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"You know, sometimes I think that my whole life is spent in one long effort to escape from the common places of existence."
Sherlock Holmes, The Red Headed League

The literary canon of Sherlock Holmes as written by Arthur Conan Doyle consists of fifty-six short stories and four novels. See the Sherlock Holmes franchise page for more information about the character, various adaptations, and non-Conan Doyle Holmes literary works.

For tropes found in the novels, visit their work pages. For tropes found in the short stories and general tropes regarding the character, see below.

As of 2023, all of the canon is now in the public domain worldwide.


Novels:


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Anthologies:

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 
Contains 12 stories published in The Strand between July 1891 and December 1892 with original illustrations by Sidney Paget and then published in one volume in 1892.
  • "A Scandal in Bohemia"
  • "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League"
  • "A Case of Identity"
  • "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"
  • "The Five Orange Pips"
  • "The Man with the Twisted Lip"
  • "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"
  • "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
  • "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb"
  • "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor"
  • "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet"
  • "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches"

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 
Contains 12 stories published in The Strand as further episodes of the Adventures between December 1892 and November 1893 with original illustrations by Sidney Paget and then published in one volume in 1893.
  • "The Adventure of Silver Blaze"
  • "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (this story is included as part of His Last Bow in American editions of the canon)
  • "The Adventure of the Yellow Face"
  • "The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk"
  • "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott" (Holmes's first case, described to Watson)
  • "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" (another early case, told by Holmes to Watson)
  • "The Adventure of the Reigate Squire"
  • "The Adventure of the Crooked Man"
  • "The Adventure of the Resident Patient"
  • "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter" (Mycroft appears for the first time)
  • "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty"
  • "The Adventure of the Final Problem" (Watson reports the death of Holmes; Professor Moriarty is introduced)

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes 
Contains 13 stories published in The Strand between October 1903 and January 1905 with original illustrations by Sidney Paget and then published in one volume in 1905.
  • "The Adventure of the Empty House" (the return of Holmes)
  • "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder"
  • "The Adventure of the Dancing Men"
  • "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist"
  • "The Adventure of the Priory School"
  • "The Adventure of Black Peter"
  • "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton"
  • "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons"
  • "The Adventure of the Three Students"
  • "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez"
  • "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter"
  • "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange"
  • "The Adventure of the Second Stain"

    His Last Bow 
Contains seven stories published 19081913, 1917 and then published in one volume in 1917.
  • "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" (originally published simply as "A Reminiscence of Mr Sherlock Holmes", this story is made up of two parts given separate titles: "The Singular Experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles" and "The Tiger of San Pedro")
  • "The Adventure of the Red Circle"
  • "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" (Mycroft appears)
  • "The Adventure of the Dying Detective"
  • "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax"
  • "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot"
  • "His Last Bow" (Narrated in the third person)

    The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes 
Contains 12 stories published 19211927 and then published in one volume in 1927.
  • "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" (second story narrated in the third person)
  • "The Problem of Thor Bridge"
  • "The Adventure of the Creeping Man"
  • "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"
  • "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs"
  • "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client"
  • "The Adventure of the Three Gables"
  • "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" (narrated by Holmes; Watson does not appear)
  • "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane" (narrated by Holmes; Watson does not appear)
  • "The Adventure of the Retired Colourman"
  • "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger"
  • "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place"

The short stories contain examples of:


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