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Return of Sherlock Holmes (Version 3)

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The book was first published in February 1905 by McClure, Phillips & Co. (New York) then on March 7, 1905 by Georges Newnes, Ltd. (London) and was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had "died" in The Final Problem. Having published The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901–1902 (setting it before Holmes' death) Doyle came under intense pressure to revive his famous character.

The first story is set in 1894 and has Holmes returning in London and explaining the period from 1891–94, a period called "The Great Hiatus" by Sherlockian enthusiasts. Also of note is Watson's statement in the last story of the cycle that Holmes has retired, and forbids him to publish any more stories.

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A Collection of Holmes Adventures

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


The Adventure Of The Empty House

The Adventure Of The Norwood Builder

The Adventure Of The Dancing Men

The Adventure Of The Solitary Cyclist

The Adventure Of The Priory School

The Adventure Of Black Peter

The Adventure Of Charles Augustus Milverton

The Adventure Of The Six Napoleons

The Adventure Of The Three Students

The Adventure Of The Golden Pince Nez

The Adventure Of The Missing Three Quarter

The Adventure Of The Abbey Grange

The Adventure Of The Second Stain


It was in the spring of the year 1894 that all London was interested, and the fashionable world dismayed, by the murder of the Honourable Ronald Adair under most unusual and inexplicable circumstances. The public has already learned those particulars of the crime which came out in the police investigation, but a good deal was suppressed upon that occasion, since the case for the prosecution was so overwhelmingly strong that it was not necessary to bring forward all the facts... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 14 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 27, 2017
Subject: Bgirl
I wish we can read mattybraps' s books on here.From a phone.:'(
Reviewer: - September 7, 2016
Good readers throughout with no heavy accents.
Reviewer: - July 25, 2016
Subject: Narration
What's the point of having a female narrator when Sherlock's adventures are clearly from Watson's POV? Breaks immersion and no attempt and varied voices for all the female narrators. Very disappointing.
Reviewer: - December 3, 2015
Subject: Love this
Good as always!
Reviewer: - August 29, 2015
Subject: amazing
doing great..listening stories is really thriling & awesome xperience...keep it up...and keep going
Reviewer: - February 6, 2015
Subject: reader
Has Watson become an American female. .ditch this volume. .no genre credibility!
Reviewer: - June 22, 2014
Subject: Adventures of Sherlock Holmes review
I really like this, I'm up to the builder thingy. Wadevz. I skipped part 2'because... Sorry to dob, but... I really didn't like that reader. But, it's enjoyable.
Reviewer: - April 8, 2014
Subject: Return of Sherlock Holmes
The readers of most of these adventures do a very nice job. I enjoyed listening to this book!
Reviewer: - March 7, 2014
Subject: Adeventures of Sherlock holmes
Mark Smith's flow was good and the variation was marvelous.
Reviewer: - January 31, 2014
Subject: A few good readers, some awful ones
The adventure of the golden pince-nez was well done, and abbey grange pretty good. Most were alright, if the wrong pronunciations for English names could be forgiven. The missing three quarter was far too quickly read, so much so that it was near impossible to follow some parts. Those that read without any regard for voice acting could at least have tried to adopt a less shrill and hurried tone.
Reviewer: - August 28, 2013
Subject: Variable quality
Abbey Grange is very well read, but most are not so good.
Reviewer: - August 13, 2013
Subject: Very well done!!
I enjoyed listening to Zachary Geiss.
Reviewer: - July 29, 2013
Subject: The Adventures of Sherlock Homes
What a great job has been done Smith, the narrator, simply marvelous.
Reviewer: - January 30, 2013
Subject: The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Enjoyable listen. Especially the chapters read by Zachary Brewster Geiss (sp?). Very entertaining.

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