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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007934424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007934423
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,098,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ten years after the supposed death of Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, Arthur Conan Doyle was to bow to popular pressure and breathe new life into his creation. To readers, Holmes reappears in Baker Street to embark on a new series of adventures. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was a Scottish physician and writer. He is internationally renowned for his tales of the detective Sherlock Holmes, which have been turned into immensely popular films, comics, and TV series. Conan Doyle’s work included mystery, fantasy and science fiction, as well as poetry, stories, plays, novels, and non-fiction.


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I must confess that I was somewhat hesitant to read any of the stories past "The Final Problem". The way that story was written, I could think of no plausible way for Doyle to explain Holmes' "death". A series of lame stories, such as Holmes wandering around with amnesia, kept popping into my head which is probably a testament to the stupidity of some modern fiction. But naturally, I could not live the rest of my life without reading every Holmes story that Doyle wrote. Well, after reading "The Empty House", I was completely ashamed of myself for ever having doubted the talent and the brillance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He managed to write an entirely plausible explanation. For the most part, I did not find the other stories in this volume to be quite as enjoyable as the ones in the adventures and memoirs but they are still very good. I would recommend these stories.
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Simply put this book is FREE without the audiobook link. My advice is download the FREE book not this one.

The audiobook is from the Gutenberg Project, which for this book uses computer generated text-to-speech in the voice of Stephen Hawking. Not that one minds listening to Hawking's dulcet tones but after 5 minutes it does begin to grate on the ears. Not conducive to listening to in the car, which was the reason I bought this version.

The irony is that these audiobook downloads are in fact FREE so one is merely paying for a link. The product in my view is therefore a gross example of online miss-selling as no where does the product information state that the audiobook is a computer voice. Now one might conclude that for the princely sum [] the book in itself is a cheap deal, and that may be so but as it is advertised alongside the free version it is rather cynical not to assume that the [] is payment for the audiobook. Well what more can one say? Always be wary of so called freebies?

All things are relative and I can afford to waste a few pounds now and again but this type of marketing is not what we expect from a reputable online store. It is the sort of behaviour expected of a cowboy car dealer not the largest bookshop on the planet. Come on Amazon, we love you but some things cannot be excused.

It would have received 0 Stars if that had been possible.
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Great fun, the writers obviously love the subject and have written tales in the style of... to fill in some of the stories that Watson hinted at or only mentioned in passing. I'm looking forward to the follow book.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 May 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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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.
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