The Return of Sherlock Holmes Author:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle This exclusive Book-of-the-Month Club set includes all of Sherlock Holmes remarkable adventures - four novels and 56 short stories - in nine intriguing volumes. Holmes aficionados and novices alike will delight as Dr. Watson recreates the great detective's career-long battle of wits against the most nefarious criminals in England. — In 1886, Art... more »hur Conan Doyle, M.D., created a character who would come to be known as the greatest sleuth of all time 0 a character of such cold, rational perfection, such steely nerve, such unprecedented brilliance and unfailing popularity that he would ultimately resist death at the hands of his own creator. This character, of course, was Sherlock Holmes, the world's first unofficial consulting detective.
In the years following the inimitable Holmes' first appearance in A Study in Scarlet in the 1887 Beeton's Christmas Annual, his popularity grew exponentially. When Conan Doyle tired of the legend he had created and attempted to put him to rest in "The Final Problem," published in the December 1893 issue of The Strand Magazine, 20,000 readers cancelled their subscriptions in disappointment and protest. Holmes' many fans eventually had their way - after several years, the stubborn sleuth was duly revived.
Written after Collier's persuaded Conan Doyle to continue the Holmes adventures, the 13 stories is The Return of Sherlock Holmes firmly put to test all misinformed rumors of Holmes' demise. In "The Adventure of the Empty House," Holmes resurfaces in Waatson's apartment and outwits the last of Moriarty's army of criminals. In "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter," Holmes' services are engaged by a young athlete when the star of the Cambridge varsity rugger team disappears on the eve of a match with Oxford. And in "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton," Holmes and Watson's attempts to save their lady client from a nefarious blackmailer put them soundly on the wrong side of the law.« less