Sherlock Holmes Stories: The Complete List + Fun Stuff!

In an 'FAQ' Format

Sherlock Holmes silhouette with stories

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.

Sherlock Holmes Novels (4)

First Published

Name of the Novel

My Rating!

Nov, 1887

A Study in Scarlet

8.5/10

Feb, 1890

The Sign of the Four

8.5/10

Aug, 1901

-Apr, 1902

The Hound of the Baskervilles

9.25/10

Sep, 1914

-May, 1915

The Valley of Fear

8.75/10


Sherlock Holmes Short Stories (56)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (12)
[First Published: October, 1892]

First Published

Name of the Story

My Rating!

Jul, 1891

A Scandal in Bohemia

8.25/10

Aug, 1891

The Red-Headed League

8.75/10

Sep, 1891

A Case of Identity

8.75/10

Oct, 1891

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

8.67/10

Nov, 1891

The Five Orange Pips

8.67/10

Dec, 1891

The Man With the Twisted Lip

8.5/10

Jan, 1892

The Blue Carbuncle

8.5/10

Feb, 1892

The Speckled Band

9.33/10

Mar, 1892

The Engineer's Thumb

7.67/10

Apr, 1892

The Noble Bachelor

9/10

May, 1892

The Beryl Coronet

9.33/10

Jun, 1892

The Copper Beeches

8.33/10


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (11)
[First Published: December, 1893]

First Published

Name of the Story

My Rating!

Dec, 1892

Silver Blaze

9/10

Feb, 1893

The Yellow Face

8.25/10

Mar, 1893

The Stockbroker's Clerk

7.75/10

Apr, 1893

The Gloria Scott

8.5/10

May, 1893

The Musgrave Ritual

8.67/10

Jun, 1893

The Reigate Squire

8.33/10

Jul, 1893

The Crooked Man

8.5/10

Aug, 1893

The Resident Patient

8/10

Sep, 1893

The Greek Interpreter

7.5/10

Oct, 1893

The Naval Treaty

9/10

Nov, 1893

The Final Problem

8.33/10


The Return of Sherlock Holmes (13)
[First Published: Feb, 1905]

First Published

Name of the Story

My Rating!

Sep, 1903

The Empty House

8.25/10

Oct, 1903

The Norwood Builder

8.5/10

Dec, 1903

The Dancing Men

8.75/10

Dec, 1903

The Solitary Cyclist

6.5/10

Jan, 1904

The Priory School

8.67/10

Feb, 1904

The Adventure of Black Peter

7.33/10

Mar, 1904

Charles Augustus Milverton

6.67/10

Apr, 1904

The Six Napoleons

8.33/10

Jun, 1904

The Three Students

7.67/10

Jul, 1904

The Golden Pince-Nez

9/10

Aug, 1904

The Missing Three-Quarter

7.33/10

Sep, 1904

The Abbey Grange

8/10

Oct, 1904

The Second Stain

7.33/10


His Last Bow (8)
[First Published: October, 1917]

First Published

Name of the Story

My Rating!

Aug, 1908

Wisteria Lodge

7.33/10

Jan, 1893

The Cardboard Box

9.33/10

Mar-Apr, 1911

The Red Circle

8/10

Dec, 1908

The Bruce-Partington Plans

9/10

Nov, 1913

The Dying Detective

6.67/10

Dec, 1911

Lady Frances Carfax

7.75/10

Dec, 1910

The Devil's Foot

9/10

Sep, 1917

His Last Bow

6/10


The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (12)
[First Published: June, 1927]

First Published

Name of the Story

My Rating!

Oct, 1921

The Mazarin Stone

6.33/10

Feb-Mar, 1922

Thor Bridge

8.67/10

Mar, 1923

The Creeping Man

7.67/10

Jan, 1924

The Sussex Vampire

8.5/10

Oct, 1924

The Three Garridebs

7.5/10

Nov, 1924

The Illustrious Client

6/10

Sep, 1926

The Three Gables

7/10

Oct, 1926

The Blanched Soldier

7.5/10

Nov, 1926

The Lion's Mane

7.67/10

Dec, 1926

The Retired Colourman

7.67/10

Jan, 1927

The Veiled Lodger

7/10

Mar, 1927

Shoscombe Old Place

8/10


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'!

The best Sherlock Holmes stories according to Meghashyam from Sherlock Holmes Fan

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.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's list of 12 best Sherlock Holmes stories.

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

PS: Would you like to tell us all about YOUR best story? Submit your choice here!


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!

The first Sherlock Holmes books you should read

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:

An infographic that shows some cooll facts 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.


What is YOUR Best Sherlock Holmes Story and Why Do You Like It So Much?

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!

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