The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

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Barnes & Noble Classics, 2003 - Fiction - 752 pages
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes comprises four novels and fifty-six short stories revolving around the world’s most popular and influential fictional detective—the eccentric, arrogant, and ingenious Sherlock Holmes. He and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson, step from Holmes’s comfortable quarters at 221b Baker Street into the swirling fog of Victorian London to exercise that unique combination of detailed observation, vast knowledge, and brilliant deduction. Inevitably, Holmes rescues the innocent, confounds the guilty, and solves the most perplexing puzzles known to literature.

Volume I of The Complete Sherlock Holmes starts with Holmes’s first appearance, A Study in Scarlet, a chilling murder novel complete with bloodstained walls and cryptic clues, followed by the baffling The Sign of Four, which introduces Holmes’s cocaine problem and Watson’s future wife. The story collections The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes feature such renowned tales as “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-Headed League,” and “The Musgrave Ritual.”

Tired of writing stories about Holmes, his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, killed him off at the end of “The Final Problem,” the last tale in The Memoirs. But the public outcry was so great that eight years later he published the masterful The Hound of the Baskervilles, which supposedly takes place before Holmes’s death.

The separate Volume II of The Complete Sherlock Holmes collects the remaining accounts of Holmes’s exploits, including “The Adventure of the Empty House,” which reveals the elaborate circumstances behind Holmes’s literary resurrection.

Kyle Freeman, a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast for many years, earned two graduate degrees in English literature from Columbia University, where his major was twentieth-century British literature.

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Even better than volume 1, a classic piece of writing. - Goodreads
I love the feeling they evoke and the imagery. - Goodreads
I also really enjoyed the introduction and footnotes. - Goodreads
I hope to be a crazy good writer some day. - Goodreads
Arthur Conan Doyle was a very clever writer. - Goodreads
This volume still has introduction. - Goodreads

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User Review  - allygggggg - LibraryThing

I just wanted Valley of Fear because Mary Russell takes place in Valley of Fear, and the rest of her series from Valley of Fear and beyond. I think she is Mandie's. Mandie is 12 years her senior, 12 ... Read full review

Review: The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a book with a compilation of short stories and novels of the sly detective, Sherlock Holmes. These stories take you on an adventure ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Kyle Freeman, a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast for many years, earned two graduate degrees in English literature from Columbia University, where his major was twentieth-century British literature.

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