The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)


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With a knock on the door, a stranger enters Sherlock Holmes’s Baker Street rooms, begging Holmes to solve a ghastly and perplexing mystery. The legendary detective and his longtime friend Dr. Watson set out to explore the scene of the crime, making headway where the literally clueless police have failed. Combining an acute eye for the telling detail with an encyclopedic knowledge of the most esoteric subjects, Holmes follows the clues on a circuitous and perilous path until he solves the case in dramatic fashion. Back at Baker Street, he readily explains to Watson any point in the chain of reasoning that might have escaped the old boy’s understanding.

     From his first outing, the novel A Study in Scarlet, Conan Doyle found the winning formula on display in The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I, which also includes another masterful Holmes novel, The Sign of Four. In addition, the incomparable sleuth resolves conundrums and captures villains in the twenty-three short stories contained in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, including “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-Headed League,” “The Speckled Band,” and “The Final Problem.”  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435136403
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 03/19/2012
Series: Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. Initially a medical doctor by profession, he published the first Sherlock Holmes novel at age twenty-seven.  In later years, the deaths of several family members, including of his beloved son Kingsley, led Conan Doyle to an abiding interest in spiritualism. He died in East Sussex, England, in 1930.

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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sherlock201 More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books in my life, but nothing even comes close to Sherlock Holmes. It is without a doubt the best book I have ever read. The way Sherlock's mind works blows me away. When he makes his deductions, I can't figure out how he could have possibly gotten all of that information just from that little piece of evidence. But then, he explains it all and it makes perfect sense and I don't know how I didn't see that in the first place. Sherlock has a very good sense of humor, too. He's sarcastic, like myself, and I always find myself laughing out loud. The cases he works on are sometimes very dark, so without his humor to lighten things up, it would be very dreary indeed. The mysteries he gets involved in are very dramatic and thrilling. It's so suspenseful and fun to read, I can't put it down. Sherlock and Watson have a funny relationship, too. The two of them together crack me up. They are very different, but they are the perfect team when they work together. I saw the movie and I loved it. Afterwards, I instantly wanted to read the books. I hope they make more movies, because Robert Downey Jr. was amazing in it, and same with Jude Law. If you haven't seen the movie, you have to go see it right now. And after, pick up a copy of Sherlock Holmes and start reading. You won't regret it!
purrfectmatch More than 1 year ago
Started watching the Jeremy Brett TV series of Sherlock Holmes on PBS. When I was twelve, I read The Readers Digest, A Study in Scarlet and The Hounds of the Baskervilles edition. Fell in love with Sherlock Holmes, and though it took a while, found a sale and was able to begin my dream of reading everything Sherlock Holmes. A quirky, talented, highly intelligent, skilled detective and his chronicler a former army surgeon and practicing doctor, a classic is born. Most of these mysteries are short so you don't have to make a big commitment into the cases, if you don't usually read mysteries.
Anthrogrl More than 1 year ago
No fictional character has been portrayed more on film, television, and literature than A. Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. This 2-volume edition is an excecllent bargain, and contains all of Doyle's short stories and novels. For those who are not familiar with the original Holmes stories, the B&N editions are an excellent way to start. "A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Speckled Band", and "The Red-Headed League" are some of the most well-known stories. I would like to add that Dr. John Watson, the narrator of Holmes's adventures, is portrayed entirely different that in some film adaptations. In the original stories, Watson was a capable doctor and loyal friend to Holmes, who never failed to chastise his friend when he felt that Holmes had gone too far. Watson repeatedly demonstrated his loyalty and worth as a partner to Holmes, particulary in "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Indeed, Holmes often commented that he held Watson in the highest regard, and trusted him completely. Also included in the B&N edition is an introduction that gives more information on Victorian England and the events that shaped Doyle's stories. Give it a try- you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have not yet read the complete works of Sherlock Holmes then you are truely ignorant to the influence Holmes' character has had over so many different things. I cannot even begin to surmize this book in under 500 words so I won't begin to try more than this read this book as well as vol. II. Your mind will thank you.
Dragongirl7 More than 1 year ago
