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  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141040289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141040288
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 5.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holmes is a mesmerising creation and Conan Doyle a master storyteller (The Times)

The immense talent, passion and literary brilliance that Conan Doyle brought to his work gives him a unique place in English letters... Personally, I'd walk a million in tight boots just to read his letters to the milkman. (Stephen Fry)

Why do people still read Sherlock Holmes in an age of DNA testing and electron microscopes? It's elementary. Holmes has a timeless intelligence that puts him head, shoulders and deer-stalker above all other detectives (Alexander McCall Smith)

I read every Sherlock Holmes story...they have certainly found a permanent place in English literature (Winston Churchill)

The world's most famous detective (Ruth Rendell)

The brilliance of the stories lies in the relationship between Holmes and Watson, which is both funny and touching (Jonathan Coe)

Now, as in his lifetime, cab drivers, statesmen, academics, and raggedy-arsed children sit spellbound at his feet... No wonder, then, if the pairing of Holmes and Watson has triggered more imitators than any other duo in literature (John Le Carre)

About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where he became the clerk to a surgeon whose diagnostic methods provided the model for the science of deduction perfected by Sherlock Holmes. He set up as a doctor and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. Sherlock Holmes first appeared in A Study in Scarlet (1887). The Holmes stories soon attracted such a following that Conan Doyle felt the character overshadowed his other work. In The Final Problem (1893) Conan Doyle killed him off, but was obliged by public demand to restore the detective to life.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Chang on 19 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book makes a great gift, as it's a nicely bound hardback edition. It is also convenient to have the entire Holmes canon to hand in a single volume. I was rather disappointed to find that it was unillustrated though, and find the print slightly on the small side. It's also not a book for reading in bed, or carrying on the tube! Armchair / fireside reading only!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Faize on 12 July 2010
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I love detective stories and I watched most of different Sherlock Holmes tv series, but never read the book before. I must say that the stories are a lot better than on tv and cinema. They are brilliant and to be able to have all in one book is even better. Thanks to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for writing and thanks to Penguin for publishing them all together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Electric Writer on 10 Feb. 2014
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This is primarily a technical review for Kindle version of The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.

Unusually for Penguin, the Kindle formatting is perfect (Penguin books usually mess up the right-hand justification with "ragged" text). Sadly, the "real page numbers" are completely off. The print version of this book has 1136 pages (see the The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes paperback listing), whereas the Kindle version only indicates 811. At the time of writing, "Page 1" begins with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, completely ignoring A Study In Scarlet and The Sign of the Four. The final page number (811) is the first page of The Adventure of the Six Napoleons in The Return of Sherlock Holmes. For the rest of the book there are no "real page numbers".

To summarise, the "real page numbers" run as follows on the "Go To" menu:

- Cover
- About the Author
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- FOREWORD
- CONTENTS
- THE PENGUIN COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES
- A STUDY IN SCARLET
- THE SIGN OF FOUR
- ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - Page 1
- MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - Page 325
- THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES - Page 611 (last page 811 with the start of The Six Napoleons)
- THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
- THE VALLEY OF FEAR
- HIS LAST BOW
- THE CASE BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
- Footnotes

I have contacted Amazon about this via the live chat system and was promised the book would be taken offline while the problem was sorted but, as of two weeks later, it is still for sale.

All being said, it's a good edition with proper formatting. It's just the page numbers which let it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Sedon on 14 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
It was a real pleasure to re-read this book after a ten or fifteen year gap. Elegant writing, intelligent and plausible plots and my interest was maintained throughout the 1100 pages.

My edition contains four novels and fifty-six short stories, with hardly a dud among them. They don't write them to this standard anymore! And what value!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barty Literati on 1 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
A REVIEW OF `THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES' BY SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

Anyone who has travelled on a London Underground train though Baker Street Station will have spotted the iconic profile of Sherlock Holmes on the tiled walls. Who could mistake the deerstalker-donned head, the aquiline nose and the pipe? As an image, Holmes has transcended his literary beginnings. Indeed, to the vast majority, he is perhaps most closely identified with his many post-Conan Doyle incarnations. For the older generations, Holmes will always be Basil Rathbone. Some may picture Jeremy Brett in the more recent ITV television series. In the past few years alone, Holmes has been successfully reinvented in Guy Ritchie's eponymous movie, as well as being reborn as a 21st century detective in the acclaimed BBC series, `Sherlock'. It seems that, in one form or another, we can't get enough of the great consulting detective over a century and a quarter after he first appeared. However, with each re-vamping, there is the danger that the public will lose touch with the REAL Sherlock Holmes of his author's imagination.

I am writing this review having literally just finished reading the entire original Sherlock Homes `canon': 56 short stories and 4 long stories or novels. For those who might consider the Conan Doyle works to be outdated and not worth trying, the fact is that in this weighty volume, there are some of the most creative and exciting mystery, detective, murder and action stories ever to hit the printing presses. Indeed, it is the quality of the original product which explains why the characters of Holmes and his sidekick, Dr John Watson, continue to fascinate and enthuse movie directors and television executives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonas Kemmer on 3 Jan. 2013
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...but the pages are very thin, so I give 'only' 4 stars.

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This was a challenging read because of its length,over 1000 pages, but well worth the effort. I have read snippets of Sherlock Holmes previously, but this good value volume incorporates all of the Sherlock Holmes stories together, right from the start with the meeting of Sherlock Holmes, and Doctor WatsonThe stories are well written,and not only do they give a clear view of Holmes's deductive and observational skills, but an insight into the social,cultural and transport situations oin England in the late 19th and early twentieth century.Some of the writing is not politically correct as in one story he talks about niggers,and the lowly role of some particular characters, but that certainly does not detract from the overall impression of the book
The book can be read piecemeal, picked up and put down at ones whim, but a compleyte read does give a good overall impression of the wriring of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Well worth the effort.
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