Book Description

Discover the key ideas, themes, and plotlines behind every case investigated by Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the famous and celebrated stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with this original, graphics-led book.

Using the "Big Ideas" series' trademark combination of witty illustrations, clear graphics, and inspirational quotes, The Sherlock Holmes Book is the perfect primer for newcomers and devoted readers alike.

From the first Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, to the masterpiece that is The Hound of the Baskervilles, to the final Holmes tale The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place, The Sherlock Holmes Book explores every facet of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's master detective, his world, and his ongoing appeal.

Packed with detailed plot summaries, a full analysis of the major characters and themes, and essays on the world of Sherlock Holmes, the book is essential reading for fans of the world's most famous detective.

Table of Contents

    1. Steel true, blade straight • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    2. My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know • Sherlock Holmes
    3. I was a whetstone for his mind. I stimulated him • Dr. John Watson
    4. He sits motionless, like a spider in the centre of its web • Professor James Moriarty
    5. I am a practical man, Mr. Holmes, and when I have got my evidence I come to my conclusions • Inspector G. Lestrade
    1. There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life • A Study in Scarlet
    2. I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule • The Sign of Four
    3. You see, but you do not observe • A Scandal in Bohemia
    4. I really wouldn’t miss your case for the world • The Red-Headed League
    5. The little things are infinitely the most important • A Case of Identity
    6. There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact • The Boscombe Valley Mystery
    7. I am the last court of appeal • The Five Orange Pips
    8. It is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all • The Man with the Twisted Lip
    9. In the larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a bloody deed • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
    10. Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent • The Adventure of the Speckled Band
    11. Each new discovery furnishes a step which leads on to the complete truth • The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb
    12. I had formed my conclusions as to the case before our client came into the room • The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
    13. There are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all other loves • The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
    14. Crime is common. Logic is rare • The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
    1. The real murderer is standing immediately behind you • Silver Blaze
    2. There is no part of the body which varies so much as the human ear • The Cardboard Box
    3. Any truth is better than indefinite doubt • The Yellow Face
    4. Human nature is a strange mixture, Watson • The Stockbroker’s Clerk
    5. And then in an instant the key of the riddle was in my hands • The Gloria Scott
    6. In my inmost heart I believed that I could succeed where others failed • The Musgrave Ritual
    7. The results show that the trap was skillfully baited • The Reigate Squire
    8. One of the strangest cases which ever perplexed a man’s brain • The Crooked Man
    9. I can read in a man’s eye when it is his own skin he is frightened for • The Resident Patient
    10. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are • The Greek Interpreter
    11. The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless • The Naval Treaty
    12. Danger is part of my trade • The Final Problem
    1. There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you • The Hound of the Baskervilles
    2. This empty house is my tree, and you are my tiger • The Adventure of the Empty House
    3. All my instincts are one way, and all the facts are the other • The Adventure of the Norwood Builder
    4. I have the threads of this affair all in my hand • The Adventure of the Dancing Men
    5. She thinks she does not know the man; I am convinced she does • The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist
    6. A criminal who was capable of such a thought is a man whom I should be proud to do business with • The Adventure of the Priory School
    7. One should always look for a possible alternative, and provide against it • The Adventure of Black Peter
    8. By jove, Watson; I’ve got it! • The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
    9. There is a certain method in the gentleman’s eccentric proceedings • The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
    10. Let us hear the suspicions. I will look after the proofs • The Adventure of the Three Students
    11. Surely my deductions are simplicity itself • The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez
    12. When a man is lost it is my duty to ascertain his fate • The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
    13. The game is afoot • The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
    14. It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts • The Adventure of the Second Stain
    1. A great brain and a huge organization have been turned to the extinction of one man • The Valley of Fear
    2. The whole inexplicable tangle seemed to straighten out before me • The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
    3. Different threads, but leading to the same tangle • The Adventure of the Red Circle
    4. The London criminal is certainly a dull fellow • The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
    5. Well, Watson, we seem to have fallen upon evil days • The Adventure of the Dying Detective
    6. We simply can’t afford to wait for the police or to keep within the four corners of the law • The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
    7. I have seldom known a case which at first sight presented a more singular problem • The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot
    8. There’s an east wind coming, Watson • His Last Bow
    1. This man has come for his own purpose, but he may stay for mine • The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
    2. I can discover facts, Watson, but I cannot change them • The Problem of Thor Bridge
    3. When one tries to rise above nature one is liable to fall below it • The Adventure of the Creeping Man
    4. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply • The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
    5. There is some guilty secret in the room • The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
    6. Some people’s affability is more deadly than the violence of coarser souls • The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
    7. I am not the law, but I represent justice so far as my feeble powers go • The Adventure of the Three Gables
    8. I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see • The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier
    9. I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles • The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane
    10. We reach. We grasp. And what is left in our hands at the end? A shadow • The Adventure of the Retired Colourman
    11. Patient suffering is in itself the most precious of all lessons • The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
    12. It is only the colourless, uneventful case which is hopeless • The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place
    1. What do you say to a ramble through London? • The Victorian World
    2. There is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace • Sherlock and Society
    3. I have a turn both for observation and for deduction • The Art of Deduction
    4. There is nothing like first-hand evidence • Criminology and Forensic Science
    5. You know my methods. Apply them • Crime Writing and Detective Fiction
    6. What one man can invent, another can discover • The Fans of Sherlock Holmes
    7. The best way of successfully acting a part is to be it • Sherlock on Stage and Screen
    8. The many faces of Holmes
    9. Holmes by other hands
    10. Conan Doyle’s other works