Contains A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Adventure of the blue Carbuncle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the enineer's Thumb, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.
Thanks for Sherlock Holmes, Arthur. Now that I've read the twelve stories that comprise the official official collection The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, I understand why the Red Headed League and The Speckled Band have become the war horses - a lot of the stories really are of pulp magazine fiction quality. Nevertheless, they gave us the character, and the world is a much better place for having him.
The Boscombe Valley Mystery stands out as another particularly good one.
On the other hand, The Five Orange Pips should be dragged outside and shot. The only redeeming aspect of this story is that it does show that Holmes is much more interested in resolving the mystery than protecting his client.
Contains A Scandal in Bohemia, A Case of Identity, The Red-Headed League, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Blue Carbuncle, The Speckled Band, The Engineer's Thumb, The Noble Bachelor, The Beryl Coronet and The Copper Beeches.
This is the kind of thing I read from about the age of twelve on. My own children are starting to discover it, as well, and this pleases me to no end. Mostly good writing, some stretched deductions, and a growing sense that as generations pass by they will find this less and less accessible. This grieves me, and I wonder if readers of The Fairie Queen ever felt this way. These stories nevertheless expand the curious mind, sharpen logic, and endear the reader to characters that have felt so real that many do not realize they were fiction. Good show, Watson!
This is not a professionally published book. I guess the Conan Doyle stories are in the public domain and can be printed without permission from his estate, because someone saw fit to re-print 'The Adventures' through CreateSpace. The text in this book isn't even justified, giving it an unprofessional look. Furthermore, the large dimensional size of the book makes the pages very full of text and at least to me uncomfortable to read. In short, not a very professional reprint.
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red-Headed League
A Case of Identity
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Five Orange Pips
The Man with the Twisted Lip
The Blue Carbuncle
The Speckled Band
The Engineer's Thumb
The Noble Bachelor
The Beryl Coronet
The Copper Beeches
Gorgeous black-background hardcover with gold lettering and borders, this Barnes & Noble classics series looks beautiful on a shelf; inviting and generously sized, it's a great read. There is nothing better than a rollicking good Sherlock Holmes mystery and this first book plunges the reader into the depths of Doyle's tales. Featuring "A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Blue Carbuncle, The Speckled Band, The Engineer's Thumb, The Noble Bachelor, The Beryl Coronet, and The Copper Breeches," this twelve tale book will keep you guessing.
In this, the first collection of Holmes's stories, the detective uses his uncanny skills to rescue a king from blackmail, to capture an ingenious bank robber, and to save an innocent son accused of parricide... Confronted with cases that either seem obvious or hopelessly obscure, Holmes uses his encyclopedic knowledge and preternatural powers of deduction to unearth the truth.