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Holmes is lured away from retirement to help his country on the eve of World War I and employs one of his most successful disguises to penetrate a German spy ring.


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Holmes is lured away from retirement to help his country on the eve of World War I and employs one of his most successful disguises to penetrate a German spy ring.

30 review for His Last Bow (single story)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Exina

    Holmes had retired, but he received one last assignment. Lovely, a bit melancholic story. “There's an east wind coming, Watson.” “I think not, Holmes. It is very warm.” “Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age.” Holmes had retired, but he received one last assignment. Lovely, a bit melancholic story. “There's an east wind coming, Watson.” “I think not, Holmes. It is very warm.” “Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Brilliant. Had an excellent audiobook version of it for my work commute - Tantor Media. The narrator, Simon Prebble seamlessly slipped into a couple dozen different voices and accents. Great fun. I'd never read this collection either, so it was all a treat. Brilliant. Had an excellent audiobook version of it for my work commute - Tantor Media. The narrator, Simon Prebble seamlessly slipped into a couple dozen different voices and accents. Great fun. I'd never read this collection either, so it was all a treat.

  3. 4 out of 5

    K. Anna Kraft

    Having never read any other installments in the Sherlock Holmes saga, I feel like I might have to revisit this story at a later time. But nonetheless, for now I have arranged my thoughts on this story into a haiku: "While legends must end, Noting when the curtain fell, One has to wonder." Having never read any other installments in the Sherlock Holmes saga, I feel like I might have to revisit this story at a later time. But nonetheless, for now I have arranged my thoughts on this story into a haiku: "While legends must end, Noting when the curtain fell, One has to wonder."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason Parent

    Holmes, in his latter years, writes about bees and lends his services to pre-WWI England.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Have read all of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and probably others as well, just never bothered to put them in to amazon or goodreads, so dates wrong. Some KU some paperback some hardback some collections. Have read all of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and probably others as well, just never bothered to put them in to amazon or goodreads, so dates wrong. Some KU some paperback some hardback some collections.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    The eighth, and final, short story in His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes wants retirement, but he is lured into a case involving espionage. Fun and entertaining.

  7. 4 out of 5

    AngelaF

    It was great. My favorite was probably 'The Devil's Foot'. It was great. My favorite was probably 'The Devil's Foot'.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rubin Carpenter

    Its well known that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loathed his creation Sherlock Holmes at the end He wanted to move on but none of his other books compared to Holmes So he brought him back but to me his latter work shows his disdain for the character The stories don't have that quality or spark of the early ones In "The final Bow" a little espionage is worked in and at the time of the story England was in WW 1 but it has certainly has none of the spark or the feel of a good Holmes story You don't feel Its well known that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loathed his creation Sherlock Holmes at the end He wanted to move on but none of his other books compared to Holmes So he brought him back but to me his latter work shows his disdain for the character The stories don't have that quality or spark of the early ones In "The final Bow" a little espionage is worked in and at the time of the story England was in WW 1 but it has certainly has none of the spark or the feel of a good Holmes story You don't feel it here and I don't care who wrote it its dull and that's sad because I love Sherlock Holmes A boring read

  9. 5 out of 5

    James

    Didn’t think much of this story. It was pretty weak. The story revolves around two German Spies chatting in a room with a safe. The Germans obtain Naval Information to pass back to German. This you only find out at the end. The majority of the story they are just talking. Holmes suddenly appears in the last few pages to your surprise and saves the day. This story I felt Conan Doyle just could not be bothered with the usual ‘Holmes Mystery’

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This was a shorter "short story" than I expected since the whole collection of short stories is named after it. I did enjoy it, though, as it is a fun, little story set during Sherlock Holmes' retirement (bee-keeping) years. This was a shorter "short story" than I expected since the whole collection of short stories is named after it. I did enjoy it, though, as it is a fun, little story set during Sherlock Holmes' retirement (bee-keeping) years.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kirk Coco

