Arthur Conan Doyle: Return of Sherlock Holmes



This read I have completed the major works of Sherlock Holmes series I m really glad that Conan Doyle bowed down to the popular opinion and decided to continue the series long after his rroneous decision to mark the Double Deception (Code Name: Danger end of the series with The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes We readers would otherwise have been deprived of some of the best adventures of Sherlock Holmes the best fictitious detectivever to grace the literary world June 29 2019Collecting 13 Sherlock Holmes tales which originally appeared in The Strand magazine from Oct 1903 to Jan 1905 and published in book form in 1905 this is the third of Doyle s five story collections featuring Holmes the second one being the one I recently reviewed The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Indeed the lead story here The Adventure of the Empty House is Wicked Lies (Men of Summer, essentially a seuel to the last story in the previous collection The Adventure of the Final Problem In all of these collections the arrangement of the stories is apparently in the order they were written The former story is one of two here that I d already read the other is The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton which is one of my favorite stories in the Holmes canon though hard to discuss without a spoiler It was adapted for the PBS Mystery TV series starring Jeremy Brett as The Master Blackmailer I can recommend that version but it does flesh out the original with significant added materialFrom what I ve read so far I would say that stylistically the stories here are typical of the Holmes corpus which is to say very readable flowing well with appropriate levels of description and character development posing challenging intellectual puzzles that call forth satisfying displays of deduction often with atmospheric and Gothic touches and with inherentmotional impact and sometimes thought provoking situations Holmes character dominates the book and he s definitely one of the genre s most individual and memorable sleuths One reviewer did mention a a heavy reliance on someone s past comes back to haunt them and I d agree that this is a theme that crops up in several Holmes stories here and Grave Tattoo elsewhereWhile waiting for a common read in one of my groups I read five of the stories here I guessed the main outlines of the solution in both The Adventure of the Norwood Builder and The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist but it was still fun to see Holmes demonstrate and prove it and both stories held some definite surprises nonetheless Similarly The Adventure of the Priory School was another story where I d seen the PBS adaptation so again I knew the basic solution but the story differed from the adaptation in some particulars and I d forgotten others so it wasn t a spoiled read on that account The Adventure of the Dancing Men allowed Holmes to demonstrate his code breaking skills to advantage Finally The Adventure of Black Peter provided one of Holmes grislier murder cases with the demise of a generally despised retired sea captain his body found pinned to a wall with one of his own harpoons Will read laterAug 24 2019Yesterday I finished reading the final six of these stories and I m increasingly suspecting I ve read this collection and at least some of the other later Holmes collections as well as a kid since I had thexperience not for the first time in reading these books of recognizing a passage of dialogue I d read before I definitely recall that my reading of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes back in the mists of childhood set me to hunting up and reading very Sherlock Holmes book I could find Only the titles of the first collection and the four novels stayed in my memory but given my tendency to forget title information for books I read in those days it s uite likely I read all or at least much of the canon at that age than I specifically remembered However I d forgotten all of the other details of that missing person story The Adventure of the Missing Three uarter the title comes from the terminology of the British sport of cricket a world as new to Holmes as to me so it and all of the other stories were as good as new reads I d seen a TV adaptation of The Adventure of the Golden Pince Nez on Mystery years ago which has two of Doyle s memorable characters and I recalled those two individuals but not the Ory of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Expanded to include biography of Arthur Conan Doyle Special introduction on the 19th Century World.

