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"The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" is a collection of
eleven detective stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous
literary creation, Sherlock Holmes. Contained within this collection are
the following tales: Silver Blaze, The Yellow Face, The Stock-Broker's
Clerk, The "Gloria Scott", The Musgrave Ritual, The Reigate
Puzzle, The Crooked Man, The Resident Patient, The Greek Interpreter,
The Naval Treaty, and The Final Problem.

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April 9, 2016

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January 8, 2015

One of my favorite Sherlock books
If you're reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books in publication order (or even essentially in chronological order, at this point), the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is the 4th book in the series. This is the 2nd short story/mystery collection, after The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I tend to like the short story collections better than the full novel-length mysteries, and this collection didn't disappoint. Although I really liked Adventures, I think I preferred this book, because it was a bit more exciting and memorable.

In Memoirs, we are introduced to many important characters in the Sherlock Holmes canon, including Sherlock's brother Mycroft. This collection also marks our first introduction of Sherlock's nemesis, Moriarty. The last story in this collection is The Last Problem, where we first see Sherlock and Moriarty go head to head (the results of this meeting leading to what is sometimes referred to as "The Great Hiatus" for Sherlock).

This collection was entertaining and, in my opinions, still stands up pretty well more than 100 years later. The mysteries are engaging and seemingly unsolvable, until Sherlock cracks the case, with explanations making it seem so simple. For those unfamiliar with Sherlock, you can easily pick up this collection and jump right in, although you won't have as much background on Watson and Holmes relationship, or Holmes' quirks. Overall, an entertaining and fun read.
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August 15, 2015

A nice Kindle edition of the Holmes 'Memoirs' - just know that this is far from the complete Holmes works
I picked this up to have a nice Kindle edition of this portion of the Holmes works. It's nicely produced and formatted for the Kindle, and worth getting, particularly as long as the publisher continues to offer this special edition here on Amazon at zero cost.

Be aware, though, that this is far from the complete Holmes stories. My recommendation for someone wanting a complete collection is to pick up this Kindle e-book: Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection. It's selling for a modest 99 cents at the present time here on Amazon, and it has essentially everything (see my review for the details: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1XW9M0NM1AQSK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00DCD53C2).

For reference, the following is a complete listing of the Holmes works, from the website sherlockian dot net.

Sherlock Holmes appeared in a total of 60 stories, written by Arthur Conan Doyle and published between 1887 and 1927. The four novels and five volumes of short stories now often appear as The Complete Sherlock Holmes.

1) A Study in Scarlet (novel, 1887)
2) The Sign of the Four (novel, 1890)
3) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
...a) A Scandal in Bohemia, 1891
...b) The Red-headed League, 1891
...c) A Case of Identity, 1891
...d) The Boscombe Valley Mystery, 1891
...e) The Five Orange Pips, 1891
...f) The Man with the Twisted Lip, 1891
...g) The Blue Carbuncle, 1892
...h) The Speckled Band, 1892
...i) The Engineer's Thumb, 1892
...j) The Noble Bachelor, 1892
...k) The Beryl Coronet, 1892
...l) The Copper Beeches, 1892
4) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
...a) Silver Blaze, 1892
...b) The Yellow Face, 1893
...c) The Stock-broker's Clerk, 1893
...d) The 'Gloria Scott', 1893
...e) The Musgrave Ritual, 1893
...f) The Reigate Squires, 1893
...g) The Crooked Man, 1893
...h) The Resident Patient, 1893
...i) The Greek Interpreter, 1893
...j) The Naval Treaty, 1893
...k) The Final Problem, 1893
5) The Hound of the Baskervilles (novel, 1901-02)
6) The Return of Sherlock Holmes
...a) The Empty House, 1903
...b) The Norwood Builder, 1903
...c) The Dancing Men, 1903
...d) The Solitary Cyclist, 1903
...e) The Priory School, 1904
...f) Black Peter, 1904
...g) Charles Augustus Milverton, 1904
...h) The Six Napoleons, 1904
...i) The Three Students, 1904
...j) The Golden Pince-Nez, 1904
...k) The Missing Three-Quarter, 1904
...l) The Abbey Grange, 1904
...m) The Second Stain, 1904
7) The Valley of Fear (novel, 1914-15)
8) His Last Bow
...a) Wisteria Lodge, 1908
...b) The Cardboard Box, 1893
...c) The Red Circle, 1911
...d) The Bruce-Partington Plans, 1908
...e) The Dying Detective, 1913
...f)) Lady Frances Carfax, 1911
...g) The Devil's Foot, 1910
...h) His Last Bow, 1917
9) The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
...a) The Illustrious Client, 1924
...b) The Blanched Soldier, 1926
...c) The Mazarin Stone, 1921
...d) The Three Gables, 1926
...e) The Sussex Vampire, 1924
...f) The Three Garridebs, 1924
...g) Thor Bridge, 1922
...h) The Creeping Man, 1923
...i) The Lion's Mane, 1926
...j) The Veiled Lodger, 1927
...k) Shoscombe Old Place, 1927
...l) The Retired Colourman, 1926

