ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. A Study in Scarlet, his first novel and Sherlock Holmes story, was published in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887. He was the author of more than fifty novels, ranging in genre from science fiction to historical fiction. He died in 1930.
ANDREW LYCETT is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of Muammar Qaddafi, Ian Fleming, Rudyard Kipling, Dylan Thomas, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Wilkie Collins.
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With these novels--gathered here in one hardcover volume--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle introduced the world to literature's greatest detective.
In 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's slim mystery novel A Study in Scarlet unleashed the unflappable detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. John Watson. Watson and Holmes would go on to become two of the most widely admired characters in all of literature. Two of the novels that followed--The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles--expanded the world of Watson and Holmes's practice at 221B Baker Street, thrilling readers with Holmes's impeccable powers of deduction that inevitably guide him toward any mystery's solution. These novels are gripping, timeless, and exquisitely plotted--truly indispensable classics of the detective genre.