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Title: The Return of Sherlock Holmes: A Facsmile of the Stories as They Were First Published in the Strand Magazine, London
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Published January 1st 1975 by Schocken Books Inc (first published 1905)
ISBN: 9780805236033
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'Holmes,' I cried. 'Is it really you? Can it indeed be that you are alive? Is it possible that you succeeded in climbing out of that awful abyss?' Missing, presumed dead, for three years, Sherlock Holmes returns triumphantly to his dear companion Dr Watson. And not before time! London has never been in more need of his extraordinary services: a murderous individual with an 'Holmes,' I cried. 'Is it really you? Can it indeed be that you are alive? Is it possible that you succeeded in climbing out of that awful abyss?' Missing, presumed dead, for three years, Sherlock Holmes returns triumphantly to his dear companion Dr Watson. And not before time! London has never been in more need of his extraordinary services: a murderous individual with an air gun stalks the city. Among thirteen further brilliant tales of mystery, detection and deduction, Sherlock Holmes investigates the problem of the Norwood Builder, deciphers the message of the Dancing Men, and cracks the case of the Six Napoleons.

30 review for The Return of Sherlock Holmes: A Facsmile of the Stories as They Were First Published in the Strand Magazine, London

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A) 85% | Extraordinary Notes: All in all, a volume without a real stand-out story, but the most consistently good of the short story collections so far.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes collects thirteen short stories featuring the famous detective, all supposedly written and published by John Watson, his best friend, roommate, and confidante. (With a disappearing wife.) After the events of “The Adventure of the Final Problem”, Holmes returns, in dramatic fashion, and the two set out to solve crimes all over London, from theft to blackmail to international espionage. While I have plenty more to say about the “I Believe in Sherlock” movement (I may h The Return of Sherlock Holmes collects thirteen short stories featuring the famous detective, all supposedly written and published by John Watson, his best friend, roommate, and confidante. (With a disappearing wife.) After the events of “The Adventure of the Final Problem”, Holmes returns, in dramatic fashion, and the two set out to solve crimes all over London, from theft to blackmail to international espionage. While I have plenty more to say about the “I Believe in Sherlock” movement (I may have participated?), I’ll just say here that it amazes and humbles me that Holmes’ “death” has always affected fans to the point of action. And I was wondering how Doyle would actually bring him back. “The Adventure of the Empty House” does not disappoint. While the stories are ultimately adventure pieces, Holmes and Watson’s reunion is actually touching and the two do communicate how much they mean to each other—in fact, Holmes underestimated the affect his disappearance would have on Watson. They fall back into their familiar rhythm over the course of the story; they’re even a little handsy with each other as they readjust. I mean, more than usual. And at the end, all returns to status quo. (Holmes buys Watson’s practice in a roundabout manner and Mary seems to have vanished into thin air, so now they’re just living solely on Holmes’ paycheck, I assume. Oh, boys.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven Walle

    This is a great collection of thirteen Sherlock Holmes detective stories. These occur after Sherlock supposibley dies in the last collection. The author was under a lot of pressure to revive Sherlock Holmes and masterfully does in this volume. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kenchiin

    Quality varies among the different short stories, but overall... a pleasure to read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    K.D. Absolutely

