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[The Complete Novels and Stories] [ Vol.1 - Vol.9 ][Special Illustrated Edition] [Free Audio Links]Vol.1 : A STUDY IN SCARLETVol.2 : THE SIGN OF THE FOURVol.3 : THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMESVol.4 : MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMESVol.5 : THEMore[The Complete Novels and Stories] [ Vol.1 - Vol.9 ][Special Illustrated Edition] [Free Audio Links]Vol.1 : A STUDY IN SCARLETVol.2 : THE SIGN OF THE FOURVol.3 : THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMESVol.4 : MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMESVol.5 : THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLESVol.6 : THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMESVol.7 : THE VALLEY OF FEARVol.8 : HIS LAST BOWVol.9 : THE CASE BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMESSherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A London-based consulting detective whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases.Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beetons Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincotts Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with A Scandal in Bohemia in 1891- further series of short stories and two novels published in serial form appeared between then and 1927. The stories cover a period from around 1880 up to 1914.All but four stories are narrated by Holmess friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson- two are narrated by Holmes himself (The Blanched Soldier and The Lions Mane) and two others are written in the third person (The Mazarin Stone and His Last Bow). In two stories (The Musgrave Ritual and The Gloria Scott), Holmes tells Watson the main story from his memories, while Watson becomes the narrator of the frame story. The first and fourth novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear, each include a long interval of omniscient narration recounting events unknown to either Holmes or Watson.[Inspiration for the character of Holmes]Doyle said that the character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Dr. Joseph Bell, for whom Doyle had worked as a clerk at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Like Holmes, Bell was noted for drawing large conclusions from the smallest observations. However, some years later Bell wrote in a letter to Conan Doyle: You are yourself Sherlock Holmes and well you know it. Sir Henry Littlejohn, lecturer on Forensic Medicine and Public Health at the Royal College of Surgeons, is also cited as an inspiration for Holmes. Littlejohn served as Police Surgeon and Medical Officer of Health of Edinburgh, providing for Doyle a link between medical investigation and the detection of crime.