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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

May 13, 2009

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We have been ‘reading’ via audio format “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” and thoroughly enjoying the stories as much as any other Sherlock Holmes story. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle certainly did a wonderful job on these stories — even if he did get tired of doing Sherlock Holmes stories over time — as he did with the adventures of Professor Challenger in The Lost World and subsequent adventures.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was quite a prolific writer.

Sherlock Holmes and Doyle’s Professor Challenger in The Lost World were my favorites. But who wouldn’t enjoy both of these. These were characters many of us grew up with – they were old book and screen friends.

Here’s what Wikipedia says at the beginning of his entry there:

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish author most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes include the following stories:

  • 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
  • The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
  • The Adventure of the Second Stain


  1. Mark Loper permalink
    May 14, 2009 4:51 PM

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorites series. The code in Dancing Men is classic, though Doyle did borrow heavily from Edgar Allen Poe’s Gold Bug.

    Poe writes:

    “E predominates so remarkably, that an individual sentence of any length is rarely seen, in which it is not the prevailing character.”

    Doyle writes:

    “E is the most common letter in the English alphabet, and it predominates to so marked an extent that even in a short sentence one would expect to find it most often…”

    If you like Sherlock Holmes, check out my WP blog:


    • May 14, 2009 6:45 PM

      Thanks so much for taking the time to post a comment. Very nice blog you have about Sherlock Holmes. Oh, well … I think I will not ruin the fun by reading too many of your posts though. 😉 Just about every movie that’s out there also has bloopers everywhere, but it doesn’t prevent the enjoyment of the movie in most cases.


    • May 14, 2009 8:48 PM

      One of the things that I think I love most these days about Sherlock Holmes stories is finding all the Firesign Theater Hemlock Stones quotes and where they came from.


    • May 14, 2009 10:56 PM

      Before reading The Dancing Men, I thought A is the most usual letter in sentences.


  2. May 14, 2009 10:55 PM

    The short stories under “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” are superb! I think Sir Arthur Conan Doyle really missed writing about Holmes after he killed Holmes in The Final Problem short story.


    • May 15, 2009 12:10 AM

      We are certainly enjoying them! 🙂


      • May 16, 2009 8:26 AM

        Absolutely. I’m done reading The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

        I’m excited to watch the movie Sherlock Holmes on December 25. But, I’m not sure if it’ll be great. As I know they won’t be using any story written by Doyle. Aw.


      • May 16, 2009 8:43 AM

        That’s very interesting. I wonder if they are just taking bits and pieces from different stories or what. Do you have a link to read about this December 25th movie Sherlock Holmes?


  3. May 16, 2009 8:48 AM

    kneel, thanks so much for taking the time to post comments to my new blog — Much appreciated. 🙂


  4. May 16, 2009 8:50 AM

    I think they wrote a new story. Why write a new one when they can choose among the stories written by Doyle? *sigh*

    Still , I’m excited to see this movie. hehe.


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