    I know now why this collection of 13 short stories is called “The Return..” In the last story of “Memoirs” entitled The Final Problem, Watson says that Holmes has retired and will no longer publish new stories. Now in real life, between that story which was published in 1893 and 1903, the period called by Sherlock fans as “The Great Hiatus,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle only wrote his third novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles (said to be his greatest novel). So, while writing the first story of the c I know now why this collection of 13 short stories is called “The Return..” In the last story of “Memoirs” entitled The Final Problem, Watson says that Holmes has retired and will no longer publish new stories. Now in real life, between that story which was published in 1893 and 1903, the period called by Sherlock fans as “The Great Hiatus,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle only wrote his third novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles (said to be his greatest novel). So, while writing the first story of the collection, Doyle was in full hope that the interest in his characters, Holmes and Watson, would be revived. I actually rested for few days in between reading the two collections and I would say that on the 6th day, I felt that I was missing Sherlock Holmes so I returned to my daily reading and finished this book in 4 days including two heavy weekend reading days: The Adventure of the Empty House tells that Holmes has survived the fall from the Reinchenbach Falls with his archenemy Professor Mortiary. However, one of Mortiary’s confederates, Moran, knows about this so Holmes hides for three years and comes back in disguise. Watson, now a widower, recognizes him and so they are both back to resolving crimes in London. Their first assignment is the murder of Ronald Adair in Park Lane and the culprit is no other than his card playmate, who is but Moran. Very enjoyable after almost a week of not reading Sherlock Holmes. My friend is correct in advising me of not reading this canon without letup. Holmes almost convinced me went abroad to see the Dalai Lama! – 4 STARS The Adventure of the Norwood Builder is about Oldacre who wants to start a new life so he fakes his murder and sets up the son of the woman who has ditched him. Holmes does the unorthodox solution: fakes a fire and let the 3 cohorts to shout “Fire!” Oldacre comes out from the hiding. Also enjoyable but I could not believe that Oldacre did not know that the fire was staged. - 3 STARS The Adventure of the Dancing Men is about the death of a couple, American lady called Elsie and the British guy called Cubitt. Prior to their deaths, the images of the 15 Dancing Men mysteriously appear in their house. Although I loved the idea, I just can’t imagine how the ditched American lover was able to draw them on the wall without being caught. Oh, also what happened to the fingerprints on the guns used? - 2 STARS The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist Violet is seeing a man on a bicycle following her. It seems to have something to do with the uncle who contacts Carruthers and Woodley to ensure the well-being of Violet and her mother. Quite ordinary. I thought it would have been more interesting if the love story is highlighted more. But then this is Sherlock Holmes and not Nicholas Sparks. - 2 STARS The Adventure of the Priory School Lord Saltire is missing from Priory School. Apparently, he leaves the school and is chased by Heidegger, the school’s master. The boy is reported to be unhappy at home and it is assumed to be the reason. Holmes and Watson deduced by first looking at the cow’s tracks and noticing that one of the bicycles has a patch. I liked this one because it has a second set of characters that come out during the deduction part that I did not expect coming. - 3 STARS The Adventure of Black Peter A whaler father is found dead, murdered in his store. His family is happy because he, abusive to them, is finally out of their lives. Investigator Hopkins asks for help from Holmes and Watson. Holmes sees the initial on the cover of the diary in the crime scene and it leads him to the culprit. Seems ordinary to me. - 2 STARS The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton The character of Charles Augustus Milverton is based on the life of Charles Augustus Howell (1840-1890) who persuaded the poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti to dig the up the poems he buried with his wife Elizabeth Siddal. He was said to have used those letters to bribe well-known personalities. Sir Conan Doyle used this true-to-life situation as a backdrop of this story. Here, Holmes is hired by a debutante Lady Eva Blackwell to retrieve compromising letters from a blackmailer, Milverton. Holmes disguises as a plumber, applies in the Blackwell mansion and get engaged with one of the maids. Conan Doyle has limitless imagination and can make Holmes do everything especially all these almost unbelievable disguises. - 4 STARS The Adventure of the Six Napoleons The busts of Napoleon are being shattered night after night by an unknown person. Through the power of Holmes’ deduction he found out why. Direct storytelling. I thought it had something to do with British hating Napoleon, a French military commander and conquerer. Until the revelation. - 3 STARS The Adventure of the Three Students Three students are suspected to have “prototype” of the exams that would qualify them for a big scholarship. The incident happens when the professor is out from his office. Holmes is consulted to do a mini-mini-minimo. I liked this because it is simple and brought back memories of classmates who were caught cheating during exams in school. Not that I did not think of committing similar acts! - 4 STARS The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez The Golden Pince-Nez is a pair of eyeglasses that gets lost during an accident killing of Willoughby Smith, secretary to Professor Coram. Check the back of the bookcase. This story is short and quite uncomplicated compared to the other stories but I enjoyed it! - 3 STARS The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter Very sad discovery where Staunton is. I thought that this story is sport-related until the ending. Quite surprisingly, I am liking the Holmes stories with light straightforward resolutions. - 3 STARS The Adventure of the Abbey Grange An abusive husband, Sir Eustace Brackenstall is murdered while his wife for 18 months, Lady Brackenstall is tied on a post. The lady and her maid say that the culprit is a group of 3 burglars. The answer is obvious. I knew it! I was able to predict this one! - 2 STARS The Adventure of the Second Stain A missing document from the dispatch box of the Secretary of State, Lord Bellinger. He believes that no one knows the importance of that document even his wife, Lady Bellinger. Then one of the spies hired by Holmes is killed. Tight plot. I did not see the ending coming but I again anticipated the marital problem. - 3 STARS Now my reading of the short stories about Sherlock Holmes is becoming interesting. There is a formula: crime  initial investigation  seems lame/untrue  investigate  first clues  deduction  new characters/setting/real events  conclusion. So, while reading, I can tell where I am. Then if I can predict what happens in the last two stages, it makes me happy. The only thing that I should improve on is how to do deductions! I have not been able to think the way Holmes does! He is just too smart!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    After Doyle said he would no longer write about his famous consulting detective, one might reasonably expect the quality of his stories to go down after he returned to them (due to popular demand), but I didn’t find that the case (pun unintended). Yes, some of the elements are a bit overfamiliar by now, but fans expected those, and without them Holmes and Watson are not themselves. The murders seem more violent (give the people what they want?), but the humorous dialogue (“…so you can put that in After Doyle said he would no longer write about his famous consulting detective, one might reasonably expect the quality of his stories to go down after he returned to them (due to popular demand), but I didn’t find that the case (pun unintended). Yes, some of the elements are a bit overfamiliar by now, but fans expected those, and without them Holmes and Watson are not themselves. The murders seem more violent (give the people what they want?), but the humorous dialogue (“…so you can put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Busybody Holmes!” and “What did you do, Hopkins, after you made certain that you had made certain of nothing?”); and the nice descriptive writing (…ten miles of man’s handiwork on every side of us, to feel the iron grip of Nature…to the huge elemental forces all London was no more than the molehills that dot the fields.) are still present, along with something new—graphics (drawings mostly) provided to the readers so they can see what Sherlock sees. At the end of this collection, Watson says Sherlock no longer wants his stories to be published now that he has retired to the country. He wants no more publicity and to be left in peace. Poor Doyle.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hari Hara

