A guide to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books in order

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He's the world's most recognisable detective, the subject of numerous film and TV adaptations, renowned for his powers of deduction and dazzling mind. But with four novels and fifty-six short stories to immerse yourself in, which Sherlock Holmes book should you read first? Here, writer and Sherlock Holmes expert David Stuart Davies gives us his guide to the Sherlock Holmes books in order.

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Step into the Hansom cab as we rattle down the foggy streets of Victorian London in the company of the world’s greatest detective and his loyal companion. There is a mystery to solve and Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are on the case.

The Game’s Afoot!

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930) could have had no idea that he was creating such an enduring icon when his first Sherlock Holmes adventure, the novella A Study in Scarlet, was published in 1887. Doyle explained how he came to create the character in his autobiography, Memories & Adventures (1924):

‘ I was educated in a very severe and critical school of medical thought, especially coming under the influence of Dr Bell of Edinburgh who had the most remarkable powers of observation. He prided himself that when he looked at a patient he could tell not only their disease, but very often their occupation and place of residence. Reading some detective stories I was struck by the fact that their results were obtained in nearly every case by chance. I thought I would try my hand at writing a story in which the hero would treat crime as Dr Bell treated disease and where science would take the place of chance. ’ Arthur Conan Doyle

And so Sherlock Holmes became the first scientific detective who had a remarkable facility for making keen observations and deducing facts from what he had observed. 

Holmes first appeared in two novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four (1891), but it was not until he featured in a series of short stories in the Strand Magazine from 1891 that his popularity and fame grew. The classic image of Holmes in an Inverness cape and a deerstalker cap, created by the Strand illustrator, Sidney Paget, became instantly recognisable.

When Conan Doyle died, Holmes was already an international phenomenon, in print, on stage and screen. The fascination continues today. Sherlock Holmes remains the world’s best and most famous fictional detective. But let's start at the beginning, when Dr John Watson, having returned from military service in Afghanistan, encounters the brilliant young detective Sherlock Holmes and becomes not only his friend but also his biographer. . .

Sherlock Holmes novels in order

A study in scarlet & the sign of four, by arthur conan doyle.

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In Study , Arthur Conan Doyle created all the elements of the Holmes character and his Baker Street world that are still familiar and greatly loved today. We learn of his pipes, violin playing (a Stradivarius, no less) and his dressing gowns. We also meet his tolerant landlady, Mrs Hudson, and the plodding policemen, Inspectors Lestrade and Gregson. This is a thrilling murder mystery, which begins with a corpse discovered in a derelict house and the word ‘RACH’ written on the wall in blood. 

The Sign of Four marked the sleuth’s second outing in a tale in which Doyle introduced Holmes’ drug taking – a seven percent solution of cocaine - and also allowed Watson to fall in love with Mary Morstan, the detective’s client. The plot involves an Indian treasure, a brutal revenge, a mysterious one-legged man and his savage companion.

The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear

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The Hound is the classic Sherlock Holmes chiller. The Baskerville family is haunted by a phantom beast roaming the misty terrain of Dartmoor. The Hound now appears to be stalking the new heir to the Baskerville estate. Is the threat a supernatural one or the work of a devilish killer? Holmes is contemptuous of ghostly manifestations but the reader will certainly be haunted by the hound on the moor.

In The Valley of Fear a cipher message and a horrible murder begin this dark, powerful tale. Holmes suspects his old antagonist Professor Moriarty is involved. The detective’s investigations lead him to a moated house in Sussex and a bloody corpse, although the solution to the mystery lies halfway across the world in America in a location known as ‘The Valley of Fear’.

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The adventures of sherlock holmes.

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This is perhaps the greatest collection of detective short stories ever written. They first appeared in the Strand magazine, gaining Holmes and his creator immense popularity. In his consulting room at 221b Baker Street master sleuth Sherlock Holmes receives a stream of clients presenting him with a range of baffling and bizarre mysteries. There is the man who is frightened for his life because he has received an envelope containing five orange pips; the girl whose fiancé disappeared on his way to their wedding; and the woman who is threatened by strange nocturnal whistling sounds. Of course, Holmes is equal to these and other challenges. However. Doyle surprised his readers by having the great detective defeated by Irene Adler – the woman - in the first story, ‘A Scandal in Bohemia.’  

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes once again demonstrates his brilliance in Doyle’s second collection of sparkling short stories. Not only does the deerstalkered one encounter a set of strange and puzzling mysteries but we also learn about the detective’s early life as a sleuth-hound and encounter Holmes’s brilliant brother Mycroft, who is a member of the Diogenes Club, one of the strangest establishments in London. In the last tale ‘The Final Problem’, Holmes comes face to face with his nemesis, the weird and dastardly Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime. Their struggle, seemingly to the death, at the Reichenbach Falls was to leave many readers desolate at the loss of Holmes, but was also to lead to the character’s immortality as an iconic literary figure.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes & His Last Bow

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Holmes is back. Ten years after his supposed death in the torrid waters of the Reichenbach Falls, Conan Doyle bowed to demands to revive the character and so the master sleuth returns, to the astonishment of Dr Watson and delight of his readers. It is like the old days again, the magic unchanged and undimmed. Trusty Watson, the superb narrator, is on hand to record these new adventures. Amongst the famous cases presented in The Return are ‘The Dancing Men’, ‘The Solitary Cyclist’ and ‘The Six Napoleons’.

This volume also includes the collection His Last Bow , a dozen more gripping tales of mischief and mayhem to challenge the Baker Street wizard. In the title story we are told how Sherlock Holmes is lured out of retirement to help the government fight the German threat at the approach of World War I. 

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

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The Casebook contains Conan Doyle’s the final twelve stories featuring Holmes. It is the perhaps the most unusual and certainly the darkest collection he penned. Treachery, savagery, mutilation and violent revenge are just some of the themes explored in these tales, along with atmospheric touches of the Gothic, involving a blood-sucking vampire, ghostly crypts at midnight and strange bones in a furnace. These challenging and often unsettling tales, featuring a brutal realism not found in the other collections, reflect the mood of the disillusioned post-war world of the 1920s, the period in which they were written. In the first story, ‘The Illustrious Client’, we encounter the most cruel and vicious murderer of all, which sets the tone for the subsequent cases.  Amid this grey miasma of crime stands the shining figure of Sherlock Holmes ready to unravel the bleakest of mysteries. 

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The best of sherlock holmes.

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Here we have the distillation of the cream of the Sherlock Holmes crop of fifty-six short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. The choice, in the main, reflect the author’s own list of his favourite tales and reveal a fascinating variety of mysteries and crimes to be solved. As the king of detectives, Holmes had a long and varied career and this unique collection contains those cases which best demonstrate his abilities as a detective, the ultimate scientific reasoner, tackling the most intricate and challenging of mysteries with great aplomb. The cases, each one classics in the realm of crime fiction, run the gamut from snakes slithering down bell ropes, missing racehorses, the only woman to get the better of the detective and the bizarre ‘Man with the Twisted Lip’.

Sherlock Holmes: The Dark Mysteries

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Sherlock Holmes was the supreme rationalist who had no belief in the murky world of the supernatural. Yet this did not prevent Doyle from leading Holmes down some strange and unsettling paths where, at times, logic and the detective’s beliefs were severely put to the test. This volume is a choice selection of those dark tales together in one chilling collection. We begin with The Hound of the Baskervilles , the phantom beast of Dartmoor – ‘a hound it was, a coal black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen.’ We then move on to other equally macabre stories in which Holmes, with Watson at his side, must tackle a vampire, encounter premature burials, strange human transformations and bizarre murderers, amongst other grisly delights. Goosepimples are guaranteed.

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List of Sherlock Holmes Novels and Books in Chronological Order

Sherlock Holmes is a world-famous fictional detective. His cases have gained countless fans, and still remains popular. Here is a list of all the titles written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the Sherlock Holmes book series.

List of Sherlock Holmes Novels and Books in Chronological Order

No, he didn’t!

The famous phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson”, so deeply and irrevocably associated with Sherlock Holmes, is never actually uttered by Sherlock Holmes in any of the books!

Who doesn’t know Sherlock Holmes? His fascinating mind, his address, his idiosyncrasies―everything has been imprinted on the minds of his global fanbase.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made this super-sleuth a global hit through 4 novels and 56 short stories . The books were published from 1891 to 1927 and depicted a period from 1881 to 1914, the start of the First World War. He became so popular that Conan Doyle, who had killed off the popular but tiring character, was forced by fan requests to bring him back to life.

Here is a list of the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle starring his brilliant and neurotic detective.

List of Sherlock Holmes Books

1. a study in scarlet (1887).

“You say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”

“To a great mind, nothing is little.”

The novel that introduced the soon-to-be-famous detective to the unsuspecting world, A Study in Scarlet  described the hunt for a murderer who was out for revenge for the death of his love. Though this description sounds like a Hollywood thriller, Holmes fans will argue that Study   is more thrilling. Describing Dr. John Watson’s fortuitous (both for himself and for us readers) encounter with Sherlock Holmes, the novel goes on to describe Watson’s bewilderment at Holmes’ detached, robotic personality, and bedazzling mind.

2. The Sign of Four (1890)

“When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

“I have a curious constitution. I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.”

One of the most famous cases involving this super-sleuth, the second title in the Sherlock Holmes book series is The Sign of Four.  It has a complicated storyline ranging from the Andaman Islands in India to the wharves of London, and from a one-legged thief to a chest full of precious jewels. This book is notable for introducing Mary Morstan, Dr. Watson’s future wife.

3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

“You see, but you do not observe.”

“Depend upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace.”

The first short story collection, and chronologically the third publication involving Sherlock Holmes was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  This collection included the following short stories:

  • A Scandal in Bohemia
  • 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

‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ is notable for the only literary involvement of Irene Adler, or as Holmes fans would recognize her, The Woman. This story is the only one where Holmes’ failure to solve a case is documented (although he later admits to having been defeated four times, as a passing reference).

4. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)

“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.”

“To underestimate oneself is as much an exaggeration of one’s powers than the other.”

This short story collection was actually supposed to be the end of Sherlock Holmes. ‘The Final Problem’, the last story in this collection, culminated in both Holmes and Moriarty falling down the Reichenbach Falls, presumably to their death. Memoirs   contained the following stories:

  • Silver Blaze
  • The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
  • The Adventure of the Yellow Face
  • The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk
  • The Adventure of the Gloria Scott
  • The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual
  • The Adventure of the Reigate Squire
  • The Adventure of the Crooked Man
  • The Adventure of the Resident Patient
  • The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
  • The Adventure of the Naval Treaty
  • The Final Problem

Memoirs   is notable for containing two stories, ‘The Adventure of the Gloria Scott  ‘ and ‘The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual’, that are presented in the form of a story within a story. They are presented as Holmes describing the two cases, which took place before he met Watson, in the first person, with just a small introduction from Watson. ‘The Adventure of the Gloria Scott  ‘ is also notable as chronologically being the very first case where Sherlock Holmes used his methods to solve a crime. He was a college student at the time of the case, and encouraging remarks about his ability from the victim in the case led to Sherlock considering making a living as a detective.

5. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”

“That which is clearly known hath less terror than that which is but hinted at and guessed.”

One of the most widely read and well-known stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon, The Hound of the Baskervilles   is the third novel in the series. It described a supposedly supernatural curse on the Baskervilles, and the ultimately human machination behind it.

6. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

“I assure you, my good Lestrade, that I have an excellent reason for everything that I do.”

“Work is the best antidote to sorrow, my dear Watson.”

Having intended to kill off Sherlock Holmes in ‘The Final Problem’, Conan Doyle was flooded with letters from fans requesting that he bring their favorite detective back to life. Obliging, though not entirely happily, Conan Doyle brought Holmes back from the dead, ‘retconning’ the story of his death-defying adventure in the first story in Return . This collection contained the followed 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-Quarter
  • The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
  • The Adventure of the Second Stain

7. The Valley of Fear (1915)

“The old wheel turns, and the same spoke comes up. It’s all been done before, and will be again.”

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”

The last novel in the Sherlock Holmes canon, The Valley of Fear   deals with a band of outlaws looking to get even with the detective who had infiltrated their ranks and decimated them. This case has the anomaly of having the involvement of Professor Moriarty, but being set before ‘The Final Problem’, in which Watson confesses to never having heard of Moriarty.

8. His Last Bow (1917)

“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”

His incredible untidiness, his addiction to music at strange hours, his occasional revolver practice within doors, his weird and often malodorous scientific experiments, and the atmosphere of violence and danger which hung around him made him the very worst tenant in London. – Dr. Watson describing Sherlock Holmes

His Last Bow contains the following stories:

  • The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
  • The Adventure of the Red Circle
  • The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
  • The Adventure of the Dying Detective
  • The Adventure of Lady Frances Carfax
  • The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot
  • His Last Bow

The story ‘The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge’ is notable for being the only story in the Holmes canon to have an official crime solver equally competent as Holmes. Inspector Baynes, the crime solver in question, receives high praise from Sherlock, an honor never bestowed on Inspectors Lestrade or Gregson.

‘His Last Bow’ is Arthur Conan Doyle’s first attempt at a ‘spy mystery’ (and one of the very first in the genre), and is consequently riddled with errors that no spy would make. For instance, Holmes reveals his identity at the end of the story, a feature vital to murder mysteries (the ‘dénouement’), but fatal to the plot of a spy mystery. The story is also notable for being narrated in the third person instead of the usual narration from Dr. Watson. Set in 1914, it is chronologically the last Sherlock Holmes story.

9. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

“When once your point of view is changed, the very thing which was so damning becomes a clue to the truth.”

“If you had killed Watson, you would not have got out of this room alive.”

Published ten years after The Last Bow, Case-Book is comfortably the last Sherlock Holmes book ever published. It contains the following stories:

  • The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
  • The Problem of Thor Bridge
  • The Adventure of the Creeping Man
  • The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
  • The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
  • The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
  • The Adventure of the Three Gables
  • The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier
  • The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane
  • The Adventure of the Retired Colourman
  • The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
  • The Adventure of the Shoscombe Old Place

The Case-Book  contains the only stories narrated by Holmes himself: ‘The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier’ and ‘The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane’. The story ‘The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone’ is also notable for being one of the very few Holmes stories written in the third person.

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60 Sherlock Holmes Books in Order: A Complete Guide for Fans

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Looking for the Sherlock Holmes books in order? We’ve got you covered with this complete list of stories starring the most famous detective in the world!

After I read and loved my first Agatha Christie book , my dad decided to hand me The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes. I was so intimidated by the gigantic tome. I thought I would never finish them all.

Little did I know, that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle only wrote four Sherlock Holmes novels. The remaining works are all short stories! 56 short stories to be exact. A much more manageable task than I initially thought.

Since the day my dad gave them to me, I have stayed enamored with Sherlock Holmes novels and stories. I adore a good Sherlock Holmes retelling and the new movie and tv adaptations have brought me so much joy.

Equally as exciting is the fact that on my son’s 11th birthday, my dad gave him his very own copy of Sherlock Holmes. It took him about 6 months to finish the Sherlock Holmes books between his other novels. It’s truly become a family tradition at this point.

I’m delighted to lay out this post of Sherlock Holmes books in order and I’ve decided to share my 10 favorite stories as well as Sir Arthur’s favorites. These stories are a great jumping-off point for anyone new to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved series.

