Arthur Conan Doyle

Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

"A perfectly gorgeous edition which will delight any fan of Holmes..."


Holmes has become the most lauded sleuth in literature, his capricious character kept on a level by his unflappable assistant, Dr Watson. Together, the pair investigates the insalubrious environs of Victorian London to solve a string of complex crimes. We begin with 'A Scandal in Bohemia' – the only Sherlock Holmes story to feature his female adversary Irene Adler – and reach a thrilling finale that features a duel with his nemesis Professor Moriarty in 'The Final Problem'. In between, Holmes must foil a bank heist in 'The Red-Headed League', locate a missing race horse in 'Silver Blaze', and deduce how a man died in a locked room with just his innocent wife present in 'The Crooked Man'.

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It is quite the task when a publisher asks you to review Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – as if I am likely to say anything bad about the greatest detective in literature and his creator (even if Doyle did himself run out of patience with his own creation). The only thing one can say about these stories is that 'A Scandal in Bohemia apart which famously (and sadly) has the only story featuring Irene Adler who was Holmes' female equal, the stories do lack any other strong female part, with most in a submissive role seeking Holmes' guidance. 'A Scandal in Bohemia' is the perfect start to this collection which takes the highlights from the collections, 'Adventures' and 'Memoirs'. We start with Irene Adler and end with Moriarty. No Sherlockian could ask for more. Included are some of my favourite tales and some of the most famous. 'Silver Blaze' is well-known for having the famous line, "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.". Here are also 'The Speckled Band' which I am sure has been in every crime anthology imaginable to 'The Red-Headed League' which has to be one of the most bizarre cases Holmes has ever investigated along that of 'The Copper Beaches'. The selections here made are of a very strong calibre and would be perfect for anyone who hasn't read Holmes' stories before. I think I would have preferred the full collection of either 'Adventures' or 'Memoirs', but this is offset by the wonderful black and white illustrations within the book by Max Löffler which add to the mood of these stories. An introduction by Michael Dirda is also included. A perfectly gorgeous edition which will delight any fan of Holmes and his trusted companion, Watson. Click on the link to purchase 'The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes' Folio Edition

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