    Fantastic collection. Surely 5 out of 5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    Not the greatest of the Sherlock Holmes compilations, but it's still got some great stories in here. Even though it was years ago that I read it, there are still stories that stand out in my memory. I suppose reading about Holmes in his later years lost a little of its charm, but I also feel that perhaps Doyle didn't have quite the vigor in writing these ones. Still great though, and your reading of Holmes is not complete if you've skipped this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie Lumsden

    A very enjoyable collection, as I always find with Sherlock Holmes short stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    He's back!!! How could i give anything but 5 stars? I can only imagine how people in the early years of the 20th century, how much joy they had in their hearts when the beloved character came back from the dead to solve another mystery. You know what he is still alive. Characters like Sherlock Holmes never die.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    Really enjoyed reading this! This is a really interesting,mysterious,fun collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories."The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" is my favourite one,it's really spellbinding and funny.Dr.Watson is awesome as always.The only thing that I didn't like is the fact that the bad guys always look like the bad guys-their eyes are narrow and evil,their chins are weak.No one is destined to be something based on how he looks-no one is actually born to be a murderer,a thief etc.I like Really enjoyed reading this! This is a really interesting,mysterious,fun collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories."The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" is my favourite one,it's really spellbinding and funny.Dr.Watson is awesome as always.The only thing that I didn't like is the fact that the bad guys always look like the bad guys-their eyes are narrow and evil,their chins are weak.No one is destined to be something based on how he looks-no one is actually born to be a murderer,a thief etc.I liked everything else,though. Favourite quotes: "You would not call me a marrying man, Watson?" "No, indeed!" "You'll be interested to hear that I'm engaged." "My dear fellow! I congrat-" "To Milverton's housemaid." "My dear Holmes!" "I wanted information, Watson."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pink

    More Holmes. He's back and doing his usual of belittling everyone around and solving cases using the barest evidence while Watson is still gushing over every female he comes into contact with. If this was my first experience of Sherlock I might rate it higher, but it didn't live up to previous short story collections for me. Plus I'm starting to get irritated by the class/race/sex stereotypes of the day, I know I shouldn't judge on these things as that's just how life was, but reading so many of More Holmes. He's back and doing his usual of belittling everyone around and solving cases using the barest evidence while Watson is still gushing over every female he comes into contact with. If this was my first experience of Sherlock I might rate it higher, but it didn't live up to previous short story collections for me. Plus I'm starting to get irritated by the class/race/sex stereotypes of the day, I know I shouldn't judge on these things as that's just how life was, but reading so many of the same themes one after another starts to irritate a bit. Obviously I still think this is good stuff, it's Holmes!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jaro

    Read in The Complete Sherlock Holmes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Sherlock Holmes is resurrected! He's back, and solving mysteries, in this collection of thirteen short stories. An enjoyable collection, and a must-read for fans of Sherlock Holmes. The stories: 1. The Adventure of the Empty House 2. The Adventure of the Norwood Builder 3. The Adventure of the Dancing Men 4. The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist 5. The Adventure of the Priory School 6. The Adventure of Black Peter 7. The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton 8. The Adventure of the Six Napoleons 9. The Sherlock Holmes is resurrected! He's back, and solving mysteries, in this collection of thirteen short stories. An enjoyable collection, and a must-read for fans of Sherlock Holmes. The stories: 1. The Adventure of the Empty House 2. The Adventure of the Norwood Builder 3. The Adventure of the Dancing Men 4. The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist 5. The Adventure of the Priory School 6. The Adventure of Black Peter 7. The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton 8. The Adventure of the Six Napoleons 9. The Adventure of the Three Students 10. The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez 11. The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter 12. The Adventure of the Abbey Grange 13. The Adventure of the Second Stain

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #6), Arthur Conan Doyle collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories

