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  1. 4 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    In 1893 Sherlock Holmes had never been more popular, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself was tired of the character, and so had effectively killed the detective off by having him fall in the Reichenbach Falls. Over the next ten years though, the demand for Sherlock Holmes never waned, but when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle eventually gave in to the demands, he had to find a way to resurrect the character. The first new story was The Hound of the Baskervilles but this was told as if it was an earlier case In 1893 Sherlock Holmes had never been more popular, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself was tired of the character, and so had effectively killed the detective off by having him fall in the Reichenbach Falls. Over the next ten years though, the demand for Sherlock Holmes never waned, but when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle eventually gave in to the demands, he had to find a way to resurrect the character. The first new story was The Hound of the Baskervilles but this was told as if it was an earlier case of the detective, but in The Adventure of the Empty House, Conan Doyle had to find a away to explain the survival of Sherlock Holmes, but also give him a big case to solve; hence the death of Ronald Adair, a man shot inside a locked room. In truth, the case isn’t really a locked room mystery, for the explanation of the death is ultimately a straightforward one. The Adventure of the Empty House is not a story which enables the reader to solve the case alongside Sherlock Holmes, but is a story that explains all that has happened to the detective since Watson last saw him in Switzerland. In the fictional world of Sherlock Holmes, three years were said to have passed. The Adventure of the Empty House is, like The Adventure of the Final Problem, a core part of any adaptation of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As such in recent years, The Empty Hearse episode of BBC’s Sherlock plays homage to the original tale, but a faithful adaptation was undertaken by Granada TV in 1986, with Jeremy Brett playing the detective.

  2. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    Audible recently introduced a new feature called Channels, which are select (usually short) stories or lectures provided free to subscribers. The genres are Mystery, Food, Romance, The Great Courses, Meditation, and The Daily Wrap. I've listened to several of the available 'meditation' selections but this, The Adventure of the Empty House, is the first actual story I've listened to. I'm thrilled that audible has this new feature because I doubt I'd ever had tried listening to Sherlock Holmes if Audible recently introduced a new feature called Channels, which are select (usually short) stories or lectures provided free to subscribers. The genres are Mystery, Food, Romance, The Great Courses, Meditation, and The Daily Wrap. I've listened to several of the available 'meditation' selections but this, The Adventure of the Empty House, is the first actual story I've listened to. I'm thrilled that audible has this new feature because I doubt I'd ever had tried listening to Sherlock Holmes if I'd had to pay for it. Another HUGE plus is that these offerings are, as I said, short - about 30 minutes each - so they're perfect when you don't have a lot of time to invest but want something to listen to, start to finish. I really enjoyed this Sherlock Holmes mystery. The narrator is very good and the story entertaining. This takes place 3 years after Sherlock's supposed death and is actually the first time Dr. Watson encounters his old friend so he was quite shocked to find him alive. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a poignant moment, but it did show just how deep their friendship was. You can bet I'll be listening to more of the Channel selections!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    "I went at it on my knees, sir, just as you instructed." #outofcontextquotes "I went at it on my knees, sir, just as you instructed." #outofcontextquotes

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suad Alhalwachi

    Holmes and Watson, my favorite detective with their eccentric methods, this novel solves two mysteries instead of the usual one death or one criminal case. And as usual it’s solved with impeccable style. Loved it Some quotes that I liked: “There are some trees, Watson, which grow to a certain height, and then suddenly develop some unsightly eccentricity. You will see it often in humans. I have a theory that the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and th Holmes and Watson, my favorite detective with their eccentric methods, this novel solves two mysteries instead of the usual one death or one criminal case. And as usual it’s solved with impeccable style. Loved it Some quotes that I liked: “There are some trees, Watson, which grow to a certain height, and then suddenly develop some unsightly eccentricity. You will see it often in humans. I have a theory that the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and that such a sudden turn to good or evil stands for some strong influence which came into the line of his pedigree. The person becomes, as it were, the epitome of the history of his own family.” “Ah! my dear Watson, there we come into those realms of conjecture, where the most logical mind may be at fault. Each may form his own hypothesis upon the present evidence, and yours is as likely to be correct as mine.” “It will be verified or disproved at the trial. Meanwhile, come what may, Colonel Moran will trouble us no more. The famous air-gun of Von Herder will embellish the Scotland Yard Museum, and once again Mr. Sherlock Holmes is free to devote his life to examining those interesting little problems which the complex life of London so plentifully presents.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maram