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Who was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was, like Sherlock Holmes, a man of many talents. He was a physician who later specialized in ophthalmology, a sportsman (he enjoyed soccer, cricket, skiing, golf, and practiced riflery and boxing,) and a father of 5. He also had a brief stint in politics, was an amateur architect, and was a legal advocate.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was most well known for being a prolific writer having penned 4 Sherlock Holmes Novels and 56 short stories alone. In addition to the famous detective stories, he wrote fantasy and sci-fi tales as well.

He was born on May 22, 1859, and passed away on July 7, 1930, at the age of 71.

Sherlock Holmes Novels and Short Stories in Order

The Sherlock Holmes short stories were originally written for various magazines but were later grouped into book collections. For our categorization purposes, we’ve separated the novels from the short stories. We’ve also listed the stories under the name of the collection each can be found within.

Below, you’ll see that we only linked the novels and the short story collections. Each short story costs the same amount as a collection of 12+ stories, so it doesn’t make sense to get them each individually. In truth, the best bang for your buck would be to just get the complete Sherlock Holmes Collection which includes all 60 novels and short stories.

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I am a HUGE detective story lover and no one does detective stories better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes’ ability to solve the crime is fascinating. His observations are astute and I can never, ever guess who committed the crime. If you are looking for the best mystery books of all time, Sherlock Holmes cannot be missed.

Again, love all the various adaptions of this series, but Sherlock on the BBC is my absolute favorite.  ( Narrated by Stephen Fry – the British narrator of the Harry Potter series and Mycroft Holmes in one of the adaptations. )

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Sherlock Holmes Books in Order

  • A Study in Scarlet (1887)
  • The Sign of Four (1890)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
  • The Valley of Fear (1915)

Sherlock Holmes Short Stories in Order

  • A Scandal in Bohemia (June 1891)
  • The Red-Headed League (August 1891)
  • A Case of Identity (September 1891)
  • The Boscombe Valley Mystery (October 1891)
  • The Five Orange Pips (November 1891)
  • The Man with the Twisted Lip (December 1891)
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (January 1892)
  • The Adventure of the Speckled Band (February 1892)
  • The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (March 1892)
  • The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (April 1892)
  • The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (May 1892)
  • The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (June 1892)
  • Silver Blaze (December 1892)
  • The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (January 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Yellow Face (February 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk (March 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Gloria Scott (April 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual (May 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Reigate Squires (June 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Crooked Man (July 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Resident Patient  (August 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter (September 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Naval Treaty (October–November 1893)
  • The Final Problem (December 1893)
  • The Adventure of the Empty House (October 1903)
  • The Adventure of the Norwood Builder (November 1903)
  • The Adventure of the Dancing Men (December 1903)
  • The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist (January 1904)
  • The Adventure of the Priory School (February 1904)
  • The Adventure of Black Peter (March 1904)
  • The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton (April 1904)
  • The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (May 1904)
  • The Adventure of the Three Students (June 1904)
  • The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez (July 1904)
  • The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter (August 1904)
  • The Adventure of the Abbey Grange (September 1904)
  • The Adventure of the Second Stain (December 1904)
  • The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (1893)*
  • The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (1908)
  • The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (1908)
  • The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (1910)
  • The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (1911)
  • The Adventure of the Red Circle (1911)
  • The Adventure of the Dying Detective (1913)
  • His Last Bow (1917)
  • The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (1921)
  • The Problem of Thor Bridge (1922)
  • The Adventure of the Creeping Man (1923)
  • The Adventure of the Illustrious Client (1924)
  • The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (1924)
  • The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (1924)
  • The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (1926)
  • The Adventure of the Three Gables (1926)
  • The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (1926)
  • The Adventure of the Retired Colourman (1926)
  • The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger (1927)
  • The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (1927)

* This story sometimes appears in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Favorite Sherlock Holmes Stories

In 1927 Sir Arthur Doyle made a list of his personal favorite Holmes stories as part of a competition. The list of his selections is below.

  • The Speckled Band
  • The Red-Headed League
  • The Dancing Men
  • The Final Problem
  • A Scandal in Bohemia
  • The Empty House
  • The Five Orange Pips
  • The Second Stain
  • The Devil’s Foot
  • The Priory School
  • The Musgrave Ritual
  • The Reigate Squires

10 Best Sherlock Holmes Books and Stories

Now for my rankings. You’ll notice that most of these stories are earlier works. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes in The Final Problem because he didn’t wait to continue the series. He resurrected him when the public demanded more stories, but I just don’t think the author’s heart was in them anymore. Do you agree?

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A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Stand Alone Novel

This book is on top of my list because it’s the very first Sherlock Holmes novel and it tells the origin story of Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes. It details how Dr. Watson came to live at 221B Baker Street with Sherlock and sets him up as the narrator for all his adventures.

During the mystery within, readers are also introduced to Scotland Yard Inspectors Lestrade and Gregson. Together, Watson and Holmes tackle the murder of Enoch Drebber which includes the famous “Rache” clue.

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The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Within The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

This is my son’s favorite of the Sherlock Holmes stories and one that stands out in my mind the most clearly. Why? Because I’m pretty sure the solution to this locked room murder mystery is what started a certain phobia of mine. (I won’t tell you because I don’t want to spoil the ending!)

A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If you’ve seen any modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes you are familiar with Irene Adler. She’s often described as the only woman who outsmarted Sherlock and is often portrayed as his love interest. But she was only in one story! While mentioned a few other times in the series, if you want to see Irene in action, you need to read this tale.

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The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sign of Four is one mystery that sees Watson get a happy ending. A woman named Mary begins receiving mysterious pearls and she isn’t sure why. As Holmes and Watson work on the case, Dr. Watson and Mary fall in love and eventually get engaged.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Often considered the best of the Sherlock Holmes novels, this is probably Sherlock’s most famous case. Set in Dartmoor, the eerie setting and supernatural dog in the story make this crime fiction feel more like a horror.

Sherlock has been set to Devon to figure out if the myth of the demonic hound of Baskerville is real and if it’s coming for the heirs to Baskerville Hall.

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His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Within His Last Bow

While not the last Sherlock Holmes story to be written, this short story is the last chronologically. It shows Holmes’s coming out of retirement in the country where he is a beekeeper, to catch spies during WWI.

I particularly like it because it’s the story that inspired my favorite Sherlock Holmes retelling, Laurie King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.

The Red-Headed League by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is such an original story that even Sir Arthur listed it as one of his favorites. It’s about a man who was employed by the red-headed league for a short period before finding out no such league existed. He’s confused and goes to Holmes for help.

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The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Within The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Did you know that Sherlock has an older brother? This Sherlock Holmes story introduces readers to Mycroft Holmes, who works for the English government. Watson and Holmes get to visit the famed Diogenes Club in this book too!

Mycroft’s deductive skills are even better than Holmes’s although in this story, he requires Sherlock’s help.

The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle famously tried to kill off Sherlock Holmes during this story, only to bring him back later after significant public pressure. Holmes explains to Watson that he thinks a criminal mastermind is behind a slew of cases – enter James Moriarty, the fight at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, and Holmes’s attempted demise.

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

What always struck me about the Sherlock Holmes stories is the clever way a new case is discovered. In this case, it was a valuable gemstone found within the body of a goose. That image has stayed with me all these years because it’s such a unique premise to launch a mystery.

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Who Is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a doctor and writer most well-known for his series of detective books and stories about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

How many Sherlock Holmes stories are there?

There are 4 full-length Sherlock Holmes novels and 56 short stories compiled in 5 short story collections.

Should I Read the Sherlock Holmes Books in Order?

It doesn’t matter what order you read the Sherlock Holmes books and series in, although we recommend starting with A Study in Scarlet because it establishes how Holmes and Dr. Watson meet.

Did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle write other books and stories?

Yes! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote fantasy and science fiction stories, though his Sherlock Holmes stories are what he is remembered for.

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The Essential Guide to Reading the Sherlock Holmes Books

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The Essential Guide to Reading the Sherlock Holmes Books

Everyone’s heard of the famous British detective, many have seen one of the thrilling TV/movie adaptations, but not everyone’s read the original Sherlock Holmes books. Trust us — it’s worth it.

The fact that there’s so many Sherlock Holmes books (novels as well as short story collections) can be confusing, with newcomers wondering which order they should read them in. The books were also not written in chronological order in terms of plot, and reading them in the order of publication doesn’t help much either. So if you’re new to the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, we’re here to suggest a reasonable order to read them in that should keep things from getting too confusing!

We’ll explain our reasoning below, but without further ado, here’s the order of Sherlock Holmes books we recommend:

1. A Study in Scarlet

2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  

3. The Sign of Four

4. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

5. The Valley of Fear

6. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

7. The Return of Sherlock Holmes

8. His Last Bow

9. The Hound of the Baskervilles

1. A Study in Scarlet (1887, novel)

The first one’s a no-brainer. A Study in Scarlet was the first Sherlock Holmes book to be published, in 1887! So if you’re here because of BBC’s Sherlock , take a second to mentally lose the smartphones, cars, GPS systems ... and, well, we hate to say it, but Benedict Cumberbatch will have to go too. This novel introduces readers to the original, late-Victorian Sherlock and Watson; it’s the first time the two characters meet, and the book cleverly establishes the dynamic between the duo (partly through masterful dialogue ), with Watson, as narrator, standing in for the reader as he tries to understand Sherlock’s superior mind. The two settle in together at the now-famous fictional apartment at 221B Baker Street in London, and work on a demanding and complicated murder case involving a wedding ring, some pills, a pipe, several telegrams, and a mysterious inscription reading “RACHE”...but you’ll have to read the novel if you want to connect the dots — or, as Sherlock says, unravel the “scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life.” The second half of this novel follows a flashback tale that may seem somewhat off-putting, and is the reason some readers recommend starting with a short story collection, but we still think it’s important for the reader to be introduced to the duo in a chronologically accurate way. So hang on in there for the second half — it’s definitely worth persevering, so you can move on to the next book.

🕵️ Fun fact: A Study in Scarlet is the book that first established the magnifying glass as a tool used by detectives to solve crimes! 🔎

2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892, short story collection)

The stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are a fantastic way to deepen your understanding of Sherlock’s fascinating personality. The first story in this collection, ‘A Scandal in Bohemia,’ featuring a certain someone called Irene Adler. It was also the story that began the Sherlock fandom, despite not being the first published tale about the detective. For that reason, we think it’s important to deviate slightly from the chronology of publication, in order to get a strong sense of the detective’s intriguing methodologies and attitude. With stories averaging around twenty pages, this is a volume you can dip in and out of whenever you need that satisfying spark of intelligence that Sherlock Holmes never fails to deliver.

3. The Sign of Four (1890, novel)

To return to the order of publication, the second novel in the Sherlock Holmes books canon, The Sign of Four , is where Sherlock’s drug use is first depicted and where readers finally begin to see the man behind the detective. This is also the novel where (130-year spoiler alert) Dr. Watson’s future wife, Mary Marston, appears. In this darkly atmospheric book of strange London alleys, a mysterious annual package of pearls, and a vanished father, readers are in for a thicker, more complex plot than short stories can supply!

🕵️ Fun fact : This novel was first published in Lippincott’s Monthly magazine, a literary magazine that also published Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray in the same year. Other authors featured in Lippincott’s include Willa Cather and Rudyard Kipling — quite the magazine!

4. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1927, short story collection)

Okay, we’re really breaking with the order of publication here, but we think this book is best read before the complicated interconnectedness of The Memoirs and The Return (details below), even though it was the last to be published. In The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes , the reader can enjoy a selection of straightforward detective adventures pursued by Holmes and Watson, which can stand autonomously. Two of these stories are actually narrated by Sherlock himself, which makes for an exciting reading experience!

A final note, if you’re trying to be selective and aren’t able to read the entire Sherlock canon: this is often considered the weakest Sherlock Holmes book, with the author seeming tired of the detective by this point in his career. If you leave something out, this should probably be it. This weakness is another reason we recommend not reading this book last even if you’re reading things in order of publication, as it sadly tends to be pretty anticlimactic!

5. The Valley of Fear (1915, novel)

Within the chronology of the Sherlock Holmes books, The Valley of Fear takes place before The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes , despite its later publication, since Sherlock states he has never met James Moriarty before. A book cipher message is followed by a mysterious murder at a manor house and a set of strange but promising clues. This novel is one of the most satisfying Sherlock books, and its detailed and well-planned plot is able to convey Holmes and Watson’s detective procedure with a sustained suspense that Conan Doyle doesn’t have the room for in some of his shorter works. Add to that the intrigue of secret societies, and The Valley of Fear is rightly shown to be a simply irresistible tale.

🕵️ Fun fact : The novel is loosely based on the real James McParland and his success against the Molly Maguires secret Irish society — though we would advise you not to Google this stuff before reading the book!

6. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894, short story collection)

Did you know that Arthur Conan Doyle was so tired of writing Sherlock Holmes books that he killed the beloved detective off in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes , but then had to find a way to bring him back to life due to fan outrage? Yep, that’s right; Conan Doyle had written to his mother that Sherlock “[took his] mind from better things.” Though she was horrified and urged him not to do it, he went ahead with it anyway in the last story of this collection, ‘The Final Problem.’ But that’s not the only reason to read this collection — the Memoirs is also where Sherlock’s archenemy Professor James Moriarty and brother Mycroft are introduced to the readers, in ‘The Final Problem’ and ‘The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter’ respectively. 

🕵️ Fun fact : Later, Conan Doyle stated the following: “I have had such an overdose of him that I feel towards him as I do towards paté de foie gras, of which I once ate too much, so that the name of it gives me a sickly feeling to this day.” The 20,000+ people who cancelled their subscriptions to The Strand magazine (where these stories were published) as a result of Sherlock’s death were not happy. It is safe to assume the magazine staff was not happy either.

7. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905, short story collection)

With The Return of Sherlock Holmes , Conan Doyle “revived” the popular detective — no zombie stuff, don’t worry. He found a way to explain the ending of Memoirs to his readers’ satisfaction, and so the legend continued, set three years after Sherlock’s apparent death. As usual, Dr. Watson is on the reader’s side: just as baffled by Sherlock’s reappearance, he facilitates the clarification of events. The duo finds itself returning to the area near their old Baker Street apartment, though things are not as they were before… Their humorous dialogue, however, is back and as strong as ever!

8. His Last Bow (1917, short story collection)

His Last Bow is the last book in the chronology of Sherlock’s life, but not the last to be published, despite an assurance by Watson that Holmes had retired and would not permit him to write any further books (remember, The Casebook is set in the past). Reaching the public while the First World War was still unfolding, His Last Bow features a final story by the same title where Sherlock and Watson are part of the British intelligence efforts. Their war service includes catching foreign spies and feeding Germany confusing and unreliable intelligence; gone are the days of the duo’s iconic detective work. For this reason, we suggest that you do not end with this book, despite the chronological closure it provides.

9. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902, novel)

The Hound of the Baskervilles was the first book Conan Doyle published after he initially killed Sherlock, and it’s set before the events of that story. This novel is widely considered the best of the Sherlock Holmes books — so we’ve saved the best for last. In Devon’s moors, Charles Baskerville is found dead with a horrified expression, prompting speculation that an old folk story about a demonic hound haunting the area might be true. Sherlock is called to investigate, and so begins this darkly Gothic novel, complete with marshes, suspense, candle signals from nightly windows, and impenetrable fog. Chilling, immersive, and incredibly satisfying, this truly frightening novel will not disappoint. Expertly blending suspense, mystery, and supernatural horror , The Hound of the Baskervilles is an extraordinary literary achievement.

🕵️ Fun fact : The inspiration for this novel came in part from the real legend of Squire Richard Cabell in Devon. The squire was famously immoral and considered evil by the community, and his tomb was said to be visited at night by the ghosts of a pack of hounds that would howl near his grave. Not exactly tourist attraction material!

If the nine original books in the Sherlock Holmes canon still aren’t enough, worry not. Sherlock’s afterlife is still going strong, and now that the character has entered public domain, many Sherlock Holmes books continue to be written even now. So if you’re still thirsty for more, here’s a few recommendations:

10. Shadows Over Baker Street , eds. Michael Reaves and John Pelan

Shadows Over Baker Street is a short story anthology edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan. Here, twenty contemporary writers (including Neil Gaiman!) contribute a story where Sherlock must solve a mystery in the world of H. P. Lovecraft . These creepy and atmospheric tales are the perfect fusion of the mathematical world of logical deduction and the supernatural world of horror.

11. The House of Silk and Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz, author of the popular Alex Rider series, was authorized by the Conan Doyle estate to write some new Sherlock Holmes pastiche. This has taken the form of two novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty . In the former, which is set in 1890, Sherlock is hired by an art dealer, whose art business has been in trouble with an Irish gang — but as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that the detective has chanced upon a loose thread of a formidable global conspiracy. The latter novel, set after the events of ‘The Final Problem,’ sees detective Frederick Chase team up with Inspector Jones to pursue an emerging criminal mastermind hoping to take Moriarty’s place. Fast-paced, suspenseful, and immensely satisfying, these novels are a wonderful opportunity to re-enter the world of Sherlock Holmes.

12. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

The first in a long and very popular series, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice sees a retired Sherlock meet teenage detective talent Mary Russell. The young American’s life is changed when she becomes the detective’s pupil. The book follows the pair from the Sussex Downs to Oxford, Wales, Palestine and back, as they realize they’re facing an opponent more formidable than either of them had anticipated.

13. The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon’s The Final Solution sees a retired Sherlock Holmes, referred to only as the “old man,” decipher the meaning of a parrot’s listing of seemingly random German numbers. The parrot belongs to a young German-Jewish refugee boy (the novel is set in 1944), and the bird abruptly disappears as soon as interest in his mumbling begins to grow. Add to that the classic murder ingredient, and Sherlock Holmes has another mystery cut out for him. This suspenseful novella is guaranteed to please Sherlock fans with the clever, funny mystery it poses.

And that’s it! With so much to choose from, we hope your Sherlock needs will be met, and that you’re ready for the incredible journey that lies ahead of you. Put on your deerstalker hat (a detail, by the way, that never appeared in the original text, only the illustrations ), grab your pipe, and let’s go!

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The Sherlock Holmes Books In Order

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Lucy Davidson

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Over 125 years since he was first shared with the world, the character of Sherlock Holmes remains the most popular fictional detective in history. The brainchild of British writer and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), the genius super sleuth Sherlock Holmes features in 4 novels and 56 short stories, accompanied by his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson.

Regarded as milestones in the field of crime fiction, Conan Doyle wrote his first Sherlock Holmes novel in 1886. However, Holmes’ quick thinking in a range of thrilling settings didn’t immediately take off after being published in the Beeton’s Christmas Annual of 1887. Instead, Conan Doyle’s first collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories, published in The Strand Magazine in 1991, propelled him to international fame, and today, more than 60 million copies have been sold.

Since Conan Doyle’s death, professional and amateur ‘Holmesians’ have discussed the possibility of lost works, with as many of 18 works cited as possible entrants. However, those which are confirmed to be Conan Doyle’s have been endlessly adapted for film, television and stage, and are enjoyed by millions across the world.

Here’s a breakdown of the Sherlock Holmes books in order.

A Study in Scarlet

One of four of the full-length Holmes novels, this story marks the first appearance of famed detective duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The title derives from a speech given by Holmes to Watson, where he describes the murder investigation as his ‘study in scarlet’. The novel is the first work of detective fiction which incorporates the magnifying glass as an investigative tool.

Today, only around 11 complete copies of  Beeton’s Christmas Annual for 1887, the original magazine where the story first appeared, are known to exist.

The Sign of the Four

The second of Conan Doyle’s four Holmes novels, he described how he was commissioned to write the story over a dinner with Joseph Marshall Stoddart, editor of  Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine.  Famed wit and writer Oscar Wilde was also in attendance. Like Conan Doyle’s first novel, A Study In Scarlet, the novel was not particularly successful upon its first publication.

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Artwork on the cover of ‘The Sign of Four’ after it was compiled as a single book

Image Credit: Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Conan Doyle’s first collection of short stories,  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  contains twelve short stories which were originally published in twelve monthly issues of  The Strand Magazine between 1891 and 1892. Though not supported by any fictional chronology, a key theme of all of the stories is Holmes identifying and correcting social injustices.

The first story, ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’, contains the only depiction of the character Irene Adler in any of Conan Doyle’s works; however, her character is frequently used in modern adaptations. Of the collection, Conan Doyle stated that ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’ was his favourite.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Another collection of short stories, the 12 stories were similarly published over the course of a year from 1892 to 1893 in  The Strand Magazine. Conan Doyle decided that this would be the last of the Holmes stories, intending to kill off the eponymous character in ‘The Final Problem’. However, reader demand prompted him to write another Holmes novel in 1901-2, ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, set before ‘The Final Problem’.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

One of Conan Doyle’s most famous works,  The Hound of the Baskervilles   is the third of the four Sherlock crime novels. Originally serialised in The Strand Magazine  between 1901 and 1902, it is set largely on Dartmoor in Devon and follows the story of the attempted murder that is initially blamed on a large, fearsome, folkloric hound that roams the moors. The novel marked Holmes’ first appearance since his apparent death in ‘The Final Problem’, and was so popular that it led to the character’s revival.

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Artwork on the cover of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

Image Credit: Sidney Paget, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

It has been described as one of the most famous stories ever written. In 2003, the novel was listed as number 128 on 200 on the BBC’s The Big Read poll of the ‘UK’s best-loved novel’. It has also been voted the best of the four Holmes novels in a 1999 poll of ‘Sherlockians’.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes  is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published between 1903-1904 by  The Strand Magazine in Britain and  Collier’s  in the United States. The stories were the first Holmes collection since 1893, when Holmes famously appeared to have died in ‘The Final Problem’. The first story, set in 1894, sees Holmes returning in London and explaining the period between 1891-1894. In the last story of the book, Watson states that Holmes has retired and has forbidden him to publish any more stories. However, two more collections and a novel appeared later.

The Valley of Fear

First serialised in The Strand Magazine from September 1914 to May 1915,  The Valley of Fear  is Conan Doyle’s fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel. It is loosely based upon the real-life Molly Maguires and Pinkerton agent James McParland. Consisting of two parts entitled ‘The Tragedy of Birlstone’ and ‘The Scowrers’, the novel is unusual in that it drew attention to real-life terrorist activity and American union struggles. It is also unusual in that instead of being a linear novel, it is ‘two parts and a coda [which] carefully stage managed the elements of fear and terror’.

His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes 

His Last Bow is a collection published in 1917 that consists of previously published Holmes stories dating between 1908 and 1917. In the US, the collection went by the name ‘ His Last Bow: Some Later Reminisces of Sherlock Holmes’.  All editions contain a brief preface by ‘John H. Watson, M. D., that informs readers that as of the date of publication, Holmes is long retired as a detective, but is otherwise alive and well, though suffering from a little rheumatism.

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Cover of the 1917 short-story collection ‘His Last Bow’ by Arthur Conan Doyle

Image Credit: Joseph Van Abbé, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes  is the final set of 12 short stories that were first published between 1921 and 1927. Though some of the stories are comparable with Conan Doyle’s earlier work, this collection is often considered to be a lesser entry, in part because some of the stories aren’t narrated by Dr. Watson, and instead are written in the third person. It has also been suggested that a few of the stories might not have been written by Conan Doyle himself, with ‘The Mazarin Stone’, ‘The Three Gables’ bearing few hallmarks of Conan Doyle’s style.

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Sherlock Holmes Books in Order: How to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s series?

In the vein of Edgar Allan Poe’s detective C. Auguste Dupin (from 1841 short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is an exceptional detective who can be can be dispassionate and cold, but always willing to face a new challenging mystery, ready to use his extremely logical mind, his deductive powers and his large knowledge of forensic science. He is an eccentric who avoids casual company, except for that of his friend and biographer Dr. John H. Watson.

They famously live at 221B Baker Street, London, during the Victorian or Edwardian eras, between about 1880 and 1914. Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in print in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet. Since then, the characters appeared in four novels and 56 short stories from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a lot (a lot!) more–to the point of being listed by Guinness World Records as the most portrayed literary human character in film and television history.

How to read the Sherlock Holmes Series in Order?

There are so many Sherlock Holmes stories in the world that I will not list here anything that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did not write. It’s only what’s canon.

The Sherlock Holmes Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet - Sherlock Holmes Books in Order

  • A Study in Scarlet (1887) – Convalescing in London after a disastrous experience of war in Afghanistan, Dr. John Watson finds himself sharing rooms with his enigmatic new acquaintance, Sherlock Holmes. But their quiet bachelor life at 221B Baker Street is soon interrupted by the grisly discovery of a dead man in a grimy ‘ill-omened’ house in south-east London, his face contorted by an expression of horror and hatred such as Watson has never seen before. On the wall, the word rache – German for ‘revenge’ – is written in blood, yet there are no wounds on the victim or signs of a struggle. Watson’s head is in a whirl, but the formidable Holmes relishes this challenge to his deductive powers, and so begins their famous investigative partnership.
  • The Sign of the Four (1890) – As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street. His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman – Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before. Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year: a large, lustrous pearl. Now she has had an intriguing invitation to meet her unknown benefactor and urges Holmes and Watson to accompany her. And in the ensuing investigation – which involves a wronged woman, a stolen hoard of Indian treasure, a wooden-legged ruffian, a helpful dog and a love affair – even the jaded Holmes is moved to exclaim, ‘Isn’t it gorgeous!’
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901–1902) – The death, quite suddenly, of Sir Charles Baskerville in mysterious circumstances is the trigger for one of the most extraordinary cases ever to challenge the brilliant analytical mind of Sherlock Holmes. As rumours of a legendary hound said to haunt the Baskerville family circulate, Holmes and Watson are asked to ensure the protection of Sir Charles’ only heir, Sir Henry – who has travelled all the way from America to reside at Baskerville Hall in Devon. And it is there, in an isolated mansion surrounded by mile after mile of wild moor, that Holmes and Watson come face to face with a terrifying evil that reaches out from centuries past . . .
  • The Valley of Fear (1914–1915) – From the annals of Dr Watson comes this dark tale of Sherlock Holmes’ early encounter with Professor Moriarty. When Holmes and Watson receive a cipher from one of Moriarty’s henchmen warning of dark doings at a manor house, they find themselves on the trail of a murderer. Almost immediately, they are on their way to Sussex where they discover a corpse with its head blown to pieces. But all is not as it seems. For the origins of this case lie in America, and involve a Pinkerton’s man and the doings of a terrible and secretive lodge …

The Sherlock Holmes Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes - Sherlock Holmes Books in Order

  • “A Scandal in Bohemia” (June 1891)
  • “The Red-Headed League” (August 1891)
  • “A Case of Identity” (September 1891)
  • “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” (October 1891)
  • “The Five Orange Pips” (November 1891)
  • “The Man with the Twisted Lip” (December 1891)
  • “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” (January 1892)
  • “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” (February 1892)
  • “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb” (March 1892)
  • “The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor” (April 1892)
  • “The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet” (May 1892)
  • “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” (June 1892)
  • “The Adventure of Silver Blaze” (December 1892)
  • “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” (January 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Yellow Face” (February 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk” (March 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Gloria Scott” (April 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual” (May 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Reigate Squire” (June 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Crooked Man” (July 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Resident Patient” (August 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter” (September 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Naval Treaty” (October–November 1893)
  • “The Final Problem” (December 1893)
  • “The Adventure of the Empty House” (October 1903)
  • “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” (November 1903)
  • “The Adventure of the Dancing Men” (December 1903)
  • “The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist” (January 1904)
  • “The Adventure of the Priory School” (February 1904)
  • “The Adventure of Black Peter” (March 1904)
  • “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” (April 1904)
  • “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” (May 1904)
  • “The Adventure of the Three Students” (June 1904)
  • “The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez” (July 1904)
  • “The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter” (August 1904)
  • “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange” (September 1904)
  • “The Adventure of the Second Stain” (December 1904)

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  • “The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” (1908)
  • “The Adventure of the Red Circle” (1911)
  • “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans” (1908)
  • “The Adventure of the Dying Detective” (1913)
  • “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” (1911)
  • “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” (1910)
  • “His Last Bow. The War Service of Sherlock Holmes” (1917)
  • “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone” (1921)
  • “The Problem of Thor Bridge” (1922)
  • “The Adventure of the Creeping Man” (1923)
  • “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire” (1924)
  • “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs” (1924)
  • “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client” (1924)
  • “The Adventure of the Three Gables” (1926)
  • “The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier” (1926)
  • “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” (1926)
  • “The Adventure of the Retired Colourman” (1926)
  • “The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger” (1927)
  • “The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place” (1927)

The Sherlock Holmes Collection

The Sherlock Holmes Books in Chronological Order

  • A Study in Scarlet (1887)
  • The Sign of the Four (1890)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901–1902)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
  • His Last Bow (1917)
  • The Valley of Fear (1914–1915)
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

If you like Sherlock Holmes, you may also want to see our reading order for other classic sleuths like the Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie , or our guide to Ngaio Marsh’s Roderick Alleyn series .

Also, if you are interested in the other writers who put their own spin on Sherlock Holmes like Nancy Springer with the Enola Holmes series, Martin Davies with the Holmes and Hudson series, Sherry Thomas with The Lady Sherlock series, M.J. Trow with the Sholto Lestrade series, David Lagercrantz with the Rekke/Vargas series, Laurie R. King with the Mary Russell series, and more!

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16 Sherlock Holmes books in Order: The Chronology of Sherlock Holmes novels

Sherlock Holmes the great detective in history whose character fascinated us all is the creation of Arthur Conan Doyle. Traditionally the author has written about 56 short stories and 4 four novels around his creation. The ‘Conan’ word is used to distinguish the original novels by the author Arthur Doyle from the other artists that wrote about the same character.

The widely famous detective has inspired a lot of adaptations whether in the field of literature or cinema. Well, not just the adaptations but the character has also inspired the readers and Sherlock Holmes always woke up the inner detective in us and made us want to solve cases and become the virtual detectives of his stories. 

The first-ever story of Sherlock Holmes was released in the year 1887 and since then the author has written numerous novels based on the character and got recognition for it. Apart from the original creator himself, many other writers also took an interest in this astonishing detective and wrote books about him. 

