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Thursday, May 6, 2010


THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES VOLUME 1. Introduction and Notes by Kyle Freeman. Barnes and Noble Classics; 2003.

Every Sherlock Holmes -- and classic mystery -- fan should have this book and its companion volume 2 on his or her book shelf. This volume includes the novels A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, and The Hound of the Baskervilles [filmed in 1939 and 1959], as well as the collected Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (which includes "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Red-headed League" and the gruesome "Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb") and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, which includes the anti-racist "Yellow Face" and the story in which Doyle [temporarily] killed off his famous detective and introduced Professor Moriarty, "The Final Problem." Excellent introduction and footnotes by Freeman. If you love the old movies with Basil Rathbone, then you'll especially find these very accessible stories a treat.

Verdict: Indispensable. ****.

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