The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Book Summary

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You get not one, not two, but 25 gripping mysteries in Arthur Conan Doyle’s first of five collections of Sherlock Holmes short stories. Follow the brilliant and eccentric Holmes and his loyal sidekick, Dr. Watson, as they journey to lavish country estates to investigate baffling cases involving indiscreet royal affairs, cheetahs, redheads, and gypsies. Every one of Conan Doyle’s tales is full of surprising - but always logical - twists. (Fun fact: This book includes “The Speckled Band,” the author’s self-proclaimed favorite of all of his Sherlock Holmes short stories.)

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- Interesting5 star

I had never read this book before. But it’s interesting.

- Loved the short stories5 star

This was a great book, I was immediately interested. There are some chapters that are a bit slower, and even though I read them, they weren’t as interesting as the others. The great thing about this collection is that if you don’t like a story, move on to the next one. I would recommend The Speckled Band as the best on in there.

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes5 star

Having been a fan of the movies, I was interested in reading this book. The writing was a challenge to sometimes comprehend, due to English ways of description in the 1870’s - 1890’s. However, character development was by far excellent, along with storyline. Highly recommended reading puts you in England alongside Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes, for many cases to solve!

- Pretty Good Book4 star

It kinda dragged in some places, but most of the stories were very intriguing and well written.

- A rather exquisite review5 star

This book has allowed me to think over and above in Fortnite. I now understand how to drink the chug jug IN SEASON TWO and in 10 seconds. I am now a master gamer

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes3 star

I had a hard time staying interested.

- Read this right now1 star

This book is awesome...jk... this book is friggin boring. It’s un-entertaining. I wish I could un-read this udder piece of garbage! I wanna cry it’s so bad.

- Sherlock, always a good read!5 star


- It’s Sherlock.5 star

There are few phrases that I think could have been better written as having been said by Holmes, but other than that, Sir Doyle has done an outstanding job at putting down detail and fact, as factual as can be, to keep an audience’s attention. I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes stories and mysteries.

- Loved it!5 star

I’m usually a slow reader, but I finished this book only in a few days, while for others it would take weeks. The interesting, splendidly woven tales of mystery really snatched all my attention, and I haven’t read any of the longer tales written by Doyle yet, but I definitely will! Really recommend it!

- Good book5 star

Good book

- Sherlock Holmes5 star

I loved this book so much that I couldn’t stop reading the sample!

- I hate it1 star

To me it was really boring and I always reAd ahead in 12 grade history

- Good book.5 star

Some of the adventures were hard to get into but over all it was a good book. I am reading the classics and I considered this one of them. Enjoy!!

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- Yum5 star

It was a good book it also tasted good

- Brilliant!5 star

I love Sherlock Holmes and was ecstatic to find I could download my favourite Sherlock stories for free! Love it!

- Hot5 star

Sexy 😜😜😜😜😜😜😜😜

- Bored3 star

Bored bored bored

- Good ole Sherlock5 star

I've always heard how good theses stories are, but never took the time to read them. The stylistic writing of the time, the density of the story, and the persistence with which they are revealed are better than any crime novel out there. Hats off to Arthur Conan Doyle

- Trash3 star

It was absolutely garbage

- Good times, 19th-century style4 star

Lots of fun in its old-fashioned way, and not dry or staid, as I thought when I first read these 20 or so years ago. In fact Doyle's writing is more descriptive and insightful, and at times wry, than I ever game him credit for. Maybe you can see the solutions coming -- or maybe that's just my half-remembering from decades ago -- but they're still a lot of fun. It's a good idea to have Wikipedia handy for some references that nobody knows anymore. Enriching!

- Loving it5 star

best adventures no matter how many times you read them.

- Best Sherlock Mysteries!!5 star

Very well written and I enjoyed each chapter as if I was reading the hard copy! This suspenseful novel allowed to me stay interested in every mystery and criminal-mastermind without becoming bored or mundane. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creates scenes of anticipation for the reader and he does an excellent job of telling a vivid story for every mystery.

- Timeless and intriguing adventures of two friends on Baker Street5 star

A thoroughly timeless tale of mystery, humor, loyalty, suspense, and honor. I could barely lay it down and hardly wait for the next adventure!

- The adventures of Sherlock Homles5 star

I loved this book I was sad to get to the last page. The stories were thought provoking and even with the old English ,was easy to read. Recommend reading, enjoy.