The real fans of Sherlock Holmes are more interested in reading the original content written by Arthur Conan Doyle and often wonder about the correct chronology in which they were written or should be read. Well, your quest ends here because below we have listed the original Sherlock Holmes books by order as per their publishing year. Have a look below:

1. A Study in Scarlet

Publishing Year: 1887

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A Study in Scarlet is the first-ever novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle to feature Sherlock Holmes. That means this is the book that gave birth to one of the most remembered and celebrated characters from history, the great detective Sherlock Holmes. It is also the book that marks the first appearance of Dr. Watson. 

The duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with time has become the most famous detective duo in fiction. The book shares their early story when Dr. Watson has returned from a war in Afghanistan and meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time. 

Soon they become flat-mates and since then he has been accompanying Holmes in solving a mystery and witnessing his amazing abilities to solve a case.

2. The Sign of the Four

Publishing Year: 1890

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The Sign of Four is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes. In this novel, the detective is seen seeking comfort in the arms of a woman named Mary. The woman is actually very distressed as four years ago she started receiving exquisite gifts every year which is a large and lustrous pearl. 

After that, one day she also gets a special invite from that unknown admirer, and Sherlock and Dr. Watson want to accompany her in finding out who this man is. What follows after is the tale of a stolen Indian treasure, wronged woman, a dog that helps, and a secret love affair. 

3.  A Case of Identity

Publishing Year: 1891

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A Case of Identity published in the year 1891 concerns the woman named Mary Sutherland. Mary is in love with a man whose personality is a kind of shy and attentive. The man who couldn’t possibly hurt anyone has mysteriously disappeared on the very day when he was going to marry the love of his life.

Later Mary approaches Sherlock Holmes to help her find her love and find out what is the reason behind his sudden and mysterious disappearance. The engaging read will make you be impressed by the detective skills of Holmes even more and let’s not forget to mention the effort of his partner, Dr. Watson. 

4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery

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Right after its release, the book became a famous one. The story of murder and treasure makes a perfect recipe for a mystery and thriller and the Boscombe Valley Mystery makes it pretty evident. The story of the book concerns a community in Herefordshire. Lestrade summons the detective Holmes that a local landowner of the community has been murdered.

They are also pretty sure that his emotionally distant son is involved in this crime. But for Sherlock Holmes the story is not all black and white, he immediately determined that there is certainly some third person who is behind all this or at least is involved. 

As the plot progresses you will get introduced with the secret past of a criminal, a story of blackmailing, and a forbidden love story. 

5. A Scandal in Bohemia

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A Scandal in Bohemia marks the beginning of the short stories written on Sherlock Holmes by his original creator Arthur Doyle. It is the first of the 56 short stories centralizing Sherlock Holmes and fifth overall work. The first 38 works of short stories were illustrated by Sidney Paget. 

The famous story shows us the first encounter of the detective with royalty when the King of Bohemia informs him he is soon going to marry but before that, he had a love affair with an Opera singer, Irene Adler.

Now Irene is threatening him that she will send all the pictures to the press and will destroy him completely. When his several attempts to retrieve the photographs failed, he approached Sherlock to do the work for him. 

6. The Red-Headed League

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The Red-Headed League is another short story concerning Sherlock Holmes when again the detective duo is out on solving their next mystery. A Businessman named Mr. Wilson approaches Sherlock Holmes and summons him about the possibly upcoming crime or mystery. 

The man with red hair who manages a small pawnshop tells the detective that he saw an advertisement in the local newspaper some days ago where a company specifically asked for a man with red hair. Since his business has been struggling, he went for the interview and joined other applicants. 

At the end of the day, he was the only one hired because the other men with red hair were either too bright or either too dark. The man suspects something fishy is going on and contacts Holmes to solve the mystery. 

7. The Five Orange Pips

Publishing Year: 1892

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The Five Orange Pips concern a young gentleman named John Openshaw who has a series of suspicion on his uncle about an ongoing crime who just returned from England and wants to settle down in Horsham. The man has also served as a colonel in the Confederate Army and a planter in Florida. 

The man named Elias has not been married and since he was living alone; he invited John to accompany him in the house. When living at his place John witnesses some strange things that were going on. 

There was one specific room in his house where John was not allowed and his suspicion only rose when one day his uncle received a letter inscribed only K.K.K. and has five orange pips enclosed. As the plot progresses more strange things start to happen, and that’s when he approaches a detective to get to the root of it. 

8. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

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The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle is the seventh story in the collection The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes consisting of a total of twelve stories. The story focuses on the disappearance of Blue Carbuncle which is a precious gem that is supposedly stolen from the hotel suite of the Countess of Morcar. 

At the same time, the city of London is preparing for Christmas and the newspapers are filled with the news of the precious gemstone being stolen. A plumber and a previously convicted felon are arrested for the crime and despite his repeated claims that he had nothing to do with the robbery, the police is confirmed that he is the thief as he was there around the tome when the Blue Carbuncle disappeared. 

On the other hand, Sherlock Holmes explores a whole other story of the disappearance of the precious gem and tries to solve the mystery that how the Carbuncle ends up in a goose. 

9. The Adventure of the Speckled Band

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‘The Speckled Band’ were the last words that Helen heard from her sister before she died a night before her wedding. Though Helen Stoner is unable to decode the meaning of it he seeks the detective Sherlock Holmes and reveals the whole story in front of him. 

She also tells him that she is afraid she is going to be dead soon as she fears her life is threatened by her stepfather. Dr. Grimsby Rylott who practiced in Kolkata has already served a jail sentence for killing his butler in the rage of anger.

Her late mother married him when she was a widow living there. The last words that she heard from her twin sister’s definitely meant something and she wants Holmes to decode it.

10. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor

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And what’s an enthralling mystery without the sudden disappearance of anyone or someone’s life being threatened? Well, following the pattern of writing an engaging mystery story this story features the disappearance of Lord St. Simon’s bride, Hatty on the day of her wedding.

Though Hatty participated in the marriage and the ceremony went pretty smoothly but as soon as the rituals got over and she entered the reception, she disappeared mysteriously. Though a lot of little strange things that happened on her wedding day, Holmes must sit through every little detail to get to the root of the story. 

11. The Adventure of the Copper Beaches

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The Adventure of the Copper Beaches is the last of the twelve stories in the book The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. In the story, a woman named Violet Hunter approaches Holmes and tells him about an attractive job offer that she has received that has pretty strange conditions. 

The highly paid job as a governess comes with annual pay of 100 pounds a year which will be increased to 120 pounds a year if she is ready to cut her hair short. Though the employer seems like a pretty decent person somehow she is still suspicious because of the strange demands. 

She informs Holmes that she is ready to accept the job as it is a very attractive offer but Holmes asked her to inform him as soon as something wrong happens and he will make sure to visit her at the Copper Beaches where the job is situated. 

12. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a combined book of twelve short stories. Though the stories have no fiction chronology as all of them were released in the year 1892 as part of the book ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’. All the stories in the book are told from the first-person narration of Dr. Watson.

13. The Hound of the Baskervilles

Publishing Year: 1902

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the fourth crime novels written by Arthur Conan Doyle concerning Sherlock Holmes. The novel is set before the “death” of the detective. It tells the story of a murder mystery and the presence of a diabolical hound of supernatural origin.

The story is one of the favorite books of Sherlockian enthusiasts and was listed 128 of 200 on The Big Read Poll of BBC of the UK’s best-loved novel. 

14. The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Publishing Year: 1905

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes published in the year 1905 is the collection of thirteen short stories following the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. As soon as the book. The Hound of the Baskervilles got published in the year 1901-1902, the author felt immense pressure to revive his character as the novel was set before his death. 

The novel is the attempt to revive him; the work has also been adapted for a radio show by BBC radio starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes and Michael Williams as Dr. Watson.

15. The Valley of Fear

Publishing Year: 1915

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The Valley of Fear is the fourth and the final draft in the crime novels of Sherlock Holmes written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The book concerns a pseudonymous agent of Professor Moriarty named Fred Porlock. 

The detective receives a cipher message from the agent. However, later the agent decides not to send the key to the cipher because he is afraid that when the professor finds out that he is the traitor, he will have to face some serious consequences. But Fred does inform the detective about his decision. 

Sometime later Holmes receives a news that there has been a committed murder in the area. The gripping read will have you on your edge the whole time. 

16. His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes

Publishing Year: 1917

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His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes is the book published n the year 1917 which is the collection of previously published short stories by the author. The book is illustrated by Richard Gutschmid. The book contains a total of eight short stories that are named below:

  • The Adventures of Wisteria Lodge
  • The Adventures of the Cardboard Box
  • The Adventure of the Red Circle
  • The Adventure of the Cruce-Partington
  • The Adventure of the Dying Detective
  • The Disappearance of Lady Frances
  • The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot
  • His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes

The renowned detective in the history that will forever be remembered for his amazing skills to solve the mysteries has impressed us all. I mean who doesn’t know about ‘The Sherlock Holmes’. The story of these detectives has inspired a lot of works in different forms and the dynamic detective duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson became a household name. 

The above-mentioned works concerning the detective are the original books and stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. His books also inspired other authors to write about Sherlock Holmes. 

Do let us know in the comment section how you liked this article. Also, if you have any queries or questions, we will be thrilled to help you with that. 

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Order of Sherlock Holmes Books

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Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 1887 and was featured in four novels and 56 short stories (canonically). The books are usually narrated by Watson, but two of them are narrated by Holmes and the other two are written in the third person. The Sherlock Holmes character has appeared in every medium imaginable, from TV series to video games to stageplays and of course movies such as the ones starring Robert Downey, Jr.

Below is a list of novels and short stories in the official Sherlock Holmes canon by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself:

Publication Order of Sherlock Holmes Books

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Note: For the serialized short stories that originally appeared in the publication The Strand, we have listed the publication year as the year the final story was published.

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3 Ways to Read Sherlock Holmes Books in Order | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most well-known fictional private detective of all time and also one of the first. His creator, Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories about his cases and adventures, narrated mostly through the eyes of his truthful assistant, Dr. Watson. In this article, you’ll learn exactly how to read all the Sherlock Holmes books in order.

#1 Sherlock Holmes Books in Order of Publication

The Sherlock Holmes books in order of publication is a very straight-forward way to read these Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books. However, it is not the reading order we recommend.

  • A Study in Scarlet (1897) 
  • The Sign of the Four (1890)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) (Short Stories)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) (Short Stories)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905) (Short Stories)
  • The Valley of Fear (1914)
  • His Last Bow (1917) (Short Stories)
  • The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1927) (Short Stories)

#2 Sherlock Holmes Books in Chronological Order (Recommended)

The Sherlock Holmes books in order of publication does not follow a chronological fictional storyline. This is why many fans of the series recommend not reading the series in the publication order but rather in the order we’ve specified here. We’ll briefly explain the science behind it below.

A Study in Scarlet

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  
  • The Sign of Four
  • The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

The Valley of Fear

  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • His Last Bow

The Hound of the Baskervilles

How to read the sherlock holmes books in order.

Although there is a heated debate about whether it is better to start the series with A Study in Scarlet or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, we stay true to canon and suggest starting with the first one. Both are great openers for the series as they introduce the characters, their witty interactions, and their clever methods. 

However, in the novel, A Study in Scarlet, Holmes meets Watson, and we find it prudent to start there. Only then continue with The Adventures, to delve a little deeper into the main character.

We continue with the second novel, The Sign of Four, where we will get to know Holmes beyond his figure as a detective. Doyle also reveals his vices.

At this point, we will make a small jump to one of the last books published, the collection of stories The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. We place it here because they are autonomous detective stories and serve as an opener for the interweaving of stories of the following books.

The novel The Valley of Fear was published in 1914 while the compilation of stories The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes in 1894. Despite this, the events of the novel precede those of the stories. This is why we reverse their order by placing the novel in fifth place, followed by the book of short stories in sixth place.

From here we continue with the next book of stories, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, which is a continuation. Moving forward we’ve listed His Last Bow, his final collection of stories, and the end of the Holmes chronology. 

Finally, to close with a flourish we end with The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is the most acclaimed novel of the series. It is a masterpiece that mixes suspense, horror, mystery, and action.

#3 Sherlock Holmes Books in Order by Type

This list of Sherlock Holmes books in order is just to help you visualize the novels vs. short stories. If you’re not into short stories, then by all means use the list below. But if you do enjoy them, the recommended Sherlock Holmes reading order above is the ideal way to approach these books.

Sherlock Holmes Novels

Sherlock holmes short story collections.

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
  • His Last Bow (1917)
  • The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

Why You Should Read the Sherlock Holmes Short Stories

While you may not usually be a fan of short stories, the Sherlock Holmes short stories should be your exception. That’s because of how significant Sherlock Holmes has become to the literary world and how much the short stories contribute to that legacy.

For example, if you’re a fan of the BBC television adaptation, some of your favourite episodes may be adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories.

Furthermore, the stories are masterfully written, while also depicting Conan Doyle’s interesting relationship with his most famous character. Conan Doyle famously grew tired of Holmes and felt he was being held back by the beloved character. To his own mother’s chagrin and large public outcry, Conan Doyle — spoiler alert — tried to kill off the sleuthing detective, only to reverse his decision a short time later.

Short stories often lack the depth that comes with full-length novels, but with the iconic character of Sherlock Holmes, much is already known before you pick up the first collection. That is, if you follow our recommended reading order.

If you read A Study in Scarlet first, you will already have a thorough understanding of the world and the characters before you delve into Conan Doyle’s short stories. This will allow you to enjoy the beguiling detective and his prickly demeanour in short bursts as he solves quick crimes.

Through these short stories you’ll glean more details about Holmes’s endearing relationship with his flatmate and frequent narrator Dr. John Watson. As well, you will learn about the customs, science, and royalty at the time of Conan Doyle’s writing. During this era there was great social, economic, and technological progress amidst the Industrial Revolution that is evident through literature.

Finally, these stories are easy to follow and understand, while being the perfect blend of mystery, humor, and intelligence.

Who is Sherlock Holmes?

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional investigator from the mind of Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He first appeared in Doyle’s novel A Study in Scarlet in 1897.

Holmes is a late 19th-century English character well-known for his intelligence, skillful use of observation, and deductive reasoning to solve difficult cases; his abilities often border the fantasy. Holmes is also always carrying his deerstalker cap, pipe, and a magnifying glass.

Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories for the Sherlock Holmes series. Most of them are from the perspective of his friend and biographer, Dr. John Watson, with the exception of two stories narrated from the perspective of Holmes himself and two more written in the third person. 

Many actors have played Sherlock Holmes in dozens of TV series and films, more than any other character. In 1964, worldwide sales of his stories were second only after the Bible according to The Times Magazine.

Sherlock Holmes is the archetype of the cerebral investigator par excellence and greatly influenced detective fiction after his appearance.

Although Auguste Dupin, an Edgar Allan Poe character, is a very similar predecessor, Dupin was never nearly as popular as Holmes and his author. Holmes actually belittles Dupin with his ironic egocentric tone in A Study in Scarlet. 

Holmes has an ego that borders on arrogance, but it is often well-deserved. He enjoys and takes delight in baffling police inspectors with his deductions.

