Sherlock Holmes: A Gripping Casebook of Strories offers A Study in Scarlet as the full-length novel plus 14 short stories, mostly taken from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. A Study in Scarlet marked Sherlock Holmes' debut appearance in novel form, and it is in this story that we learn about Holmes' background and his unusual characteristics are noted by a curious Dr Watson. Holmes made his first appearance in short-story form in A Scandal in Bohemia, also included in this compendium.
In his perceptive introduction to this compendium, leading crime writer Martin Edwards observes that 'the compelling evocation of character is what makes Conan Doyle's stores come alive'. Ally this to vivid settings and the result is unbeatable entertainment enjoyed by crime fans the world over.