The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Collins Classics) Paperback – 12 Sep 2013
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From the Back Cover
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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book, if you enjoy any of the Arthur Conan Doyle books you will enjoy this one also.Published 3 months ago by Scott
In 'The Return of Sherlock Holmes' I like that when Sherlock and his companion were hidden it built up suspense to when someone was getting near. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SWID207