May 22, 2006


BECAUSE IT IS CONAN-DOYLE'S BIRTHDAY, IT'S BACK: A free copy of my homage to his great detective, Sherlock Holmes:

Originally Published by The Mysterious Press (Time-Warner) in 2000.
Now sadly out-of-print -- except here.

Click Right Here to Download Free PDF [ 530K ]

Every so often, and more often in the future, I either write or make a book. And every so often, as is the way of the world, those books go out of print. But not, I dare say, on the Internet. While it is not as compact or as slick as the original, it still has all the text and should give no little pleasure to those that love the "World's Greatest Consulting Detective."

Please feel free to link here, to download, to email and otherwise and pass it along.

The Quotable Holmes as reviewed by Otto Penzler in Penzler's Picks at Amazon

His roommate and amanuensis, John H. Watson, once described Sherlock Holmes as "the best and wisest man whom I have ever known." With the possible exception of Marv Epstein and Stanley Ellin, two dear old friends now deceased, I have to go along with that assessment. I discovered Holmes when I was pretty young, and nothing was more influential in my choosing this life of crime. The 56 stories and four novels that comprise the true canon are filled with more wisdom and quotable lines than any other single book aside from the Bible and the works of William Shakespeare.

Gerard Van der Leun has extracted scores of wonderful lines from the text, and they are a joy to sample. On jealousy, for example, Holmes says, "They are as jealous as a pair of professional beauties." On lost love: "A man always finds it hard to realize that he may have finally lost a woman's love, no matter how badly he may have treated her." Watson was a ladies' man, but Holmes, though unfailingly polite and protective of women, had his moments of misogyny: "Women are never to be entirely trusted--not the best of them." And: "I assure you that the most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money...."

As wonderful as this little volume is, it would be only fair to those who have gone before to note that there have been, over the years, many books devoted wholly or partially to Holmesian quotations, most notably Bruce R. Beamon's Sherlockian Quotations (1977); The Thoughts of Sherlock Holmes by S.H. Moss and R.L. Kuis (1976), My Life with Sherlock Holmes: Conversations in Baker Street by J.R. Hamilton (1944), and The Whole Art of Detection by Sherlock Holmes (compiled by John Bennett Shaw), 1968. Does the world need another compendium of Sherlockian quotations? Sure it does. How many editions of the Bible are there, and how many different versions of Shakespeare's plays? After all, Holmes is the best and the wisest man you will ever know. --Otto Penzler

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Posted by: David Sucher at December 20, 2004 1:10 PM

Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by: EagleSpeak at December 21, 2004 5:16 AM

Many thanks!

Posted by: Huw Raphael at December 21, 2004 5:34 AM

Thank you, and Merry Christmas.

Posted by: P.A. Breault at December 21, 2004 11:17 AM

That's the only reason I read your site: freebies.

kidding, kidding.

Posted by: DeoDuce at December 21, 2004 7:11 PM

More freebies are coming.

Posted by: Gerard Van der Leun at December 21, 2004 7:17 PM

Thanks. HO-HO-HO

Posted by: InstaPunk at December 22, 2004 5:27 AM

Bless you, sir.

Posted by: Hank Roberts at December 22, 2004 4:40 PM

Hi, thanks for the gift. I read him for years
and will enjoy reading these quotes.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a good New Year!
Thank you for all the learning I have done with
you, also the laughter I share with some of the
more, "different" matters you share with us.

Posted by: Carole at December 22, 2004 5:37 PM

Thank you sir.

Posted by: Evert V. in NL at December 26, 2004 11:41 AM

Thank you very much. I've brewed a fresh cup of English Breakfast, and now I'll read.


Posted by: Joy at December 28, 2004 10:12 AM

Thank you for sharing. I have kept a list of my favorite Holmes quotes as I read through the Canon. This is outstanding.

Posted by: Robert W. Scull at January 2, 2005 6:22 AM


Posted by: AlexanderSchmitz at February 9, 2005 3:17 PM

This is great!

But I think there's a mystery to be solved here or I'm in the Twilight Zone. It's almost April and all these posts are wishing you Merry Christmas.

Ground Control to Major Tom.. er.. Gerard....

Posted by: Amy at March 31, 2005 1:38 PM

um. Ground Control to Amy.... I didn't read the top part so interested was I in getting to the goods.

Duh.. :)

My bad.

Posted by: Amy at March 31, 2005 1:40 PM

I find this of great interest. For over a year, I've been enjoying volume I of Sir Conan Doyles great stories. The actor Jeremy Brett really made me interested in Mr. Holmes. Thank you for the download.

Posted by: linda at April 16, 2006 6:40 AM

My wife will enjoy this. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Eric Blair at May 23, 2006 6:49 AM

Thank you!!

Posted by: Fausta at May 23, 2006 9:09 AM

Thank you!!

Posted by: Fausta at May 23, 2006 9:09 AM

Thank you for passing on this great resource. Its wonderful to find someone who is willing to share good things without putting a price on them. This is priceless.
Dick Sherman

Posted by: Dick Sherman at May 23, 2006 11:47 AM

"Data, data, data .... I can not make bricks without clay!"


Posted by: Jeff Crump at May 23, 2006 12:32 PM

And in the spirit of the gift...

One day Holmes and Watson were coming home after a particular vexing case. One which the detective near despaired of solving, until he realized the solution lay in the repast served at the unfortunate's last meal.

Still, Watson had to confess to being befuddled still, and so he asked Holmes, "My good sir, how the deuce did you uncover the heart of the matter?"

To which Holmes replied, "Alimentary, my dear Watson."

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at May 23, 2006 4:06 PM
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