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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (18 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755334434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755334438
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even in the gloom of a London fog, Sherlock Homes sees and observes everything ...

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh on 22 May 1859, one of seven children who survived to adulthood. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where he started to write short stories. His most famous character, Sherlock Holmes, first appeared in A Study in Scarlet in 1887.

After the death of his first wife, Louise Hawkins, with whom he had a son and a daughter, he went on to marry Jean Leckie in 1907 and they had two sons and a daughter. He died in 1930.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 April 2013
Format: Paperback
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
The 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. 5 stars.
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His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

His Last Bow was the penultimate collection of Sherlock Holmes stories that Conan Doyle published. It also has the shortest number of stories than any of the other collections - seven or eight stories, depending on the edition you read. The collection was published in 1917. The original publication included seven stories written between 1908 and 1917 but later editions included an earlier story The Adventure of the Cardboard Box which had first been published in The Strand Magazine in 1892. It's rightful place should have been in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes published in 1894 but owing to it's rather gruesome storyline and controversial subject matter it was left out. Presumably, by the time His Last Bow saw print the story was considered more favorable to the public taste and was included to fill out the collection. Most editions of Memoirs now include it there rather than His Last Bow (the edition I read was The Oxford World's Classics edition, which did not include it, and I had to seek it out on-line (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2344/2344-h/2344-h.htm) although to my mind it is one of the weaker of the Holmes stories).

The other stories are a mixed bag. By the time he came to write them Conan Doyle had come to accept that he would never be able to escape from his greatest fictional creation. He had tried to kill him off, but to no avail. The reading public wanted more Sherlock Holmes and he had to bring him back. At the time he wrote these seven stories he had an more favorable arrangement with The Strand Magazine. He did not have to write a certain number of Holmes stories per year, but the more flexible agreement to write 'occasional Holmes stories'.
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Super Reader 6 Aug. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Last? No more? Bee-keeping? Humph. Anyway, His Last Bow is a story with Holmes involved in some activity of a more patriotic nature, leading up to World War One, which is of course the era that this was written in. There are several more cases here collected

The Bruce-Partington plans is a personal favorite, as again we encounter Sherlock's smarter brother, Mycroft.

His Last Bow : 1 The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge - Arthur Conan Doyle
His Last Bow : 2 The Adventure of the Cardboard Box - Arthur Conan Doyle
His Last Bow : 3 The Adventure of the Red Circle - Arthur Conan Doyle
His Last Bow : 4 The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans - Arthur Conan Doyle
His Last Bow : 5 The Adventure of the Dying Detective - Arthur Conan Doyle
His Last Bow : 6 The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax - Arthur Conan Doyle
His Last Bow : 7 The Adventure of the Devil's Foot - Arthur Conan Doyle
His Last Bow : 8 His Last Bow - Arthur Conan Doyle
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WHERE'S THE REST OF IT!? 25 Dec. 2013
By Corey W. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I put this on my Christmas list under the impression(which Amazon reviews gave me) that there were 8 Sherlock Holmes adventures within these pages, which would complete my collection of Doyle's original canon. But I open to the first page looking for a table of contents, and all I found was ONE story entitled "His Last Bow", Someone was charged nine dollars for this? When I opened it, that person told me they had seen thicker COLORING BOOKS! The advertising of this book promised me Wisteria Lodge, The Cardboard Box, The Second Stain, The Dying Detective, and Red Circle. But all but the last story is missing.
Don't order this so-called collection, you'll be cheated!
The Scientific Investigation of Crimes 28 Nov. 2012
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
His Last Bow, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

These are the next to last of the series of short stories about Sherlock Holmes. Some are set before the Great War, the last takes place in 1914. Holmes is retired and refused to take on any more cases, preferring to live out his years in a small rural village. [Where strangers stand out.]

* The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge. Mr. Scott Eccles visits Holmes about his "grotesque experience". The police question Eccles about a murder! Eccles tells Holmes about this experience. Holmes goes to investigate. There is a link to another mansion, then a break in the case. Inspector Baynes explains his method. The governess explains the hidden mystery. Later they learn of two deaths in Madrid. Justice was served.
* The Adventure of the Cardboard Box. Miss Cushing received a package in the mail: two human ears! Lestrade calls Holmes to investigate this crime. Holmes later sends a note to Lestrade and a man is arrested. There is a confesson. Jealousy and anger caused three deaths.
* The Adventure of the Red Circle. Mrs. Warren visits Holmes to tell about a lodger who stays in his rooms in seclusion. Holmes deduces a reason for these actions. Holmes sees a signal, meets Gregson, and they enter a room to find a body. A woman explains the mystery behind the conspiracy.
* The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans. Holmes received a telegram from his brother Mycroft about a matter of state security. A clerk was found dead, he had technical papers on a secret weapon. Holmes investigates, then devises a plan to trap the guilty party. It works, and a letter is mailed to catch his accomplice and the rest of the secret papers.

* The Adventure of the Dying Detective. The now married Watson is called to attend to a very sick Holmes. Holmes has caught a strange disease known in Sumatra, and asks Watson to call upon a man who is an expert. This man visits Holmes. Alone, he boasts about what he did. Inspector Morton arrives to make the arrest. Another disguised murder solved.
* The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax. Holmes asks Watson to visit Lausanne and inquire about Lady Carfax; she has suddenly disappeared. A rough Englishman is also looking for her. They trace Carfax to a couple who returned to London. They are preparing for a funeral. Holmes inspects the coffin and finds a very old lady! The next morning Holmes returned to discover the truth and rescue Carfax.
* The Adventure of the Devil's Foot. Holmes had to take a vacation due to constant hard work so they went to Cornwall. He learns of a family tragedy where the sister died and her two brothers went mad overnight! The next day the remaining brother died of the same symptoms at his home! Holmes investigated this fresh scene. Later he talked to a relative of the family who told of the hidden facts behind the deaths. The mystery is solved informally.
* His Last Bow. Von Bork is a German secret agent who knows how to blend in with English society. Tonight his spy Altamont will bring the entire secret British signals code - for a price. Can anything go wrong? Holmes was asked by the Prime Minister to learn why things were going wrong and took this last job. Holmes foiled the work of this enemy agent and captured him as a prisoner. But the east wind will be cold and bitter soon. Holmes must hurry to cash a check. [Usually payments to spies are made in untraceable cash.]
Pretty Good 21 Dec. 2008
By R. Gandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a big Sherlock Holmes fan and have read all of his stories. This book doesn't particularly add to the Holmes legacy, but it was still good to read for us who are permanent fans of Sherlock Holmes.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The particularly analytical ability Sherlock Holmes has 16 Mar. 2009
By Guang Wu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I admire the particularly analytical ability Sherlock Holmes has, and often think if I can learn it. However, this time, after reading these stories so many times, I feel that I might not need to learn it to improve myself because this particularly analytical ability is used to solve the problems in the past, but I need the ability to solve my problems for my future.
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