Published July 6, 2011, "A Study in Scarlet", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in eBook format: ISBN 978-0-9802432-6-0. "A Study in Scarlet" is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new character of Sherlock Holmes, who would later become one of the most famous literary detective characters. He wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the next year.
The book's title comes from a speech given by Holmes to his sidekick Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it."
Conan Doyle wrote the novel when he was 27, in less than three weeks, and it has an interesting publishing history. It was originally titled "A Tangled Skein" and was eventually published by Ward Lock & Co. in "Beeton's Christmas Annual 1887", after many rejections. The author received £25 in return for the full rights (although Conan Doyle had pressed for a royalty instead). It was illustrated by D. H. Friston. The novel was first published as a book on July 1888 by Ward, Lock & Co., and featured drawings by the author's father, Charles Doyle. A second edition appeared the following year and was illustrated by George Hutchinson; a year later in 1890, J. B. Lippincott & Co. released the first American version. Only 11 complete copies of Beeton's Christmas Annual 1887 are known to exist now and are now quite valuable.
The story, and its main character, Sherlock Holmes, attracted little public interest when it first appeared. Although Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories featuring Holmes, A Study in Scarlet is one of only four full-length novels in the original canon. The novel was followed by "The Sign of Four", published in 1890. "A Study in Scarlet" was the first work of fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as an investigative tool.
Published July 26, 2011: "The Sign of the Four", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in eBook format: ISBN 978-1-937487-13-3. This book was published in 1890 and also called The Sign of Four, it is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional detective. The story is set in 1887. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in "A Study in Scarlet". It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan.
Published July 20, 2011: "The Hound of the Baskervilles", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in eBook format: ISBN 978-1-937487-08-9. This is the third of four crime novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon, in England's West Country. The story is about an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote this story shortly after returning to his home, Undershaw, from South Africa, where he had worked as a volunteer physician at the Langman Field Hospital in Bloemfontein. He was assisted with the plot by a 30-year-old Daily Express journalist named Bertram Fletcher Robinson (B. 1870 – D.1907).
His story ideas came from the legend of Richard Cabell and others. Cabell's legend was the fundamental inspiration for the Baskerville tale of a hellish hound and a cursed country squire. Cabell's tomb can be seen in the Devon town of Buckfastleigh. Squire Richard Cabell was a 17th century local squire at Buckfastleigh. He had a passion for hunting and was described as a 'monstrously evil man'. He gained this reputation for, amongst other things, immorality and selling his soul to the Devil, and a rumour he murdered his wife. He died in 1677 and laid to rest in 'the sepulchre,' this is only the beginning of the famous story.
The night of his interment saw a phantom pack of hounds come baying across the moor to howl at his tomb. From that night on, he could be found leading the phantom pack across the moor, usually on the anniversary of his death. If the pack were not out hunting, they could be found ranging around his grave howling and shrieking. In an attempt to lay the soul to rest, the villagers built a large building around the tomb, and to be doubly sure a huge slab was placed on top of the grave to stop the ghost of the squire escaping. Devon's folklore also includes tales of a fearsome supernatural dog known as the Yeth hound that Conan Doyle may have heard and used as inspiration.
Conan Doyle's description of Baskerville Hall was recalled by a visit to Cromer Hall in Norfolk. Some other elements of the story are the product of a stay at the Royal Links Hotel in West Runton, where Conan Doyle first heard the story of Black Shuck—a ghost dog from the Cromer area, which is said to run between Overstrand in the east and East Runton in the west. It is authoritatively noted that Baskerville Hall as first seen by Watson closely resembles the appearance of Conan Doyle's old school, Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, when viewed from its driveway.
Published July 21, 2011: "The Valley of Fear" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in eBook format: ISBN 978-1-937487-10-2. This was the is the final Sherlock Holmes novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story was first published in the Strand Magazine between September 1914 and May 1915. The first book edition was published in New York on 27 February 1915. The story describes Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson receiving a letter from an informant known by the pseudonym Fred Porlock (Porlock is part of Professor Moriarty's criminal organisation), written in a numeric code. Holmes realises the numbers refer to words in a book, by page and column. They decode the letter (finding the book in question to be Whitaker's Almanack), which warns them that John Douglas of Birlstone House is about to be murdered.......and another mystery unfolds.