  16. 4 out of 5

    Baylee

    Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog ---> La siepe di more Ci hai provato, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ma non te l’abbiamo fatta passare liscia: Sherlock Holmes ci piaceva troppo perché tu potessi lasciarlo morto in fondo alle cascate di Reichenbach. Così una volta tanto, le lamentele dei lettori sono servite a qualcosa e il nostro investigatore preferito è tornato a deliziarci con il suo metodo scientifico, la sua sospetta asessualità e il suo suo meraviglioso rapporto con il dottor Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog ---> La siepe di more Ci hai provato, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ma non te l’abbiamo fatta passare liscia: Sherlock Holmes ci piaceva troppo perché tu potessi lasciarlo morto in fondo alle cascate di Reichenbach. Così una volta tanto, le lamentele dei lettori sono servite a qualcosa e il nostro investigatore preferito è tornato a deliziarci con il suo metodo scientifico, la sua sospetta asessualità e il suo suo meraviglioso rapporto con il dottor Watson. Proprio in questa raccolta di racconti il loro rapporto si fa più profondo e definito: vediamo Sherlock disperarsi con lui al pensiero che per una volta sia Lestrade ad aver ragione (sacrilegio!) e manifestare il suo bisogno per la sua compagnia durante le indagini (anche se continua a risolvere ogni mistero per lo più autonomamente, grazie al suo metodo), oppure cercare di allontanarlo per proteggerlo da situazioni potenzialmente pericolose. D’altro canto, Watson gli ricorda di andarci piano con le sue debolezze. La prima, quella più evidente a qualunque dottore, è la sua dipendenza dalla cocaina nei periodi di magra criminale: Watson si fa vanto di averlo fatto smettere. La seconda è il suo assoluto disinteresse per le relazioni interpersonali: ogni tanto, Watson deve ricordare a Holmes che le persone potrebbero rimanere ferite da certi comportamenti… Infine, il buon dottore si preoccupa moltissimo dei rischi che Holmes è disposto a correre per risolvere un caso e cerca di riportarlo a più miti consigli (senza riuscirci… logica schiacciante, ricordate? Quindi non gli resta che accompagnarlo e condividere… Il miglior amico di sempre). Inoltre, Watson ci ricorda sempre il nostro stato di meraviglia di fronte alle straordinarie capacità deduttive e logiche di Holmes: di fronte a lui siamo tutti ciechi come pipistrelli...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Sherlock Holmes is back! The first story in this collection, The Adventure of the Empty House, was one of my favorites because it's how Arthur Conan Doyle brought the great detective back from the dead. Doyle had previously killed the character because he was tired of writing about him, but fans were so upset (and publishers offered him more money!) that the author finally relented and wrote more stories. My other favorite stories in this collection were The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, The Sherlock Holmes is back! The first story in this collection, The Adventure of the Empty House, was one of my favorites because it's how Arthur Conan Doyle brought the great detective back from the dead. Doyle had previously killed the character because he was tired of writing about him, but fans were so upset (and publishers offered him more money!) that the author finally relented and wrote more stories. My other favorite stories in this collection were The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, and The Adventure of the Abbey Grange. I especially liked how Sherlock occasionally acts as judge and jury, and his reasons for allowing certain perpetrators to escape because he thinks their actions were justified. After making my way through six books of Sherlock, I have come to appreciate how important the character of Dr. Watson is. He must always be simple-minded and astonished by Holmes' fantastic deductions. Without that friendly reaction, I don't think these stories would have been as endearing. Next up: The Valley of Fear. As Sherlock famously said, "The game is afoot!" Note: I've been listening to all of these Sherlock stories on audio CD read by the marvelous British actor Derek Jacobi. I cannot say enough good things about his narration. I highly recommend them.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    The brilliancy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will never cease to amaze me! He must have literally been a genius to come up with so many clever cases and solutions for all the Sherlock Holmes books!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tarissa

    Sherlock Holmes is back in London after his assumed death back at Reichenbach Falls. It's not long though, and someone is trying to put him six feet under once and for all ('The Adventure of the Empty House')... Now, I was extremely impressed with the story 'The Adventure of the Norwood Builder', in which forensic fingerprinting is put to the test. Pretty intriguing, and this is where Conan Doyle is really strutting his scientific mind. 'The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton' is another that Sherlock Holmes is back in London after his assumed death back at Reichenbach Falls. It's not long though, and someone is trying to put him six feet under once and for all ('The Adventure of the Empty House')... Now, I was extremely impressed with the story 'The Adventure of the Norwood Builder', in which forensic fingerprinting is put to the test. Pretty intriguing, and this is where Conan Doyle is really strutting his scientific mind. 'The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton' is another that stands out to me... because Sherlock Holmes gets engaged! Oh, what a funny idea! This relationship only comes about due to Holmes' need to milk out information, and of course (to relieve your mind), there is no marriage. Whew! Crisis averted. And one other story worth mentioning is 'The Adventure of the Second Stain'. I liked it because Holmes shows grace and kindness. Usually he comes off as seemingly callous. He has so logical a mind, it's sometimes hard for him to let soft emotions come through. But he pulls it off in this story. So, those are some of my favorite moments of The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Most of the stories, it seems, I could breeze through in about 15 minutes or so. Each provided a pleasant mystery to puzzle out. In the last story, I was very amused that Watson states that Holmes has forbidden him to keep publishing any of the stories – and yet, we know this promise is not forever kept.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    This year I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes "inspired" work, spin-offs, pastiche's, etc. I figured it was high time to return to the source and man, was it totally worth it. I just love the language of these stories. It is quite literally music to my ears. This collection is 13 short Sherlock stories. "The Adventure of the Empty House" - Sherlock Holmes' glorious return! Doyle tried to kill Holmes off, the public freaked out, so this was basically a re-con explaining how he wasn't REALLY dead. I like This year I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes "inspired" work, spin-offs, pastiche's, etc. I figured it was high time to return to the source and man, was it totally worth it. I just love the language of these stories. It is quite literally music to my ears. This collection is 13 short Sherlock stories. "The Adventure of the Empty House" - Sherlock Holmes' glorious return! Doyle tried to kill Holmes off, the public freaked out, so this was basically a re-con explaining how he wasn't REALLY dead. I like how Holmes tells Watson went all "Deathwish" on all the assassins Moriarty sent after him. "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" - An old miser is killed. A young man stands accused. Secret passageways, burnt animal carcasses and brilliant deductions await. "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" - One of my favorite Holmes stories. Mysterious pictures of stick figure dancing men begin to appear on someone's property. Their wife has a mysterious past? Is it connected? What to the figures mean? As a child, this story was my first exposure to code breaking that still holds up. "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" - A young music teacher is constantly shadowed by a bicyclist. An odd adventure that begins innocently and ends quite serious. "The Adventure of the Priory School" - A Duke's son is kidnapped. Who done it? This story involved a lot of tracks and tracking. "The Adventure of Black Peter" - A salty old sea captain is murdered by being harpooned! This is officially the best murder I've ever read about! Holmes deduces who the murderer is and catches him by basically using old timey Craigslist. "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" - An awesome Holmes story! Holmes tries to get a blackmailer to listen to reason to no avail. What follows is like no other Holmes story I've ever read. There's a little faux-romance, a little breaking and entering, and, of course, a little murder. "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" - Someone is going around London smashing busts of Napoleon! Is this the work of a Francophobe Fanatic? A pretty obvious mystery that is still quite entertaining. "The Adventure of the Three Students" - Three students. One Test. Somebody cheated. Holmes, go get'em! "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez" - A case of vision impaired murder. The who of the who done it doesn't know who they did. Does that make any sense? "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter" - What begins as the light story of a missing footballer gets very heavy and dark in the end. I really like how Holmes tracks the bad guy here. "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange" - Untrustworthy heiress', true love, and spousal abuse abound in this delightful mystery. "The Adventure of the Second Stain" - If a missing letter falls into the wrong hands it will mean certain war! A nation's security and a ladies honor hangs in the balance. Is Holmes up to the task? (Spoiler alert: Of course he is.) Great book and free (thanks copyright law!) to boot. If you haven't read Holmes in a while, definitely worth checking out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Özlem

