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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
By: (1859-1930)

A young gambler is found shot dead in a closed room. Dr. Watson, who still mourns the disappearance of his famous friend is intrigued enough to step out of his house and take a look at the crime scene. A crowd has gathered there, curiously gazing up at the room where the crime is supposed to have taken place. Watson inadvertently jostles against an elderly, deformed man and knocks a stack of books from the fellow's hand. The man curses Watson vilely and disappears into the throng. It suddenly occurs to Watson that one of the books that he had helped the stranger pick up had seemed familiar... Thus begins the first thrilling story, The Adventure of the Empty House, in The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which was published after what Holmes enthusiasts call the Great Hiatus.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes was published in 1905. In 1891, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was completely exasperated by the seemingly endless appetite of readers who welcomed each new Sherlock Holmes story with the greatest delight. He wrote to his mother confessing that he was “thinking of slaying Holmes... He takes my mind from better things.” His mother's famous reply, “You won't, you can't, you mustn't!” only echoed the voice of his readers. However, in 1893, Conan Doyle did the unthinkable; he finished off Holmes in the Reichenbach Falls in The Final Problem and thought he had done with the man for good.

He hadn't reckoned with his readers. There was a flood of protest. Letters to the editors of newspapers, a stream of mail to his publishers and himself, all demanding that Holmes be kept alive. Finally, he gave in and The Return of Sherlock Holmes was greeted with huge delight. Though The Hound of the Baskervilles came out in 1902, it was set in a time before Holmes' “death.”

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 stories. Among them are The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, a tale of a reclusive old bachelor who suddenly vanishes, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, a delightful puzzle involving a mysterious message that contains a series of stick figures, The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist in which a lovely young governess is being stalked by a man on a bicycle, and many others. The last story, The Adventure of the Second Stain has Watson revealing that Holmes is now completely retired and would not like Watson to write any more stories about him!

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is indeed a delightful continuation of the Holmes saga and a great addition to your repertoire!


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 22, 2014
Subject: Adventures of Sherlock Holmes review
I really like this, I'm up to the builder thingy. Wadevz. I skipped part 2'because... Sorry to dob, but... I really didn't like that reader. But, it's enjoyable.
Reviewer: - April 8, 2014
Subject: Return of Sherlock Holmes
The readers of most of these adventures do a very nice job. I enjoyed listening to this book!
Reviewer: - March 7, 2014
Subject: Adeventures of Sherlock holmes
Mark Smith's flow was good and the variation was marvelous.
Reviewer: - January 31, 2014
Subject: A few good readers, some awful ones
The adventure of the golden pince-nez was well done, and abbey grange pretty good. Most were alright, if the wrong pronunciations for English names could be forgiven. The missing three quarter was far too quickly read, so much so that it was near impossible to follow some parts. Those that read without any regard for voice acting could at least have tried to adopt a less shrill and hurried tone.
Reviewer: - August 28, 2013
Subject: Variable quality
Abbey Grange is very well read, but most are not so good.
Reviewer: - August 13, 2013
Subject: Very well done!!
I enjoyed listening to Zachary Geiss.
Reviewer: - July 29, 2013
Subject: The Adventures of Sherlock Homes
What a great job has been done Smith, the narrator, simply marvelous.
Reviewer: - January 30, 2013
Subject: The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Enjoyable listen. Especially the chapters read by Zachary Brewster Geiss (sp?). Very entertaining.
Reviewer: - September 3, 2009
Subject: The return Of Sherlock Holmes
Stands up to its reputation. Very Good. The sound quality in the audio e book is fantastic.
Reviewer: - August 24, 2007
Subject: The best so far...
The Abbey Grange is very well done. You will like it.


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