The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) (Sherlock Holmes Series)

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) (Sherlock Holmes Series)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

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This early work by Arthur Conan Doyle was originally published in 1894 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography as part of our Sherlock Holmes series. Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. It was between 1876 and 1881, while studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh, that he began writing short stories, and his first piece was published in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal before he was 20. In 1887, Conan Doyle's first significant work, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual. It featured the first appearance of detective Sherlock Holmes, the protagonist who was to eventually make Conan Doyle's reputation. A prolific writer, Conan Doyle continued to produce a range of fictional works over the following years. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473369467
Publisher: Read Books Ltd.
Publication date: 03/31/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 334
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

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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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories is just as good as the first, though most of the stories here are shorter than in the previous book. That just means that this book can be enjoyed even by people who have short attention spans or a lack of time to read longer stories. The important element of this book, of course, is the final story, which introduces the reader to Sherlock Holmes' arch enemy, Professor Moriarty. It must have been rather odd for the English reader at the time to have Sherlock Holmes' final adventure be against a man whom they had never heard of before, and for it to happen in such a way that you can't say for sure exactly what happened is both maddening and very creative. Of course, more stories followed (I'm not even halfway through my collection at this point), but from here on out the reader knows how it all ends.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Sherlock Holmes, the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective, is more popular today than ever. This collection presents many of the most familiar cases Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson, ever solve, including "Silver Blaze," "The Greek Interpreter," and "The Musgrave Ritual." As Holmes's fame grows, it brings him notoriety that piques the ire of London's criminal underworld, who begin to scheme against him. It is in "The Final Problem" that Dr. Watson relates the grisly, fatal, and shocking tale of how Holmes finally meets his match, encountering the diabolical Professor Moriarty in a terrible struggle at Reichenbach Falls. I have to start out by telling you that when I was asked to review this book, it took me only seconds to respond. My husband and I are huge Sherlock Holmes fans. Exhibit #1 Our Cats Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Professor Moriarty. Back in the days when there were just 4 television selections, ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS, chances were pretty good that late nights on Fridays or Saturdays there would be a Sherlock Holmes movie on at least one of the channels. My favorite Holmes was Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce was my favorite Dr. Watson. But today with the Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. and its sequel coming out in December there is a whole new audience for the Arthur Conan Doyle character. If you are a fan of the television show House you would also notice many similarities between Sherlock Holmes and Gregory House. In fact many episodes contain actual Holmes references. For example in the season two finale, House is shot by a crazed gunman credited as "Moriarty," the name of Holmes's nemesis. Today I just found this article that says CBS is working on a modern day Sherlock Holmes story. BBC already has out their own contemporary series. There are even cartoons based on the characters and books written about Holmes for all grade levels. I guess what I am trying to say are these stories are timeless and can be read again and again at any time in your life. Be sure to go see the new movie in December. I am not sure I like explosions and shooting but that's what is in all suspense movies these days. I am more a fan of the Holmes in this book who uses his deductive skills, perceptions and sharp observations to solve the cases. This is a fantastic book for the older fans like me and a great way to introduce new fans on how Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson started out. The first story was published in 1887 and the character of Sherlock Holmes is still relevant today. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has truly created characters that are timeless and who I "deduce" will be with us in one form or another forever and ever. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Penguin Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of great Sherlock Holmes stories.It has well selected stories that are both popular and gripping. I would definitley reccomend this to any Sherlock Holmes fan or just a fan of mystery novels.
asprrn More than 1 year ago
it wouldn't let me give zero starts...this is a digital scan which means every so-many lines you see text inserted that tells you who digitized. NOT WORTH "FREE". I have better versions of this for free for the kindle app on my phone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the coloured way he illustrated the Master Detective himself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, and an exciting read! Get it and try it out. It is free, after all. And who doesnt like a mystery? And what mystery is better than Sherlock Holmes?!
Good_Without_God More than 1 year ago
all the time i was at the edge of my chair. the story always seemed to change
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This orc version was very good - this will be a keeper on my nook as i adore holmes :))))))))))
deuard worthen More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable The ocr introduced some fun and provided a few puzzles to figure out - a Holmes like experience!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved it
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Sherlock Holmes and when I realized this book filled a hole in my collection, it was a pleasure to acquire it. Holmes shares with Watson tales of his early adventures in The Musgrave Ritual and the "Gloria Scott" as they pursue new ones together. The short stories within this volume make a good introduction to a new Sherlock Holmes' reader as they are each succinct and fascinating. Reading these it is easy to see how Holmes and Watson captured the imagination of readers in the 1890s with their clever plots and comfortable banter.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes we really start to see Sherlock develop into the eccentric, wry, deeply intriguing character that we are all familiar with. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are still a little clinical, a little trite, but in The Memoirs we see some superbly crafted plots, characters and scenarios. Silver Blaze is a personal favorite, as it's one of the first Holmes stories I ever read when I was younger, but I am very fond of nearly all of them. The Adventure of the Yellow Face is a heartbreaker (in a good way!), I love it even more every time I read it, and The Musgrave Ritual is a nice bit of treasure-hunting that's always a fast read. And of course there is the infamous Final Problem, which takes our hero on his 'great hiatus' courtesy of Professor Moriarty.All in all, the Adventures is excellent, and the stories only get better from here.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second set of Sherlock Holmes short stories, eleven in all, that appeared in the Strand magazine and collected in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. I fell in love with the Holmes stories from the first I read for high school--"The Speckled Band" which appears in the first set of shorts, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Pretty much all my favorite Holmes shorts appear in that first volume, but a lot of these are memorable for one reason or the other. In terms of being great puzzle pieces for me the stand outs are "Silver Blaze" (which refers to "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time"), "The Musgrave Ritual" (dealing with a centuries-old family ritual dating to the times of the Cavaliers and Round-heads), "The Reigate Squire" (with a clever deduction drawn from a torn note) and "The Naval Treaty" (which serves up a Victorian Age spy story). "The Crooked Man" features the one time in the canon Sherlock says "Elementary" (and Teddy the mongoose!) "The Yellow Face" imparts a message of racial tolerance that's remarkable for a work published in 1893. We also get some interesting glimpses of Sherlock Holmes' personal background. "The Gloria Scott" is his first case and involves his (only) college friend. "The Greek Interpreter" introduces us to Sherlock's brother, Mycroft. And "The Final Problem" introduces us to Holmes' great adversary Dr Moriarty and their fateful encounter at Reichenbach Falls. So, a very enjoyable collection, especially for those already fans of Sherlock Holmes.
anandrajan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Worth it just for the curious incident of the dog at night time in "Silver Blaze." "The Musgrave Ritual" and "The Naval Treaty" are very good too.
mearso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First time reading any Holmes book, and very accessible. Will read some more
ruthich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable group of short stories. Particularly enjoy The Gloria Scott.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sherlock Holmes he is really a good character of miscief and mystery. I have watched all of the Sherlock Holmes movies. I have
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sherlock Holmes books. I also like Sir Conan Doyle. I'm totally asking mom if I should buy the collection of all the books for $1.
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Sherlock never fails to entertain!