I know now why this collection of 13 short stories is called The Return In the last story of Memoirs ntitled The Final Problem Watson says that Holmes has retired and will no longer publish new stories Now in real life between that story which was published in 1893 and 1903 the period called by Sherlock fans as The Great Hiatus Sir Arthur C The Return of Sherlock Holmes collects thirteen short stories featuring the famous detective all supposedly written and published by John Watson his best friend roommate and confidante With a disappearing wife After the Churchills Trial events of The Adventure of the Final Problem Holmes returns in dramatic fashion and the two set out to solve crimes all over London from theft to blackmail to internationalspionageWhile I have plenty to say about the I Believe in Sherlock movement I may have participated I ll just say here that it amazes and humbles me that Holmes death has always affected fans to the point of action And I was wondering how Doyle would actually bring him back The Adventure of the Empty House does not disappoint While the stories are ultimately adventure pieces Holmes and Watson s reunion is actually touching and the two do communicate how much they mean to A Conspiracy of Ravens (Lady Trent Mysteries each other in fact Holmes underestimated the affect his disappearance would have on Watson They fall back into their familiar rhythm over the course of the story they reven a little handsy with Lakeside Redemption each other as they readjust I mean than usual And at thend all returns to status uo Holmes buys Watson s practice in a roundabout manner and Mary seems to have vanished into thin air so now they re just living solely on Holmes paycheck I assume Oh boys uality varies among the different short stories but overall a pleasure to read The most interesting part of the book is when Sherlock Holmes returns the In Pursuit of a Princess emotional connection shared by Dr Watson is not only moving but also praiseworthy Shows how their friendship and value for one another have grownnormously throughout the years Coming back to the stories I found them less suspicious and attention grabbing in nature this time Though Holmes was as always the best in solving them But I strongly believe that the collection could have been better Hence I have given it four stars rather than the usual five starsBest line Every problem becomes childish when Second Time Loving explained Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes has not died after all That was a very happy development I was hoping he would somehow return from the dead given the title of this collection At the same time I alsontertained the idea that perhaps this collection refers to the cases before his supposed death All was cleared in The Adventure of the Empty House when Holmes makes a dramatic re ntry scaring the poor Doctor Watson out of his wits With his return Sherlock Holmes brings to us through Dr Watson s chronicles of course thirteen interesting adventures of his where as always his brilliant analytical mind and somewhat supernatural faculties as well as his power of deduction is demonstrated to his great advantage This is the third collection of short stories that I read of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and I found it to be the most interesting to me Except for a couple all the others were generously rated between four and five stars The Adventure of the Empty House The Adventure of the Norwood Builder The Adventure of the Dancing Men The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist The Adventure of the Six Napoleons The Adventure of the Missing Three uarter The Adventure of the Abbey Grange The Adventure of the Priory School The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton The Adventure of the Three Students The Adventure of the Golden Pince Nez The Adventure of the Second Stain and The Adventure of Black Peter The ccentricity and arrogance were two marked characteristics of Sherlock Holmes They were all the marked in these stories specially his arrogance Although I was annoyed at times when his arrogance was directed towards Doctor Watson I was able to overlook this weakness nough to respect and admire the ccentric detective The only other complain I have is the fact that Conan Doyle has reduced Doctor Watson to a mere chronicler and a secretary I wished the author had assigned a useful role to the worthy doctor With. The Return of Sherlock Holmes With Biography of Sir Conan Doyle and Overview of the 19th Century World More classic Holmes adventures he classic st.

Etails of the mystery and its solutionMy favorite story in this batch was The Adventure of the Abbey Grange which is also one of Holmes grislier murder cases though its grisliness wasn t the reason I liked it That one is marred in one place by a character s use of white man as a complimentary term synonymous with man of personal integrity which is obviously racist but Doyle is simply reproducing there the kind of speech that a character with these characteristics and background might well have used in that ra The same usage rears its head for instance in John Buchan s The 39 Steps which dates from the same period One story in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes actually makes a very good statement about racial issues and is refreshingly free of the usual British racism of that day to avoid a spoiler I won t identify the story but it probably reflects the author s own attitudes reliably than a casual comment put in the mouth of a character who appears onceIn reading The Adventure of the Six Napoleons I deduced the basic premise behind the solution almost immediately but again it was still fun watching Holmes work it out and fill in the details The other mysteries were difficult to resolve until the denouement though in a couple of cases I d formed a basic theory along the way which was correct as far as it went The Adventure of the Second Stain takes Holmes and Watson once again into the world of high stakes international