    "The Adventure of the Empty House" ***** "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" **** "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" ***** "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" **** "The Adventure of the Priory School" **** "The Adventure of Black Peter" **** "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" ***** "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" ***** "The Adventure of the Three Students" *** "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-nez" **** "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter" *** "The Adventure of the Abbey Gra "The Adventure of the Empty House" ***** "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" **** "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" ***** "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" **** "The Adventure of the Priory School" **** "The Adventure of Black Peter" **** "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" ***** "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" ***** "The Adventure of the Three Students" *** "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-nez" **** "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter" *** "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange" *** "The Adventure of the Second Stain" *****

  22. 4 out of 5

    Edward

    --The Empty House --The Norwood Builder --The Dancing Men --The Solitary Cyclist --The Priory School --Black Peter --Charles Augustus Milverton --The Six Napoleons --The Three Students --The Golden Pince-Nez --The Missing Three-Quarter --The Abbey Grange --The Second Stain

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    He's Back 6 March 2017 When we last left our fearsome detective he was plummeting to his death having cornered his arch-nemesis Dr Moriarty on the Reisenbarch Falls. Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle (Arty to his friends, and me) had thought that he has seen the last of him and was planning on taking it easy having put the famous detective to rest. Unfortunately that wasn’t going to be the case because we now see the beginning of what has since become the term ‘back by popular demand’. Well, sure, the fans He's Back 6 March 2017 When we last left our fearsome detective he was plummeting to his death having cornered his arch-nemesis Dr Moriarty on the Reisenbarch Falls. Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle (Arty to his friends, and me) had thought that he has seen the last of him and was planning on taking it easy having put the famous detective to rest. Unfortunately that wasn’t going to be the case because we now see the beginning of what has since become the term ‘back by popular demand’. Well, sure, the fans may not have been satisfied with the short stories and couple of novels that had been released, but it seems that Arty had pretty much become sick of Holmes and the only reason that Holmes managed to survive the fall is not just because of public pressure, but because the financial gain that no doubt was heading Arty’s way was quite alluring. Anyway, in the first story we learn that not only had Holmes survived that fateful encounter, but that he had been lying low for quite a while because he wanted to make it appear that he was actually dead. The main reason for that is because Moriatey’s second in command had taken over the organisation and Holmes wanted to bring it to an end without alerting his enemies. Anyway, he manages to do so, and then solves a multitude of other cases and finishes us preventing a European wide war when he steps in and locates a note that the Prime Minister of England had believed that he has lost. Actually, the final adventure in this particular book has the Prime Minister of England coming to Holmes for his assistance. Okay, this collection of short stories appeared around ten years after the previous one so there was no doubt a long time between drinks. Maybe the reason Doyle decided to bring Holmes back from the dead is the same reason that bands from the 80s and earlier do come back tours – they have run out of money. For instance, I saw John Cleese live a year ago and when I mentioned that to a friend he made mention that the only time John Cleese goes on tour is when he runs out of money. Maybe that is why Simon and Garfunkle put aside their differences and went on a world tour (though I suspect that even a rumour of a comeback tour would be enough to set them up for the rest of their lives). The thing is that I really didn’t think all that much of this book. In a sense the things that I loved about Holmes were missing. His cocaine addiction and his brothel visiting habits (as well has being a prize fighter) actually made the character seem really really cool. However, come short story collection number three and all of the sudden he seems to be little more than a cardboard figure that seems to have no personality beyond being able to solve crimes. Okay, they are short stories, and the audience most likely wanted more of these short, easy to digest, crime stories, but I personsally wanted something a little more. Further, the cleverness of some of the stories that appeared in the first couple of collections no longer seem to be the case here – they are just good old murder mysteries. Well, not all of them, but there is at least one dead body appearing in most of the stories. Interestingly Inspector LeStrade makes an appearance now. The only reason that LeStrade comes to mind was because he appeared in an adventure game that I played as a kid called, not surprisingly, Sherlock Holmes. I was a bit baffled as to the significance of this character, but my Dad pointed out that he was a police officer that would always come to the wrong conclusions. Mind you, he didn’t come across as bumbling in that sense, rather lazy. Anyway, two more to go (and a re-read of Hounds of the Baskervilles), but I think I’ll put my next dose of Sherlock Holmes on hold for a little while.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Courtney (bookplaces)

