The Best of Sherlock Holmes

The Best of Sherlock Holmes

Hardback Collectors Library

By (author) Arthur Conan Doyle, Edited by David Stuart Davies, Illustrated by Sidney Paget, Afterword by David Stuart Davies

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  • Publisher: Collector's Library
  • Format: Hardback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 152mm x 28mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1905716559
  • ISBN 13: 9781905716555
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 228,461

Product description

Each volume in the "Collector's Library" series has a specially commissioned Afterword, brief biography of the author and a further reading list. The Afterword for this edition of is by David Stuart Davies.These fifteen short stories, chosen by David Stuart Davies, former Editor of "Sherlock" magazine, show the master detective Sherlock Holmes at his most ingenious. Faithfully supported by his chronicler, Dr Watson, Holmes pits his wits against 'the Napoleon of Crime', Professor Moriarty, assists European royalty threatened by disgrace, the mysterious death of a young woman due to be married and other intrigues that defeat the detectives of Scotland Yard.

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Author information

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After a rigorous Jesuit education, he trained to become a doctor at Edinburgh University. Eventually he set up in a medical practice in Southsea and during the quiet spells between patients he turned his hand to writing. It was here that he created his scientific detective Sherlock Holmes, a character based to some extent on one of his tutors at Edinburgh, Dr. Joseph Bell. Although Holmes was Doyle's greatest creation, he was more proud of his historical novels such as "Micah Clarke," "Sir Nigel," and "The White Company." A man of many interests and talents, he was an expert in photography and was a pioneer of cross-country skiing. Toward the end of his life he devoted much of his time to his belief in spiritualism. He died in 1930.