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Arthur Conan Doyle
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5 Nov 2009

The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle are the complete adventures of the original and best detective, containing four novels and fifty-six short stories about the most engaging detective of all time, with a foreword by crime writer Ruth Rendell.

The detective Sherlock Holmes - who continues to enthral millions in film and TV adaptations starring actors like Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch - was the creation of Arthur Conan Doyle, whose crime stories have thrilled readers for well over a century.

Sherlock Holmes is not only the most famous character in crime fiction, but arguably the most famous character in all fiction.

In sixty adventures that pit his extraordinary wits and courage against foreign spies, blackmailers, cultists, petty thieves, murderers, swindlers, policemen (both stupid and clever), and his arch-nemesis Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes, together with his faithful sidekick Doctor John H. Watson, proves himself to be not only the quintessential detective but also the most engaging and entertaining company any reader could ask for.

The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes allows readers to experience the entire case-history of Holmes and Dr. Watson from start to finish - the stories that have spawned such infamous characters as the devilish Moriarty, the devious Irene Adler and, of course, the legendary hound of the Baskervilles . . .

This edition includes a foreword written by crime writer Ruth Rendell. Penguin also publishes, in individual volumes, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.

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

'Holmes has a timeless intelligence that puts him head, shoulders and deer-stalker above all other detectives' Alexander McCall Smith

'Now, as in his lifetime, cab drivers, statesmen, academics, and raggedy-assed 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 Carré

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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  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141040289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141040288
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,130 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)

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't get the Paperback! 21 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
Nothing bad about the book or the stories beacuse I LOVE Sherlock Holmes.

I recieved the paperback version today with a scuff on the cover and it's quite heavy as it is anyway but the pages feel a bit flimsy too, and the spine feels very weak and fragile, like I don't want to pick it up and read it.

But if you're not intending to read it on your daily commute on the train, I highly reccomend getting any "Complete Sherlock Holmes" book in hardback. Just it looks more complete, special and a lot more sturdy.

Hope this helps you make an informed choice.

Shame the Hardback edition of the Penguin Classics version is not available anymore, but mind you, I woudn't have wanted it in the blue cover anyway!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is no sleuth like Sherlock 12 July 2010
By Faize
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to complain about the storry... 3 Jan 2013
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...but the pages are very thin, so I give 'only' 4 stars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 14 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Game Is Afoot!" 1 Dec 2010
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars cover slightly damaged, order arrived on time 4 Jan 2014
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the book is in soft cover though the photo makes you think it's a hard cover book. the book arrived with slight damages on the cover. nothing dramatic but still. should have been better protected. the order was received on time.
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Getting a Kindle and looking at classic books has put me in touch again with Sherlock. The books are beautifully written and you really think I wished I knew him and Watson. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MONUMENTAL BUT NECESSARY TASK
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... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars All the Sherlock in paperback
Good complete tales of Sherlock HOlmes, not ideal for holidays as its so big, but its a good copy to kick about and shove in any available space - very bendy.
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