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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Dover Thrift Editions) [Paperback]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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27 Aug 2010 Dover Thrift Editions
Eleven of the best and most popular tales of the immortal sleuth include "Silver Blaze," concerning the "curious incident of the dog in the night-time"; "The Greek Interpreter," starring Holmes' even more formidable brother, Mycroft; and "The Final Problem," the detective's notorious confrontation with arch-criminal Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Reprint edition (27 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780486477831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486477831
  • ASIN: 0486477835
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holmes [is] still discussed, revered and cherished across the world (Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A collection of gripping cases that culminates in the most shocking of all - the notorious, fatal encounter between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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If you pick up a copy of a Sherlock Holmes book, you know that it's going to be good - that's a given. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective is one of the best-known and best-loved characters in classical fiction, and that's quite the achievement. First published in 1894, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is typical of a Sherlock Holmes collection in that it contains twelve short stories.

Two of the stories do stand out though - Silver Blaze and The Final Problem, two stories which don't actually involve a client. In Silver Blaze, the great detective investigates the disappearance of a race horse and the murder of its trainer, the night before an important event - it's also the short story which inspired the name of Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'.

The Final Problem, meanwhile, is one of Conan Doyle's most famous short stories, featuring the notorious Professor Moriarty and ending with Holmes' apparent death at the Reichenbach Falls. Conan Doyle later resurrected his creation due to overwhelming demand from the public. I'm not aware of that ever happening either before or since, although I'm sure it has.

If you're looking for somewhere to start, there's no better place to start than The Memoirs of the Sherlock Holmes. It was written during Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's golden period during the latter years of the 19th century. Detective stories don't get much better than this, you can keep your modern crime thrillers - they just don't make 'em like they used to, more's the pity. The world could use another man like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, just without the weird obsession with spirituality he developed during his final years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More tales of Holmes 18 Sep 2010
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous sleuth really doesn't need any introduction -- Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective who can uncover the deeper layers of seemingly simply crimes, and unravel the intricacies of impossible ones. "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" is another round of exceptional mysteries, including the infamous one in which Holmes seemingly meets his death. Spoilers below.

When a famous horse in the Wessex Cup races vanishes, Holmes decides to go solve the case, along with Watson... and quickly discovers that it's not a simple case of theft. Then "The Case of the Yellow Face" comes up when a man asks Holmes to get to the bottom of his wife's weird behavior and strange yellow-faced visitor -- and even Holmes may not fully grasp what is going on.

Among the other cases: a client who suddenly commits suicide, an old man with a guilty secret, an ancient riddle that may have caused a servant's death, a sinister father-son team, a bizarre locked-room murder with the word "David," a man forced to interpret Greek for a sinister kidnapping gang, and a stolen naval treaty.

And in "The Final Problem," the evil Professor Moriarty tries to kill Holmes to keep the detective from bringing down his criminal network, with disastrous results. Don't worry, the shocking ending isn't quite as... well, shocking as it seems.

"The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" is a little more varied than Doyle's previous Sherlock Holmes collection, and it also has an ending that shocked his reading audiences. Namely: Holmes dies. Don't worry, readers nagged Doyle into bringing him back to life, but it's pretty startling since we're used to the good guy triumphing over all.

And as usual, Doyle crafts two kinds of crimes/mysteries -- the ones that are ultra-simple but turn out to have hidden kinks, and the ones that seem impossible to solve but are actually shockingly simple. And something rather startling happens in "The Adventure of the Yellow Face": Holmes screws up. You don't see that very often. The only problem is that the cases are rather less colorful and gripping than "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'."

Doyle also shows the perils of Holmes' job in this one -- he has kind of a nervous breakdown and gets sick from overwork, and needs a vacation that (of course) is interrupted by more cases. Additionally, we get some glimpses into both Holmes and Watson's back histories, such as Holmes' college days and Watson's time in the military.

"The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" is a suitably baffling string of mysteries, with plenty of weird twists and crimes -- including the ultimate one at the end.
4.0 out of 5 stars who doesnt like Sherlock 15 Mar 2014
By Sarah M. Roth - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought these as a gift and the person loved it. When you are getting a gift that is all that really matters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 19 Dec 2013
By Riss - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a cheap but delightful little book; lovely intro to the Sherlock Holmes universe.

I wasn't sure I wanted to buy it but I'm glad I did.

The pages are, well cheap but for the price it really was a pleasant surprise
5.0 out of 5 stars Games a Foot 19 Oct 2013
By Abbot - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like Sherlock Holmes then Conan Doyle is at his best here. It's a collection of stories on par with The Hound of the Baskervilles. Five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 2 Sep 2013
By Wombat Ten Hoopen - Published on Amazon.com
This is one fantastic book. If you read books at all does not matter whether you just started or read o a lot this is a superb read for anybody.
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