He is often glad that the police take credit for his work, with Watson being the only one who conveys this to him in his stories, but he does enjoy receiving praise from his friends and those who take his work seriously.

Summary of Sherlock Holmes Books in Order

In case you want to know a bit more about each of the Sherlock Holmes books in order before picking them up, here are the summaries to some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes works.

A Study in Scarlet Sherlock Holmes Books in Order

The story begins in 1878, when Dr. John Watson meets an old friend, Stamford. Watson was forced to retire because of a war wound and, upon recovery, fell victim to typhus. He is now looking for a place to live, because he cannot continue his current lifestyle. Stamford reveals that an acquaintance of his, Sherlock Holmes, is looking for someone to share the rent in an apartment at 221 B Baker Street. Thus, Sherlock and Dr. Watson end up meeting. 

At first, Dr. Watson has a bad impression of Sherlock Holmes as he finds the smug way Holmes speaks very annoying. But it is not long before Dr. Watson realizes that his companion is not a conceited amateur detective, but a true genius of deduction. One day a message arrives from Scotland Yard about a recent murder and Holmes and Watson set out to investigate.

There is blood in the room, but no wounds on the body. They also see from the documents that they find the person, who was in London with a friend, Joseph Stangerson. On the wall, written in blood, is the word “Rache” which, Holmes states, means “revenge” in German. He deduces that the victim died of poisoning, and describes what he thinks the murderer looked like: Six feet tall, with small feet for his height, ruddy complexion, square-toed boots.

The second part of the novel depicts a story of the origins of the Mormon Church with links to a love story. After a series of ups and downs, Holmes manages to find the murderer and solve the crime.

The Sign of Four Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sign of the Four

After the mysterious disappearance of her father, Mary begins to receive valuable pearls from an unknown sender. After a long silence, the generous character shows signs of life and wants Mary to meet him. The young woman asks Sherlock Holmes for help to accompany her. The stranger turns out to be Thaddeus Sholto, son of a good friend of Mary’s father. 

Thaddeus and his brother have been searching, for six years, for a great treasure that their father hid before he died. Finally, after a great effort, they have found the treasure, which, following their father’s wishes, they must share with Mary. When they arrive at the Sholto residence, Thaddeus’ brother has been murdered and the treasure stolen.

The Hound of the Baskervilles Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles is Arthur Conan Doyle’s third novel featuring Sherlock Holmes as the protagonist. It was published in parts in The Strand Magazine between 1901 and 1902.

Conan Doyle wrote this story after returning from Cape Town, where he worked as a volunteer. He was assisted in the plot by a 30-year-old Daily Express journalist. His ideas came from the legend of Richard Cabell, who was the inspiration for the Baskervilles. You can still visit his grave in a village called Buckfastleigh.

Richard Cabell lived during the 1600s and was the local squire at Buckfastleigh. He had a passion for hunting and was a “monstrously bad man”, rumored to have murdered his wife. 

On July 5, 1677, he died and was buried in his grave, but that was only the beginning of the story. On the night of his burial, a ghost in the shape of a dog appeared walking all over the moor and howling at his grave. Since that night, the ghost can be seen, usually on the anniversary of his death. If he does not go hunting, it is possible to find him in his grave howling and shrieking.

Conan Doyle’s description of Baskerville Hall was inspired by a visit to Cromer Hall in Norfolk. Elements of the story were inspired by a stay at the Real Links Hotel in Cromer, where Conan Doyle first heard of the story of the Black Shuck, the ghost dog of the Cromer area, said to walk between Overstrand in the east and East Runton in the west.

The Valley of Fear Sherlock Holmes Books in Order

The story takes place in 1888, with a flashback based on Allan Pinkerton’s book about the Molly Maguires in the Pennsylvania coal mines in 1875. 

The novel has two distinct parts. In the first part, Sherlock Holmes, using his usual techniques, discovers the identity of a murderer. Once the murderer is apprehended, the story goes back in time and narrates in the third person the background of the murderer and the victim. 

This narrative is based on the Molly Maguires, an organization that actually existed in the United States. At the end, there is a brief account about the initial situation and the motives for the murder, linking the two stories.

In The Valley of Terror, the participation of Professor Moriarty stands out, making Arthur Conan Doyle himself the first of several writers to ignore the fact, narrated in The Final Problem, that Dr. Watson heard of Moriarty shortly before his death, without there being any adventure in common.

The name of The Valley of Terror is a translation of the name of a valley in the south of France. During the time of the Crusades, this valley was popularized by the Cathars, and some believe that the Holy Grail came there from the Holy Land.

The influence of this work is clear in a later work by the American writer Dashiell Hammett, entitled Red Harvest. Many consider that The Valley of Terror anticipates the crime novel as a genre.

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Sherlock Holmes Books in Order – The Great Detective’s Journey

Are you fascinated by the world of Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the Sherlock Holmes books in the order they were written and published, providing you with the ultimate reading experience .

The Sherlock Holmes Novels

There are four novels in the Sherlock Holmes series. Here they are, listed in the order they were published:

1. A Study in Scarlet (1887)

A Study in Scarlet (1887) Sherlock Holmes

The first novel in the series, A Study in Scarlet, introduces us to the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes and his soon-to-be-faithful companion, Dr. John Watson. This novel sets the foundation for their unbreakable partnership as they work together to solve a mysterious murder case. A Study in Scarlet is divided into two parts – the first part follows the investigation in London, while the second part takes readers to the American West, revealing the backstory of the murderer.

2. The Sign of Four (1890)

The Sign of Four (1890) Sherlock Holmes

The second novel, The Sign of Four, brings Holmes and Watson together again to solve a complex case involving a stolen treasure and a secret pact made by four convicts. This novel is notable for introducing the character of Mary Morstan , who later becomes John Watson’s wife. The Sign of Four showcases Holmes’s incredible skill in solving seemingly impossible cases and is a thrilling adventure from start to finish.

3. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901-1902)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901-1902) Sherlock Holmes

Widely regarded as one of the best Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles was initially serialized in The Strand Magazine before being published as a novel. The story follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, who was found dead on the foggy moors of Dartmoor, seemingly attacked by a supernatural hound. This gripping tale of suspense, intrigue, and danger is a must-read for any Sherlock Holmes fan.

4. The Valley of Fear (1914-1915)

The Valley of Fear (1914-1915) Sherlock Holmes

The final Sherlock Holmes novel, The Valley of Fear, was also serialized in The Strand Magazine before being published in book form. This story features a complex narrative structure with two distinct parts. The first part sees Holmes solving a murder case involving a secret society, while the second part delves into the backstory of the central antagonist, taking readers to the coal-mining regions of Pennsylvania, USA. The Valley of Fear is a thrilling conclusion to the Sherlock Holmes novels.

The Short Story Collections

In addition to the four novels, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote 56 short stories featuring this famous detective. These stories are collected in five volumes:

1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

The first collection of short stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, consists of 12 tales that were initially published in The Strand Magazine. Some of the most popular stories in this collection include “ A Scandal in Bohemia ,” featuring the unforgettable Irene Adler; “The Red-Headed League,” a clever tale of an ingenious bank robbery; and “The Speckled Band,” a chilling story of a murderous stepfather. These stories showcased the incredible range of Sherlock Holmes’s skills as a detective and cemented his place as a literary icon.

2. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is the second collection of short stories, containing 11 more adventures that were also published in The Strand Magazine. This volume includes “Silver Blaze,” a mystery involving a missing racehorse; “The Musgrave Ritual,” where Holmes recounts one of his early cases to Watson; and “The Final Problem,” which introduces the infamous criminal mastermind, Professor James Moriarty. “The Final Problem” was initially intended to be the last Sherlock Holmes story, but public demand for more stories eventually led to the character’s revival.

3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

After a hiatus of nearly a decade, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought Sherlock Holmes back in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of 13 new stories. The first story, “The Adventure of the Empty House,” explains how Holmes survived his encounter with Moriarty and marks the beginning of a new era of investigations for the detective and his loyal friend Watson. Other notable stories in this collection include “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton,” featuring a nefarious blackmailer, and “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange,” which sees Holmes solving a complex murder case.

4. His Last Bow (1917)

His Last Bow (1917)

His Last Bow is the fourth collection of short stories, comprising seven more adventures for Sherlock Holmes. This volume features “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot,” where Holmes and Watson investigate a series of mysterious deaths in Cornwall, and “The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans,” a tale of espionage and murder. The title story, “His Last Bow,” takes place on the eve of World War I and sees Holmes embarking on one final mission for the British government.

5. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

The final collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, contains 12 tales that were published between 1921 and 1927. Among these stories, you’ll find “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client,” a case involving a dangerous criminal; “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire,” which explores the boundaries between superstition and reality; and “The Adventure of the Retired Colourman,” where Holmes solves a double murder. This collection brings the saga of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson to a close.

Final Words

Embarking on the journey through the Sherlock Holmes books in order is an adventure like no other. From the first meeting of Holmes and Watson in A Study in Scarlet to their final cases in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, these stories have captivated readers for generations. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s incredible gift for storytelling and his ability to create unforgettable characters has solidified the legacy of this famous detective as the world’s greatest detective.

As readers explore these tales of deduction and wit, extracting profound insights can serve as a key to success in making digital quotes that echo the timeless wisdom found within Holmes’ adventures. Click here to know how to make quotes dedicated by your inspiration.

Whether you’re a newcomer to this world or a seasoned fan, reading these books in order will provide a deeper understanding of the characters and their development throughout the series. So grab your deerstalker hat, light your pipe, and settle in for a thrilling ride through the foggy streets of Victorian London as you immerse yourself in this fantastic and thrilling world.

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All 9 Sherlock Holmes Books in Order

Set in the atmospheric, lamplit fog of Victorian London, Arthur Conan Doyle’s series has captivated readers since the late nineteenth century, but what is the best way to read all the Sherlock Holmes books in order?

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most well-known and beloved fictional detectives in literary history. Living in the famous 221B Baker Street flat in London, Holmes is renowned for his unparalleled skill in observation, forensics, and deduction. The remarkable character first appeared in Arthur Conan Doyle ’s 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet , originally published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual .

‘My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know.’ The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Between 1887 and 1927, Conan Doyle produced four novels and 56 short stories, collated into five collections, that form the Sherlock Holmes series. Conan Doyle continued to expand the Holmes universe for 40 years, and the volumes weren’t published chronologically. The best order in which to read the series is widely debated, and it can be difficult to read them linearly, with many of the short story collections featuring tales from different points in the timeline, meaning the publication order and chronological order of the stories differ.

Sherlock Holmes Publication Order:

  • A Study in Scarlet (1887)
  • The Sign of Four (1890)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
  • The Valley of Fear (1915)
  • His Last Bow (1917)
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

Sherlock Holmes Chronological Order:

  • A Study in Scarlet
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Valley of Fear
  • The Sign of Four
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
  • His Last Bow

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Sherlock Holmes Books in Order

To save your confusion and give you the best reading experience of the Holmes series, we’ve taken both the publication and chronological order into account and formed what we believe to be the most effective list of the Sherlock Holmes books in order. Discover our list of all nine volumes below:

  • The Sign of the Four 

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1. A Study in Scarlet (1887)

Starting off easy, A Study in Scarlet is undeniably the first instalment in the Sherlock Holmes series. The novel marks the beginning of many illustrious adventures for Holmes and Doctor Watson. 

Returning from service in Afghanistan, Watson is wounded and searching for somewhere to live. He takes up residence in Holmes’ 221B Baker Street flat and is soon embarking on a series of mysterious escapades. Accompanying the amateur detective to the scene of a bloody crime, Watson is horrified and baffled by the dead body that shows no sign of violence. But Holmes already has a theory forming…

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2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

Delving a little deeper into the detective’s mind and his methods of deduction, this short story collection features two of Conan Doyle’s favourite Holmes stories: ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’ and ‘The Red-Headed League’.

The 12 short stories featured in this volume immerse the reader in the smoky rooms shared by Holmes and Watson. Each tale highlights the famous detective’s remarkable skill and methods, and the volume is the perfect follow-up to A Study in Scarlet .

‘There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.’ The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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3. The Sign of the Four (1890)

A tangled web of missing fathers, curious deaths, and cursed treasure, the next novel on our list takes a closer look at the darker side of Holmes.

Thick fog swirls through London, winding its way down Baker Street, where a cocaine-dazed Holmes awaits a new case. When a beautiful young woman, Mary Morstan, presents the sleuthing duo with two seemingly unrelated cases, all three work together to solve a decade-long mystery. 

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4. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

Commonly thought to be the best Sherlock Holmes book, The Hound of the Baskervilles is among the greatest crime novels ever written. The book features the wild Devonshire moors, a phantom hound, and a centuries-old familial curse.

Holmes and Watson are investigating the sudden death of Sir Charles Baskerville and must rely on their rationality to solve what appears to be a case of supernatural interference. Distracted by another case, Holmes sends Watson alone to Dartmoor to protect the Baskerville heir from the same ghastly fate as Sir Charles. But the complex mystery only seems to get more confusing as Watson investigates. Could paranormal activity really be behind this puzzling case? And will Holmes appear in time to save Watson and the Baskerville heir?

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5. The Valley of Fear (1915)

The Valley of Fear features the heinous schemes of Professor James Moriarty, Holmes’ arch nemesis, for the first time. 

After receiving a pseudonymous cypher from one of Moriarty’s henchmen, Holmes and Watson must unravel the mysterious murder of a country gentleman. The puzzling case gives the detective the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his skills in observation, forensics, and deduction. This electrifying novel features themes of ethical ambiguity and makes political commentary on terrorist activity.

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6. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)

This collection of 12 short stories culminates in the famous ‘The Final Problem’, which caused much uproar and controversy among the fictional detective’s loyal fans when it was first published in The Strand Magazine . 

Featuring famous characters such as Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, and the evil Professor Moriarty, this volume comes to a head with an epic battle between Holmes and his most formidable enemy.

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7. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

Following a decade-length Sherlock Holmes hiatus, this collection of 13 short stories was the long-awaited return of the pipe-smoking detective.

After being presumed dead for three years, Holmes returns to reunite with Watson. The sleuthing duo immediately embark on a tantalising series of adventures. Kicking the string of mysteries off with a locked-room murder, Holmes and Watson must solve a seemingly unsolvable case.

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8. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

These stand-alone short stories could be read at any stage of this list, but one small detail settles the volume in seventh place. ‘The Adventure of the Illustrious Client’ refers to the death of a character who passed away in an earlier instalment of the series. So if you want to avoid a major spoiler early on, this is definitely the best placement for The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes . 

Published 40 years after the first Sherlock Holmes book, this collection deviates from Conan Doyle’s usual style and Watson’s reliable narration, and features two stories narrated by Holmes himself.

‘I am not the law, but I represent justice so far as my feeble powers go.’ The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

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9. His Last Bow (1917)

The final book in the Sherlock Holmes chronology is His Last Bow . Despite having the perfect title for a series finale, many Sherlockians choose a different volume (most commonly The Hound of the Baskervilles ) to complete reading the series with because the last story in this collection is an espionage tale set on the precipice of the First World War.  