In addition, the complete "Canon" generally includes two prefaces by Arthur Conan Doyle (to His Last Bow, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes)
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April 28, 2016

Arthur Conan Doyle's stories were wonderful, Felix J Palma's work is an insult to readers and historians all over the world.
I love Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. There were quite a few in here that I had read before, but there were some that I hadn't. The only problem was that they had added another several chapters from another author, Felix J Palma, just so that they could say that someone had read his work. It was horrible. It was poorly written and as near as I can tell, his only reason for writing the book was to take two names he read in a history book and try to attach sexual content to them.
Disgusting.
5

October 29, 2019

Atria Books edition of the second original collection of Holmes adventures
Review of Kindle edition
Publication date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Language: English
ASIN: B00L01GHAA
236 pages

This second collection of Sherlock Holmes stories was published in 1893 but the publication date is sometimes listed as 1894. The 12 stories in this collection appear in the same order as they were published in The Strand Magazine except that the first British edition did not include "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box", though it was in the first U.S. edition. Later U.S. editions also omitted the story. Apparently Conan Doyle requested the omission. I haven't found a conclusive reason for this but it may have been because the plot contains adultery which Conan Doyle may have felt to be unsuitable for children. Which, of course, begs the question of why he wrote and published it that way in the first place. This Atria edition of "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" contains the following :
Contents
Letter from the Editor
Letter from the Author
Adventure I. Silver Blaze
Adventure II. The Yellow Face
Adventure III. The Stock-Broker’s Clerk
Adventure IV. The “Gloria Scott”
Adventure V. The Musgrave Ritual
Adventure VI. The Reigate Puzzle
Adventure VII. The Crooked Man
Adventure VIII. The Resident Patient
Adventure IX. The Greek Interpreter
Adventure X. The Naval Treaty
Adventure XI. The Final Problem
Map of Chaos Excerpt
About Atria Books
Introductory material by Judith Curr
Introductory material by Felix Palma

Doyle intended this to be the last collection of Holmes stories as he was already planning Holmes' demise and exit from literature. He was persuaded to write what would have been the penultimate Holmes adventure, The "Hound of the Baskervilles", before killing off Holmes in 'The Final Problem." As we now know, like the reported death of Mark Twain, the story of Holmes' death was greatly exaggerated and Holmes returned in triumph never to leave us again as the world wide popularity of Sherlock Holmes appears likely to live on into the distant future.

Note that Amazon has combined reviews of different editions of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Also the Amazon listing of this Atria Books edition contains reviews which obviously pertain to other editions such as BBC and an edition annotated by Les Klinger.
5

March 12, 2015

The Game Is A Foot
This a great collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories. It was a collection I had never read before except for The Final Problem which I had read before. I love seeing how everything plays out and what means Holmes employs to solve a case. I like seeing how Holmes' s mind works and when he explains the solution how obvious it seems even though I couldn't figure it out even if I wanted to. I love mysteries and Holmes is one of my favorite characters. In love the fact that because Holmes dies at the end of the final problem the fan outcry was so great that Doyle had to bring him back to life again for more adventures. Talk about loving a character, there are still to this societies devoted to Sherlock Holmes. He is even popular today with tv series in England and one in the US. That is a testament to the characters and stories that they have endured all this time and are going strong. So if you are a Holmes fan then you will like these stories if not they are a good place as any to start. Come on Watson the game is afoot.

