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The Twelve Best of the Holmes Stories, selected by Conan Doyle
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Portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Jean Upton, unveiled on 22 May 1994. Jean Upton is Roger Johnson's wife. The Portrait hangs in the Sherlock Holmes Pub.



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The Twelve Best of the Holmes Stories

Arthur Conan Doyle's list of the best short stories, arranged in his order of preference:

1) The Speckled Band
2) The Red-headed League
3) The Dancing Men
4) The Final Problem
5) A Scandal in Bohemia
6) The Empty House
7) The Five Orange Pips
8) The Second Stain
9) The Devil's Foot
10) The Priory School
11) The Musgrave Ritual
12) The Reigate Squires

Source: Sherlock Holmes: His Greatest Cases by Arthur Conan Doyle, with an introduction by John le Carre, published by White's Books.

So does YOUR favourite make it into Conan Doyle's top 12?

Mine don't! My favourites are The Blue Carbuncle and Wisteria Lodge.

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I always thought 'The Speckled Band' one of the weaker stories. Strange that ACD should rate it so highly himself! It's really very hard to choose favourites though. Like you, I'm fond of 'The Blue Carbuncle'. I also love 'The Norwood Builder', 'The Three Garridebs' and 'Charles Augustus Milverton' – the latter because Holmes shocks Watson with the announcement of his engagement... LOL!

I don't like The Speckled Band much either!

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