YOU: Hi there. Well, I like Sherlock Holmes and I've read a few of the original Sherlock Holmes stories but not all.
So, can you give me a complete list of all the stories? Can you tell me how many stories there are, how many novels - and how cool which one is...
ME: Sure! Take a peek at the complete list of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!
Don't forget to look at the ratings on the right. That'll help you decide which story is just cool and which one is uber-cool.
YOU: Phew. Great. Now I guess I have a good idea about all the Sherlock Holmes stories. But - I am a bit overwhelmed. There are just so many stories!
So, which ones are the best ones? Like the top 10 'must read' stories you know..
ME: Here's my 'top 10 Holmes stories list'!
Now, obviously that's my opinion and another opinion about the top 10 stories might not hurt, right?
Well, so here's Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's own list of favourite Sherlock Holmes stories! This list appeared in the Strand Magazine in 1927.
Looking at the two lists will tell you that there are exactly two stories in common ;-)
From this, we can deduce two things:
1) There are many awesome Sherlock Holmes stories!
2) Every reader has his or her own favourites they will insist upon :P
YOU: Wow. Things are getting clearer.
Now, your top 10 stories are stories from different story collections, right? If I had to start reading a story collection - a book - which one should I read first?
Basically, what should my first Sherlock Holmes book be?
ME: I'd say begin with - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Three of my top 10 stories are in the book and almost everyone agrees that it's the best Sherlock Holmes story collection out there.
It's also the first set of Holmes stories ever published - so that just seals the deal.
Which Holmes novel should you read first? I would suggest The Hound of the Baskervilles. It's not the first Holmes novel ever - BUT - it's the best!
YOU: I had come here to just know what all Sherlock Holmes stories there were - but now you've got me quite interested.
I'd love to see some more interesting facts and trivia about the stories. If you could give me some 'quickie' facts, that would be great!
ME: At your service!
Here's a small infographic that shows some lesser known (and some well known) stuff about Sherlock Holmes stories:
YOU: That picture had quite some info. I didn't know about that "write me down an ass" quote for instance.
Now that I'm satiated enough with all this Holmes info, can you tell me where I could download all the Holmes stories from?
Time to delve right in, you know...
ME: Yup. Right here:
(If you're from the USA, don't download using these links. Scroll down further.)
Now if you're from the USA, then the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is still copyright protected for you. So you can download everything except for The Casebook.
Use these links instead of the links above:
Hope you have as great a time reading the stories as I did when I read them first (long ago...in my grandma's house) ;-)
PS: If you'd like to know loads of fun stuff about Sherlock Holmes himself, then visiting this page is a splendid idea.
Come, participate in creating the 'Sherlock Holmes Fan' Readers Top 10 Sherlock Holmes Stories List. Tell us all what your all time favourite Holmes story is and why?
The top 10 stories overall as selected by readers will be features in a separate page. Cast your vote by naming your best story!