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His Last Bow (Sherlock Holmes Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh and studied medicine. He began writing while he waited for his practice to grow and, with 1887's "A Study in Scarlet," created Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous literary characters of all time. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and wrote a book on spiritualism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 60 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082XIF5Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'. He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes.

He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. He was a passionate advocate of many causes, ranging from divorce law reform and the Channel Tunnel to the issuing of inflatable life-jackets to sailors. He also campaigned to prove the innocence of individuals, and his work on the Edjalji case was instrumental in the introduction of the Court of Criminal Appeal. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and later in life became a convert to spiritualism.

His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. Penguin publish all the books about the great detective, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.

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The Last Bow contains 7 Sherlock Holmes stories, published sporadically between 1908 and 1917, then collected and released as a book in 1917. The Valley of Fear was also published in this period but released as a separate book. This particular collection also includes the 1893 story The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, often omitted from the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes as it was considered too racy at the time it was originally written.

The adventures included here are:

The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
Teh Adventure of the Cardboard Box
The Adventure of the Red Circle
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
The Adventure of the Dying Detective
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
His Last Bow

It's another entertaining set of adventures from the pen of Conan Doyle, and finds Holmes investigating a seemingly incomprehensible practical joke with far reaching ramifications in the adventure of Wisteria Lodge, saving the Nation's naval prestige in the adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans, on the verge of death in the Dying Detective, embroiled in a mysterious and terrifying case in Cornwall in the adventure of the Devil's Foot, and thwarting the evil hun on the eve of the first world wart in His Last Bow. Some more than others push his deductive reasoning to the fore, some are merely adventures full of suspense and action. All are a delight to read, and there is not a weak story here.

Derek Jacobi's full text reading, on 8 discs, is a real pleasure. It is the next best thing to reading the actual book. Jacobi provides a great narrating voice, slipping into the role of Watson relating events perfectly. You almost feel as though you are sat next to Watson in his club as he reminisces on his adventures with his friend Holmes. It's masterful. I enjoyed listening to this immensely, and look forward to getting more in the series. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - His Last Bow | Review 13 Oct. 2013
Here, we have a collection of eight classic short stories featuring the world-renowned investigator Sherlock Holmes and his faithful chronicler, Dr. John Watson M.D. I'm quite the fan of Sir Arthur's short stories, because each one is as good as a novel and they're the perfect length to read on the bus, in the bath or before going to bed.

Here, you'll discover severed human ears, strange diseases and even Holmes' brother Mycroft, a man who possesses the same unique mental talents but who has a completely different personality. Mycroft is many Holmes fans' favourite character, and with good reason - he's also not featured in much of Conan Doyle's work, so you should leap at the chance to meet him while you can. It's said of Mycroft that "all other men are specialists, but his specialism is omniscience".

While this is one of Conan Doyle's later Holmes books, the beauty of it is that you can read in any order and still enjoy the series. This short story collection is a great place to start.
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2.0 out of 5 stars HLB the story, not HLB the collection 19 July 2014
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This rating is not for the content of the book, which as a Doyle fan I rate highly, but for the fact that it is falsly described as 'His Last Bow' the collection consisting of seven short stories, whereas it is actually just the individual story titled His Last Bow. This would not be a problem except the description says it lasts 198 pages. This is clearly misleading. Don't waste your time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but lacking 28 May 2014
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Although well written (yet short) with all the quality you would expect from Conan Doyle it doesn't feel like Sherlock Holmes.

There is no detective work or genius it almost feels like the last scene of a larger book, like I've skipped to the end.

Can't argue at the price though
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 26 April 2014
By Fum
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Worth getting if you are a sherlock holmes fan and want to read all the old stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His Last Bow 17 Sept. 2013
By CarolM
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Wonderful stories, I do love Arthur Conan Doyle's books and Sherlock particularly. I have no fallen in love with the BBC Sherlock too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exelent reading 4 Sept. 2013
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As always Conan Doyle logic and great plots would do much for this worlds thinking. The fact that his character S.H is using mental yoga, which is rarely found in today's people is a great joy for those who practise this art themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Sherlock! 28 Feb. 2013
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I can't believe I'm nearing the end of Sherlock's adventures. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to read afterwards that will match this series
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