Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume II by Arthur Conan DoyleSince his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created.
Now, in two paperback volumes, Bantam presents all fifty-six short stories and four novels featuring Conan Doyle’s classic hero—a truly complete collection of Sherlock Holmes’s adventures in crime!
Volume II begins with The Hound of the Baskervilles, a haunting novel of murder on eerie Grimpen Moor, which has rightly earned its reputation as the finest murder mystery ever written.
The Valley of Fear matches Holmes against his archenemy, the master of imaginative crime, Professor Moriarty.
In addition, the loyal Dr. Watson has faithfully recorded Holmes’s feats of extraordinary detection in such famous cases as the thrilling The Adventure of the Red Circle and the twelve baffling adventures from The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.
Conan Doyle’s incomparable tales bring to life a Victorian England of horse-drawn cabs, fogs, and the famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street, where for more than forty years Sherlock Holmes earned his undisputed reputation as the greatest fictional detective of all time.
Was Sherlock Holmes based on a real person?
Sherlock Holmes, a fictitious character was based on a real man, Dr Joseph Bell, a renown forensic scientist at Edinburgh University whom Conan-Doyle studied under. The first Sherlock Holmes film was produced in Perhaps one of the quirkiest twenty first-century homages to Holmes belongs to the award-winning American TV series House, which began transmitting in , starring the British actor, Hugh Laurie. Now into his fifth season, Dr Gregory House is in many respects a medical Sherlock Holmes, and series creator, David Shore, has admitted that even Dr House name is meant as a subtle homage. The show draws heavily upon Holmes archetypes, such as House reliance on psychology to solve a case, his reluctance to accept cases he does not find interesting, his drug addiction Vicodin instead of cocaine , his home address apartment B , a complete disregard for social mores, personal talents playing piano and guitar, rather like Holmes violin , as well as Holmes characteristic ability to judge a situation correctly with almost no effort.
You may have read in our "Character Analysis" of Sherlock Holmes that we asked if Holmes might have been a real guy the answer is no, by the way. We pointed out that Conan Doyle is always making these odd little self-conscious remarks about fiction: Holmes often tells Watson that reality produces way weirder stuff than the imagination of any author could cook up. But, of course, all of this is the product of Conan Doyle's imagination, so we guess that's a — joke? Anyway, whether we're laughing or not, we have to admit that The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes , while totally fictional, does go to a lot of trouble to look like reality. And one way it does this is through the setting. The apartment where Holmes and sometimes Watson live the chronology jumps around is absolutely filled with stuff : gold snuff cases, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, an encyclopedia, a shoe filled with tobacco, Holmes's chemical apparatus, a sofa, a pipe-rack… Seriously, you have to wonder how anyone gets into the room at all, it's so packed. But having all of these things brought up to set the scene gives B Baker Street a sense of real, physical presence that makes it compelling to read about and Sidney Paget's illustrations don't hurt.
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes is a period mystery action film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Robert Downey Jr. John Watson respectively. Set in , eccentric detective Holmes and his companion Watson are hired by a secret society to foil a mysticist's plot to expand the British Empire by seemingly supernatural means. Sherlock Holmes received mostly positive critical reaction, with praise for its story, action sequences, set pieces, costume design, Hans Zimmer's musical score, and Downey's performance as the main character, winning Downey the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. A sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows , was released on December 16, , with a third film scheduled for release on December 22, , to be directed by Dexter Fletcher.
Referring to himself as a "consulting detective" in the stories, Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science , and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard. First appearing in print in 's A Study in Scarlet , the character's popularity became widespread with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine , beginning with " A Scandal in Bohemia " in ; additional tales appeared from then until , eventually totalling four novels and 56 short stories. All but one are set in the Victorian or Edwardian eras, between about and Most are narrated by the character of Holmes's friend and biographer Dr. Watson , who usually accompanies Holmes during his investigations and often shares quarters with him at the address of B Baker Street , London, where many of the stories begin. Though not the first fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes is arguably the best known,  with Guinness World Records listing him as the "most portrayed movie character" in history. Widely considered a British cultural icon , the character and stories have had a profound and lasting effect on mystery writing and popular culture as a whole, with the original tales as well as thousands written by authors other than Conan Doyle being adapted into stage and radio plays, television, films, video games, and other media for over one hundred years.