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His Last Bow

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Overview: 

In this collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, the great detective continues doing what he does best: averting political scandals, tracking down murderers, dragging Dr. Watson into unpleasant situations. As always, it’s adventurous fun for the rest of us. This book was published after The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Of course, it is just possible that we may not have to go. England may leave France to her fate. We are sure that there is no binding treaty between them."

"And Belgium?"

"Yes, and Belgium, too."

Von Bork shook his head. "I don't see how that could be. There is a definite treaty there. She could never recover from such a humiliation."

"She would at least have peace for the moment."

"But her honor?"

"Tut, my dear sir, we live in a utilitarian age. Honour is a mediaeval conception. Besides England is not ready. It is an inconceivable thing, but even our special war tax of fifty million, which one would think made our purpose as clear as if we had advertised it on the front page of the Times, has not roused these people from their slumbers. Here and there one hears a question. It is my business to find an answer. Here and there also there is an irritation. It is my business to soothe . . . Read More

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(A-) 84% | Very Good
Notes: Precursor to the spy genre, it’s Holmes, Sherlock Holmes, secret agent, with more consequential and real world plots.

This is the penultimate collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. I have spent my summer going through the Sherlock canon, and I am a bit sad to be nearing the end of my time with the great detective. Even though some of the stories are not the best mysteries, they have a certain charm to them that...more

The Sherlock Holmes collection that has the fewest number of short stories: 8. It is even a story-less in its British edition. This is called His Last Bow because it shares that title with its anchor (last) story. Other than that reason, I could not associate any of the other stories with Holmes...more

A great collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. I've read four stories:

The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans - 4 stars
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The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax - 4 stars
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The Adventure of the Dying Detective - 2 stars
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His Last Bow: An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes - 4...more

Holmes had retired, but he received one last assignment. Lovely, a bit melancholic story.
“There's an east wind coming, Watson.”
“I think not, Holmes. It is very warm.”
“Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age.”

This short story collection is one of the finest and most even entries in the series. Subtitled "Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes," the brief preface indicates that Holmes has retired after his war service.

The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge - 4/5 - someone's past comes back to haunt him! No, re...more

His Last Bow collects eight Sherlock Holmes stories that first ran in The Strand Magazine from 1908 to 1913, as well as including the eponymous “His Last Bow”, which ran in 1917. (“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” is included in American editions of this collection; Brits will find that story...more

Within this small collection are a few stories in which Doyle seems to have been going through his motions (and who could blame him). But as his most famous creation says more than once in this volume, “We must possess our souls in patience”; and that patience is rewarded, as the collection also...more

His Last Bow: 8 Stories (Sherlock Holmes, #8), Arthur Conan Doyle
Contents: Preface by John H. Watson, M.D. (1917), "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" (1908), "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (1892), "The Adventure of the Red Circle" (1911), "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" (1908),...more

This was pretty enjoyable read consisting of 8 short stories. Although they are arguably not as consitant and entertaining as Adventures of... and Return of... I would say half the stories here are very good. Devil's Foot was one of my favourites which was reminiscent of The Hound of The Baskervi...more

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