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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
Teh 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.

Derek Jacobi's full text reading, on 8 discs, is a real pleasure. It is the next best thing to reading the actual book. Jacobi provides a great narrating voice, slipping into the role of Watson relating events perfectly. You almost feel as though you are sat next to Watson in his club as he reminisces on his adventures with his friend Holmes. It's masterful. I enjoyed listening to this immensely, and look forward to getting more in the series. 5 stars.
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on 13 October 2013
Here, we have a collection of eight classic short stories featuring the world-renowned investigator Sherlock Holmes and his faithful chronicler, Dr. John Watson M.D. I'm quite the fan of Sir Arthur's short stories, because each one is as good as a novel and they're the perfect length to read on the bus, in the bath or before going to bed.

Here, you'll discover severed human ears, strange diseases and even Holmes' brother Mycroft, a man who possesses the same unique mental talents but who has a completely different personality. Mycroft is many Holmes fans' favourite character, and with good reason - he's also not featured in much of Conan Doyle's work, so you should leap at the chance to meet him while you can. It's said of Mycroft that "all other men are specialists, but his specialism is omniscience".

While this is one of Conan Doyle's later Holmes books, the beauty of it is that you can read in any order and still enjoy the series. This short story collection is a great place to start.
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on 23 November 2015
I like all of the Sherlock books i have read in the past, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a great murder mystery author, if you have read books like the Hound of the Baskervilles, The red-headed league, you will enjoy this also.
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on 19 July 2014
This rating is not for the content of the book, which as a Doyle fan I rate highly, but for the fact that it is falsly described as 'His Last Bow' the collection consisting of seven short stories, whereas it is actually just the individual story titled His Last Bow. This would not be a problem except the description says it lasts 198 pages. This is clearly misleading. Don't waste your time.
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on 16 June 2015
Not his best but good nonetheless. It's a bit odd that Holmes chose to reveal himself to the spy. It would have been more logical for him to have kept the deception going.
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on 28 February 2013
I can't believe I'm nearing the end of Sherlock's adventures. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to read afterwards that will match this series
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on 23 April 2013
Brihe storieslliant reader Derek Jacobi! I love to listen to him...at work,on the road, at home...and of cause, the stories are great.
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on 10 March 2015
I remember the old film. Classic stuff. A great read. Good old Sherlock we could be doing with his like now
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on 26 April 2014
Worth getting if you are a sherlock holmes fan and want to read all the old stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.
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on 1 September 2015
Just wanted to complete my Sherlock Holmes collection. Have loved all the stories and will keep forever
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