Published July 19, 2011, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", by by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in eBook format: ISBN 978-1-937487-07-2. This is a collection of twelve stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and illustrated by Sidney Paget.
These are the first of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, originally published as single stories in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. The book was published in England in 1892 in England and the United States. Interestingly, the book was banned in the Soviet Union in 1929 for the occultism of its author, although the book shows few to no signs of such material. Later, the embargo was lifted.
"The Adventure of the Red-Headed League"
"A Case of Identity"
"The Boscombe Valley Mystery"
"The Five Orange Pips"
"The Man with the Twisted Lip"
"The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"
"The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
"The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb"
"The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor"
"The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet"
"The Adventure of the Copper Beeches"
The 1939 film starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce was based on the stage play by William Gillette and was not a direct adaptation of the book.
Published July 22, 2011: "The Return of Sherlock Holmes", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in eBook format: ISBN 978-1-937487-11-9. A collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1903-1904, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The book was first published in 1905 by Georges Newnes, Ltd and in a Colonial edition by Longmans. 30,000 copies were made of the initial print run. The US edition by McClure, Phillips & Co. added another 28,000 copies to the run. This was the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes had "died" in "The Adventure of the Final Problem". Having published "The Hound of the Baskervilles" in 1901-1902 (although setting it before Holmes' death) Doyle came under intense pressure to revive his famous character.
Published July 26, 2011: "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in eBook format: ISBN 978-1-937487-14-0. A collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1894, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The twelve stories of the "Memoirs" are: "Silver Blaze", "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box", "The Adventure of the Yellow Face", "The Stockbroker's Clerk", "The Gloria Scott","The Musgrave Ritual", "The Adventure of the Reigate Squire", "The Adventure of the Crooked Man", "The Resident Patient", "The Greek Interpreter", "The Naval Treaty", and "The Final Problem".
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, born May 22, 1859 – died, July 7, 1930, was a Scottish physician and writer, 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 most famous fictional detective in the world is Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle was, at best, ambivalent about his immensely successful literary creation and, at worst, resentful that his more "serious" fiction was relatively ignored. Born in Edinburgh, Doyle studied medicine from 1876 to 1881 and received his M.D. in 1885.
He worked as a military physician in South Africa during the Boer War and was knighted in 1902 for his exceptional service. Doyle was drawn to writing at an early age. Although he attempted to enter private practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1882, he soon turned to writing in his spare time; it eventually became his profession. As a Liberal Unionist, Doyle ran, unsuccessfully, for Parliament in 1903. During his later years, Doyle became an avowed spiritualist.
Doyle sold his first story, "The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley," to Chambers' Journal in 1879. When Doyle published the novel, "A Study in Scarlet" in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was introduced to an avid public. Doyle is reputed to have used one of his medical professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, as a model for Holmes's character. Eventually, Doyle wrote three additional Holmes novels and five collections of Holmes short stories. A brilliant, though somewhat eccentric, detective, Holmes employs scientific methods of observation and deduction to solve the mysteries that he investigates.
Although an "amateur" private detective, he is frequently called upon by Scotland Yard for assistance. Holmes's assistant, the faithful Dr. Watson, provides a striking contrast to Holmes's brilliant intellect and, in Doyle's day at least, serves as a character with whom the reader can readily identify. Having tired of Holmes's popularity, Doyle even tried to kill the great detective in "The Final Problem" but was forced by an outraged public to resurrect him in 1903.
Although Holmes remained Doyle's most popular literary creation, Doyle wrote prolifically in other genres, including historical adventure, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite Doyle's sometimes careless writing, he was a superb storyteller. His great skill as a popular author lay in his technique of involving readers in his highly entertaining adventures.