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  • Published: 15 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9781785942457
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $26.00

Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures Volume 2


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The second volume of collectable gift editions of essential Conan Doyle stories, selected by Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss

'The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes'


This second of two volumes of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories featuring the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes begins with Silver Blaze and ends with Sherlock’s final appearance in The Adventure of The Dying Detective. Each tale of murder, suspense, cryptic clues and revenge is a ground-breaking combination of forensic science and bold storytelling.

The hit BBC series Sherlock has introduced a whole new generation of fans to Arthur Conan Doyle’s work. With each story selected and introduced by Sherlock co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, this collection welcomes readers inside the world of Sherlock Holmes and provides them with a curated masterclass in crime fiction.


The selected stories for volume two:

The Silver Blaze
The Yellow Face
The Musgrave Ritual
The Greek Interpreter
The Final Problem
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Empty House
Charles Augustus Milverton
The Bruce-Partington Plans
The Devil’s Foot
The Dying Detective

  • Pub date: 15 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9781785942457
  • Imprint: BBC Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and began to write stories while he was a student.Over his life he produced more than thirty books, 150 short stories, poems, plays and essays across a wide range of genres. His most famous creation is the detective Sherlock Holmes, who he introduced in his first novel A Study in Scarlet (1887). This was followed in 1889 by an historical novel, Micah Clarke. In 1893 Conan Doyle published 'The Final Problem' in which he killed off his famous detective so that he could turn his attention more towards historical fiction. However Holmes was so popular that Conan Doyle eventually relented and published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901. The events of the The Hound of the Baskervilles are set before those of 'The Final Problem' but in 1903 new Sherlock Holmes stories began to appear that revealed that the detective had not died after all. He was finally retired in 1927. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died on 7 July 1930.

Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh into a prosperous Irish family. He trained as a doctor, gaining his degree from Edinburgh University in 1881. He worked as a surgeon on a whaling boat and also as a medical officer on a steamer travelling between Liverpool and West Africa. He then settled in Portsmouth on the English south coast and divided his time between medicine and writing.

Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in A Study of Scarlet, published in 'Beeton's Christmas Annual' in 1887. Its success encouraged Conan Doyle to write more stories involving Holmes but, in 1893, Conan Doyle killed off Holmes, hoping to concentrate on more serious writing. A public outcry later made him resurrect Holmes. In addition, Conan Doyle wrote a number of other novels, including The Lost World and various non-fictional works. These included a pamphlet justifying Britain's involvement in the Boer War, for which he was knighted and histories of the Boer War and World War One, in which his son, brother and two of his nephews were killed. Conan Doyle also twice ran unsuccessfully for parliament. In later life he became very interested in spiritualism.

Conan Doyle died of a heart attack on 7 July 1930.

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