Sherlock Holmes books?

Anuser 09/10/2018. 43 answers
Arts & Humanities Books & Authors

Are they good ?

If so where do I begin to read ?

43 Answers

Anonymous 09/20/2018.

The Hound of the Baskerville

Tom 09/17/2018.

A study in Scarlet is the first one---- It describes Watson first meeting Holmes and telling odd facts about him.----Yes they are good

Ronald 7 09/17/2018.

There are some great yarns there

The Hounds of the Baskervilles is my favourite

And Thomas Hardy

Tess of the Derbivles

Athena 09/13/2018.

They are good but they were written at a different time and in a different style than you are used to. Like Dickens, you need to read them for a while to get used to the vernacular.

I would suggest you find the Annotated collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. They are presented in the Chronological order they were supposed to happen in, so the first few stories feature Holmes BEFORE Watson arrived. The annotations help you understand "then current" references you might not understand now.

chorle 09/13/2018.

I personally like the audio dramas better. I would start with the ones on Project Gutenberg or LibriVox

my favorite is the one by Mark Twain "A Double Barreled Detective Story even if it is a parody and not by Arthur Conan Doyle

I might look into that book HapiKat mentioned.

pianoman 09/13/2018.

Good is relative. What's good to you may not be good to someone else. Select one and and start reading...

Marli 09/13/2018.

I'm fond of them. There are four novels and 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and innumerable parodies and stories by other authors since. Mark Twain had him playing baseball.

Of Doyle's 60, called the "Canon" by fans called "Sherlockians", some are excellent, some good, some poor and some cringe-worthy.

Of the novels, I like only "The Hound of the Baskervilles" It's the only one that does not have a long flashback to bulk out the book. (And because it is chilling at the end.)

A Study in Scarlet is the first book.

The Sign of Four we owe to the American publisher Lippincott who commissioned a Sherlock Holmes novel because the editor liked A Study in Scarlet.

The Adventures and The Memoirs are the next two books (short stories) and are considered to be the best of the 60 stories.

The "Annotated" editions are great for extra insight. The "game" of imagining Holmes is a real person started with an essay by an English prof. of religion and grew and spread to today.

A plug for this book,

About sixty : why every Sherlock Holmes story is the best / Redmond, Christopher, editor.

2016, Book , 249 pages

60 Sherlockians. Each one was assigned one of the 60 stories, and had to write a short essay proving it was the best story in the Canon. Some had no problem. Others had to find something that made it a gem. I was surprised that there are a few unpolished gems: the description of the setting, the relationship between Holmes and Watson, the client was interesting, the culprit was interesting. Things like that.

Anonymous 09/13/2018.

They're good, if you like quiet mysteries. Start at the beginning, with A Study in Scarlet.

glcang 09/13/2018.

They are great: The Hound of the Baskerville is a good one to start with.

ocularnervosa 09/13/2018.

Yes they are good. Start with A Study In Scarlet.

treyce 09/19/2018.

yes! My personal favorite is shrek takes new york!

Mir Quasem 09/19/2018.

Good. A study in scarlet.

John P 09/18/2018.

Those books are wonderful evocations of foggy Britain in the latter part of the 19th century. They are not 'blood and thunder' shoot em up books.

Noir 09/18/2018.

Try the Yellow Face first.

Kinza 09/17/2018.

Shakespeare best monument

. 09/13/2018.

They are fine.

Name 09/13/2018.

Nahhhhh they suck. ***.

Steven S 09/13/2018.

“A study in scarlet” was the first book with him as the main character. The series of books are very popular.

Crow 09/13/2018.

half of them are good and half are meh. There is a time order--follow it.

HapiKat 09/13/2018.

Yes, they are very good. I would recommend getting the "Annotated Sherlock Holmes" from your library -- it has tons of explanatory notes and illustrations explaining a lot of the unfamiliar words, concepts, and cultural practices of Victorian England that might be confusing to readers today. And the notes are written so as to be very entertaining themselves. (The author of the annotations pretends that Holmes was a real historical person and writes the notes from that point of view. Of course, he knows that Holmes didn't really exist, but the notes pretend that he did.)

robert43041 09/20/2018.

They are good. Start reading.

Chris 09/17/2018.

obama is good

Outsider 09/16/2018.

Very boring.

Anonymous 09/16/2018.

If you are a reader, you just start. Not a readers digest condensed version but the thick hard cover copy. I never looked up all the words in a dictionary but as I read the story I got an idea of what the word meant(even when I sluffed over it a few times.) You get the gist of the story. They are quite a story...many times you did not expect the twist in the story (where Chucky jumps out of the closet with the Chain Saw)....oh, I have been told that is a different story. Sorry bud.

Mujtaba 09/13/2018.

My favorit Writer

Kimbabe 09/13/2018.

I love Sherlock Holmes and have read every book.

PAMELA 09/13/2018.

Start with the first one, where holmes first meets dr watson, it is called a study in scarlet.

Siddhartha 09/13/2018.

page one and they are good.

boer84 09/13/2018.

They are good, definitely read them. Also try reading The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget and The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe. They are similar in the investigative genre and are much shorter.

Merce 09/19/2018.

All are amazing!

coverdaler 09/18/2018.

I think they're good. Probably best to begin from the first adventure, entitled "A Study in Scarlet". God bless!

Linda 09/18/2018.


Starr 09/17/2018.

the hound of the baskervillves? sorry not the best speller, my mom loves those and I listen to the audio of that one, its the most famious. its good and suspensful, its not at all boring.

Ahmed Taha 09/16/2018.

It's great you'll enjoy reading from the start.

Kevin7 09/15/2018.

They are very good books to read

Jennifer 09/14/2018.

Check the public library.

Stonehaven 09/13/2018.

Never read them.

Anonymous 09/13/2018.

They've been in print for over a hundred years. I guess someone must think they are good.

Grundoon 09/13/2018.

The short story collections are good, but why not listen to them instead?

Many sites offer free recordings of the old Sherlock radio series.

Nikki 09/20/2018.

The Red-Headed League

Arthur Conan Doyle


"I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock

Holmes, one day in the autumn of

last year and found him in deep conversation

with a very stout, florid-faced, elderly

gentleman with fiery red hair."

STEPHEN 09/13/2018.

They're "RIPPING YARNS". Start with the forst Holmes story.

BigBill 09/13/2018.

Very Good. I've read every one. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Freemason, did an inspired job with his character.

Verity 09/13/2018.

They are very good.

Agatha Christie is credited as the e creator of the "locked room" murder mystery, but in truth, the Holmes

story called "The Speckled Band" was first. It's very dated, but a great read, and Conan Doyle's personal favorite - Download Hi-Res Songs

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