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The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Puffin Classics) by [Doyle, Arthur Conan]
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About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh where he qualified as a doctor, but it was his writing which brought him fame, with the creation of Sherlock Holmes, the first scientific detective. He was also a convert to spiritualism and a social reformer who used his investigative skills to prove the innocence of individuals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1329 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DXPTE8
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eight select adventures in a light-weight package 5 July 2011
By C. Pras - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is among my favorite Puffin Classics series. For one, I enjoy reading detective stories like Sherlock Holmes, and the eight select cases are chosen wisely to represent various landscape of England--from London's foggy streets to ranch and countryside. Some well-known cases such as 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Reigate Puzzle' are included in this book.

The eight classic adventures featured in this book are:
The Adventure of the Speckled Band
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
The Musgrave Ritual
The Reigate Puzzle
Silver Blaze
The Adventure of the Dancing Men
The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
The Missing Three-Quarter

And just as in other Puffin Classics books, the adventure doesn't stop at the last page of the story. Following the final chapter in the book is a supplementary reading about the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the characters in his literature. There are some interesting facts covering places and landmarks mentioned in the story, as well as short glossary to enrich your vocabulary.

With eight adventures to follow in any order and a light-weight package, this book makes a perfect travel companion for that long train journey or the daily commute.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eight Great Stories in One Small Book 28 April 2014
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes

This is a sampler with some of the famous short stories about Sherlock Holmes. They are taken from the first three collections of these stories. Some may have selected other stories. They were first written in the 1890s. Technology has advanced but human nature remains the same. The character of “Sherlock Holmes” was inspired by the famous medical professor in Edinburgh Scotland, Doctor Joseph Bell. Greed is the motive for most of these stories. I wonder how many were inspired by long forgotten true crime cases? The copyrights on these stories expired around 1970 so others are free to use these fictional characters, and they do. There are other books that contain a selection of these short stories ,such as “Sherlock Holmes’ Greatest Cases”.

* The Adventure of the Speckled Band. A young woman consults Holmes about her fears, her older sister died earlier. Why was her bedroom changed? What makes her stepfather so fierce? [Mad as a hatter?] Helen’s life is saved, the guilty person falls into his own trap.
* The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. A man lost his hat and a goose in a street fight. Can the owner be found? The goose was cooked, the rightful owner received a replacement. Will an innocent man be convicted for a theft? No. Holmes shows mercy.

* The Musgrave Ritual. A friend visits Holmes to aks his advice about a missing butler. The butler’s former girlfriend also disappeared without a trace. Holmes studies the questions and answers of the heirloom ritual and solves the puzzle. A hidden pit tells what happened to the butler! Holmes surmised the unwritten history of the ritual.
* The Reigate Puzzle. Holmes took a needed vacation in the country. He learns of a murder by a burglar, and examines the crime scene. There is a surprise when Holmes solves the murders. He explains his reasoning from discrepancies in the witnesses’ testimony.

* Silver Blaze. A favorite horse disappears and its trainer killed. This benefits some bookmakers. We read the known facts of this event. Holmes inspects the murder scene, and looks beyond to find the hoofprints. He visits a nearby stable owner and gives him instructions. What did the dog do in the night? Holmes produces the missing horse and solves the killing.
* The Adventure of the Dancing Men. A man's wife was frightened by a letter that had little stick figures. He visits Sherlock, who studies this message. There is a shooting. Sherlock sends a coded message to an unknown man and solves the mystery.

* The Adventure of the Six Napoleons. Inspector Lestrade tells Sherlock about someone who is smashing plaster busts of Napoleon the First. Is it a dangerous lunatic? Will catching this man solve another crime? [Note the use of a false newspaper report.]
* The Missing Three-Quarter. The rugby player for Cambridge has disappeared before a big game. Can he be traced by a sent telegram? Can a better detective than Holmes follow a clever suspect? Yes. The mystery is solved but kept secret.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful printing of timeless stories 22 Jun. 2011
By Mindful Consumer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
first, allow me to say that i am quite enjoying these puffin classics editions of some of my favorite novels!

this book is a great introduction to holmes, watson, and of course, that atmospheric london fog (which apparently doesn't really exist as we believe it does). the following stories are included in this collection:

the adventure of the speckled band
the adventure of the blue carbuncle
the musgrave ritual
the reigate puzzle
silver blaze
the adventure of the dancing men
the adventure of the six napoleons
the missing three-quarter

a bonus here with the puffin classics is the addition of backstory included at the end of the book. here you can learn more about the author, the stories, the characters, and so much more. what a delightful thing to include!

i have purchased most of these puffin classics editions, and will certainly look for future additions to add to my collection.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, but the Holmes fan will be disappointed 15 Feb. 2013
By Scrapple8 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The biggest problem with `The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes' is that the people who will best like the cases in this book, in the end, will be most disappointed with this book.

These eight cases were my introduction to the London-based consulting detective who used astute logic and knowledge of forensics to solve baffling cases of mystery, intrigue, and murder. Certainly everyone has heard of the detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, the former army doctor in Afghanistan who was not only a chronicler of the greatest cases of Sherlock Holmes, but also an able assistant. This book gives the reader eight cases to decide whether or not you like the cases written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The cases were fantastic. Doyle used two colleagues in real life as the inspiration for his character, Sherlock Holmes. While a clerk at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Doyle met the scientist Dr. Joseph Bell, who was famous for drawing large conclusions from small observations. Doyle adapted the powers of Bell for sleuthing. In addition, a lecturer on Forensic Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons, Sir Henry Littlejohn, was a technical source for Doyle. The cases of Sherlock Holmes popularized forensics and pushed police detectives to use more scientific methods in solving crimes.

After reading these eight cases, I did some research. There are five case books of Sherlock Holmes with a total of 56 short stories in the series. There are also four Sherlock Holmes novellas: stories that were about 150 pages in length. The cases and the novellas comprise the canon of Sherlock Holmes. I liked the cases in `The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes so much that I knew I ultimately wanted to read all 60 cases in the canon.

The eight cases in this book can be found in the first three Sherlock Holmes collections: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, and the Return of Sherlock Holmes. Two cases are from the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Three cases were extracted from the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. The final three cases were in `The Return of Sherlock Holmes.'

If you loved the eight cases in this book, though, you still have to read The Adventures, The Memoirs, and The Return to read all of the cases. There is nothing in The Extraordinary Cases that you cannot find in the first three case books of Sherlock Holmes. The three case books can be downloaded for free, legally, on Project Gutenberg.
3.0 out of 5 stars Caleb Loves It 17 Aug. 2016
By Natalie Gould - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was for my nephew, Caleb. He loved it. Much like me he is a mystery buff.
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