Featuring seven tales from Holmes and Watson’s escapades, this volume includes a preface from the detective’s loyal companion updating the reader on Holmes’ health and whereabouts. The short stories see the famous duo working together to solve a series of bizarre and mysterious cases, culminating in a third-person spy narrative chronicling Holmes’ contribution to the war effort, ‘His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes’. We believe this is the perfect volume to complete our recommended reading order because the final story sees Holmes come out of retirement for one last adventure. 

Over a century since Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance, the iconic character has become a cultural touchstone. Inspiring generations of fans, filmmakers, and writers, the detective has made an ineradicable mark not only on the literary world but wider pop culture and Conan Doyle’s literary influence will continue to captivate for many decades to come.

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‘My dear fellow, (…) life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.’ The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle

all books of sherlock holmes in order

Author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. It was between 1876 and 1881, while studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh, that he began writing short stories. In 1887, Conan Doyle’s first significant work, A Study in Scarlet , introduced Sherlock Holmes, the detective that was to eventually make Conan Doyle’s reputation.

Holmes went on to feature in 56 short stories and four novels, cementing Conan Doyle’s reputation as the most famous crime writer of all time. Aside from his fiction, Conan Doyle was also a passionate political campaigner and received a knighthood in 1902.

In his later years, following the death of his son in the First World War, Conan Doyle became deeply interested in spiritualism. He produced several works on the occult and engaged in a very public friendship and falling out with the American magician Harry Houdini. He died of a heart attack while living in East Sussex in 1930, aged 71.

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Sherlock Holmes Books In Order Of Publication

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional consulting detective in London, created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The majority of the stories were first published in The Strand Magazine accumulated to four novels and fifty-six short stories set between 1880 and 1914.

All but four stories are narrated by Holmes’s friend and biographer, Dr John H. Watson; two are narrated by Holmes himself (The Blanched Soldier and The Lion’s Mane) and two others are written in the third person (The Mazarin Stone and His Last Bow).

In two stories (The Musgrave Ritual and The Gloria Scott), Holmes tells Watson the main story from his memories, while Watson becomes the narrator of the frame story. The first and fourth novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear, each include long omniscient narration of events unknown to Holmes or Watson.

In this article, we’ll go through Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books in order of publication. Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

all books of sherlock holmes in order

A Study in Scarlet 

First Published: October 14, 1887 Type – Fiction Genre – Mystery, Crime Fiction

Synopsis: Our first meeting with Sherlock Holmes, and John Watson’s too! The young doctor is astonished by Holmes’ many idiosyncrasies, including his talents on the violin.

But it’s not long before Sherlock Holmes, with Watson in tow, is working with Scotland Yard investigating the murder of two Americans whose deaths have some mysterious connection to sinister groups gathering power in both Britain and America.

Here’s where it all began, ‘A Study in Scarlet.’ Meet Sherlock Holmes, one of the world’s leading consulting detectives – fictional of course!

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The Sign of Four 

First Published: February, 1890 Type – Fiction Genre – Mystery, Crime Fiction

Synopsis: As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine-induced haze at 221B Baker Street. His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman – Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before.

Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year: a large, lustrous pearl. Now she has had an intriguing invitation to meet her unknown benefactor and urges Holmes and Watson to accompany her. And in the ensuing investigation – which involves a wronged woman, a stolen hoard of Indian treasure, a wooden-legged ruffian, a helpful dog and a love affair – even the jaded Holmes is moved to exclaim, ‘Isn’t it gorgeous!’

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

First Published: October 14, 1892 Type – Fiction Genre – Mystery, Crime Fiction

Synopsis: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is the series of short stories that made the fortunes of the Strand magazine, in which they were first published, and won immense popularity for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. The detective is at the height of his powers and the volume is full of famous cases, including ‘The Red-Headed League’, ‘The Blue Carbuncle’, and ‘The Speckled Band’.

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 

First Published: 1893 Type – Fiction Genre – Mystery, Crime Fiction

Synopsis: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of captivating detective stories that showcase the brilliant mind of Sherlock Holmes and the unwavering loyalty of his trusted companion, Dr. Watson. Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterful storytelling keeps readers engaged as they unravel perplexing mysteries alongside the iconic duo.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles 

First Published: 1902 Type – Fiction Genre – Mystery, Crime Fiction

Synopsis: In this, one of the most famous of Doyle’s mysteries, the tale of an ancient curse and a savage ghostly hound comes frighteningly to life. The gray towers of Baskerville Hall and the wild open country of Dartmoor will haunt the reader as Holmes and Watson seek to unravel the many secrets of the misty English bogs.

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes 

First Published: February, 1905 Type – Fiction Genre – Mystery, Crime Fiction

Synopsis: ‘Holmes,’ I cried. ‘Is it really you? Can it indeed be that you are alive? Is it possible that you succeeded in climbing out of that awful abyss?’

Missing, presumed dead, for three years, Sherlock Holmes returns triumphantly to his dear companion Dr Watson. And not before time! London has never been in more need of his extraordinary services: a murderous individual with an air gun stalks the city.

Among thirteen further brilliant tales of mystery, detection and deduction, Sherlock Holmes investigates the problem of the Norwood Builder, deciphers the message of the Dancing Men, and cracks the case of the Six Napoleons.

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The Valley of Fear

First Published: February 27, 1915 Type – Fiction Genre – Mystery, Crime Fiction

Synopsis: Doyle’s final novel featuring the beloved sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, brings the detective and his friend to a country manor where they are preceded by either a murder or a suicide. A secretive organization lies culprit and an infiltration of it is in order.

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His Last Bow 

First Published: October 22, 1917 Type – Fiction Genre – Mystery, Crime Fiction

Synopsis: ‘His Last Bow’, the title story of this collection, tells how Sherlock Holmes is brought out of retirement to help the Government fight the German threat at the approach of the First World War. The Prime Minister himself requests Holmes’s services to hunt down the remarkable German agent, Von Bork.

Several of the detective’s earlier cases complete the volume, including ‘Wisteria Lodge’, ‘The Bruce-Partington Plans’, and ‘The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax’. In ‘The Dying Detective’, Dr Watson is horrified to discover Holmes at death’s door from a mysterious tropical disease as his friend lays a trap for a murderer.

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The Case-Book Of Sherlock Holmes

First Published: 1927 Type – Fiction Genre – Mystery, Crime Fiction

Synopsis: ‘When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’

In this, the final collection of Sherlock Holmes adventures, the intrepid detective and his faithful companion Dr Watson examine and solve twelve cases that puzzle clients, baffle the police and provide readers with the thrill of the chase.

These mysteries – involving an illustrious client and a Sussex vampire; the problems of Thor Bridge and of the Lions Mane; a creeping man and the three-gabled house – all test the bravery of Dr Watson and the brilliant mind of Mr Sherlock Homes, the greatest detective we have ever known.

So there we have it! All the Sherlock Holmes books in order of publication. Have you read any? Which are your favourites? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sherlock Holmes Books In Order: Best Way To Read Arthur Conan Doyle’s 9 Books

Sherlock Holmes: you’ve heard the name! Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the most famous fictional detective of all time. Additionally, he was also one of the first.

Appearing in just four novels, but also fifty-six short stories that have been collected into various volumes, the detective has solved a spectacular array of complex, interesting mysteries with the help of his assistant, Dr. Watson.

The author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, wrote the first Holmes mystery at just 27, but it was surprisingly not a series that Doyle wanted to continue for long.

Eager to return to his historical novels , Doyle wrapped the series up after only a few years but then brought the character back a decade later – and continued writing about him in short stories for years.

After all, the character had proved incredibly popular and is one that has only endured in the near century since Doyle’s final story.

Sherlock Holmes has been adapted into hit movies, TV shows, and games, as well as various books by other authors.

It can be difficult to know which order to read the Sherlock Holmes stories in, so we’ve got the best order explained in our guide below!

About Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is very likely the most famous detective in all of fiction, inspiring all kinds of other detectives and parodies.

The character is famous for his incredible skills in observation and deduction, allowing him to solve cases in ways nobody else can.

He is also popular for the logical reasoning that he applies to cases, a strict process but one that frequently yields impressive results.

Holmes primarily exists in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, between the periods of about 1880 and 1914.

He is accompanied on his cases by Dr. John Watson, who also sometimes lives with Holmes at the famous literary address of 221B Baker Street in London.

In fact, Watson is often the narrator of the books, offering a unique perspective on Holmes that really throws readers into each case and gives them a personal touch.

Key themes throughout the stories of Sherlock Holmes revolve around intelligence and the powers of observation, the idea of justice, and various notions about class and society.

On top of that, Holmes himself has some troubled aspects to his personal life that make his character far more rich and interesting.

Sherlock Holmes Books In Order

When it comes to reading the Sherlock Holmes books in order, there are a few different orders you can take.

However, we’re going to recommend reading them in chronological order, rather than the order in which they were published, because it means that you won’t be jumping about in time and potentially spoiling future events in the stories.

Similarly, you could read the Sherlock Holmes books in the order of the format – by which we mean, reading the novels and then reading all the short story collections.

However, this will still have the shortcoming of the books jumping around in time.

As a result, we really do recommend reading the stories in chronological order, and we’ve got a detailed breakdown of it below.

A Study In Scarlet (1897)

A Study In Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel and the very first appearance of the character, is a great place to start with the series.

By reading this first, you’ll get a fantastic introduction to the characters of Holmes and Watson, and the book even shows you their first meeting.

Dr. John Watson has just come back from the harrowing experience of war in Afghanistan and needs a place to stay in London.

He ends up sharing rooms with Sherlock Holmes, an enigmatic character. However, Watson’s brief return to peace isn’t to last, because the pair are soon informed about a dead man who has been found in a house in southeast London.

Investigating the body, Watson sees that the face is twisted into a horrified expression the likes of which Watson has never seen before – and he has just been a doctor in a war.

Stranger still, the German word for “revenge” is scrawled in blood on the wall. However, the victim has no wounds. Holmes steps up to the challenge of solving this curious mystery, and the world-famous investigative partnership is born.

  • It’s the first appearance of one of literature’s most iconic characters!
  • Some find it overlong, more fitting for a short story

The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

The next Sherlock Holmes book to read is this 1892 volume, which is the first collection of short stories involving Holmes and Watson.

There’s a total of twelve stories to enjoy, each of which had been published in a magazine, and the stories are unified by a theme of being about correcting social injustices.

There are too many to go into detail on, but we’ll give you a sample!

“A Scandal In Bohemia” involves Holmes dealing with a compromising photograph of the King of Bohemia, which is being used to blackmail the royalty.

After that, “The Red-Headed League” sees Holmes investigating the curious case of a pawnbroker who had been paid to copy out the Encyclopedia Britannica – potentially a decoy for a robbery.

Meanwhile, “A Case of Identity” deals with a disappearing groom, and “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” deals with a man wrongly accused of murder.

“The Five Orange Pips” deals with another disappeared husband, and the remaining short stories include potentially murderous stepfathers, damaged valuables, a bizarrely high-paying governess job, and more.

  • You get a great range of mystery tales
  • Not every story is as interesting as the other

The Sign Of Four (1890)

The second Sherlock Holmes novel sees a troubled Holmes sitting in a stupor in his flat. A yellow fog is working its way through London, contributing to this miserable atmosphere.

Thankfully, Holmes is visited by a beautiful young woman in distress, Mary Morstan.

Her father disappeared ten years ago, and six years ago (and every year since) she has been receiving the same luxurious gift of a massive pearl.

For all that time, she had no idea who was sending her the generous gift, but now she’s been sent an invitation to meet the mysterious benefactor.

Understandably weary, Morstan wants Holmes and Watson to go to the meeting with her.

This is just the kind of intrigue to get Holmes out of his stupor, and he’s happy to take on the case with Watson.

The following investigation involves exciting things like a love affair and Indian treasure, and plenty of gripping twists and revelations.

  • The narrative flows better than the first novel
  • There are some dated attitudes toward Africans

The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

Our next recommended entry is actually the final collection of Sherlock Holmes stories that Conan Doyle ever released.

Our choice for putting the book here in the order is that the stories are a great opener for interweaving tales that you’ll get in later books, so it’s best to read them now.

Once again, the collection has twelve short stories. The first one is “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client”, where Sir James Damery comes to the detective duo on behalf of an illustrious client’s problem (the client is heavily implied to be King Edward VII!).

After that, “The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier” sees a soldier asking Holmes and Watson to find his vanished comrade.

Another story is “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire”, where Holmes receives a mysterious letter referencing vampires.

The next morning, he and Watson get a visit from a man who believes his wife has been sucking their baby’s blood.

Naturally, Holmes doesn’t believe in the supernatural – so what’s really going on?

Other stories include a mysterious lodger, a troubled engagement, a stable with strange goings-on, and much more.

  • Two tales are narrated by Holmes
  • Since these were the last written stories, they sometimes lack freshness

The Valley Of Fear (1914)

Next up is the final Sherlock Holmes novel, which tells the story of an early encounter with Holmes’ nemesis, Professor Moriarty.

The mystery is afoot when Holmes and Watson are sent a cipher message from one of Moriarty’s henchmen.

The message tells them about evil things that are going on at a manor house, which naturally sets the pair off to investigate.

The men travel to Sussex but soon find a grisly body. The mystery deepens, too, when it seems that the origins of this case really lie over in America.

It isn’t long before Holmes and Watson find themselves in the middle of a mystery involving an American Pinkerton and the shady work of a secretive lodge…

  • One of the most exciting tales
  • Sherlock sometimes takes a backseat

The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes (1894)

Although published before The Valley of Fear, this collection of short stories actually takes place after the events of that novel, so it’s best to enjoy the various short tales after reading that book.

Another collection of twelve short stories, the last of these was actually supposed to be the very last Holmes tale.

However, this was changed the next year, where it found that Holmes had fared better during the short story’s events than we had been led to believe.

The collection begins with “The Adventure of the Silver Blaze”, one of Doyle’s favorites. It involves the disappearance of a brilliant racehorse and the murder of its trainer.

After that, you should have “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”, though it isn’t always published in every edition.

This story involves a particularly nasty package that has been received by a poor woman, and Holmes is convinced that the parcel is evidence of a serious crime.

Other stories cover an old tale from Holmes’ university days, the introduction of Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, and much more.

The last story, “The Final Problem”, involves Moriarty and was supposed to be the last Holmes story ever – until that changed.

  • “The Final Problem” is a must-read
  • Some adventures more exciting than others

The Return Of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

After the seemingly-definitive ending of The Final Problem short story in the previous collection, Sherlock Holmes returns!

In a change of pace, this collection offers thirteen short stories this time.

The first story, “The Adventure of the Empty House”, sees Holmes returning to London after a three year absence, and explaining what really happened after the last time we saw him.

Another story, “The Adventure of the Dancing Man”, begins with Holmes receiving some paper with a drawing of fifteen mysterious stick figures.

This message had been given to some newlyweds where the wife has a mysterious past, and the coded drawings appear to mean something to her.

Meanwhile, “The Adventure of the Priory School” sees a school principal asking Holmes to look into the disappearance of one of his well-off students.

The other ten stories have a wide range of fascinating mysteries, including a murdered secretary, six mysterious busts of Napoleon, the killing of Sir Eustace Brackenstall, the disappearance of a rugby player , and much more.

  • More short stories than any other collection
  • Stories are inconsistent

His Last Bow (1917)

Our penultimate pick is this final collection of short stories. Strictly speaking, this book is the end point of the Sherlock Holmes chronology, however, we’ve decided to finish with a different book for reasons we’ll explain shortly.