    I greatly enjoyed this collection of Sherlock Holmes cases! As always, the stories were intriguing, thought-provoking, and original. Personally, I enjoyed these exploits more than either the Adventures or the Memoirs! Sherlock is cleverly brought back, he has quit cocaine, and gets engaged! He is as dramatic and conceided as ever, even going so far as to cover up crimes and establish his own justice to the results of his findings. Sherlock and Watson return to living in the iconic rooms of 221b I greatly enjoyed this collection of Sherlock Holmes cases! As always, the stories were intriguing, thought-provoking, and original. Personally, I enjoyed these exploits more than either the Adventures or the Memoirs! Sherlock is cleverly brought back, he has quit cocaine, and gets engaged! He is as dramatic and conceided as ever, even going so far as to cover up crimes and establish his own justice to the results of his findings. Sherlock and Watson return to living in the iconic rooms of 221b Baker Street and Lestrade even comes back to play.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I will never tire of the adventures of Holmes and Watson. Such classic tales, such wit and humor and such clever deductions to solve mysteries quite strange, especially for their time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Borup

    Reading this collection felt, at times, like being beaten over the head by Arthur Conan Doyle, while he shouted, "IS THAT WHAT YOU WANTED? HUH? YOU COULDN'T LET ME KILL OFF YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER SO YOU HARASSED ME UNTIL I BROUGHT HIM BACK AND LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE NOW???" Okay, admittedly, the stories weren't THAT bad. And yet you can clearly tell how bored of Sherlock Holmes Conan Doyle truly is. He's brought back that word I hate with force ("SINGULAR!!!"), but even I could forgive that if he Reading this collection felt, at times, like being beaten over the head by Arthur Conan Doyle, while he shouted, "IS THAT WHAT YOU WANTED? HUH? YOU COULDN'T LET ME KILL OFF YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER SO YOU HARASSED ME UNTIL I BROUGHT HIM BACK AND LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE NOW???" Okay, admittedly, the stories weren't THAT bad. And yet you can clearly tell how bored of Sherlock Holmes Conan Doyle truly is. He's brought back that word I hate with force ("SINGULAR!!!"), but even I could forgive that if he, perhaps, gave Sherlock and Watson any kind of character arc WHAT. SO. EVER. Here he is, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with one of the most interesting characters in literature ever created, and he succeeds in doing absolutely NOTHING with the character of Sherlock Holmes. He creates some mysterious case for Holmes to solve to appease his fans and that's pretty much it. We never learn a single new thing about Holmes, or Watson, and he never grows or is affected by the cases he studies... What's the point? Especially since we know that the only criminal to have ever been Sherlock's equal was Moriarty, who was KILLED OFF after appearing in just one short story. So we know Holmes will never be challenged. He probably knows as well. Hell, I'm surprised he gave up the cocaine. And WATSON. What the hell is wrong with that guy? As if listening to him fawn over Sherlock Holmes like a puppy wasn't annoying enough, his relationship with women is just horrendous. He met and married Mary Morstan in "The Sign of the Four," and then tidily swept her away from his life. He maybe mentioned her once or twice before casually inferring--INFERRING--that his wife died, AND THEN NEVER MENTIONING HER AGAIN. He moves back in with Holmes and proceeds to wax poetic about every pretty woman they come across. Arthur Conan Doyle has effectively turned Dr. Watson into an asshole. Ugh. This book bugged me to no end, mostly because of how incredible it COULD have been. I might not read the next ones. My advice to anyone wanting to read Sherlock Holmes is to read "A Study in Scarlet," "The Sign of the Four," "The Hound of the Baskervilles," and "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes." And then simply stop and keep your memories of the greatest detective whom ever lived unsullied and delightful.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tara♥

