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

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


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After Sherlock Holmes “died” in 1893 at the Reichenbach Falls at the end of the story “The Final Problem,” Arthur Conan Doyle was inundated with pleas from fans around the world to revive him. Doyle resisted for nearly eight years before publishing The Hound of the Baskervilles, a reminiscence set two years before Holmes’s fatal fall. Only in 1903 was Sherlock Holmes “resurrected” in his first new short story in ten years, “The Adventure of the Empty House.” But Holmes has changed.

     The Holmes who now scours the streets of London and tramps across the English countryside is as keenly observant and nimble of mind as ever, but his patience with British justice is wearing thin. At times he takes the law into his own hands. At other times, he knowingly breaks the law. And, on one memorable occasion, he acts very unlike the gentleman we know him to be. What can have happened to produce such uncharacteristic behavior in the world’s greatest detective?

     Although, like all of Holmes’s adventures, these stories are set in the late Victorian era, they were written in the twentieth century. Included in this volume are the fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel, The Valley of Fear, and the thirty-three stories comprising The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435137394
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Series: Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 8.58(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.92(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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The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 639 reviews.
Kaydern More than 1 year ago
I suppose I started reading this collection for the same reason I watch regular TV shows every week. I wanted consistently interesting short stories, and that's exactly what I got. However I made a mistake reading them all straight through in this convenient collection, and the formulaic plots bothered me more than they would have otherwise. I did notice an improvement in terms of the mystery complexity, which I appreciated. No where is this more evident than in "The Valley of Fear", which uses an extremely similar set-up to "A Study in Scarlet". Both stories have two parts, the first of which takes place in 1890's England and the second some years previous in America. However everything else about "The Valley of Fear" is a vast improvement! The murder mystery is much more clever, the action is better paced, and the second part was well-introduced as well as being a mystery story in it's own right! Clearly Sir. Doyle had come into his own as an author by this point, and his skills greatly improved with practice. I also enjoyed the change in Watson's "voice" over time. Sir Doyle seems much more comfortable in his writing abilities by "The Valley of Fear", and I felt there was less awkward prose. I noticed Sir Doyle has a very fanciful way of describing the scene, which appeals to me greatly. I shall always imagine a foggy London day as John Watson saw it.
Darko More than 1 year ago
So you think you know Sherlock Holmes. Be prepared to get the details of Holmes' life and thought processes. He lives for the chase and does not know what to do with himself without one. Many stories are told by Dr. Watson as the keeper of the case records. You'll learn about Watson as well and how he and Holmes ended up living together. Mostly short readings for one evening with some longer stories included. Classics like The Hound of the Baskervilles and more. A real opportunity to get inside Holmes' head. Highly recommend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i first had to read this book, i had the notion that it was some old boring book but it is NOT!!! The adventures in the book are captivating. This book is truly worth the read. It is so awesome! Be not afraid of the length because it is composed of only short stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I've been a Sherlock fan since a little girl and to have all his stories in one collection is good. I try to draw my conclusion as I read the stories and see if I'm as good as he is. It is great reading. He's the most fascinating character ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My current one is Time&star . I just want something unique. Thank you! ~Time&star
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need a signature please
LDAJr More than 1 year ago
This B & N Classics edition is well organized and has the benefit of a thoughtful and illuminating introduction by Kyle Freeman.
francis azzarto More than 1 year ago
B&N version is perfect!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked at the horse
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Farmer Dayle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love sherlock so i say read!!!
NellyDT More than 1 year ago
love Sherlock
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Highly entertaining as well as a cliff hanger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Sherlock Holmes. I always wanted to read all of his stories.
countrygirlJE More than 1 year ago
Bioigraphy and history but very few stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, you wish to know whether you ought to buy it? Well, it's elementary, my dear Watson. Of course.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it worth buying both volumes?
enlightenedLV More than 1 year ago
Have enjoyed reading both volumes and wonder why I hadn't done it sooner.
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.
lizPA More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book.
Alan Bluhm More than 1 year ago
Always worth any avid readers time. Very good piece of literature. Would highky recommend volume 1 over this volume though
Collth More than 1 year ago
Who hasn't heard of Sherlock Holmes nowadays? The 221B Baker street most famous resident has solved many seemingly impossible cases, and is one of the greatest influences on modern detective characters. This in a complete work, with great introductions, a Conan Doyle short biography, endnotes and even two parodies and essays about one of England's greatest literary works. Recommended!
Hawks1800 More than 1 year ago
I love sherlock homes and he has very good stories
Anonymous 7 months ago
realy enjoy these stories of the great investigator and his assistant. the stories are light hearted and take you to another time and place so well. perfect for bedtime reading or airplane.