There are only nine short stories in the collection this time, and the first of these is more of a preface than an adventure.

In “Preface by John H. Watson”, Holmes’ faithful companion explains to readers that Holmes has long been retired from sleuthing, but is still alive and well.

It’s a nice touch to end the Sherlock Holmes chronology, leaving the character in a good place, before diving into some stories set prior to his retirement.

In “The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge”, the short story involves a mysterious dead body and a spooky lodge.

Meanwhile, “The Adventure of the Red Circle” sees Holmes investigating a mysterious lodger who makes weird demands of his landlady, but has now disappeared.

Another story, “The Adventure of the Dying Detective”, hits closer to home than previous tales.

Watson is called to look after Holmes, who is apparently dying of Tapanuli fever, a rare tropical disease. But is all that it seems?

Other stories in the collection involve Holmes and Watson having a holiday that’s interrupted by a death, the disappearance of a Lady and her valuable jewels, and another appearance from Mycroft.

Some versions of this book also include “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”, which is also present in “The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes”, which we discussed earlier.

The final story, “His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes”, sees Holmes outwitting a German spy. The story was published during the First World War, potentially to improve morale for British readers.

  • The final chronological Holmes tales
  • Fewer stories than previous collections

The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1902)

We’re finishing our recommended reading order with perhaps the most famous Sherlock Holmes story.

Though this isn’t chronologically the final appearance of Sherlock Holmes, we believe that the novel represents the very best of the series, with plenty of tension and horror, and so it’s a great place to end it on.

When the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is found on the foggy Devon moorlands, with only the pawprint of a massive hound dog nearby, it’s assumed that this is the result of a family curse. But is that really the case?

Holmes and Watson must investigate the atmospheric, scary moors and find out whether the myth of a phantom hound really holds any weight – and do so before Baskerville’s heir is killed too.

  • Potentially the best Holmes book
  • Holmes isn’t in it enough

Final Thoughts

Sherlock Holmes is likely the most famous detective in all of fiction and a character that is as popular today as he was a century ago.

There’s a large mix of novels and short stories for readers to enjoy, each with gripping mysteries full of intrigue and suspense, and our recommended reading order is the best way to experience them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best sherlock holmes book.

Every fan will have a different answer, but “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is often regarded as the best.

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Navigating the literary seas of the Sherlock Holmes series is Arthur Conan Doyle. This author, whether a rising star or a seasoned veteran, has crafted the pages that whisk readers away on this series' journey. Their background, style, and influences often shine through in their writing, making each book a unique experience. Fans of the series might find it intriguing to delve into other works by {author name} to see how their writing has evolved or how different themes are explored across their body of work.

How many Sherlock Holmes books are there?

To answer a question as vital as the number of coffee cups consumed while reading, there are exactly 4 books in the Sherlock Holmes series. Each book represents a chapter in the broader narrative, introducing new twists, turns, and perhaps the occasional talking dragon (disclaimer: dragons depend on the genre). The series might take you on a rollercoaster of emotions or provide a steady companion on lazy Sunday afternoons. Remember, the journey through a book series is not just about reaching the end but also about the memories created along the way.

In what order should I read these books?

The first page of this saga was turned in 1887, and the ink dried on the latest page in 1914. While each book might be a world in itself, reading them in the order they were published helps maintain the storyline's natural progression. Think of it like baking a cake; you could add the ingredients in any order, but following the recipe usually results in a tastier treat. Of course, for the adventurous souls, mixing up the order might offer a new perspective – just be prepared for unexpected plot revelations!

Where can I find more information about each book?

Each book in the Sherlock Holmes series comes with its own little treasure trove of information, nestled snugly above the "View on Amazon" button. Here, you'll discover not just the publication year, which is essential for understanding the context and evolution of the series, but also a succinct summary that teases the story without spoiling any surprises. It's the perfect spot for readers to get a glimpse of what lies within the pages, helping them decide which book to dive into next. Additionally, we occasionally include insights into the writing process, thematic elements, or how each book fits into the larger tapestry of the series.

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“Sherlock and Lucy Mystery” is a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche by Charles Veley and Anna Elliott. Veley has always been fascinated by the Sherlock Holmes novels ever since he was a boy. In one year, he had read all the Conan Doyle novels to his at the time ten-year-old daughter during their evening storytelling sessions. Charles also loved the works of Gilbert & Sullivan and is the author of a musical in the G&S tradition titled “The Pirated of Finance” that was the winner of the New York Musical Theatre Festival Award in 2013.

Apart from “The Wilhelm Conspiracy” and “The Last Moriarty,” he wrote most of his other novels during the 1970s and the 1980s when he was working as a full-time author. Charles currently works for United Technologies Corporation, where he consults on the creation of value and sustainability in the development of real estate projects. Anna Elliot, his daughter was born and brought up in Wilton, Connecticut, and is the daughter of parents that both earned an English literature doctorate. As such, she lived in a house that had a ton of books. During her childhood, she loved reading historical fiction and read a lot of Celtic history in college, and devoured the Arthurian legends in her free time. Anna currently lives with her husband and children in Princeton, New Jersey.

As a lifelong connoisseur of the Sherlock Holmes novels, it is not surprising that his daughter who grew up listening to these stories at their evening sessions would grow up to become an author. Besides the Sherlock Holmes pastiches on which she has collaborated with her father, she is also the author of several other works. She had written “The Pride & Prejudice Chronicles,” the “Twilight of Avalon” trilogy, and made her name as an acclaimed historical novelist before working on “The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery” series. By 2020, they had written more than eight novels, novellas, and short stories in the series.

Ever since Sherlock made his first appearance in “A Study in Scarlet” published in 1887, he has become one of the most iconic and beloved pop culture characters. His stories have spawned thousands of books, radio and stage plays, films, and television shows. The writing duo of Anna Elliot and Charles Veley bring these stories back to life by introducing a fresh yet faithful reincarnation of Sherlock in “The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery” Series. Lucy James is a modern-minded and independent young woman that has the detective and intelligence skills of Sherlock her father. On the other hand, is Sherlock Holmes introduced to a daughter he never knew he had and now has to deal with the challenges of parenthood. Sherlock has an abiding and deep respect for his daughter Lucy, who adores him. She has always admired the man since she read about his adventures as written by Dr. Watson when she was a schoolgirl in the US. In the series, Sherlock and Lucy each work on a case from a different places, and then meet to brainstorm ideas and analyze the evidence to draw conclusions. Overall, Holmes usually acts as a cautious parent when dealing with Lucy though he never gets her to always do what he wants. They also keep saving each other’s life from time to time.

“The Last Moriarty” is the debut novel of the “Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery” series, opening with a young lovely American actress coming to Sherlock for some help. She is a member of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Troupe and she says that she is in desperate need of help. Sherlock agrees to help even as he has promised to help the English Premier resolve a high-level murder case that could have implications for the country. The resolution of the case may be make or break for a meeting the cabinet will be having with JP Morgan and John D Rockefeller later in the week. Time is not on their side and Holmes needs to put all his deductive and physical powers to prevent economic and political chaos and save lives in Europe and North America. But even Holmes could not foresee that a daughter’s hopes, a mother’s sacrifice, and the real identity of Moriarty the last of his name will influence the final outcome. The writing is faithful to the source and is one of the very few pastiches that have the feel and sound of the original Conan Doyle novels.

“The Wilhelm Conspiracy” the second novel of the “Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery” series opens to the body of a prominent London banker found in a less reputable location of the city. Hours later, another body charred beyond recognition is recovered from a Dover beach. Sherlock Holmes believes that the two are connected and intends to investigate. The Secretary of War asks Sherlock o work on the case of a missing super weapon that has gone missing on the eve of a major war. He needs to prioritize it since there could be severe consequences for the nation that could last for eons if Holmes does not recover it. Holmes recently discovered daughter Lucy James is a super detective and insists on helping her father despite his objections. Along with Dr. Watson, the two head to Germany and uncover a conspiracy that puts their lives in danger. The novel includes appearances from the likes of Kaiser Wilhelm II, King Edward VII, and Nikola Tesla. It is an excellent mystery that has Sherlock one of the best detectives to ever live engaged in a race to save the British Empire.

“Remember, Remember” is the third novel in the series. At the opening of the novel, a young woman named Lucy James comes to on the steps of the British Museum with no memory. She has lost everything and does not even remember her name. All she does know is that someone is out to kill her and that she could be a killer herself. This coupled with a vague recollection of the name of a detective is all she has to use to reconstruct why she is running for her life, where she is from, and who she is. She has ruthless enemies who are willing to do anything including kill to get what they want. She is forging new alliances and navigating through difficult situations as she comes face to face with enemies whose nefarious schemes she needs to stop. The authors bring back a Sherlock Holmes with all the authenticity you can have and the introduction of Lucy James his illegitimate daughter adds to the innovative twist of events. The two find themselves investigating and deducing while trying to find the criminals that have perpetrated some of the worst crimes in their society.

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I am on book one, and want to read them all, however, i can only find some of the books on kindle, and i prefer to hold a book. where would i find actual books? Also, are the collected stories the full book or an abbreviated one.

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The CW Orders New Sherlock Holmes Series Starring David Thewlis

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If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you’ll have some options for new programming.

The CW Network has ordered a scripted mystery thriller,  Sherlock & Daughter , with David Thewlis starring as the legendary detective. The network will also be adding shows Trivial Pursuit and  Scrabble , based on the iconic board games, to its slate.

The series takes Sherlock “out of his comfort zone, mysteriously unable to investigate a sinister case without risking the lives of his closest friends,” according to The CW. “Enter: young American Amelia (Blu Hunt). After her mother’s mysterious murder, she learns her missing father may be the legendary detective. Despite wildly different backgrounds and attitudes, the pair must work together to solve a global conspiracy, crack her mother’s murder, and find out for sure if she really is Sherlock’s daughter.” Dougray Scott , whom CW fans will recognize from  Batwoman , stars as Sherlock’s nemesis, Moriarty.

Interestingly, there’s no mention of Sherlock’s usual partner in crime-solving, Dr. Watson—and this comes as CBS has ordered to series a show all about that character, played by Morris Chestnut , without the detective but with his nemesis as well. In Watson , a modern take on the characters, a year has passed since Sherlock died at the hands of Moriarty, and Watson resumes his medical career as the head of a clinic dedicated to treating rare disorders. His old life isn’t done with him, though, with Moriarty and Watson set to write their own chapter of a story that has fascinated audiences for more than a century. It is set to be part of the network’s 2024-2025 season.

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Sherlock & Daughter comes from Starlings Television Distribution, Albion Television, and StoryFirst. The series is led by showrunner and executive producer James Duff and is created, written, and executive produced by Brendan Foley. Micah War Dog Wright and Shelly Goldstein are writers on the series. Karine Martin, Chris Philip, Peter Gerwe, Dominic Barlow, and Ivan Dunleavy also executive produce, along with Escapade Media.

“The CW continues to expand its original programming lineup with quality scripted and unscripted series, based on IP that everyone knows, that encourage co-viewing across generations of fans,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment, The CW Network, in a statement. “ Sherlock & Daughter brings Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award winner and SAG, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated David Thewlis to the network as the renowned detective Sherlock Holmes. The entire cast and creative team have done a magnificent job putting a new twist on the classic character. And because we also need things only a Sherlock can solve, we are looking forward to welcoming two great game shows to The CW in Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble , which will bring prime time game night to the whole family.”

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New sherlock adaptation is a massive slap in the face for one netflix hit.

Although Enola Holmes has performed well among both critics and audiences, the new CW Sherlock Holmes show seems to be a retread of the Netflix hit.

  • The CW's "Sherlock & Daughter" risks overshadowing "Enola Holmes" by exploring a father-daughter dynamic with Holmes and a new character.
  • "Enola Holmes" sets a high bar by reinventing Sherlock Holmes with a focus on family dynamics beyond detective work, enhancing audience engagement.
  • For "Sherlock & Daughter" to succeed, it must differentiate itself with strong characters, a unique narrative structure, and a distinct visual style.

Enola Holmes has enjoyed critical plaudits for its fresh take on the Sherlock Holmes franchise, but one upcoming adaptation of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character already looks like a lackluster addition. Enola Holmes sees Millie Bobby Brown as the titular younger sibling to the famed Sherlock Holmes, who embarks on a journey to find their missing mother . With Brown's strong performance as the character in two movies and Enola Holmes 3 in development , the character has made great strides to expand the legendary inspector's legacy in unique ways.

However, the CW's take on Sherlock Holmes already has the potential to undo much of the good that Enola Holmes worked hard to establish . Although many of the best Sherlock Holmes movies depict the titular hero working alongside his loyal sidekick, Watson, Enola Holmes is distinct in that it adds an equally brilliant younger sister to modern, expanded Sherlock Holmes lore. Enola Holmes is an interesting character in her own right, and with the new CW show seemingly borrowing a lot of content from the franchise, it seems like a major disservice to Sherlock Holmes's legacy.

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The cw's new sherlock sounds a lot like enola holmes, sherlock & daughter focuses on the father-daughter relationship and enola holmes focuses on the sibling relationship..

CW's upcoming Sherlock & Daughter looks to explore the possibility of the world's greatest detective fathering a child.

Whereas Enola Holmes distinguishes itself from previous entries in the franchise by following Sherlock Holmes's younger sister, Enola, the CW's upcoming Sherlock & Daughter looks to explore the possibility of the world's greatest detective fathering a child. While the premise is unexpected, it's still consistent with the franchise's reputation of Holmes solving complex mysteries . Even though no further plot details are available, seeing Holmes unknowingly working alongside someone who might be his daughter while solving various other crimes is an interesting and engaging take on the character - but it's already been done.

Enola Holmes and Enola Holmes 2 are great additions to the Sherlock Holmes lore because they provide broader context to the world that the character inhabits. Moreover, Enola Holmes and Enola Holmes 2 are noteworthy because audiences see a different side of Sherlock Holmes as he works to solve cases with his younger sister . Even though Sherlock & Daughter could be successful, the Enola Holmes movies already used this concept of Sherlock working with a younger girl to solve cases and used it well.

The first Enola Holmes movie has an audience score of 71% on 'Rotten Tomatoes'.

Enola Holmes Sets A High Bar For Sherlock & Daughter

Enola holmes is lauded for essentially reinventing the sherlock holmes genre..

Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes, Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes, and Sam Claflin as Mycroft Holmes in a still from Enola Holmes.

Introducing fans unfamiliar with the source material to Holmes' siblings helps make the world of Sherlock Holmes feel more real.

Enola Holmes and Enola Homes 2 have both been lauded for bringing a different kind of energy to the Sherlock Holmes franchise, as both movies delve deeper into Holmes's loved ones. By spending more time with Holmes' older brother Mycroft and younger sister Enola, audiences get a better understanding of the character and the stakes associated with the three of them working together. Additionally, introducing fans unfamiliar with the source material to Holmes' siblings helps make the world of Sherlock Holmes feel more real, which effectively increases audience engagement with the material beyond the detective work.

Sherlock & Daughter faces a unique challenge in setting itself apart from the beloved movie franchise.

