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Please enter an email. Please enter a valid email address. Thank you for signing up to the Penguin Newsletter. Subscription failed, please try again. A complete beginner should probably start with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, either the whole book at one whack or a couple of selections, particularly "The Speckled Band" and maybe "The Boscombe Valley Mystery". Those are among the best and at the same time the most characteristic of the stories.
After the Adventures, maybe The Hound of the Baskervilles, and after that, whatever. Reading the stories in order is a very bad idea because the first one in particular, A Study in Scarlet, was written when Doyle was young and still learning, and is not by any means either strong or typical. I just have to say I've only just started reading the books after watching the series.
I absolutely loved Scarlet and really enjoyed the flashback personally, and felt like seeing Watson's very first impression of Sherlock is a good place to begin? I'm surprised that no one here has recommended starting with Scarlet, and you all seem to even discourage it haha. Maybe watching the modern series the Cumberbatch one, and watched the Irons one when I was little has made getting into the books easier for me, I don't know.
But I'm loving them so far and as of now, would recommend a beginner start with Study in Scarlet. I'll update this comment after I've finished the rest of the books should be done in the next few days to see if I think there's a better place to start after I've read more! Complete that or read as many as you can. You could go as it is in your book or mix up a few chapters, it doesn't matter since almost every story is independent.
Don't go to the memoirs, just yet. Again, The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes is the best to begin with since it would actually pique your interest more than the novels can. Plus, it contains one of the better stories like "The Speckled Band". Go on to the "The Study in Scarlet" It gives you an insight into the early days of Sherlock and Watson and some horrible habits of Sherlock.
In any case, you could either finish the novel or read just the first half of it. The Second half is in no way related to nor does it features Sherlock. My experience is that the second half really drains you. I read the first half and after reading a little of the second half, abandoned it.
It is possible, however, that he charges based on the client's ability to pay in " The Adventure of the Final Problem ", Holmes states that his services to the government of France and the royal house of Scandinavia had left him with enough money to retire comfortably, while in " The Adventure of Black Peter " Watson notes that Holmes would refuse to help the wealthy and powerful if their cases did not interest him, while he could devote weeks at a time to the cases of the most humble clients. Vance is one of my favorite Audible narrators, and I've had his voice along for more modern Holmes short story collections. Of course I love Sherlock. Loved every minute of Sherlock The authors language is just beautiful and the narrator, Simon Vance, made a spectacular performance with perfection. A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. A complete beginner should probably start with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, either the whole book at one whack or a couple of selections, particularly "The Speckled Band" and maybe "The Boscombe Valley Mystery".
Then, move on to "The Sign Of Four". Do the same, read the first parts and if you can, without getting bored, read the second part as well. I prefer reading only the first part. Now, go on with the Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes. I believe this is the best part of the whole book at least, in my opinion. You could go on in just about any order you want, but save "The Final Problem" for the last.
At one point, Watson lives alone while in the next story, he is Found in Baker Street. Here, You would get a tangential connection to Moriarty. And, it's here that Arthur Conan Doyle makes a small error. They just contain some other stories of Sherlock and his great detective skills and don't really have an overall "meta" plot and don't really give a sense of finality. As others have noted, you could read this novel entirely on its own, but Getting familiarity with Holmes's method would actually help you appreciate this novel more.
It also gives a pretty much satisfying conclusion to the whole book. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. In which order should the Sherlock Holmes stories be read?
Ask Question. Publication order? In-universe chronological order? Something else? Rand al'Thor Rand al'Thor Phase 1: Start with short stories from the first two series. Phrase 3: Go back to the new short stories. Phrase 4: Finish up the novels.
Mix and match from the two as you wish. The Valley of Fear The Hound of the Baskervilles This is somewhat chronological - which makes some sense; I think Doyle's best work was at the beginning. Most importantly, would someone completely new to Holmes get a good introduction to him by starting with the short stories, instead of meeting him together with Watson in A Study in Scarlet? It might also be worth noting that each of A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear devotes the entire second half to a completely different kind of story, a flashback tale of adventure set on a different continent and not featuring Holmes at all.
This can be somewhat jarring, especially to new readers I certainly found it so. I might even recommend reading only the first half of each of these stories, maybe coming back to the second half later if you're really keen or a completist. Randal'Thor I think I'm a bit on the fence on starting with one of those novels vs. I think the quintessential Holmes lies in the short stories, and not in the novels. If you want to get a good picture of him, read some of those first. It's also better for readers who may not know if they even want to read Doyle at all. You can do a better evaluation after reading a few of the stories and getting a feel for the characters.
Randal'Thor Regarding those two novels: You're right; it's been a while since I read those. I forgot about how I felt about the ends. Randal'Thor I think starting with the short stories makes reading the first meeting later all the more enjoyable, because of the anticipation. I imagine finishing off with the most famous Holmes story of them all would probably be much more satisfying.
Liloh Rydstrom Liloh Rydstrom 21 1 1 bronze badge. Welcome to Stack Exchange, and thanks for your answer!
I tend to agree that A Study in Scarlet is a good place to start because it provides an introduction to Holmes for unfamiliar readers. Looking forward to your edit s to this answer :- By the way, if you haven't used Stack Exchange before, you might like to take the short tour , since this site doesn't work in the same way as a typical forum. OK, here's my two cents. Sid Sid 5 5 bronze badges. Could you edit this answer to include less unsupported opinion and more objective reasoning?
See also this meta post on reading-order questions. Especially in Part 4 of your answers, which is almost purely subjective. I'm not downvoting this, because you have included some reasoning for parts of your ordering, but I don't feel I can upvote until you flesh it out with more explanation. Randal'Thor I have tried to offer a bit more explanation on the said parts. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.
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