Sherlock Holmes stories are AMAZING!!!! Just don't read them if you have a short attention span as they can be a bit dry at times, due to the time period in which they were written. The full-length stories aren't AS good as the short ones, with the exception of Hound of the Baskervilles, because they go into a lot of background information with no Holmes-Watson-deduction action going on whatsoever. But other than that they are fantastic! This edition was really great, besides being really fat. I didn't have to worry about which story came chronologically next, and there were interesting little footnotes that tell you things that you wouldn't have otherwise found out unless you are an expert on Holmes and Watson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was extremly good if you are a big mystery fan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont understand why some people have found this boring. Obviously some people cant appriciate good books and classics. I have read a lot of classics in my lifetime but never, NEVER have i found one as easy to ready and enjoyable as sherlock holmes. Doyle keeps you interested in the clues to the cases and keeps you wondering what will happen and who will be the culpret. Sherlock holmes is a fantastic read and you will never regret reading the brilliance that is john watson and sherlock holmes. +kayley holtom
seniorchief More than 1 year ago
The writings of Sir Doyle are classic. Sherlock Homes is a great character for his time. What I liked best about this volume was the history of Sir Doyle. I also like at the end of the volume the extra information about the book from a variety of people. Very interesting book. You have to like classics to read this one, there are many dry spots. whats great is to see what people were reading long before I was born and how different writing was from todays novels. Download and read.
Word36 More than 1 year ago
Love the tales, the author, the genre, the character, such fantastic writing and a true legendary image within that of Literature and such genre itself. What i want to point out, excuse me if i am seeming rather foolish, in said publication i bought, i couldn't help but notice (and this is probably not the only one but it caught my eye)that on page X of The World of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, under the year 1897, Bram Stoker, for the fact that his first publication of Dracula has come forth, Mr. Stoker is written wrong, as Brain Stoker, has anyone else noticed such mistypes and such? Just got to me is all, but other then that, a fantastic collection of this author's marvelous talents and mind.
nsx2000 More than 1 year ago
I looked hard to find this edition of the Sherlock Holmes Volume 1. The hardbound detail is very nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the paper book for Christmas and really loved reading through the stories. The added notes on the bottom are helpful and not excessive at all. A definate five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really lived up to my expectations of the casebook of the world's greatest detective
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book. The Sherlock Holmes stories are for sure classics. I really enjoyed the links in the story that explained what certain items or references were or meant. It is by no means a fast read but it was definitely a great book!
Classicslover528 More than 1 year ago
I am reading this right now and absolutely love it! The detail is amazing and it helps me figure out how Holmes' mind works, even though there will no way i will even be fully able to. It is one of the best books i have read and i recommend it to anyone who loves classic literature!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Implausible short stories by most authors would be seen as silly. Not so Sherlock Holmes. Mr. Conan Doyle's stories are still engaging and entertaining reads. And The Hound of the Baskervilles is a teriffic novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic work of art
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After watching the two recent movies I was curious about the original stories. What a great book! Every case was so interesting and really draws you into trying to figure out the end on your own. If you love period murder mysteries you will love it.
newsluthe More than 1 year ago
So far this volume has been a easy read with the text being well formatted. There is a long introduction, maybe too long, but does go into some of the influences that Dole used to create his character. I would recommend this to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sherlock is truly an epic book all the way around! The mystreys and bond bertween Sherlock and Watson will keep you transfixed throughout the entire book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this and volume 2 and I have always really thought of Sherlock Holmes as my hero even from when I found a shortened version in my library as a child. I guess I am still a child, but every time I read one of these marvelous stories I can not help but marvel at the talents of Sherlock Holmes. This book is just like the original versions of the first few books. I often think about how clever Sir Arthur Conan Doyle must have been because he wrote them. Sherlock Holmes is a marvelous story about a lifelong friendship and a brainteasing mystery all in one. Everytime I read one of these books, I can not help but smile at these marvelous tales and wish that I too was there with Holmes and Watson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many times I will read a short mystery about Sherlock Holmes in between novels. The plots are always twisted, and Sherlock's art of deduction and disguise are always so clever. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an short, easy read that reels you in and keeps you interested.
cindy deforne More than 1 year ago
I read this book (i love mystrerys) and i thought that it was to long and was gonna be boring.... but i was totally wrong. When i first got a nook i said " The first book im gonna sherlock holmes." I would recommend vthis book to people who like mystery!!!!
Lindsey Wildschuetz More than 1 year ago
I loved every story that was written! They were all interesting and wonderful to read, I highly recommend this book!
lizPA More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book.
c1rcu1tn3rd More than 1 year ago
This fatty book is worth every penny. It truly draws you in and makes you want to find out more about the story. Sherlock Holmes is a classic. You can't go wrong with this book. I strongly recommend it.