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The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Folio Society Hardback)


Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrations: Max Löffler
Publisher: The Folio Society
RRP: £29.95
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Publication Date: Available now

The brilliant detective shows off his incredible powers of deduction in this new collection of ten perennially popular cases chosen from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes has become the most lauded sleuth in literature, his capricious character kept on a level by his unflappable assistant, Dr Watson. Together, the pair investigates the insalubrious environs of Victorian London to solve a string of complex crimes...

The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes contains 10 classic Holmes stories, beginning with A Scandal in Bohemia – the only Sherlock Holmes story to feature his female adversary Irene Adler – and reach a thrilling finale that features a duel with his nemesis Professor Moriarty in The Final Problem. In between, Holmes must foil a bank heist in The Red-Headed League, locate a missing race horse in Silver Blaze, and deduce how a man died in a locked room with just his innocent wife present in The Crooked Man...

For fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, the Folio Society once again deliver a lovingly crafted keepsake that can be read and cherished. Housed in a sturdy slipcase, the book contains 280 pages with some beautifully eerie illustrations by Max Löffler. There's also an interesting introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning literary journalist Michael Dirda.

The stories you should already know... but if you are not overly familiar with them then that's an additional bonus and all the reason you need to pick this up. It's also, considering the quality, being sold relatively cheaply.

Technical specifications: Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with blocked cloth case sides; Set in Laurentian with Clarendon display; 280 pages; Frontispiece and 8 black & white integrated illustrations; Blocked slipcase; 9½˝ x 6¼˝.

This is the perfect gift for yourself or the serious literary lover in your life.

The stories reprinted in this collection are as follows:

A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red-Headed League
The Man with the Twisted Lip
The Speckled Band
The Copper Beeches
Silver Blaze
The Musgrave Ritual
The Crooked Man
The Greek Interpreter
The Final Problem


Nick Smithson

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