The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

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The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Case-book of sherlock holmes.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration of the first edition of The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Author Arthur Conan Doyle
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Sherlock Holmes
Genre Detective fiction short stories
Publisher John Murray
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 320 pp
Preceded by His Last Bow

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes is the final set of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories (56 total) by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in the Strand Magazine between October 1921 - April 1927.

Title of collection[edit]

The first British edition and the first American edition of the collection were both published in June 1927. However, they had slightly different titles. The title of the British collection was The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (hyphenated "Case-Book"), whereas title of the American was The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes ("Case Book" as two words).

Further confusing the issue of the title, some later publishers published the collection under the title The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes ("Casebook" as a single word).


The original chronological order in which the twelve stories in The Case-Book were published is as follows:

However, many newer editions of The Case-Book favour the following ordering:

Because of the two orderings, "The Adventure of the Retired Colourman" has often been incorrectly identified as the last Sherlock Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle to be published, when the last such story to be published is in fact "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place".


Copyright end is year 1980 Canada, 2000 UK, but not till 2016-23 US.[1]

The original title "Reminiscences of Mr. Sherlock Holmes" was to be for occasional tales to "reflect particular concerns of Conan Doyle beyond exciting whodunit plots ... exploring changes in the modern world". The first Reminiscence about Wisteria Lodge, "a dictator who has ruined a small country", fictionalizes his later "blistering indictment of the Belgian treatment of the people of the Congo".[2]

The Case-Book contains three stories not narrated by Dr. Watson, as most Sherlock Holmes stories are. "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" is narrated in the third person, since it was adapted from a stage play in which Watson hardly appeared. "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane" are both narrated by Holmes himself, the latter being set after his retirement.

Although some of the stories are comparable with Doyle's earlier work, this collection is often considered a lesser entry in the Sherlock Holmes canon. David Stuart Davies has commented that "The Adventure of the Creeping Man" "veers towards risible science fiction"; in the 1974 novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, author Nicholas Meyer's Watson claims that this entry, as well as three others from the Case-Book ("The Mazarin Stone", "The Three Gables" and "The Lion's Mane"), are forged "drivel". Kyle Freeman also suggests that "The Mazarin Stone" and "The Three Gables" may not be Conan Doyle's work, stating that "[a]lmost nothing about either of "The Mazarin Stone" or "The Three Gables" has the true ring of Conan Doyle's style about them."[3]


  1. ^ "Copyright". Sherlockian.Net. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ Kyle Freeman, p27 Intro V2 The Complete Sherlock Holmes, ISBN 978-1-59308-040-2
  3. ^ Kyle Freeman, p35 Intro V2 The Complete Sherlock Holmes, ISBN 978-1-59308-040-2


Texts in Wikisource[edit]

Texts on Wikisource:

Full text in Wikilivres[edit]

Wikilivres is hosted in Canada, where the full book is already out of copyright.