    I'm listening to Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection narrated by Stephen Fry and this is the sixth book in the collection. Part 4 - Chapter 10 to 21 Part 5 - Chapter 1 -2 The Adventure of the Empty House: Chapter 11 5 stars Epic return! I could only imagine how happy Sherlock Holmes fans were with this story 12 years after his 'death'. I was excited and only had to wait a week (while The Hound of the Baskervilles was published after Holmes' death the story took place way before The I'm listening to Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection narrated by Stephen Fry and this is the sixth book in the collection. Part 4 - Chapter 10 to 21 Part 5 - Chapter 1 -2 The Adventure of the Empty House: Chapter 11 5 stars Epic return! I could only imagine how happy Sherlock Holmes fans were with this story 12 years after his 'death'. I was excited and only had to wait a week (while The Hound of the Baskervilles was published after Holmes' death the story took place way before The Adventure of the Final Problem) and it was a stressful week. :D I loved his reasoning and I LOVED Watson's reaction to him being back and I just really loved everything about it. One of the best! The Adventure of the Norwood Builder: Chapter 12 5 stars This collection already feels far superior to the earlier collections. I loved the earlier collections so this makes me very excited. I really enjoyed this adventure. Will Lestrade ever learn though? I thought after The Adventure of the Empty House: he was going to stop questioning and challenging Holmes but this proved me wrong. I honestly think that everyone who questions him so openly or annoys him be stating how easy it to come to these conclusions once he explains them (I'm looking at you my dear Watson) deserves his ridicule because shouldn't we all just know by now? The Adventure of the Dancing Men: Chapter 13 5 stars Well that just made me sad. I loved the use of ciphers in this story and I'm actually kind of shocked that this was the first real case with them. It was a complicated business listening to Holmes explain them via audio and would probably me better suited to reading so this is definitely one of the stories I plan to reread in the future. I got a good idea though and it again really shows off Holmes' analytical mind. I found the conclusion to be a little bit flat but I think I was still bummed out be the tragic events that proceeded it so I'll stick with 5 stars. The hopelessness of it put me in mind of A Study in Scarlet which is still one of my favourite Holmes tales even though it frightfully depressing. The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist: Chapter 14 3 stars This is actually a tale that could have done with being shorter in my opinion. I liked the overall feel to it but it did drag out. Holmes absolutely set Watson up in this adventure. He sent him off to investigate and we all know he was never going to do it right. Holmes' smack down had me stitches. He is hilarious. “Your hiding-place, my dear Watson, was very faulty. You should have been behind the hedge; then you would have had a close view of this interesting person. As it is you were some hundreds of yards away, and can tell me even less than Miss Smith. She thinks she does not know the man; I am convinced she does. Why, otherwise, should he be so desperately anxious that she should not get so near him as to see his features? You describe him as bending over the handle-bar. Concealment again, you see. You really have done remarkably badly. He returns to the house and you want to find out who he is. You come to a London house-agent!” “What should I have done?” I cried, with some heat. “Gone to the nearest public-house. That is the centre of country gossip. They would have told you every name, from the master to the scullery-maid. Williamson! It conveys nothing to my mind. If he is an elderly man he is not this active cyclist who sprints away from that athletic young lady’s pursuit. What have we gained by your expedition? The knowledge that the girl’s story is true. I never doubted it. That there is a connection between the cyclist and the Hall. I never doubted that either. That the Hall is tenanted by Williamson. Who’s the better for that? Well, well, my dear sir, don’t look so depressed. We can do little more until next Saturday, and in the meantime I may make one or two inquiries myself.” And you won't catch me feeling sorry for Watson because he is forever going on about how simple a thing is after Holmes explains. If things are so simple he should be able to conduct a proper investigation by now. :D Also, how creepy were all the men in this story? The Adventure of the Priory School: Chapter 15 4 stars I liked this one even though it was a bit convoluted at times. I especially enjoyed the reaming out of it that Holmes gave the Duke. The way Holmes doesn't bow down to the upper echelon is one of my favourite things about him. In fact I think the higher they are the more likely he will be rude to them. Of course it must be noted that the higher these people are on a social standing the ruder they seem to be to begin with and he does so enjoy bringing people like that down a peg or six. The Adventure of Black Peter: Chapter 16 3 stars This one left me a little cold but Hopkins was pleasant enough and he had a great way of revering Holmes. He did get side tracked there for a bit but he got told off and I'm sure he would never do such a thing again. “Oh, yes, my dear Watson, I am perfectly satisfied. At the same time Stanley Hopkins’s methods do not commend themselves to me. I am disappointed in Stanley Hopkins. I had hoped for better things from him. One should always look for a possible alternative and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation.” The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton: Chapter 17 5 stars What an absolutely odious little man. Seeing both Holmes and Watson's moral grey area was wonderful and I'd love to see more. The Adventure of the Six Napoleons: Chapter 18 4 stars For some reason this is one of the stories I know the best. I know it was featured in the TV show Sherlock which I've seen a million times but so are many other adventures so I've no idea why this one is so clear. I think maybe I just found the reasoning particularly clever. The Adventure of the Three Students: Chapter 19 2 stars Not a favourite to be honest. It felt a bit silly truth be told. The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez: Chapter 20 3 stars Another odious little man involved in this adventure but one that didn't get punished. That annoyed me. Hopkins makes another appearance which was nice as I