story with some twists and turns but just too dang short. Like previously stated in another review, if someone were to expand upon many of these stories and develop them into novels while fleshing out the backstory of the Red Circle and it's shadowy members, they'd be a hit! The Adventure of the Red Circle was another enjoyable addition to the chronicles. It was a linear story with some twists and turns but just too dang short. Like previously stated in another review, if someone were to expand upon many of these stories and develop them into novels while fleshing out the backstory of the Red Circle and it's shadowy members, they'd be a hit!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fabi

    The audiobook is amazing!!! Totally should check it out! It's only an hour! The audiobook is amazing!!! Totally should check it out! It's only an hour!

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Sherlock Holmes must use all of his deductive reasoning to solve this baffling mystery of lodgers using secret codes and letters in a boarding house.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roberto Mattos

    In this story, Mrs. Warren, a landlady, comes to 221B Baker Street with some questions about her lodger. A youngish, heavily bearded man, who spoke good but accented English came to her and offered double her usual rent on the condition that he get the room on his own terms. He went out the first night that he was there, and came back after midnight when the rest of the household had gone to bed. Since then, neither Mrs. Warren, her husband, nor their servant girl have seen him. The lodger insis In this story, Mrs. Warren, a landlady, comes to 221B Baker Street with some questions about her lodger. A youngish, heavily bearded man, who spoke good but accented English came to her and offered double her usual rent on the condition that he get the room on his own terms. He went out the first night that he was there, and came back after midnight when the rest of the household had gone to bed. Since then, neither Mrs. Warren, her husband, nor their servant girl have seen him. The lodger insisted on having the Daily Gazette every morning, and sometimes requested other things. All requests were printed on a slip of paper left on a chair outside the room where meals were also left. Mrs. Warren has brought some spent matches and a cigarette end from her lodger, hoping that Holmes can read something from them. It is clear that the cigarette has been smoked without a holder, which is quite unusual for a man with whiskers. He also eats very little, and never receives visitors or messages. After the landlady leaves, Holmes remarks to Dr. Watson that it seems likely that the person in Mrs. Warren’s house is not the bearded man who made the arrangements. The evidence lies not only in the cigarette, but in the fact that the lodger’s knowledge of English is not as good as the bearded man’s (he wrote MATCH as one of his requests, for instance, not MATCHES). His “return” on the first night was very late so that no-one would see him and he has taken great pains to ensure no-one has seen him since. Holmes suspects that messages are being sent to the lodger, perhaps in the Daily Gazette’s agony column. He finds them: “Will find some sure means of communication. Meanwhile, this column. G.” (posted only two days after the lodger’s arrival), “Am making successful arrangements. Patience and prudence. The clouds will pass. G.” (three days later), and “The path is clearing. If I find chance signal message remember code agreed–one A, two B, and so on. You will hear soon. G.” (yesterday). Holmes needs only wait one day for a very useful message: “High red house with white stone facings. Third floor. Second window left. After dusk. G.” Holmes decides that it is time to reconnoitre Mrs. Warren’s neighbourhood. Just then, Mrs. Warren arrives complaining that her husband was kidnapped that morning and taken by cab to Hampstead Heath where he was unceremoniously cast onto the roadway. He never got a clear look at his kidnappers or their cab. Holmes realizes that the ruffians mistook Mr. Warren for the lodger, and dumped him after they realized their mistake. Holmes and Watson go to Mrs. Warren’s house just before lunchtime, hoping to catch a glimpse of the lodger as he takes his lunch from the chair. Before going in, Holmes observes that the lodger’s window commands a good view down Howe Street, and at the other end is a house matching the one mentioned in the agony column. In Mrs. Warren’s house, Holmes and Watson hide in a boxroom. By using a mirror they see the lodger retrieve the lunch tray from the hall, discovering that the lodger is a comely-featured young woman with a dark complexion. They realize that she has been carefully printing (rather than writing in common handwriting) her requests to hide her gender. It is equally clear that she and her bearded confederate, likely a lover or husband, are in some kind of danger and seeking refuge. From the lodger’s horror at suspecting a trick at lunchtime, and the exceptional precautions that have been taken to ensure secrecy, it must be a matter of life and death. That evening, Holmes and Watson are on hand to see the lodger’s confederate’s lantern-signals, sent by a waving candle. The first message says “Attenta, attenta, attenta!” (Beware, beware, beware!). It becomes clear that they are Italian, and from the “-a” ending that the message is meant for a woman. The signaller then flashes “Pericolo” (“Danger”) and then “Peri-”. Realizing that the signaller has been interrupted, Holmes and Watson rush to the house and are surprised to meet Inspector Gregson and a Pinkerton detective from the United States named Leverton (described by Holmes as "the hero of the Long Island cave mystery"). They are lying in wait for Giuseppe Gorgiano, a vicious killer of whose infamy Holmes is well aware. The house has only one door and they know that he is inside. Gregson and Leverton have been unaware of the signalled messages. Gregson says that three men have come out of the house, but none was Gorgiano, who is a giant. One, however, matched the description of the man who made the arrangements at Mrs. Warren’s. Going into the house and to the room where the signalling came from, Holmes, Watson, Gregson, and Leverton discover a grisly scene. The giant Gorgiano has been killed, apparently in a fight. The bearded man is undoubtedly the killer. The lady's arriving at the door shortly afterward is a surprise to everyone but Holmes, who had impersonated the lady's confederate by re-lighting the same candle that her confederate had used, and signalling in Italian for her to come. Her name is Emilia Lucca, and her confederate is Gennaro, her husband. The men are rather taken aback by her obvious joy at this ghastly sight. She confirms that the Luccas were seeking refuge from the dangerous Giuseppe Gorgiano, who was out to kill Gennaro for betraying the Red Circle, a secret criminal organization that he had got himself involved in as a younger man, when he'd been deeply embittered over worldly injustices. Gennaro had never actually participated in any of the society's crimes, however, and eventually decided to leave the organization in spite of the threatened consequences. He and his wife fled Italy and went to New York to escape the Red Circle, but Gorgiano, another member, discovered Gennaro there, and contrived to oblige him to murder a good friend, a man who had gotten Gennaro started in legitimate business in the USA. Gennaro had no intention of doing such a thing, and even warned his friend of the Red Circle’s orders. The police were also informed. The Luccas then fled to England where Gorgiano tracked Gennaro down, intending to kill Gennaro and abduct the lovely Emilia, to whom he had developed a lustful attraction. Gorgiano died in the ensuing fight, however. Gregson feels compelled to take Emilia down to the police station, and the same fate probably awaits Gennaro, but as it is obvious that their actions had been purely in self-defense, it seems likely that there will be no charges. Excellent plot, I recommend this story to the permanent library of all readers that appreciate a well written mystery tale, mainly featuring Mr. Sherlock Holmes. They will not be disappointed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Mrs. Warren goes to Sherlock to tell him she is creeped out by her new lodger, whom she never sees. At first, Sherlock tells her as long as he paid in advance, what should she care? But, no, Mrs. Warren insists something is up, especially since she is left home alone with him while her husband is out working. And it really turns out that the authorities (not that Sherlock is not an authority of sorts himself} are on to the trail of said lodger anyway, so worrywart Mrs. Warren just wasted Sherloc Mrs. Warren goes to Sherlock to tell him she is creeped out by her new lodger, whom she never sees. At first, Sherlock tells her as long as he paid in advance, what should she care? But, no, Mrs. Warren insists something is up, especially since she is left home alone with him while her husband is out working. And it really turns out that the authorities (not that Sherlock is not an authority of sorts himself} are on to the trail of said lodger anyway, so worrywart Mrs. Warren just wasted Sherlock’s time. Nice pencil: The words [on the piece of paper] are written with a broad-pointed, violet-tinted pencil of a not unusual pattern. And a little lesson here about joining gangs: . . . in his wild and fiery days, when all the world seemed against him and his mind was driven half mad by the injustices of life, had joined a Neapolitan society, the Red Circle, which was allied to the old Carbonari. The oaths and secrets of this brotherhood were frightful, but once within its rule no escape was possible. While the story here was no big shakes, it passed the time. 💥 Recommended, if you do not mind a lame story. 🟣