- Fan4 star

Enjoy the Holmes creation by Doyle for the numerous facets of his personality, singular focus, deductions and assembly of facts to reach his conclusions. A wonderful, almost visual staging of the British culture, character and life at that time.

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes4 star

A wonderful classic, each chapter is a different case with just enough detail to keep you intrigued without getting lost in trivialities. A fine read.

- The Sherlock Holmes Lover 20155 star

Hi, I am Bradley Normandin and this is DA BOMB. I highly recommend this book... MustRead

- Classic5 star

Stephen King wrote in On Writing: the art of writing requires just enough detail for the reader to absorb the author's point, and no more. Doyle might be one of the best examples of that art.

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- Astonishing5 star

The best book ever created

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes4 star

Never gets stale. Such a cool brain. Love the deductions.

- Excellent5 star

Amazing. Download it.

- Review3 star

The book was ok but it was a little boring .😴

- Classic!5 star

Here are 12 delightful tales of Holmes and Watson, all the better for NOT being among those best-known tales we've. All read, seen in film, etc. there may seem an occasional variance in the qu,laity of the tales; I'm not sure how hard Doyle worked on all of them. But in toto, they are neat little packages. Lots of clues here into the make-up of Holmes himself, and a great way to end several late neat not-too-long story at a time. Great good fun!!

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes4 star

Amusant et représentatif d'une époque. Certaines enquêtes sont faciles à déduire mais gardent quand même leur côté divertissant.

- Sherlock Holmes5 star

A wonderfully textured book with likable characters. Anyone can love Holmes's amazing deductions! Great book!

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes3 star

Well narrated and very interesting tales.

- Rupert5 star

This has everything a great book must have!

- AWESOME!5 star

The Sherlock Holmes series is quite enthralling. But you have to read this book, it's amazing!!!!!!

- Best Books Ever!!!5 star

Sherlock Holmes really is one of the greatest fictional characters of all time! :D I never get tired of reading and rereading the books.

- Best book ever!!!!!!!!5 star

Loved it.

- Awesome5 star

Still a great read, even after 130 years!

- Sherlock Holmes4 star

Pleasantly entertaining! Enjoyed all of the stories and am now going to indulge in The Return of Sherlock Holmes. Very good!

- Awesome4 star

Super fun read!!

- Best5 star

Ive seen both the motives and the tv show but this is way better

- WOW!4 star

I never thought about reading this book, but now that i have read it, I wish I could have read it before an I'm not even a teen yet!

- Adventures of Sherlock Holmes5 star

Magnificent. The stories are rich in character and environment. The writing has brevity as well as clarity. Triumphant.

- Great book5 star

I loved this book I actually finished it. If you knew me you would know that is a huge compliment.

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes4 star

A light enjoyable read, consistent to the style of other Sherlock Holmes adventures

- The adventures of Sherlock Holmes3 star

Picture yourself as Sherlock Holmes investigating every house looking for clues. Read this book and figure out the crimes of detection and picture all the crimes in this book.

- Very good book5 star

I liked it

- Great5 star

I haven't finished it and yet I still love it because I like mysteries.

- Amazing Book!5 star

It's a great book that everyone should have read at least once!

- Excellent5 star

Well-written, intelligent stories, and a nicely presented free version from the publisher.

- Sherlock Holmes1 star

I am still reading this book, I kind of don't like it. I am still on the first chapter. I only have one book so far.

- Classic5 star

Doyle is great as always, and love being able to travel with some good stuff on the iPad too. No such thing as too long for a good book.

- Good...4 star

Great book but it's kind of too long.

- An arousing story5 star

This book is phenomenal,it is so arousing . Honestly this has kindled a passion of reading in me .What is astonishing is that the book is entirely free, no costs associated. The tension is almost tangible . Well done.

- Pretty cool3 star

It’s a great book and all, but it takes too long to get to the action.

- Sherlock5 star

Excellent, good read!

- A Great Classic4 star

It's always rewarding to read the book even if there are Hollywood films based on them. To think, this story was written more than 100 years ago!

- I LOVE IT!!5 star

Sherlock Holmes, an extremely classic novel filled with brain challenging puzzles for the reader as well!! I always try to guess the case beforehand!!

- Amazballs5 star

Best murder mistery book I've ever read

- Witty5 star

It is a great read Arthur Conan Doyle lights up dim lights and makes Holmes seem witty but cocky also.

