By Arthur Conan Doyle
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2005
The e-book of Leslie S. Klinger's fantastic new annotations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vintage Holmes brief tales in 2004 created a Holmes sensation. to be had back in an attractively-priced variation just like the 1st, other than this version has no outer slipcase (Volume One is accessible separately).
Inside, readers will locate the entire brief tales from The go back of Sherlock Holmes, His final Bow and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, with a cornucopia of insights: newcomers will take advantage of Klinger's insightful biographies of Holmes, Watson, and Conan Doyle; historical past fans will enjoy the wealth of Victorian literary and cultural information; Sherlockian fans will puzzle over tantalizing new theories; artwork enthusiasts will thrill to the 450-plus illustrations, which make this the main lavishly illustrated variation of the Holmes stories ever produced. the hot Annotated Sherlock Holmes illuminates the undying genius of Arthur Conan Doyle for a completely new iteration of readers.
Anthony Award Nominee for most sensible serious Nonfiction (2006)
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