    Oh well, I have never liked or enjoyed Sherlock Holmes’ stories, to me they lack the lustre and thrill that I fondly remember from my childhood’s favourite detective/ crime books. This story wasn’t an exception that I longed for.. :( “Work is the best antidote to sorrow, my dear Watson,” — how sad that this is true sometimes,

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason Donoghue

    I found it tiresome and boring. Holmes is alive and all this tells me is the author lost an excellent opportunity to end the story in a classic way, the final problem should by the very name of the story the final problem and final story for Sherlock Holmes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jason Parent

    Another important tale as it is, shall we say, the solution to the final problem. Plus, it is well told with a murderous villain.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rob Thompson

    Public pressure forced Conan Doyle to bring the sleuth back to life, and explain his apparently miraculous survival of a deadly struggle with Professor Moriarty. This is the first Holmes story set after his supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls, as recounted in "The Final Problem". The Hound of the Baskervilles had seen the return of a pre-Reichenbach Falls Sherlock Holmes, which only served to whet readers' appetites. I wonder if it would have been better if this had been one of the full lengt Public pressure forced Conan Doyle to bring the sleuth back to life, and explain his apparently miraculous survival of a deadly struggle with Professor Moriarty. This is the first Holmes story set after his supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls, as recounted in "The Final Problem". The Hound of the Baskervilles had seen the return of a pre-Reichenbach Falls Sherlock Holmes, which only served to whet readers' appetites. I wonder if it would have been better if this had been one of the full length Sherlock novels instead of a short story? But it all comes together neatly. (view spoiler)[The story takes place in 1894, three years after the death of Sherlock Holmes. On the night of March 30, an apparently unsolvable locked-room murder takes place in London: the Park Lane Mystery, the killing of the Honourable Ronald Adair, son of the Earl of Maynooth, a colonial governor in Australia. He was in his sitting room, working on accounts of some kind, as indicated by the papers and money found by police. Adair liked playing whist and regularly did so at several clubs, but never for great sums of money. It does, however, come out that he won as much as £420 in partnership with Colonel Sebastian Moran. The motive does not appear to be robbery as nothing has been stolen, and it seems that Adair had not an enemy in the world. It seems odd that Ronald's door was locked from the inside. The only other way out was the open window, and there was a 20-foot (about 6 m) drop below it onto a flower bed, which now shows no sign of being disturbed. Adair was killed with a soft-nosed revolver bullet to the head. No one in the area at the time heard a shot. In April, Doctor Watson (now a widower), having retained an interest in crime from his previous association with Holmes, visits the crime scene at 427 Park Lane. He sees a plainclothes detective there with police, and also runs into an elderly deformed book collector, knocking several of his books to the ground. The encounter ends with the man snarling in anger and going away. However, that is not the last that Watson sees of him, for a short time later, the man comes to Watson's study in Kensington to apologize for his earlier behaviour. Once he manages to distract Watson's attention for a few seconds (making Watson turn his head), he transforms himself into Sherlock Holmes, much to Watson's great astonishment when he turns back round. Contrary to what Watson believed, Holmes won against Professor Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls, flinging him down the waterfall with the help of baritsu, and then he climbed up the cliff beside the path to make it appear as though he, too, had fallen to his death. This was a plan that Holmes had just conceived to defend against Moriarty's confederates. However, at least one of them knew that he was still alive and tried to kill him by dropping rocks down on the ledge where he had taken refuge. Hurriedly climbing back down the cliff—and falling the last short distance to the path—Holmes ran for his life and, by the next week, he was in Florence. Holmes apologizes to Watson for the deception needed to outwit his enemies, and describes his three years' exploits, explaining that he spent the next few years traveling to various parts of the world. First, he went to Tibet and wandered for two years, even attaining entry to Lhasa and met the "head lama". Afterward, Holmes travelled incognito as a Norwegian explorer named Sigerson. Then, he went to Persia, with Holmes entering Mecca and then to a brief stopover with the Khalifa in Khartoum. Finally, before returning, Holmes spent time doing chemical research on coal tar derivatives in Montpellier, France. However, Holmes was finally brought back to London by the news of Adair's murder. During all this time, the only people who knew that Holmes was alive were Moriarty's henchmen and Holmes's brother Mycroft, who provided him with the money he needed. Holmes tells Watson that they are going to do some dangerous work that evening, and after a roundabout trip through the city, they enter an empty house, an abandoned building known as Camden House whose front room overlooks—to Watson's great surprise—Baker Street. Holmes's room can be seen across the street, and more surprisingly still, Holmes can be seen silhouetted against the blind: it is a lifelike waxwork bust, moved regularly from below by Mrs. Hudson to simulate life. Holmes employs the dummy because he was seen by one of Moriarty's men, and thus he expects an attempt on his life that very night. After a roundabout route, Watson and Holmes wait two hours until around midnight in the abandoned Camden House. A sniper, who has taken the bait, fires a specialized air gun to assassinate his foe. Surprisingly, he chooses Camden House as his vantage point. Once the ruffian shoots his air gun, scoring a direct hit on Holmes's dummy across the street, Holmes and Watson are on him, and he is soon disarmed and restrained. While Watson knocks down the enemy, Holmes summons the police by blowing a whistle. They are led by Inspector Lestrade, who arrests the gunman. It is none other than Colonel Moran, Ronald Adair's whist partner, and the same man who threw rocks down on the ledge at Holmes at Reichenbach Falls. Holmes does not wish the police to press charges of attempted murder in connection with what Moran has just done. Instead, he tells Lestrade to charge him with actual murder, for Moran is the man who murdered Ronald Adair. The air gun, it turns out, has been specially designed to shoot revolver bullets, and a quick forensics check of the one that "killed" his dummy shows, as Holmes expected, that it matches the bullet used to kill Adair. Holmes and Watson then go to their old apartment in Baker Street, where Holmes' rooms were kept as he had left them thanks to Mycroft's supervision. Moran's motive in killing Adair is a matter of speculation even for Holmes. Nonetheless, his theory is that Adair had caught Moran cheating at cards, and threatened to expose his dishonourable behaviour. Moran therefore got rid of the one man who could rob him of his livelihood, for he earned a living playing cards crookedly, and could ill afford to be barred from all his clubs. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Catie

