The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

Published: 16 June 1927
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 320
Series: Sherlock Holmes #9
Format Read: Audiobook along with physical copy


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.


To all Mothers out there, happy Mothersday. To my mom in particular. Without you there would have been no Me…

It is hard to believe I have gone through the whole Sherlock collection already. I am happy that I have decided to pick it up finally as I now feel more educated in classics than I would never have been if you look at the schools I went too. I am happy to announce that the last book even though they were re-tellings of older stories, the charm was anything but lost on me. Again there was a few that stood above others, but all in all I consider it a great collection of shorts.

In this book I have learned that even Sherlock himself sat down to write about a case that he did not give Watson the go ahead to novelize earlier in their career together. I also learned through this story that even though Holmes might at times seem as a blunt unfeeling person, he held Watson in high regard. The friendship they had makes me miss some of the friendships I left when leaving South Africa in my move to The Netherlands. That said, it also excites me in building a better friendship with my wife as she is pretty well versed in other books that include our detective duo. Not that Milou and I do not have a good relationship, I mean we have been stuck in the same flat for the beter part of two months and I am still alive…

Case-Books also featured some stories that were set in England, but my home country featured a lot in. I loved reading about parts of wars that I am less familiar with as when I was in school it became less and less about the history of my forefathers and more about the kind of socks Mandela liked. Might sound a bit racist of me, but that is the truth in current schools. Not only has history been phased out of schools, but the kids today are all being taught what a right dick any White Man is. I will leave it there for now. Bad things happen constantly in my home country…

One funny aspect of Case-Books was that the first story was not written in the way I was used to WatsonΒ  writing it. It had a disembodied narrator which was weird but it did not take away from the storytelling, it showed that Doyle was experimenting with other views. I liked that a lot.

I do not know how what more to say about this collection as a whole apart from that I have newfound immense respect for the author. I highly recommend you pick it up if you are a fan of the classics and the “who dunnit” genre. I gave this book a 5 out 5 of on GR along with a comment that I am now open to any suggestions regarding books where the two are featured. I know Milou has a few series on our shared bookshelf that I will most definitely be looking into.

As an added extra, I recently saw a new blogger on WP and thought I would give out a shout out as he seems like he wants to go into depth with all things Sherlock. He currently has only two followers and I thought I’d try give him a follower boost as the man looks to know a lot. Even though there are only two posts up. Lets see if we can encourage him by following him? I for one am interested in more in depth looks into stories I now read through for the first time. Mark I hope you are well and look forward to reading more on your insights.

Hope you all have a good day.

14 thoughts on “The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. Glad this one scored so highly πŸ™‚ it was one of my saddest days when I read the last one. Thankfully James Lovegrove does excellent Sherlock works to keep me going.

    If you love the classics of crime, Poirot is excellent. And there’s loads of them. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is actually one of my all time favourite books

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  2. Yeah, sometimes the ending of a series is pretty bittersweet in that you have no more to read. Thankfully, that is why Re-reads exist! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ So give it a decade and roll through them again, hahahahaa.

    In regards to Swords comment above, watch out for Poirot. I had to abandon the series of books about him, as I couldn’t stand him as a character. If you try one or two and like them though, you’ll probably like them all. And yes, there are quite a few of them. Agatha Christie was a prolific writer!

    I hope your experiment with Mark works. Bloggers helping other bloggers is always a positive thing…

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    1. Ive seen some screen adaptations of Parot(cant pronounce his name) and they felt like it could make for interesting reading.

      I will see where my journey into crime leads me next.

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  3. Enjoy your experiments with Holmseian retellings! Some of them are a lot of fun, but it really all depends on what you’re looking for. I think Milou has the biggest collection of Holmes-inspired works that I’ve seen, so you’re in good hands there. πŸ™‚

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  4. Huzzah for Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes! And good luck with the many retellings! I enjoyed Lovegrove’s Sherlock, and of course Gaiman’s – looking forward to reading about your adventures in the broad Holmes-verse out there,Dave!

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  5. You could definitely see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.


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