The Annotated Sherlock Holmes Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the version of the Holmes "canon" to have for life. First published in 1967 and edited by Sir William S. Baring-Gould, it contains not only all 56 stories and 4 novels, detailed notes on all the places, weapons, animals, clothing, mores and everything else one would want to know about Holmes and Victorian England, but more than 100 pages of essays about the hero, his creator, translations, film versions, his nemesis Moriarty, and other topics of interest ... complete within the covers of two volumes (694 and 842 pages, respectively). If you can find a copy at a library to read, you're in luck; if you can find a copy to own, you are set for life!
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 50% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   is very quick


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Switzerland Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails    -   falling off City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York) Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   moving train    -   fort/military installation    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   poisoning    -   dropped from large heights    -   hanging    -   crushed    -   drowned    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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