Davenheim", "The Veiled Lady", and "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb", the eccentric private detective slowly and surely solves mysteries involving jealousy, revenge, and greed. These stories were well-received at the time and cemented Christie's reputation as the worthy successor to Arthur Conan Doyle. Based on the original novels by Agatha Christie, these superb adaptations feature a cast of outstanding actors playing an array of likely suspects. A disturbing tale of a young man's uncanny ability to remain both young and beautiful while descending into a life of heartless debauchery, The Picture of Dorian Gray was considered proof of both Wilde's genius and his perversion.
Oscar Wilde's scandalous best seller of was one of the most damning pieces of evidence used against him in the trial that brought about his downfall. When Richard Hannay returns to London after an action-packed life in Rhodesia, he finds life unbearably dull. The story of Paxton, an antiquarian and archaeologist who holidays in "Seaburgh" and inadvertently stumbles across one of the lost crowns of Anglia, which legendarily protect the country from invasion. He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.
The tale of a man who unwittingly angers a sorcerer, who is assumed by some Monty scholars to be based on the self-styled 'Great Beast,' occultist Aleister Crowley. A young librarian receives a request for an obscure Hebrew book from a sinister gentleman, unaware of its contents. The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly.
So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A.
Minute stain with bump to bottom margin of front board. For Sherlock Holmes fans worldwide, this stunning gift edition has a full cloth binding, foil blocking on the spine, ribbon marker, and is packaged neatly in an elegant slipcase. In original cloth, lightly soiled and rubbed. The Terror of Blue John Gap 6. Read an excerpt of this book!
Quill, skewers them both. Northumberland, A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh. The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry "witchcraft". The heiress' uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face one of their most challenging cases. Following his celebrated performance of David Copperfield , Armitage delivers another powerhouse performance as the narrator of this Gothic tale. Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle's imagination runs amok in his collection of thrilling tales of mystery.
Conan Doyle's gift for creating compelling characters and tightly woven plots with twists, turns, and surprise endings will keep you glued to your seat! The stories include:. Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a Scottish short story writer, novelist, playwright, poet, and physician. Most famous for his Sherlock Holmes stories, Conan Doyle was a prolific writer in several genres. Conan Doyle's medical practice was not especially popular, and he began writing to fill his time.
After some difficulty finding a publisher, his first Sherlock Holmes story was published to great success. A master of crime fiction, Conan Doyle passion for justice and understanding of psychology makes for riveting listening. Any additional comments? What a screwed up audiobook. One of the stories, The Lost Special, is truncated, ending before the mystery is solved.
I checked the original text to make sure i was not remembering it wrong. This is not a recording glitch as the background music swells up as the reading comes to its aborted close. What the heck happened? The narration is odd.
One of the narrators, David Thorn, is quite good. The other is absolutely rotten. Still, given the low price, if you skip over the stories narrated by ms Frohman the recording is still worth it. Just download the original text from Gutenburg to find the missing bits. Pas on this one. Your audiobook is waiting….
He apparently was involved in some criminal activity in Chicago and the West, but had gone straight and was trying to start a new life in England. About half of the novel after the mystery is solved tells a discursive story about the victim in America before he left for Europe. It adds little to the story and almost seems purposeless. The backstory in A Study in Scarlet is similar in that it tells of the three main characters in that story when they all live in the American West before coming to England.
That is tenser and quite entertaining.
It also relates more directly to the mystery Holmes is trying to solve. The ultimate purpose of the rambling backstory in The Valley of Fear, without giving away too much, is to introduce the reader to Professor James Moriarty. There is not much more than a mention of him in this story, but Holmes expresses his belief that the Napoleon of Crime who is behind most criminal activity in England is the professor.
Four other stories mention Moriarty in passing, but always with the understanding that he is dead. Three other later stories mention Moriarty briefly. In other words, Moriarty is perhaps the most powerful criminal Holmes encountered, but Moriarty does not figure in too many stories. He is no Brainiac or Joker. In his case, he belonged to the Ku Klux Klan and wanted to break free. Holmes also comes across as a rather kindhearted. If he was working on a case apart from the police, he frequently let the perpetrator of the crime go.
This was not always true, but he seems easily persuaded that the criminal has learned his or her lesson and will not be a repeat offender. In some cases—Irene Adler, for example—it is easier to simply let them leave the country, so at least they will no longer be bothering any Englishmen. I did recall the basic details about the stolen horse, but I had forgotten there was a murder and some other unusual goings-on. This collection claims to be complete with 57 stories.
Other collections have 56, apparently there are some questions about the provenance of one. It also claims to be unabridged. I recall being skeptical in the seventies when the Seven Percent Solution came out as a novel and then as a film.
In the seventies the hippie drug culture was still something new, and here was a claim that the very brainy Sherlock Holmes used cocaine recreationally. I just figured it was from someone trying to cash in on hippies. Some of those stories I realize now had been edited to pare down some of the chitchat but also to get rid of the drug references. We also know that some American versions of the stories were abridged by American publishers. Watson expresses his concern over this in a friendly bedside manner. There is also a sense that Holmes may be manic or bipolar.
When he is not on a case, he gets depressed easily; however, that could also be caused by mere idleness.
Because this is a Kindle edition, there is one thing lacking in this collection. None of the drawings which contribute to the stories are included. The original had the various messages using the code drawn in the text. Perhaps a reader could solve the mystery with Holmes. In this edition there is simply a blank spot where the pictures should go.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes and Tales of Terror and Mystery book. Read 24 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. OVERVIEWThis. THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE COMPLETE TALES OF TERROR AND MYSTERY: Authorized Version by the Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd.
As is often the case with low-cost and public domain e-books, there are a handful of typographical errors, nothing major. It is a very precise word in this instance. I found one thing a bit curious myself. Twice it is John.