Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Collector's Library)

Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Collector's Library)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

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In The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes you can read the final twelve stories that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about his brilliant detective. It is perhaps the most unusual and certainly the darkest collection that he penned. Treachery, mutilation, and the terrible consequences of infidelity are just some of the themes explored in this collection, along with atmospheric touches of the Gothic involving a blood-sucking vampire, crypts at midnight and strange bones in a furnace. These challenging and often bizarre tales reflect the mood of the disillusioned post-war world of the 1920s when they were written. Amid this grey miasma of crime stands the shining figure of Sherlock Holmes who is there to unravel even the most baffling mystery.

Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After a rigorous Jesuit education, he trained to become a doctor at Edinburgh University. Eventually he set up in medical practice in Southsea and during the quiet spells between patients he turned his hand to writing. It was here that he created his scientific detective Sherlock Holmes, a character based to some extent on one of his tutors at Edinburgh, Dr. Joseph Bell. Although Holmes was Doyle's greatest creation, he was more proud of his historical novels such as Micah Clarke, Sir Nigel and The White Company. A man of many interests and talents, he was an expert in photography and was a pioneer of cross-country skiing. Towards the end of his life he devoted much of his time to his belief in Spiritualism. He died in 1930.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760757741
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2004
Series: Barnes & Noble Collector's Library
Edition description: Pocket-Sized Unabridged Edition
Product dimensions: 3.96(w) x 6.22(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

A prolific author of books, short stories, poetry, and more, the Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is best known for the creation of one of literature’s most vivid and enduring characters: Sherlock Holmes. Through detailed observation, vast knowledge, and brilliant deduction, Holmes and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson, step into the swirling fog of Victorian London to rescue the innocent, confound the guilty, and solve the most perplexing puzzles known to literature.

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1859

Date of Death:

July 7, 1930

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Crowborough, Sussex, England


Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

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Case Book of Sherlock Holmes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Uniquely good bunch of short stories. Not the best of all his stories but if you like Mr Sherlock Holmes you will love this book.
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes is the last of the Holmes short story collections written by Arthur Conan Doyle. In general, the stories are not as deep as the previous publications, but most are more fun to read and are somewhat more innovative than the previous Holmes stories. Some of the plots tend more toward the horror (e.g. a possible vampire), medical fiction (e.g. humans taking monkey DNA), and twisted financial scam type of storylines. I think this may have been the first time that suicide was used to frame another individual in classic literature. The mysteries are almost never easy to figure out...mostly because the author doesn't provide you with the clues you need to solve the puzzles (unlike the previous books), so the surprise usually lasts until the end of each story. Great fun that can be ingested in bite size pieces when you need to kill a few minutes at a time. A fitting end for one of the most enduring characters ever created.
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curlycurrie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've watched plenty of TV adaptations but this is my first read of a Sherlock Holmes book and I was hooked. Most of the stories have such simple explanations to the mysteries they hint at. Sherlock is a genius. I'm now on the look out for more Sherlock Holmes books.
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It is not worth ten dollars. Chapters aren't marked in the contents, words are frequently broken up with spaces, and random blank pages are littered throughout.