- The adventures. Of Sherlock Holmes5 star

An enjoyable read. Light hearted but full of intrigue and unusual events. Great to read a complete story in one sitting.

- Sherlock holmes5 star

Sherlock Holmes is a highly fascinating book with more adventure for Sherlock and Watson. P.S lot of death

- RE: HERRON1 star

@thek55 I found your review very engaging and helpful. Thanks!

- Classic short stories5 star

20 years ago it was suggested to me that I should read this book. I should have listened sooner as it was simply a delight to read and I am so happy that I found the time to complete this book. Take my advice and read it, you won't be disappointed.

- Good1 star

Good book

- Sherlock Holmes4 star

A good read!

- Jofnpivrn5 star

This book is great at!

- Books5 star

This is one of the best books that I have read so far

- Classic!4 star

An old classic which stirs the mind's imagination. Easy to read in short episodes. Looking forward to the others in the collection.

- Great book5 star

My 1st e-book and it was free. Great read without the bulk of a thick book. Interesting stories so it deserves all stars.

- The adventures of Sherlock Holmes3 star

The stories in this book were an enjoyable read.

- Good for testing iBook5 star

If you want to try iBook, get this book...

- Fantastic5 star

As a free book this is just fantastic. If you have never read Sherlock Holmes you NEED to! It is a great story that anyone can enjoy.

- Outstanding5 star

The greatest detective if all time

- Cool5 star


- absolute TRASH1 star

It’s just confusing at the start not even going to bother imma just delete it for my iPad storage if you read this don’t get it

- I’m telling you this is an amazing book 💁🏻‍♀️💁🏻‍♀️5 star

Ok so I can go ahead and tell you that this is a very good book 💁🏻‍♀️💁🏻‍♀️

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes5 star

Omfg the moment I picked this book up I knew it was going to be good. Could have added all the other stories as well though.

- Great read2 star

Didn’t think I would like this but I was very impressed. Very entertaining and enjoyable. Each short story kept me guessing.

- No1 star

I don’t think this is a lovely history

- Not good1 star

This book was rubbish totally did not scroll through the book if you get me £16 I will rate this book the best

- Sherlock Holmes5 star

Good book I really liked the book

- Plenty to keep you occupied5 star

I really enjoyed these stories, so many , some of them I’ve never heard of .... lol really spell binding, really good reading.

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes5 star


- Love these stories.5 star

Made my journey to and from work thoroughly enjoyable

- Charming & brilliantly distracting5 star

I have not indulged in any of the old classic before and took it upon myself to have a change of scene for my imagination. I am a mother of two young boys and have recently found it hard to enjoy a previously much enjoyed hobby such as reading; however these little episodes were perfect and bought much excitement to my nighttime shenanigans with two small people. A great read following the fantastic 'Lost World' and I can not wait to discover more of Sir ACD's writings.

- Great bedtime reading5 star

Brilliant short stories, gripping at times, not bad from the pen of the original Portsmouth Football Club goalkeeper!

- Fantastic, Imaginative & Entertaining5 star

The book doesn't disappoint, while I've been reading this book of short stories the voices I hear in the conversations are of Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce, which in my humble opinion are the definitive movie pairing for Messrs Holmes & Watson

- Supercalafrajalisticexpealadocious5 star

Just superb. Best book you'll ever read!

- Fantastic5 star

If you have eyes and can read I implore you to do so with this wonderful collection.

- Sherlock Holmes5 star

Wow that was amazing if I could say 1 thing about this book it would be read this book it is amazing it is one of my favorite books ever oh my gosh

- This book is awesome5 star

The book is good a watched the film and the book is rubbisher then the film

- Lives up to the series5 star

This is a great book. It is helped by the amazing third series of Sherlock, but the book it's self is something completely different. Amazing works from an amazing author

- Wisoko5 star

Brilliant series of short mysteries.

- Excellent5 star

A good collection of short stories featuring the ultimate detective, well worth a download.

- Not all books3 star

The contents of this book is brilliant but there aren't all the books they haven't got the final problem!!!

- Sherlock Holmes5 star


- Amazing5 star

Amazing book with lots of adventures all for the great sum of $0.00

- Really worth the read4 star

Having known Holmes for many years its great to learn where he came from.