    Classic Sherlock with a few repeat concepts, and a great last bow. A fitting way to end the Sherlock series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Ahhhh.... another satisfying volume of Holmes stories. A couple of points: 1) The Kindle edition pictured here is a lie! The "free" Kindle version actually contains ONLY the final story from the collection, which itself is called "His Last Bow." I had to purchase a different collection for 99 cents (but it had some Paget illustrations to make up for it). 2) Once again, these stories show that Holmes definitely is Neutral Good rather than Lawful Good. He is very willing to bend or break the law if i Ahhhh.... another satisfying volume of Holmes stories. A couple of points: 1) The Kindle edition pictured here is a lie! The "free" Kindle version actually contains ONLY the final story from the collection, which itself is called "His Last Bow." I had to purchase a different collection for 99 cents (but it had some Paget illustrations to make up for it). 2) Once again, these stories show that Holmes definitely is Neutral Good rather than Lawful Good. He is very willing to bend or break the law if it will capture a criminal or save someone's life... and he even lets some criminals go if he feels their reason for committing the crime was justified. I'm not even saying I disagree with him... just that he never would have made it as a part of the official justice system. 3) The disguises. Holmes is EVERYWHERE. It's so entertaining. I'm a a little sad I only have one more collection to go - and this one is the only one still in copyright. After I'm done I plan to start watching the Jeremy Brett TV series. :D

  13. 4 out of 5

    James Carter

    His Last Bow is more of the Sherlock Holmes' stories written from 1908 through 1913 in The Strand magazine. There is a feeling of an imminent ending to the entire saga which makes it a bit depressing to realize. Of course, the stories are uniformly outstanding and thrilling to read. Holmes has become more endearing and kind in the stories to Watson and seems to have relaxed his stern attitude towards to life in general. Funny enough, in The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge, Inspector Baynes is the on His Last Bow is more of the Sherlock Holmes' stories written from 1908 through 1913 in The Strand magazine. There is a feeling of an imminent ending to the entire saga which makes it a bit depressing to realize. Of course, the stories are uniformly outstanding and thrilling to read. Holmes has become more endearing and kind in the stories to Watson and seems to have relaxed his stern attitude towards to life in general. Funny enough, in The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge, Inspector Baynes is the only person ever lauded by Holmes and is said to be his equal. "But why Turkish?" opens the story of The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax. Perhaps the most thrilling line from The Adventure of the Devil's Foot is, in a telegraph, "Why not tell them of the Cornish horror-strangest case I have handled." There is something about Arthur Conan Dyole's writing that moves readers so well. All in all, His Last Bow is the penultimate set of Sherlock Holmes stories.

  14. 5 out of 5

    JC

    Another short story collection consisting of the adventures of one of literatures most fascinating fictional characters. Regardless of the quality of each individual short story - it is always nice to see the continued growth and chemistry between Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Sometimes this can be the saving grace if a certain story is not your cup of tea, This collection contains one of my favourite short stories known as "The Dying Detective. This was quite a cleverly done short story which Art Another short story collection consisting of the adventures of one of literatures most fascinating fictional characters. Regardless of the quality of each individual short story - it is always nice to see the continued growth and chemistry between Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Sometimes this can be the saving grace if a certain story is not your cup of tea, This collection contains one of my favourite short stories known as "The Dying Detective. This was quite a cleverly done short story which Arthur Conan Doyle is known for intriguing the reading with a neat twist at the end. Not to discredit other fascinating tales in this collection, as they are all quite worthwhile to read. Enjoy this collection and be sure to proudly display it on your bookshelf. Savour what this book portrays our main protagonists to be as opposed to the modern movies.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kavyasrestha Khatai

    just loved these lines... "Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There's an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared." This book is a collection of eight Crime thiller...One story relates to a silent lodger who passes coded messa just loved these lines... "Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There's an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared." This book is a collection of eight Crime thiller...One story relates to a silent lodger who passes coded messages, to the murder of a man in possession of secret documents. Very good collection of stories, with title story at the end being extremely good with a surprising twist.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darla Stokes

    I finally found the charger for my Sony E-Reader, after about two and a half years, so I'm reading what's on it. This short story was the first of the unread books. I love Sherlock Holmes stories, but this one was very different. It wasn't narrated in first person by Watson, for example, and we're just sort of dropped into the middle of a story with a lot of description with no context for any of it. Apparently, I read the entire volume of 8 stories, of which this was the final one, sometime in t I finally found the charger for my Sony E-Reader, after about two and a half years, so I'm reading what's on it. This short story was the first of the unread books. I love Sherlock Holmes stories, but this one was very different. It wasn't narrated in first person by Watson, for example, and we're just sort of dropped into the middle of a story with a lot of description with no context for any of it. Apparently, I read the entire volume of 8 stories, of which this was the final one, sometime in the past, but it definitely didn't leave an impression, because I didn't remember it at all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    the Mammoth Book of Golden Age Detective Stories His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes My Rating System: * couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again. the Mammoth Book of Golden Age Detective Stories His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes My Rating System: * couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Timm

