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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Book genre:
Detective fiction
First Published:
October 14, 1892
Original language:

What's the book "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" about?

"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" is a collection of twelve short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 1892. The stories feature the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend and chronicler, Dr. John H. Watson. Each story typically presents a mystery or crime for Holmes to solve, often involving complex puzzles, obscure clues, and intricate deductions.

Throughout the stories, Holmes showcases his remarkable intellect, keen observational skills, and deductive reasoning abilities, which he employs to solve seemingly impossible cases. Watson narrates the adventures, providing insight into Holmes's methods and character, as well as offering a glimpse into Victorian London society.

The collection includes famous stories such as "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League," and "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle." These tales have had a profound influence on the detective genre and continue to captivate readers with their clever plots, memorable characters, and atmospheric settings.

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As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses’ hoofs and grating wheels against the curb, followed by a sharp pull at the bell. Holmes whistled.

“A pair, by the sound,” said he. “Yes,” he continued, glancing out of the window. “A nice little brougham and a pair of beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There’s money in this case, Watson, if there is nothing else.”

“I think that I had better go, Holmes.”

“Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my Boswell. And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity to miss it.”

“But your client—”

“Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best attention.”

A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there was a loud and authoritative tap.

“Come in!” said Holmes.

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