- Yawn1 star


- Sherlock5 star

Brilliant. Absolutely fantastic

- Grand!!! As a Sherlock should be5 star

Conan Doyle is a master as proven and the format is great

- An absolute marvel5 star

An absolute marvel of English literature now this is the kind of books I want to see the generation of today reading and most of all actually enjoying these books Arthur Conan Doyle has produced a magnificent book of unique intelligence and this should be shown to adolescent children everywhere.

- Perfect Read5 star

The characters and stories are captivating and insightful, the imagery and detail make the puzzles and crimes that much more interesting and riddling. Would definitely read it again and again.

- The return of Sherlock holmes4 star

A collection of short stories which demonstrate the detection skills of Sherlock Holmes. The style and content will probably already be familiar to most readers. Set in Victorian Britain they are therefore dated but nevertheless make for an amusing read.

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- Loved it5 star

All his books are great

- Ow3 star

Although this is bad, I HATE THIS CRAP

- Not that great3 star

Lots of posturing and little story telling

- Brilliant book with full grasp of curiosity of the readers.5 star

Brilliant book with full grasp of curiosity of the readers

- Illuminating & Magnificent Collection5 star

I am not one to waste any time nor effort on trivial things, but the stories of Sherlock Holmes adventures are enjoyable and captivating that I found it impossible to stop until the last.

- The adventures of Sherlock Holmes4 star

I am actually 12 years old, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

- Adventures of Sherlock Holmes4 star

An entertaing set of short stories to take to bed before sleep

- Amazing5 star

K so this book is great, but I guess I should have thought about the time period, before I started reading. I can't always follow what their talking about. But I guess being a fast reader doesn't help either.

- Hampton Davis1 star

This book sucked so much I hated it

- Sherlock Holmes5 star

This book was very good but a bit too long for me

- Thanks5 star

It is an amazing book I would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries

- Nice to read.3 star

It is a remarkable book, although, I find it hard to understand and or follow.

- The adventures of Sherlock Homes5 star

I enjoyed this book very much, short story's but a part of Sherlock Homes I did not know. Very well written it keep me wanting to read more.

- Sherlock Holmes at his best!5 star

These are the short stories of some of Holmes's strange, outlandish, and entertaining cases.

- Boring Sherlock1 star

Shermlock is so boring. All he does is investigate. He also likes importers and fake stuff.

- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes5 star

A fascinating and truly entertaining read. Great personalities are in this book. Watson and Holmes solve a case each chapter without it being dry at all.

- Hard1 star

Way to hard for me to follow :(

- Badly worded1 star

I would not recommend this book to anyone unless they have a high professors degree in college who could actually understand that?

- Sherlock Holmes4 star

I did not even read it

- Very good book5 star

It was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Yawn1 star


- Sherlock5 star

This is such a wonderful book I hope you write more books

- LAME5 star

This book SUCKED!!! So BORING (JK)

- Love it5 star

I love the book but the language was very adult. It kept me going for hours and I couldn't put it down. My favorite story was the redheaded league but the one about the Ku Klux Klan came in second. Just saying I'm 12 and I learned a new word every single page. Love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing and I want more.

- Great book5 star

A fantastic journey with Holmes and his faithful companion Watson. Each story is shrouded in mystery and some of the most outlandish, yet feesable, tales one could imagine. Trying to guess what comes with the next page is possible, but only if your last name is Holmes. A must read for any fan of mystery, and a very recommended read those whose intrigue lies within other genres.

- I really like this novel !!! This book can Change my habit5 star

I really like this novel !!! This book can Change my habit:)

- Very Fabulous5 star

It is an excellent book!! I do recommend!

- Amazing!!!5 star

I'm only in middle school and I still loved it! After you read it, it will leave you thinking. It's easy to understand but still a great book

- Extraordinarily written!5 star

Sherlock Holmes is an amazing detective story for all ages. I love reading all of his adventures. They're enthralling and intriguing no matter how old they are. This detective will forever be remembered! Watson, his loyal companion and author is an example of great friendship no matter what circumstances. This book is amazing.

- Gives a teacher a report they want to hear5 star

This is the best. Makes for a great book to do book reports on and gives you stuff to read for hours, and leaves you thinking even longer.

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@inmyownfashion2 It's a toss up between Dracula and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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incase anyone wants The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes second story in ~20 minutes it’ll be fun

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