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5.0 out of 5 stars The Return Of Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle - A singular series of adventures, 11 April 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Pocket Penguin classics (Paperback)
As all Sherlockians know, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had become disenchanted with his creation and seemingly rather finally killed him off in 1893 by dropping him into the seething abyss of the Reichenbach falls. But the public were not to be denied, and Doyle was induced to publish the Hound of the Baskervilles in 1902 (though still set before Holmes' supposed death) and, following the success of that story he penned a series of short stories for monthly publication in 1903/4 in which he resurrected the great Detective and described his career through the latter half of the 1890's. This collection of 13 stories gathered together and published as a book in 1905 was the result.

The thirteen stories here are some of my favourites in the Holmes canon. The Empty House sees the return of our hero from hiss self imposed exile. It seems that a decade earlier Doyle had already considered resurrection for Holmes, as he had the actual occurrence happen off page, making it easy for him to bring him back. As well as the drama of the return, there is also some high drama surrounding the death of Ronald Adair, and the hunt for his murderer. The series then runs through The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist, The Adventure of the Priory School, The Adventure of Black Peter, The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, The Adventure of the Six Napoleons, The Adventure of the Three Students, The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez, The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange and The Adventure of the Second Stain, and sees Holmes engaged to be married, spearing pigs with harpoons, cycling through the fens and generally bringing the truth to light and villains to justice.

Well written, with engaging mysteries and a sense of adventure, these are thrilling tales that will keep the reader gripped. Just as interesting as the mysteries are the tales that are not told -in these stories Watson gives us intriguing glimpses of other cases, such as that of the notorious canary trainer. I really wish that some of these had been written! 5 stars for this gripping and entertaining set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 7 May 2012
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A classic book which I revisited thanks to the great cover design. Didn't regret it and thoroughly recommend reading it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars He's back, Watson, 25 Aug 2011
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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When last we heard of Sherlock Holmes, he had plummeted from Reichenbach Falls along with the evil Professor Moriarty.

But after years of fans badgering him to bring Holmes back, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle finally relented in "The Return of Sherlock Holmes." The stories in here aren't quite as gripping as the previous collections, but there's still plenty of striking, mind-bending mysteries for the legendary detective to unwind.

A few years after Holmes' death, Watson has settled into a routine as a regular doctor, although he becomes interested in the locked-room murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair. But then a strange old man comes into Watson's office, and reveals himself to be none other than Sherlock Holmes. Watson promptly faints from the shock.

But when he wakes up, Holmes reveals that he has been traveling the world and avoiding Moriarty's equally nasty confederates. And before he can resume normal life at Baker Street, he and Watson must catch the last of these evil men -- which may be connected to Adair's death.

After that, Holmes and Watson fall back into solving cases: a young man who is accused of murdering his strangely friendly client; a string of stick figures, a music teacher followed by a cyclist, a boy kidnapped from his school, a harpoon impalement, blackmail and high society scandal, shattered Napoleonic busts, stolen exams, a Russian lady, a rugby player's disappearance, a brutal murder that isn't what it seems, and a missing document that could lead to a massive war.

"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" occasionally feels a little unenthusiastic, probably because Doyle had really intended to kill off Holmes because he wanted to focus on "important" novels. Fortunately, even lesser Holmes mysteries are still brilliant -- there are twisted crimes, malevolent schemers, and some puzzles that only Holmes can unravel.

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. But things don't always end in the same way ("The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" ends in a really shocking manner), and the culprits aren't always dealt with in the same way.

It's also really fun to see Watson and Holmes working together again, especially after Holmes makes such a dramatic, energetic reentry in the very first story. And it's very cute to see Watson pass out because he's so shocked and thrilled that Holmes is alive. The characters seem even faster friends, especially when it's revealed that Watson has gotten Holmes off of cocaine (which was still used medicinally at the time).

"Return of Sherlock Holmes" suffers from a few patches of unenthusiastic writing, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mysteries are still brilliant brain-benders. The Great Detective is back.
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