In four novels and fifty-six short stories, the exciting adventures of Baker Street's most famous resident Sherlock Holmes. Known and loved by generations, this shrewd amateur detective, with the faithful Dr Watson by his side, has earned his place in our national life and social history. This handsome omnibus edition stands as a lasting tribute to the indestructible sleuth and his famous creator. It includes: "A Study in Scarlet"; "The Sign of Four"; "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"; "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes"; "The Return of Sherlock Holmes"; "The Hound of the Baskervilles"; "The Valley of Fear"; "His Last Bow"; and, "The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes".
This volume, authorized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate, contains all 4 full-length novels and all 56 short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. At over a thousand pages, the weighty tome is a perfect gift for budding amateur sleuths, and it is an ideal companion for a long stay on a desert island (or a leisurely trip through the English countryside). As the reader wades past the tense introductions of A Study in Scarlet and moves towards such classic tales as The Hound of the Baskervilles, "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," and "The Final Problem," she is sure to draw her own conclusions about Holmes's veiled past and his quirky relationship with his "Boswell," Watson. Doyle never revealed much about Holmes's early life, but the joy of reading the complete Holmes is assembling the trivia of each story into something like a portrait of the detective and his creator. By the end of the long journey through London and across Europe (with a long stopover at Reichenbach Falls), one is apt to have found a friend for life. --Patrick O'Kelley