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Litsy Readathon #Sherlocked hosted by @tjwill and @Daisey - June 1- July 15 2018

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Intense and exciting. I felt I was there in the house with them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Huma

    SPOILERS Ahead. Consider yourself warned!! This is the short story where Holmes return from the dead after he fell from the Reinchenbach Falls with his archenemy Professor Moriarty at the end of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. In this story, we learn that Holmes miraculously survived the fall and kept his death a secret for the last three years as Moriarty's gang was still at large and after Holmes' life. The edition at my school library had a foreword which told the story behind Holmes resur SPOILERS Ahead. Consider yourself warned!! This is the short story where Holmes return from the dead after he fell from the Reinchenbach Falls with his archenemy Professor Moriarty at the end of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. In this story, we learn that Holmes miraculously survived the fall and kept his death a secret for the last three years as Moriarty's gang was still at large and after Holmes' life. The edition at my school library had a foreword which told the story behind Holmes resurrection. My best friend and I read with great interest that Doyle had killed Holmes as he had grown tired of him. Doyle wanted to be recognized for his other work beside Sherlock Holmes. However, Holmes had become such a beloved character at that time that there was an intense public backlash, especially from the readers of The Strand Magazine. One woman fan even wrote a letter to Doyle starting with these words, "You brute...". Eventually Doyle was forced to revive his most famous fictional detective and thankfully wrote four more books about Holmes. Re-read this after watching BBC's Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Holmes. In Doyle-verse, Watson fainted after seeing Holmes back at Baker Street. But Mark Gatiss' Watson is angry at his friend for making him go through the trauma: Also, Doyle's Holmes only informed Moriarty about his miraculous escape. But Gatiss' Sherlock has apparently told everyone but Watson to execute his well-thought-out plan to get rid of Moriarty and his gang. I really loved the original story and would have loved to see Sherlock tackle a strategically placed dummy of Cumberbatch. Also, while in Doyle-verse, Mary had passed away during the time Holmes was presumed dead; Sherlock returns to Watson the night he is about to propose to Mary in BBC's version.

  12. 5 out of 5

    B K

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sherlock Returns! In the sequel to the Final Problem, the left- for-dead Holmes returns to London to solve yet another riveting murder mystery. A card game gone wrong; the hunter becomes the huntee and our heroe and his faithful partner in crime (solving) are back at it! Brilliant! Definitely deserves a 4.5.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Azuma-chan

    First thing's first, I must say that I was completely confused by the title (The Return of Sherlock Holmes) I mean, return from what?! death, right?! But he was doing just fine in the last book that I read The Hound of the Baskervilles and I'm reading them in order. Unless, of course, the events aren't in order as the serial. About the book, it was a quick read. I could have finished it in one sitting but decided to make it two instead. It was fun, but still confusing as I don't know what kind o First thing's first, I must say that I was completely confused by the title (The Return of Sherlock Holmes) I mean, return from what?! death, right?! But he was doing just fine in the last book that I read The Hound of the Baskervilles and I'm reading them in order. Unless, of course, the events aren't in order as the serial. About the book, it was a quick read. I could have finished it in one sitting but decided to make it two instead. It was fun, but still confusing as I don't know what kind of adventure he had before coming back to surprise Dr. Watson and me. So 4 stars for that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    I really liked his grandiose return!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Sue

    never not delightful <3

  16. 5 out of 5

    C

    Holmes Returns!!! Enjoyed this one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Crime Addict Sifat