like him. I will say that I'm noticing Holmes to be an awful lot more aggressive in this collection especially in these later stories. I'm left wondering if Doyle went this route in a passive aggressive stance to the general public who insisted he bring Holmes back or if it's that transition from him identifying with Holmes and seeing himself more like Watson. Either way it's fascinating and I hope I can continue to remember the Holmes from the earlier works as I found him much more interesting and much easier to forgive his back handed compliments and general superiority. The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter: Chapter 21 4 stars Jesus!! I had to put my sunglasses on at the end of this one while there was no sun out because I was having a proper cry. Very bleak. Very bleak indeed. How did it get so dark so quickly? I'm very upset!! :( Poor, poor, poor Godfrey! The Adventure of the Abbey Grange: Chapter 1 5 stars I'm pretty sure my love of morally grey Holmes and Watson says something bad about me but I really like these ones. "There was a scandal about his drenching a dog with petroleum and setting it on fire—her ladyship’s dog." I felt little to no sympathy for our victim after reading this so I was delighted to see Holmes acting like a decent human being. The Adventure of the Second Stain: Chapter 2 4 stars This is one of the more well known and celebrated stories and it was very good but not my favourite. I personally much preferred The Adventure of the Abbey Grange. _____________________________________ I did enjoy this collection but as mentioned above I find Holmes to be an awful lot more aggressive and self important in these later collections. It makes sense I suppose since I'm sure Arthur Conan Doyle felt like he had no choice but to bring Holmes back but I suspect that these are the stories that give Holmes the reputation as being 'superior'. The lack of explanation about Mary is puzzling as well.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Full review available at: warmdayswillnevercease.wordpress.com I love Conan Doyle’s writing style. It’s quick, witty, funny, and gripping. The stories are never slow and boring and the cases presented to the reader are fun and thrilling. Some of Holmes’ cases are more serious than others but I enjoyed how Conan Doyle mixed humorous cases with more important ones as it makes the book more interesting. As this book is a collection of short stories I found that it took me a long time to read because Full review available at: warmdayswillnevercease.wordpress.com I love Conan Doyle’s writing style. It’s quick, witty, funny, and gripping. The stories are never slow and boring and the cases presented to the reader are fun and thrilling. Some of Holmes’ cases are more serious than others but I enjoyed how Conan Doyle mixed humorous cases with more important ones as it makes the book more interesting. As this book is a collection of short stories I found that it took me a long time to read because I would finish a story and put the book down for months. However, I really liked that I could put this book in my bag and read it on the train without being worried about not fully engaging with the overarching plot. My favourite short stories from this collection are ‘The Dancing Men’, ‘The Six Napoleons’, and ‘The Second Stain’. These are the cases that really caught my imagination and they’re the ones I remember the most, even three months after completing the book. I didn’t really dislike anything about this collection, except for how long it took me to read 13 short stories. The only reason I’ve given it 4/5 is because I enjoyed some of the other Sherlock Holmes books more than I enjoyed this one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle was originally published in 1905. Doyle had tired of his famous sleuth before this and killed him off in 1893 in The Adventure of the Final Problem. Due to outcry, he released The Hound of the Baskervilles and a number of short stories featuring Holmes. This book contains 13 excellent short stories with the first, The Empty House bringing Holmes back to Watson and includes his explanation of how he survived the battle of Reichenbach Falls, all The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle was originally published in 1905. Doyle had tired of his famous sleuth before this and killed him off in 1893 in The Adventure of the Final Problem. Due to outcry, he released The Hound of the Baskervilles and a number of short stories featuring Holmes. This book contains 13 excellent short stories with the first, The Empty House bringing Holmes back to Watson and includes his explanation of how he survived the battle of Reichenbach Falls, all very interesting. I enjoyed the collection, every story was well-crafted, tightly woven and entertaining to read. I always like Holmes' crime solutions and these stories had this excellent quality. I don't think I had a favourite, each was a tidy, entertaining story and had an interesting cast of characters. You can see why Sherlock Holmes is such a world-wide favourite sleuth. Great stuff. (4 stars)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dani Jade

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 short stories. It is my fifth Sherlock Holmes book and my third of the short story collection. This one was the longest with one more story than the previous 2 collections. It didn't grab me quite as much as the other 2 collections and I can't say I absolutely loved it, but I did thoroughly enjoy the majority of it. The 13 stories are: - The Adventure of the Empty House - The Adventure of the Norwood Builder - The Adventure of the Dancing Men - The The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 short stories. It is my fifth Sherlock Holmes book and my third of the short story collection. This one was the longest with one more story than the previous 2 collections. It didn't grab me quite as much as the other 2 collections and I can't say I absolutely loved it, but I did thoroughly enjoy the majority of it. The 13 stories are: - The Adventure of the Empty House - The Adventure of the Norwood Builder - The Adventure of the Dancing Men - The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist - The Adventure of the Priory School - The Adventure of Black Peter - The Adventure of the Charles Augustus Milverton - The Adventure of the Six Napoleons - The Adventure of the Three Students - The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez - The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter - The Adventure of the Abbey Grange - The Adventure of the Second Stain

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