The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, introduces us to the detective genius of Sherlock Holmes and establishes the Watson-Holmes relationship that extends throughout the series. Starting off as roommates purely for the sake of convenience, Watson soon becomes Holmes’ most trusted confidante and friend, accompanying him on all his cases. In Doyle’s second novel,The Sign Of Four, Watson embarks on a matrimonial alliance and moves out. Subsequent to the two novels are a series of 36 short stories, including The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Musgrave Ritual, and The Five Orange Pips, founded on miscellaneous themes, from murder mysteries to love intrigues, blackmail, kidnappers, beasts and monsters, etc.
As the stories were initially featured in magazines, the chronology of events is slightly ambiguous. Many of the stories are narrated as Watson’s reminiscences of his sleuthing days with Holmes prior to his marriage, but quite unexpectedly, Watson moves back in with Holmes with no allusion to his wife. The Final Problem intended as Holmes last case, ends with the death of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur’s desire regarding the end of the great detective, however, had to be abandoned due to public disquiet, and thus Holmes was resurrected in The Adventures of the Empty House.
Published in 1986 by Random House Publishing Group, the book has good print and a very clear typset. Sherlock Holmes stories have been popular for decades and have received laudatory reviews world over.
About Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a physician and an author of Scottish-Irish origin, who was nicknamed the Father of Crime, for acquainting with the world with detective fiction.
Some of his opuses are The Mystery of Cloomber, Professor Challenger’s The Lost World, The Land of Mist, and The Edge of the Unknown. Arthur Conan Doyle never limited himself to crime fiction, since his intellect extended to other subjects as well. He wrote plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.
Conan Doyle’s language was effusive with a generous use of adjectives, in exquisitely well structured sentences. His books generally embodied a Victorian setting and his eloquent language befitted the classic literature of its time.
Born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Conan Doyle began writing while studying medicine in University of Edinburgh. After working in Aston, Sheffield and Shropshire, working as a surgeon on a ship, and teaming up with his former classmate as his partner in medical practice, he eventually set up his own at Southsea. He wrote his first novel and compiled a collection of short stories while awaiting his clientele. By 1902, his writings had reached such heights as to award him the kudos of Knight Bachelor. He was a great supporter of spiritualism and was for a time friends with Houdini. He married twice and fathered five children, two from his first marriage, and three from his second. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle suffered a heart attack and passed away in 1930.
‘The Complete Long Stories of Sherlock Holmes’ Books CONTENTS: A STUDY IN SCARLET Part 1 Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D., Late of the Army Medical Department. 1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes 3 2 The Science of Deduction 7 3 The Lauriston Garden Mystery 13 4 What John Rance Had to Tell 20 5 Our Advertisement Brings a Visitor 24 6 Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Do 29 7 Light in the Darkness 34
Part 2 The Country of the Saints 1 On the Great Alkali Plain 40 2 The Flower of Utah 44 3 John Ferrier Talks with the Prophet 50 4 A Flight for Life 53 5 The Avenging Angels 59 6 A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John Watson, M.D. 64 7 The Conclusion 71 THE SIGN OF FOUR 1 The Science of Deduction 77 2 The Statement of the Case 82 3 In Quest of a Solution 85 4 The Story of the Bald-headed Man 88 5 The Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge 94 6 Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration 98 7 The Episode of the Barrel 103 8 The Baker Street Irregulars 110 9 A Break in the Chain 116 10 The End of the Islander 122 11 The Great Agra Treasure 127 12 The Strange Story of Jonathan Small 131 THE HOUND OF THE B4SKERVILLES 1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes 149 2 The Curse of the Baskervilles 153 3 The Problem 159 4 Sir Henry Baskerville 165 5 Three Broken Threads 172 6 Baskerville Hall 178 7 The Stapletons of the Merripit House 184 8 First Report of Dr. Watson 192 9 Second Report of Dr. Watson 196 10 Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watson 206 11 The Man on the Tor 212 12 Death on the Moor 220 13 Fixing the Nets 227 14 The Hound of the Baskervilles 234 15 A Retrospection 241
THE WALLEY OF FEAR Part 1 The Tragedy of Birlstone 1 The Warning 249 2 Sherlock Holmes Discourses 254 3 The Tragedy of Birlstone 259 4 Darkness 264 5 The People of the Drama 271 6 A Dawning Light 278 7 The Solution 286
Part 2 The Scowrers 1 The Man 295 2 The Bodymaster 300 3 Lodge 341, Vermissa 310 4 The Walley of Fear 319 5 The Darkest Hour 326 6 Danger 333 7 The Trapping of Birdy Edwards 339 Epilogue 345
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and writing stories about him which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. Doyle is often referred to as "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" or simply "Conan Doyle" (implying that Conan is part of a compound surname, as opposed to his given middle name). His baptism entry in the register of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh gives "Arthur Ignatius Conan" as his given names, and "Doyle" as his surname. It also names Michael Conan as his godfather. The cataloguers of the British Library and the Library of Congress treat "Doyle" alone as his surname. Steven Doyle, editor of the Baker Street Journal, has written: "Conan was Arthur's middle name. Shortly after he graduated from high school he began using Conan as a sort of surname. But technically his last name is simply 'Doyle'." When knighted, he was gazetted as Doyle, not under the compound Conan Doyle. Nevertheless, the actual use of a compound surname is demonstrated by the fact that Doyle's second wife was known as "Jean Conan Doyle" rather than "Jean Doyle".