    The Adventure of the Empty House is a story from the book of The Complete Sherlock Holmes composed by Mr. Arthur Coran Doyle. The story starts alongside portrayal by Mr. Watson who is a companion of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, an investigator officer. The story starts with the murder of Mr. Ronald Adair in the time of 1894.Initially, Mr. Watson starts to discover more turns for the situation . At the season of perusing this case he ends up plainly mindful, that his nearby closeness with Sherlock Holmes The Adventure of the Empty House is a story from the book of The Complete Sherlock Holmes composed by Mr. Arthur Coran Doyle. The story starts alongside portrayal by Mr. Watson who is a companion of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, an investigator officer. The story starts with the murder of Mr. Ronald Adair in the time of 1894.Initially, Mr. Watson starts to discover more turns for the situation . At the season of perusing this case he ends up plainly mindful, that his nearby closeness with Sherlock Holmes over a time of years had made him all the more an investigator than a therapeutic expert. He bargains alongside the preference of general society on the charged, still he moves along to locate the genuine criminal. To know the first criminal he begins the examination about Mr. Ronald and his family and furthermore his everyday exercises like where and what he did routinely. Afterward, he realize that his propensity for playing cards in different clubs with cash. Afterward, he begins research in the clubs amid that time he gets some answers concerning Mr. Ronald's club accomplice. Mr. Colonel. After that , he found at the night of Mr. Adair's demise Adair played an amusement with his accomplice that time Adair battled with his accomplice due his accomplice's Cheating in the club and Adair cautions his accomplice to leave his participation in the club or else he will educated to all. After, that he leaves from the club.To secure himself the Mr. Colonel was killed Mr. Ronald by utilizing the gun.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Mattos

    Another Masterpiece. In this story, we are in April 1894, and Watson (now a widower) checks 427 Park Lane where a young gambler, the Honorable Ronald Adair, was shot in a closed room on the 30th of March. He bumps into a wizened old book collector, who follows him home to his Kensington practice study then drops his disguise – it is Holmes. Holmes apologizes for the deception needed to outwit his enemies, and describes his three years' exploits. He needed funds, so he confided in his brother Myc Another Masterpiece. In this story, we are in April 1894, and Watson (now a widower) checks 427 Park Lane where a young gambler, the Honorable Ronald Adair, was shot in a closed room on the 30th of March. He bumps into a wizened old book collector, who follows him home to his Kensington practice study then drops his disguise – it is Holmes. Holmes apologizes for the deception needed to outwit his enemies, and describes his three years' exploits. He needed funds, so he confided in his brother Mycroft, who had preserved Sherlock Holmes's rooms. Holmes is convinced that Adair was killed by Colonel Sebastian Moran, a surviving lieutenant of Moriarty. Holmes has set a trap: the empty house across from his Baker Street flat has a clear view of a wax bust of Holmes, which is moved regularly from below by Mrs. Hudson to simulate life. After a roundabout route, Watson and Holmes wait two hours until around midnight in the abandoned Camden House. Moran, who has taken the bait, fires a specialized air-gun to assassinate his foe. Watson knocks down the villain, while Holmes whistles for Inspector Lestrade and the police. Back at Baker Street, Holmes explains. Adair planned to expose card-partner Moran whom he found cheating, and had locked himself in to count out the spoils he needed to return. Moran would have been ruined by the exposure and kills Adair instead. I recommend this book to any reader who appreciate a well written mystery.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rao Javed

    For a while the story will drain you, then the story will amuse you, then the story will just be with you, but in the end the story will certainly astound you. It might not just be, The Return of Sherlock, but it is also my return to Sherlock's books, in which one perceives the taste of curiosity, gradually clinching the taste of enthusiasm,but this is not it the prestigious part is with all the zest of Sherlock converges in over mind as an obsession. The brutality of crime is less intense then t For a while the story will drain you, then the story will amuse you, then the story will just be with you, but in the end the story will certainly astound you. It might not just be, The Return of Sherlock, but it is also my return to Sherlock's books, in which one perceives the taste of curiosity, gradually clinching the taste of enthusiasm,but this is not it the prestigious part is with all the zest of Sherlock converges in over mind as an obsession. The brutality of crime is less intense then the beauty of Sherlock's method. This is the same story the lingers on the same pace, but unleashes an advancing impact. The story line was much admirable, and not very long. Then the text level was very profound, very much like the time of 20th century. The only part where we find the story distorting over joviality is where in it makes us wait for the best part, but, somehow, that is also the enticing part. -Over and out Rao Umar

