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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (The Oxford Sherlock Holmes) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1303 KB
  • Print Length: 447 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0192835084
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK (30 Sept. 1993)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OQGZK4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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I'm fortunate enough to have the complete OUP paperback edition of Sherlock Holmes. The whole lot. I bought them when they first came out.

I am stunned, however,to see the price of just one of these paperbacks now - £19.40p. How can this be justified? I don't want the kindle edition. I want a new paperback.

Time was when OUP published classics at reasonable prices. This is now extortion. It's even more unforgiveable in an age of print-on-demand books when the price could be much cheaper.

This is a disgrace. OUP need to wake up and rethink what they're doing.
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By A Customer on 9 Nov. 1999
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A good book ,could do with more pictures but non the less a good book
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HASH(0x920eaa68) out of 5 stars The best of the Holmes short stories 16 Aug. 2004
By Godly Gadfly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although he also wrote several novels featuring the world's greatest fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, it was especially in his short stories that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle perfected the Holmes formula. And of the five collections of Holmes short stories (about a dozen in each collection), "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (published in 1892) was the first and is easily the most popular and best of the five. It contains all except one of the five all-time most popular short stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon (A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-headed League, The Blue Carbuncle, and The Speckled Band), as well as some other gems like The Five Orange Pips. For newcomers to Holmes, this there is no better place to start than with the dozen stories that comprise "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". And for long-time fans, these are old favorites worth reading again and again.

Here's a list of the stories in this collection (with the better stories marked with stars):

***A Scandal in Bohemia, 1891 - The very first and one of the top five Sherlock Holmes short stories. After some brilliant detective work involving disguises and acting, Holmes is outwitted by the woman Irene Adler in his quest to help the hereditary king of Bohemia regain a scandalous photograph from her.

***The Red-headed League, 1891 - Generally regarded as all-time second best Sherlock Holmes story, this bizarre tale features a pawnbroker who is paid money to join the mysterious Red-Headed League and copy out Encyclopedia Britannica, as part of an ingenious scheme to rob a bank.

A Case of Identity, 1891 - Holmes solves the mystery of Mary Sutherland's fiance who disappears on the morning of his wedding, unmasking it as scheme hatched by her greedy step-father.

The Boscombe Valley Mystery, 1891 - Charles McCarthy's son seems the obvious murderer of his father after a violent quarrel, so it is up to Holmes to show that the murder has its real roots in the Australian past of the dead man and his landlord.

**The Five Orange Pips, 1891 - One of Doyle's personal favorites, this tale recounts the death of two men, both preceded by the arrival of five mysterious orange pips. In one of his few failures, Holmes connects the events to the Ku Klux Klan, but not soon enough to prevent another death.

*The Man with the Twisted Lip, 1891 - A baffling mystery about Mr. Neville St. Clair who disappears from a room into thin air, and a professional beggar who is the suspected murderer.

***The Blue Carbuncle, 1892 - Another favorite all-time top 5 Holmes story, as Holmes unravels how a blue diamond ended up inside the goose intended for Mr. Henry Baker's Christmas dinner.

***The Speckled Band, 1892 - Universally regarded as the most popular short story in the Sherlock Holmes canon, and easily one of the more suspenseful and chilling. The engaged Helen Stoner is terrified when she hears the same strange whistling that preceded the death of her twin sister in a locked bedroom shortly before her wedding. Her step-father Dr. Grimesby Roylott, a evil and greedy man with a passion for exotic pets like his cheetah and baboon, is the suspected villain - but how could he do it? The only clue are the mysterious words of Helen's dying sister about "speckled band"...

The Engineer's Thumb, 1892 - Victor Hatherley, a hydraulic engineer, is offered a lucrative contract to go to a secret location at night to fix a fuller's earth press, but why does he lose his thumb and nearly his life in the process? As Holmes says to the engineer about the missing thumb: "Indirectly it may be of value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the reputation of being excellent company for the remainder of your existence."

The Noble Bachelor, 1892 - When Lord St. Simon's new American wife goes missing shortly after their wedding, it is up to Holmes to find both her and the reason for her disappearance,

The Beryl Coronet - Expensive jewels are mysteriously damaged in the home of a wealthy banker, his ill-reputed son the prime suspect.

The Copper Beeches, 1892 - Violet Hunter is paid an exorbitant sum to be a governness at a house called The Copper Beeches. Her employment includes some strange stipulations, such as cutting her hair short and wearing a particular blue dress - but why?

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HASH(0x92158480) out of 5 stars ... whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth 20 Oct. 2005
By Henry Cate III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In college I went through a phase where I read all the Sherlock Holmes stories. Once I got started reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, I didn't want to stop. It was sad when I read the last story.

Now years later it was fun to read them again. I enjoy the Sherlock Holmes short stories more than one of the novels. For me one of the most enjoyable parts of a Sherlock Holmes story is reading about what happened, and then reading how Sherlock Holmes solved the problem. A collection of short stories provides this experience many times.

This collection has many classics. It has the famous line "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." (The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet.)

It is also interesting to see what life was like in England 100 years ago. They had the underground, but use carriages, there was lots of travel by train, and life in general was a bit rougher than today.

If you haven't read any Sherlock Holmes stories, this is a good place to start.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x925a3840) out of 5 stars Perfect Stories! Perfect Adventures! 4 Jan. 2005
By Shirley Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For those who love mystery stories this combined anthology of all of Sherlock Holmes Adventures and short stories is a desert island book for sure. Conan Doyle was THE author who developed the mystery genre as we know it today! His works are pure classics and each one is a masterpiece. Individual reviews could be done on all of the short stories and each of the novelettes, but it is so much nicer to have the works all in one reference volume. Conan Doyle has reached that enviable position where most authors want to be - his hero has been immortalized and there is probably no one in any of the literate countries that has not heard of Sherlock Holmes. Not too bad for an author that started these stories in penny newsprint editions! I could go on and on and write highlights from each of the stories, but that would spoil your fun when you delve in and begin to read or reread them again.
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HASH(0x92687b64) out of 5 stars One of the best books ever put together! 21 Mar. 1999
By Diana Crass - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had a hard time putting this book down! I really enjoyed these stories starring Holmes and Watson. I would strongly recommend this book to others.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9265563c) out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 22 Nov. 2005
By Trevor Kettlewell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You can see why this detective model has been copied so many times: these short stories are the hour episodes of today's ubiquitous crime shows. Doyle manages a wonderful balance between intellectually entertaining crime solving, character development of Holmes and Watson, action, and turnover of each tale's novel guests and events.
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