Sherlock & Daughter can humanize the iconic detective even further by showing viewers the paternal side of the otherwise workaholic protagonist, but it won't be easy. Since Emola Holmes has already established itself as one of the best entries in the franchise to center around characters other than Holmes, Sherlock & Daughter faces a unique challenge in setting itself apart from the beloved movie franchise. In essence, the only thing that differentiates the two properties is the relationship of the female characters to Holmes. However, there are a few things Sherlock & Daughter can do to set itself apart from its predecessors .

What The CW's Sherlock Show Must Do Differently From Enola Holmes

Sherlock & daughter needs strong characters, a distinct visual style, and a unique narrative structure to succeed..

One of the biggest contributing factors to the success of the Enola Holmes movies is how both handle their material. The movies are adaptations of The Enola Holmes Mystery Series by Nancy Springer, which paved the way for allowing Enola to periodically break the fourth wall. As such, Enola's fourth wall breaking makes the audience feel like they're actively participating in helping the titular protagonist solve the mysteries at hand . Sherlock & Daughter would need to adopt its own distinct approach to its storytelling if it hopes to introduce a new version of Holmes to viewers successfully.

Enola Holmes is available to watch on Netflix.

While Holmes doesn't have a daughter in the source material, the CW knows how to develop compelling shows around protagonists with interesting family dynamics - Supernatural , The Flash , and All American remain notable examples. Sherlock & Daughter is already taking a risk with the character's established identity by making Sherlock Holmes a father in the CW show to Blu Hunt's Amelia, but it could work well narratively by providing Holmes with a greater sense of responsibility other than solving cases. With the imposing Dougray Scott as Holmes's greatest rival, Moriarty, viewers could very well witness the most unique depiction of Sherlock Holmes to date.

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<p>From the pages of beloved novels, certain characters have become ingrained in our hearts and minds, transcending the bounds of fiction. These iconic figures have left an indelible mark on literature and pop culture, captivating readers for generations. Let’s take a stroll down literary memory lane and celebrate the enduring charm of these unforgettable characters.</p>

From the pages of beloved novels, certain characters have become ingrained in our hearts and minds, transcending the bounds of fiction. These iconic figures have left an indelible mark on literature and pop culture, captivating readers for generations. Let’s take a stroll down literary memory lane and celebrate the enduring charm of these unforgettable characters.

<p>The brilliant and enigmatic detective Sherlock Holmes has become synonymous with deductive reasoning and uncanny problem-solving skills. His adventures, set against the backdrop of Victorian London, have enthralled readers with their intricate plots and Holmes’ singular wit.</p>

Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Sherlock Holmes” series)

The brilliant and enigmatic detective Sherlock Holmes has become synonymous with deductive reasoning and uncanny problem-solving skills. His adventures, set against the backdrop of Victorian London, have enthralled readers with their intricate plots and Holmes’ singular wit.

<p>Elizabeth Bennet, the sharp-witted and fiercely independent heroine of Austen’s timeless classic, embodies intelligence, integrity, and a keen sense of humor. Her journey through the intricacies of social hierarchy and matters of the heart remains a poignant exploration of love and self-discovery.</p>

Elizabeth Bennet (Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”)

Elizabeth Bennet, the sharp-witted and fiercely independent heroine of Austen’s timeless classic, embodies intelligence, integrity, and a keen sense of humor. Her journey through the intricacies of social hierarchy and matters of the heart remains a poignant exploration of love and self-discovery.

<p>Atticus Finch, the principled lawyer from the fictional town of Maycomb, is a beacon of moral integrity and a steadfast advocate for justice. Through his unwavering commitment to defending the innocent, he imparts invaluable lessons about empathy, compassion, and the fight for what is right.</p>

Atticus Finch (Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”)

Atticus Finch, the principled lawyer from the fictional town of Maycomb, is a beacon of moral integrity and a steadfast advocate for justice. Through his unwavering commitment to defending the innocent, he imparts invaluable lessons about empathy, compassion, and the fight for what is right.

<p>Hermione Granger, the brightest witch of her age, embodies intelligence, courage, and an unyielding dedication to knowledge. Her role as Harry Potter’s loyal friend and ally showcases the power of intellect and the importance of standing up for what is just.</p>

Hermione Granger (J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series)

Hermione Granger, the brightest witch of her age, embodies intelligence, courage, and an unyielding dedication to knowledge. Her role as Harry Potter’s loyal friend and ally showcases the power of intellect and the importance of standing up for what is just.

<p>With his extravagant parties and elusive past, the enigmatic Jay Gatsby stands as a symbol of the American Dream and the pursuit of unattainable aspirations. Fitzgerald’s portrayal of Gatsby’s complex character and tragic fate resonates as a poignant commentary on the excesses of the Jazz Age.</p>

Jay Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”)

With his extravagant parties and elusive past, the enigmatic Jay Gatsby stands as a symbol of the American Dream and the pursuit of unattainable aspirations. Fitzgerald’s portrayal of Gatsby’s complex character and tragic fate resonates as a poignant commentary on the excesses of the Jazz Age.

<p>Jane Eyre, a strong-willed and independent governess, defies societal norms in her pursuit of love and self-fulfillment. Brontë’s novel remains a powerful exploration of inner strength, resilience, and the struggle for personal agency in a rigidly structured society.</p>

Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre”)

Jane Eyre, a strong-willed and independent governess, defies societal norms in her pursuit of love and self-fulfillment. Brontë’s novel remains a powerful exploration of inner strength, resilience, and the struggle for personal agency in a rigidly structured society.

<p>Prince Hamlet, plagued by internal conflict and driven by a quest for justice, grapples with existential questions that have captivated audiences for centuries. Shakespeare’s tragic hero delves into the complexities of human nature, making “Hamlet” a timeless exploration of grief, revenge, and the human condition.</p>

Hamlet (William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”)

Prince Hamlet, plagued by internal conflict and driven by a quest for justice, grapples with existential questions that have captivated audiences for centuries. Shakespeare’s tragic hero delves into the complexities of human nature, making “Hamlet” a timeless exploration of grief, revenge, and the human condition.

<p>Scout Finch, the precocious daughter of Atticus Finch, provides a child’s perspective on racial injustice and moral courage in the American South. Through her innocent eyes, readers witness the power of empathy and the impact of societal prejudices on individuals and communities.</p>

Scout Finch (Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”)

Scout Finch, the precocious daughter of Atticus Finch, provides a child’s perspective on racial injustice and moral courage in the American South. Through her innocent eyes, readers witness the power of empathy and the impact of societal prejudices on individuals and communities.

<p>The iconic vampire Count Dracula embodies the eternal struggle between good and evil, captivating readers with his charismatic malevolence. Stoker’s novel not only introduced the world to a new horror genre but also established Dracula as an enduring figure in popular culture.</p>

Dracula (Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”)

The iconic vampire Count Dracula embodies the eternal struggle between good and evil, captivating readers with his charismatic malevolence. Stoker’s novel not only introduced the world to a new horror genre but also established Dracula as an enduring figure in popular culture.

<p>Bilbo Baggins, the unassuming hobbit thrust into a grand adventure, exemplifies the triumph of courage and resourcefulness over seemingly insurmountable odds. Tolkien’s tale of Bilbo’s journey through Middle-earth celebrates the extraordinary potential within even the most ordinary individuals.</p>

Bilbo Baggins (J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”)

Bilbo Baggins, the unassuming hobbit thrust into a grand adventure, exemplifies the triumph of courage and resourcefulness over seemingly insurmountable odds. Tolkien’s tale of Bilbo’s journey through Middle-earth celebrates the extraordinary potential within even the most ordinary individuals.

<p>Lisbeth Salander, with her piercing intelligence and fierce determination, emerges as a modern-day literary icon. Larsson’s complex and compelling character challenges societal norms, highlighting the strength that can arise from adversity.</p>

Lisbeth Salander (Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”)

Lisbeth Salander, with her piercing intelligence and fierce determination, emerges as a modern-day literary icon. Larsson’s complex and compelling character challenges societal norms, highlighting the strength that can arise from adversity.

<p>Holden Caulfield, the disillusioned and introspective teenager, provides an unvarnished look at the struggles of adolescence and the search for authenticity. Salinger’s novel remains a touchstone for readers navigating the complexities of growing up and finding their place in the world.</p>

Holden Caulfield (J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”)

Holden Caulfield, the disillusioned and introspective teenager, provides an unvarnished look at the struggles of adolescence and the search for authenticity. Salinger’s novel remains a touchstone for readers navigating the complexities of growing up and finding their place in the world.

<p>Frodo Baggins, entrusted with destroying the One Ring, embodies the indomitable spirit of heroism and self-sacrifice. Tolkien’s epic saga showcases Frodo’s resilience in the face of unimaginable challenges, emphasizing the power of ordinary individuals to shape the course of history.</p>

Frodo Baggins (J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy)

Frodo Baggins, entrusted with destroying the One Ring, embodies the indomitable spirit of heroism and self-sacrifice. Tolkien’s epic saga showcases Frodo’s resilience in the face of unimaginable challenges, emphasizing the power of ordinary individuals to shape the course of history.

<p>Scarlett O’Hara, the fiercely determined Southern belle, navigates the tumultuous Civil War and Reconstruction era with an unyielding spirit. Mitchell’s portrayal of Scarlett’s complex character serves as a window into the American South’s changing landscape and the human spirit’s resilience.</p>

Scarlett O’Hara (Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”)

Scarlett O’Hara, the fiercely determined Southern belle, navigates the tumultuous Civil War and Reconstruction era with an unyielding spirit. Mitchell’s portrayal of Scarlett’s complex character serves as a window into the American South’s changing landscape and the human spirit’s resilience.

<p>The tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet transcends time, capturing the hearts of readers with its portrayal of youthful passion and the barriers that fate places in the way of true love. Shakespeare’s iconic characters are a testament to the enduring power of romantic tragedy.</p>

Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”)

The tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet transcends time, capturing the hearts of readers with its portrayal of youthful passion and the barriers that fate places in the way of true love. Shakespeare’s iconic characters are a testament to the enduring power of romantic tragedy.

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  1. Sherlock Holmes

    Dr. John Watson is another major character in the series. Dr. Watson is a friend but works as assistant and sometimes roommate to Sherlock. Most of the stories are narrated through Dr. Watson. First book A study in Scarlet is the first book that introduces detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. John Watson.

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    02/01/2024 3 minute to read A guide to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books in order Wondering where to start with the Sherlock Holmes books? Let Conan Doyle expert David Stuart Davies be your guide.

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    3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) "You see, but you do not observe." "Depend upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace." The first short story collection, and chronologically the third publication involving Sherlock Holmes was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This collection included the following short stories:

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    Novels The four novels of the canon: A Study in Scarlet (1887) The Sign of the Four (1890) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901-1902) The Valley of Fear (1914-1915) Short stories The 56 short stories are collected in five books: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

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    1. A Study in Scarlet 2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 3. The Sign of Four 4. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 5. The Valley of Fear 6. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 7. The Return of Sherlock Holmes 8. His Last Bow 9. The Hound of the Baskervilles 1. A Study in Scarlet (1887, novel) Buy on Amazon Add to library The first one's a no-brainer.

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    Culture The Sherlock Holmes Books In Order Lucy Davidson 08 Sep 2022 @LuceJuiceLuce Image Credit: Shutterstock.com; Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons; History Hit Over 125 years since he was first shared with the world, the character of Sherlock Holmes remains the most popular fictional detective in history.

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    Book 1 A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle 4.14 · 438,887 Ratings · 16,818 Reviews · published 1887 · 6126 editions Our first meeting with Sherlock Holmes. And John W… Want to Read Rate it: Book 2 The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle 3.90 · 154,847 Ratings · 7,646 Reviews · published 1890 · 2960 editions

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    It's only what's canon. The Sherlock Holmes Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet (1887) - Convalescing in London after a disastrous experience of war in Afghanistan, Dr. John Watson finds himself sharing rooms with his enigmatic new acquaintance, Sherlock Holmes.

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    1. A Study in Scarlet Publishing Year: 1887 A Study in Scarlet is the first-ever novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle to feature Sherlock Holmes. That means this is the book that gave birth to one of the most remembered and celebrated characters from history, the great detective Sherlock Holmes.

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    His Last Bow (1917) (Short Stories) The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1927) (Short Stories) #2 Sherlock Holmes Books in Chronological Order (Recommended) The Sherlock Holmes books in order of publication does not follow a chronological fictional storyline.

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    The Sherlock Holmes Novels. There are four novels in the Sherlock Holmes series. Here they are, listed in the order they were published: 1. A Study in Scarlet (1887) The first novel in the series, A Study in Scarlet, introduces us to the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes and his soon-to-be-faithful companion, Dr. John Watson.

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    Series Order Layout Book 1 A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle - Jan 01, 2005 (first published in 1887) Goodreads Rating 4.1 (436k) Fiction Mystery & Crime Experience the first thrilling tale of the iconic literary detective, Sherlock Holmes, in "A Study in Scarlet."

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    About Arthur Conan Doyle: Arthur Conan Doyle or Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (May 1859 - July 1930) was a Scottish writer and physician, known as one of the greatest writers of crime fiction and particularly renowned for his Sherlock Holmes series.

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905) The Valley of Fear (1915) His Last Bow (1917) The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927) Sherlock Holmes Chronological Order: A Study in Scarlet The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Valley of Fear The Sign of Four The Hound of the Baskervilles The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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    Sherlock Holmes: The Greatest Cases Volume 1. Collecting many of the great Sherlock Holmes' most notable cases, The Best of Sherlock Holmes is an oversized vo... More. Read reviews of all the Sherlock Holmes books and how to read Sherlock Holmes in order. Book 1 in the series is Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip: Easy-To-Read.

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    First Published: 1893 Type - Fiction Genre - Mystery, Crime Fiction Synopsis: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of captivating detective stories that showcase the brilliant mind of Sherlock Holmes and the unwavering loyalty of his trusted companion, Dr. Watson.

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    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is another collection of short stories, and the second in the Sherlock Holmes books in order of its type. This time around, there were 12 stories included in the book.

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    A Study In Scarlet (1897) A Study In Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel and the very first appearance of the character, is a great place to start with the series. By reading this first, you'll get a fantastic introduction to the characters of Holmes and Watson, and the book even shows you their first meeting.

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    Sherlock Holmes Books in Order (4 Book Series) Sherlock Holmes Books in Order. (4 Book Series) Description. Sherlock Holmes is a series of 4 books written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Here, you can see them all in order! (plus the year each book was published) As an Amazon Associate, we earn money from purchases made through links in this page.

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    The Cornwall Mermaid. (2023) Description / Buy at Amazon. Miss Nightingale's Gala. (2024) Description / Buy at Amazon. "Sherlock and Lucy Mystery" is a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche by Charles Veley and Anna Elliott. Veley has always been fascinated by the Sherlock Holmes novels ever since he was a boy.

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    The world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, is set to return to people's screens with the CW confirming a new show, Sherlock & Daughter. Based on the character created by Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes currently holds the Guinness World Record for the human literary character with the highest number of onscreen adaptations. Earlier this year, CBS announced their own plans for ...

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    Enola Holmes and Enola Homes 2 have both been lauded for bringing a different kind of energy to the Sherlock Holmes franchise, as both movies delve deeper into Holmes's loved ones. By spending more time with Holmes' older brother Mycroft and younger sister Enola, audiences get a better understanding of the character and the stakes associated with the three of them working together.

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