Family Men espionage My main take away from The Adventure of the Three Students is that it reflects a mind set of English and probably American as well college students in anra that still saw academic cheating as something beneath an honorable person and indeed still felt that a person could be honorable and that this would actually be a good thing Attitudes have changed today and not for the better but having read this soon after being present for the signing at the start of another school year of the Bluefield College Honor Code by the incoming freshmen I m glad that I m serving an institution that chooses to go against the grain in that respectLike The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes which I reviewed Creative Participation earlier I read this collection this time at least as part of the omnibus volume The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes which reproduces all of the illustrations of the stories done by Sidney Paget when they were first published in The Strand Thesenhance the read IMO kids aren t the only readers who can Sabina Spielrein enjoy illustrations we adults do too This is a great collection of thirteen Sherlock Holmes detective stories These occur after Sherlock supposibley dies in the last collection The author was under a lot of pressure to revive Sherlock Holmes and masterfully does in this volumeEnjoy and Be BlessedDiamond It would probably have been better if I had spaced these out instead of reading one right after the other That bit at the crater had me shaking my head at Preston and Child Must be a kind of complement or loving homage The Return of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes 6 Arthur Conan Doyle The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories originally published in 1903 1904 by Arthur Conan Doyle Missing presumed dead for three years Sherlock Holmes returns triumphantly to his dear companion Dr Watson And not before time London has never been in need of hisxtraordinary services a murderous individual with an air gun stalks the city Among thirteen further brilliant tales of mystery detection and deduction Sherlock Holmes investigates the problem of the Norwood Builder deciphers the message of the Dancing Men and cracks the case of the Six NapoleonsThe Adventure of the Empty House the return of HolmesThe Adventure of the Norwood BuilderThe Adventure of the Dancing MenThe Adventure of the Solitary CyclistThe Adventure of the Priory SchoolThe Adventure of Black PeterThe Adventure of Charles Augustus MilvertonThe Adventure of the Six NapoleonsThe Adventure of the Three StudentsThe Adventure of the Golden Pince NezThe Adventure of the Missing Three uarterThe Adventure of the Abbey GrangeThe Adventure of the Second Stain 2011 1903 1904 A 85% Extraordinary Notes All in all a volume without a real stand out story but the most consistently good of the short story collections so fa. Linked Table of Contents Formatted for Kindle It was a world of men in hats and women in parasols It was a time of genteel manners and of proper

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Charles Altamont Doyle a talented illustrator was born in England of Irish descent and his mother born Mary Foley was Irish They were married in 1855Although he is now referred to as Conan Doyle the origin of this compound surname if that is how he meant it to be understood is uncertain His baptism record in the registry of St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh gives 'Arthur Ignatius Conan' as his Christian name and simply 'Doyle' as his surname It also names Michael Conan as his godfatherAt the age of nine Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school Hodder Place Stonyhurst He then went on to Stonyhurst College leaving in 1875From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh This reuired that he provide periodic medical assistance in the towns of Aston now a district of Birmingham and Sheffield While studying Conan Doyle began writing short stories His first published story appeared in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal before he was 20 Following his graduation he was employed as a ship's doctor on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885In 1885 Conan Doyle married Louisa or Louise Hawkins known as Touie She suffered from tuberculosis and died on 4 July 1906 The following year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie whom he had first met and fallen in love with in 1897 Due to his sense of loyalty he had maintained a purely platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was alive Jean died in London on 27 June 1940Conan Doyle fathered five children Two with his first wife—Mary Louise 28 January 1889 – 12 June 1976 and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley known as Kingsley 15 November 1892 – 28 October 1918 With his second wife he had three children—Denis Percy Stewart 17 March 1909 – 9 March 1955 second husband in 1936 of Georgian Princess Nina Mdivani circa 1910 – 19 February 1987; former sister in law of Barbara Hutton; Adrian Malcolm 19 November 1910–3 June 1970 and Jean Lena Annette 21 December 1912–18 November 1997Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham his house in Crowborough East Sussex on 7 July 1930 He had died of a heart attack at age 71 His last words were directed toward his wife You are wonderful The epitaph on his gravestone in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest Hampshire readsSTEEL TRUEBLADE STRAIGHTARTHUR CONAN DOYLEKNIGHTPATRIOT PHYSICIAN MAN OF LETTERSConan Doyle's house Undershaw located in Hindhead south of London where he had lived for a decade had been a hotel and restaurant between 1924 and 2004 It now stands empty while conservationists and Conan Doyle fans fight to preserve itA statue honours Conan Doyle at Crowborough Cross in Crowborough where Conan Doyle lived for 23 years There is also a statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place Edinburgh close to the house where Conan Doyle was bornSeries