The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Sherlock
Holmes stories, originally published in 1903-1904
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish
author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The fantastic
London-based ‘consulting detective’, Holmes is famous for his
astute logical reasoning, his ability to take on almost any
disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult
Holmes shares the majority of his professional years with his
good friend and chronicler Dr. Watson, who lives with Holmes
for some time before his marriage in 1887, and again after his
wife’s death; his residence is maintained by his landlady, Mrs.
Watson has two roles in Holmes’s life. First, he gives
practical assistance in the conduct of his cases; he is the
detective’s right-hand man, acting variously as look-out,
decoy, accomplice and messenger. Second, he is Holmes’s
chronicler (his ‘Boswell’ as Holmes refers to him).
Most of the Holmes stories are frame narratives, written
from Watson’s point of view as summaries of the detective’s
most interesting cases.
Sherlock Holmes was an immediate hit in Doyle’s days and
remains so popular that he is sometimes mistaken for a real