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Sherlock Holmes

A fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Some Important Characters

Name Relationship Comment
Dr. John Hamish WatsonSidekickDr Watson, a friend, flatmate, biographer
Mrs. HudsonLandladyOwner, and housekeeper of 221B Baker Street - (Sherlock Holmes address)
Mycroft HolmesOlder Brother7 years older than Sherlock, said to be more talented
Baker Street IrregularsGroup of street urchinslead by Wiggins, helped Holmes with tasks around London.
Professor James MoriartyEnemyCriminal mastermind, featured in 2 stories, killed by Holmes at Reichenbach Falls.
Irene AdlerThe Womanfeatured in A Scandal in Bohemia
Mary MorstanWife of WatsonWatson may have had other wives who were unnamed
George LestradeScotland Yard InspectorRespected by Holmes the most, of all the Scotland Yard detectives
Tobias GregsonScotland Yard InspectorNot well respected by Holmes

List of tales

60 Sherlock Holmes stories written in total, 4 novels and 56 short stories collected in 5 volumes. Most titles actually start with the phrase "The Adventures Of..." but this has been omitted from the list below.

The stories were first published in the strand magazine in instalments over a number of years. Collections of short stories were published as books later on.

Story Year Published
A Study in Scarlet1887
The Sign of the Four1890
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1901-02
The Valley of Fear 1914-15
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
A Scandal in Bohemia1891
The Red-headed League1891
A Case of Identity1891
The Boscombe Valley Mystery1891
The Five Orange Pips1891
The Man with the Twisted Lip1891
The Blue Carbuncle1892
The Speckled Band1892
The Engineer's Thumb1892
The Noble Bachelor1892
The Beryl Coronet1892
The Copper Beeches1892
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Silver Blaze1892
The Yellow Face1893
The Stock-broker's Clerk1893
The 'Gloria Scott'1893
The Musgrave Ritual1893
The Reigate Squires1893
The Crooked Man1893
The Resident Patient1893
The Greek Interpreter1893
The Naval Treaty1893
The Final Problem1893
The Return of Sherlock Holmes
The Empty House1903
The Norwood Builder1903
The Dancing Men1903
The Solitary Cyclist1903
The Priory School1904
Black Peter1904
Charles Augustus Milverton1904
The Six Napoleons1904
The Three Students1904
The Golden Pince-Nez1904
The Missing Three-Quarter1904
The Abbey Grange1904
The Second Stain1904
His Last Bow
Wisteria Lodge1908
The Cardboard Box1893
The Red Circle1911
The Bruce-Partington Plans1908
The Dying Detective1913
Lady Frances Carfax1911
The Devil's Foot1910
His Last Bow1917
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
The Illustrious Client1924
The Blanched Soldier1926
The Mazarin Stone1921
The Three Gables1926
The Sussex Vampire1924
The Three Garridebs1924
Thor Bridge1922
The Creeping Man1923
The Lion's Mane1926
The Veiled Lodger1927
Shoscombe Old Place1927
The Retired Colourman1926
Thor Bridge1922
The Creeping Man1923
The Lion's Mane1926
The Veiled Lodger1927
Shoscombe Old Place1927
The Retired Colourman1926

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