Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I -  Arthur Conan Doyle

In the course of two novels and twenty-four stories Sherlock Holmes, faithfully documented by Watson, cements his reputation as the finest detective in the land. It's fitting that Volume I ends with "The Final Problem" in 'The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes' thematically, but also because with there was such an immense leap forward in style and quality of writing with 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. With that exception, Doyle will continue to find the most success in publishing individual stories, but in a different publishing atmosphere he would have left the pulps far behind him.

4/7/12 - 'A Study in Scarlet': 3 Stars

Evil afoot in the promised land of latter-day saints. Mileage may vary.

4/24/12 - 'The Sign of Four': 2 Stars

Excellent groundwork for the short stories and the Holmes/Watson dynamic, but otherwise dull.

5/5/13 - 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes': 3 Stars

Finally the mysteries readers crave with some of his most famous cases included.

8/17/13 - 'The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes': 4 Stars

Patience pays off as Doyle becomes ever more capable as a writer.

See also: 'Complete Novels and Stories, Vol II'