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August 23, 2017

The Best Sherlock & Watson!
In my opinion the two best Sherlock Holmes portrayals are on TV by Jeremy Brett, and *possibly* surpassing him on audio is Clive Merrison! If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, you MUST treat yourself to these amazing performances by Merrison, Michael Williams as Watson, and a full cast. A totally immersive and enjoyable listening experience. And I believe Merrison and Williams are the only two actors to perform the entirety of Conan-Doyle's original Holmes short stories and novels. Excellent!
5

December 23, 2014

A quick read of good Sherlock Holmes stories
I've always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and have collected all the published stories in several different formats. As formats go, there's nothing special about this particular thin volume other than it was free at the time I added this to my Kindle. But if you've never read the actual Holmes stories, this isn't the one to start with. Several of the mysteries are quite good, but not the best of the canon, and one does get a sense that Doyle was weary of writing about Holmes. This led to his penning the final story titled "The Final Problem" in which Doyle kills off Sherlock. Public demand required his resurrection and the stories that followed as well as the stories that precede this volume are better written and more interesting than this work. But, if you've read the other stories, then definitely add this one to your collection. It's always fascinating to revisit 221B Baker Street anytime and best to do it in the hands of the master, rather than the many imitators that followed.
4

February 1, 2015

A bit frustrating
an enjoyable read, and at the cost of $0, hard to not get your money's worth. i was a bit disappointed because i expected there to be clues as the story went along so that when the plots were revealed you would say "oh...THAT is what the old shoe was doing there." This story doesnt work this way. You read some of the clues and then Holmes comes up with some bit of information not provided up to that point. In other words, I was expecting to be able to read along and figure out the twists along with the heroes. Instead, you get to read about how Holmes deduced the solution from a fact that was not previously provided in the story. Not a big deal to some, but I was expecting it to go differently. Still a good read.
4

August 17, 2012

Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes ebook
I have found the reading interesting but dated. I wanted to see what the movies were based on and some of these short stories are quite interesting. You can see how the attitudes and views have changed in over 100 years. Some of the slang terms used in the book would be considered in marginal taste in our hypersensitive 21st century world. If you keep in mind the day and age it was written in, you can get past some of the racial stereotypes and the comments on womens role in society (of the day).

I honestly enjoyed the read, though found some of the cases intentionally vague so the protagonist can divulge his deductions in grand fashion, though you the reader are not given all the aspects that he "sees" when investigating. Far less dramatic than any of the movies, though I would highly recommend if you want to see the roots of where tales came from.
1

January 29, 2019

Not as advertised.
This book says “Large Print” on the cover, but the print is small—about the size of a regular paperback book.
There is no title page, no copyright information, and no table of contents.
1

May 9, 2018

One Star
need to remove from my e-book
1

May 9, 2018

I recently downloaded the audiobook version of a dual-language book ...
I recently downloaded the audiobook version of a dual-language book so that I could both listen to, and read the book at the same time. The audio for this dual-language book did not include any of the Russian Text. This was a total water of my money.
1

May 8, 2018

One Star
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1

December 12, 2016

There is a problem I have tried many times to ...
There is a problem I have tried many times to try to read this ebook, but the pages will not come just black and white smears across the kindle. This is disappointing.
1

September 23, 2016

Terrible
The audio book skips terribly on a Galaxy Note 4 and freezes up. Money not well spent
1

August 10, 2015

One Star
I started reading it but it couldn't keep my interest so I didn't finish.
1

March 30, 2015

One Star
Just started reading it.
1

February 20, 2015

This book is not Text To Speech Enabled for Kindle
This book is not Text To Speech Enabled for Kindle.
1

January 8, 2015

One Star
The content was not t Sherlock Holmes, but a futuristic story taking place in a completely mechanized cory.
2

June 21, 2018

Two Stars
Hard to read
2

December 12, 2017

Hi
Ok. There is so much talking by him. So many details to remember that the 1st chapter I have read is already forgotten.
2

December 2, 2017

Two Stars
Disappointing
2

November 27, 2016

Two Stars
Just ok
2

November 9, 2014

Two Stars
ehh

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