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd Hughes

    It’s an interesting perspective of the Italian Mafia expanding into American told from the time in which it was happening as opposed to the stories created 40+ years later. It doesn’t highlight SH’s unique talent; he’s more on the periphery. But because it Sherlock, we give it 5 stars meaning it’s essential reading for readers, and we feel SH rating should be for the body of work and not for an individual piece of it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    The third secret society Doyle has written about in a row. That's my biggest criticism. The third secret society Doyle has written about in a row. That's my biggest criticism.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    The third short story in His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes investigates a mysterious lodger, and soon learns of a mafia connection. Fun and entertaining.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Azuma-chan

    I think I liked this story the most so far in the His Last Bow series, than the previous two. It was a short and fun reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    The Red Circle is a pretty good name for a Secret Society.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adriel Hartnett

    Too many criminal societies for my liking, this Complete Sherlock Holmes part 2.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Walle

    An other great adventure of the great Sherlock Holmes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Another short story. These stories are fairly formulaic but always enjoyable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Bates

    It took me a few days to read this one, as I read VERY slow.. But as with all Sherlock Cases, this one has that sense of.. "What did I miss", and yeah there was a couple things I missed on this one. The story read fast, but the wrap up was a little slow, and of course the ending was a little anti-climatic.. I Feel there should have been more, but it was exactly as I had suspected it would be. It took me a few days to read this one, as I read VERY slow.. But as with all Sherlock Cases, this one has that sense of.. "What did I miss", and yeah there was a couple things I missed on this one. The story read fast, but the wrap up was a little slow, and of course the ending was a little anti-climatic.. I Feel there should have been more, but it was exactly as I had suspected it would be.

  25. 5 out of 5

    An-Nisa Nur'aini

    "Why should you go further in it? What have you to gain from it?" "What, indeed? It's an art for art's sake, Watson. I suppose when you doctored you found yourself studying cases without a thought of a fee?" "For my education, Holmes." "Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last. This is an instructive case. There is neither money nor credit in it, and yet one would wish to tidy it up." "Why should you go further in it? What have you to gain from it?" "What, indeed? It's an art for art's sake, Watson. I suppose when you doctored you found yourself studying cases without a thought of a fee?" "For my education, Holmes." "Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last. This is an instructive case. There is neither money nor credit in it, and yet one would wish to tidy it up."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zainab Al saba'a

    "Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last. This is an instructive case. There is neither money nor credit in it, and yet one would wish to tidy it up" "Education, Gregson, education. Still seeking knowledge at the old university" I love Holmes's inspirational attitude "Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last. This is an instructive case. There is neither money nor credit in it, and yet one would wish to tidy it up" "Education, Gregson, education. Still seeking knowledge at the old university" I love Holmes's inspirational attitude

  27. 4 out of 5

    Juniper

    Again an excellent short-story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This time, I could almost guess the main facts along with Sherlock. The story is so well written that you can follow the thoughts of the famous detective.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    Loved it! Classical Conan Doyle book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Yoak

    One of the more florid stories, and a particularly good performance in audio by David Timson.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Afsheen

    No can it be true, One man changed inot someone else ...

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