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alecsandra Velez

    SHERLOCK'S BACK (and so is the banter between Sherlock and Watson). My Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes ebook edition is out of order when it comes to "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" for whatever reason so I was scratching my head through "The Advennture of the Abbey Grange," "The Adventure of Black Peter," The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton," and "The Adventure of the Dancing Men." I really thought I had missed something while reading those fantastic short stories until I finally SHERLOCK'S BACK (and so is the banter between Sherlock and Watson). My Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes ebook edition is out of order when it comes to "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" for whatever reason so I was scratching my head through "The Advennture of the Abbey Grange," "The Adventure of Black Peter," The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton," and "The Adventure of the Dancing Men." I really thought I had missed something while reading those fantastic short stories until I finally got to this one and double-checked the chronology and order of the short stories. All is explained and the previously mentioned adventures make much more sense now. Happy reader once again.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Collin A.

    Wow! What a fantastic way to "resurrect" the great detective while also developing a coherent and meticulously thought-out plot! The seemingly irrelevant murder of the honorable Ronald Adair and the mysterious return of Mr. Sherlock Holmes is more than just a coincidence... Perhaps what really established this story as one of the best yet is the care and logical procedures through which Doyle tied up many of the "loose ends" that poised themselves as questions in the previous story. This story wa Wow! What a fantastic way to "resurrect" the great detective while also developing a coherent and meticulously thought-out plot! The seemingly irrelevant murder of the honorable Ronald Adair and the mysterious return of Mr. Sherlock Holmes is more than just a coincidence... Perhaps what really established this story as one of the best yet is the care and logical procedures through which Doyle tied up many of the "loose ends" that poised themselves as questions in the previous story. This story wasn't merely a last-minute revival of a literary classic, it was a continuation of a great saga.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Mustread

    Sherlock's reappearance, after being presumed dead three years previously, is a major shock to Watson who recovers quickly enough to chronicle more evidence of Holmes' ability to solve a case with no apparent solution. Listened to this on Classic Tales podcast which had this to say "An impossible, motiveless murder commands a presence from beyond the grave to rise again." The link can be found here: http://classictales.libsyn.com/ep-452... Sherlock's reappearance, after being presumed dead three years previously, is a major shock to Watson who recovers quickly enough to chronicle more evidence of Holmes' ability to solve a case with no apparent solution. Listened to this on Classic Tales podcast which had this to say "An impossible, motiveless murder commands a presence from beyond the grave to rise again." The link can be found here: http://classictales.libsyn.com/ep-452...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Kuttner

    This is an interesting story. The first one after Doyle brought back Sherlock Holmes after killing him off. The public outcry was so great he succumbed to the pressure and wrote some more stories (or so I have read). The protagonist is very well described and has a fascinating weapon of choice. (No spoilers!!)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    The first short story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is back! Turns out, he's not dead, he's just been traveling. To everyone's shock, he comes back to London. A great way to resurrect a favorite character. The first short story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is back! Turns out, he's not dead, he's just been traveling. To everyone's shock, he comes back to London. A great way to resurrect a favorite character.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Sherlock Holmes returns and rounds up some of the last of Professor James Moriarity's men in this astounding mystery which makes the reader so happy that Arthur Conan Doyle brought this greatest of character's back to life. Sherlock Holmes returns and rounds up some of the last of Professor James Moriarity's men in this astounding mystery which makes the reader so happy that Arthur Conan Doyle brought this greatest of character's back to life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Absolutely ingenious way to "resurrect" Sherlock Holmes! Absolutely ingenious way to "resurrect" Sherlock Holmes!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    hahaha sherlock can be such a dick. i love it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra: Three years after his friend's final encounter with Moriarty, Watson faces more tragedy. From BBC Radio 4 Extra: Three years after his friend's final encounter with Moriarty, Watson faces more tragedy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nurwita Dewi

    Sherlock Holmes is back, after 'the death' in Reihenbach Fall. Sherlock Holmes is back, after 'the death' in Reihenbach Fall.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    He's back! Holmes is back! Why five stars? Because Holmes is back! I was expecting it, but it still made me just as happy! : ) He's back! Holmes is back! Why five stars? Because Holmes is back! I was expecting it, but it still made me just as happy! : )

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