    8 short stories, very good

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Essential for anyone who loves Holmes, and especially anyone who loves Watson. The Dying Detective, the Devils Foot and His Last Bow have some amazing moments that only a Holmes reader can appreciate. This is where we finally see the result of Watson's faithful service over ten plus years (I believe). I don't know how Conan Doyle continues to come up with these amazing mysteries, to me at least they are all unique and intriguing. Essential for anyone who loves Holmes, and especially anyone who loves Watson. The Dying Detective, the Devils Foot and His Last Bow have some amazing moments that only a Holmes reader can appreciate. This is where we finally see the result of Watson's faithful service over ten plus years (I believe). I don't know how Conan Doyle continues to come up with these amazing mysteries, to me at least they are all unique and intriguing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jim Layman

    rereading this volume was entertaining and enjoyable, only slightly marred by the thinness of The Holmes saga in a few of these latter takes. the last installment, where Holmes bags the Kaiser's spy, was truly opaque. However, the enduring power of this created Sherlockian myth must be deeply appreciated rereading this volume was entertaining and enjoyable, only slightly marred by the thinness of The Holmes saga in a few of these latter takes. the last installment, where Holmes bags the Kaiser's spy, was truly opaque. However, the enduring power of this created Sherlockian myth must be deeply appreciated

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn James

    This story was pretty short, too short to really get into the characters (only 20 pages) but it works well as a good precursor for setting up for upcoming works and aligning with real world issues happening at the time with World War 1. Not too much else to add, if you enjoy Sherlock it's worth 20 minutes of your time! This story was pretty short, too short to really get into the characters (only 20 pages) but it works well as a good precursor for setting up for upcoming works and aligning with real world issues happening at the time with World War 1. Not too much else to add, if you enjoy Sherlock it's worth 20 minutes of your time!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adam James

    Definitely not the place to start for aspiring Sherlock fans. As tempting as it is to bite into this brief epilogue, the story itself is not a true representation of Doyle or Sherlock Holmes stories in general. There are a myriad of quirky and fun short Holmes stories, but read Hound of the Baskervilles. Always just read Hound of the Baskervilles.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Almost through my rereading of the Canon in a year. This one was shorter than I remembered it, and Doyle is definitely recycling some of his earlier plots, but there is some really nice writing, particularly in the title story. Still a 5.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wend

    My second foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes. A quick, 20 minute read and enjoyable. A taster for me to decide if to read through the full works as I am with Agatha Christie. It's seems like a yes, good to have older school reads mixed in with modern thrillers. My second foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes. A quick, 20 minute read and enjoyable. A taster for me to decide if to read through the full works as I am with Agatha Christie. It's seems like a yes, good to have older school reads mixed in with modern thrillers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Davis strader

    This book returns to the same style as The Adventures of and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Many short stories without a common thread. While I enjoy the books, I do prefer the books where the same story occupies the entire book. This one was harder for me to get through.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    I expected this to be a full book when I picked it up, which it wasn't. That's fine, because I finished it quickly, but be aware it's only one short story, not a collection of short stories or a longer novel. I expected this to be a full book when I picked it up, which it wasn't. That's fine, because I finished it quickly, but be aware it's only one short story, not a collection of short stories or a longer novel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chris Sams

    Although well written (yet short) with all the quality you would expect from Conan Doyle it doesn't feel like Sherlock Holmes. There is no detective work or genius it almost feels like the last scene of a larger book, like I've skipped to the end. Although well written (yet short) with all the quality you would expect from Conan Doyle it doesn't feel like Sherlock Holmes. There is no detective work or genius it almost feels like the last scene of a larger book, like I've skipped to the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sean Brewer

    One Quick Story I had assumed that this was either a novel or collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories, but instead I read one quick Sherlock Holmes short story. It was a classic Holmes story but I was hoping for more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tomi Alger

    This was a kindle book with several stories in this section of the Complete Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and Watson again work together to figure out the mystery of the murders or of the missing persons. Women are the victims in some of the stories. They were interesting, but won't be my favorite. This was a kindle book with several stories in this section of the Complete Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and Watson again work together to figure out the mystery of the murders or of the missing persons. Women are the victims in some of the stories. They were interesting, but won't be my favorite.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Yoak

    Not one of the better-written stories, even if Holmes pulled out of retirement late in his life to tackle an infamous spy is a good premise.

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