Arthur Conan Doyle

Books by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a British doctor and writer, best-known for authoring 56 short stories and four novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, though he wrote other books as well, as you’ll find in the list of his books below.

If you’re looking for an introduction to Arthur Conan Doyle and his writing, there’s On Conan Doyle by Pulitzer-winning critic Michael Dirda. Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters is also well worth looking at. “Some of that public intellectual side of Conan Doyle comes across in these letters, but they are also highly personal and reveal a really endearingly winning personality,” says Dirda.

The Speckled Band is also a kind of gothic story. You have a wonderful villain in Dr Roylott, and you have the isolated home, the mysterious sounds and habits of the household. Most Sherlockians, if they had to pick just one story to represent the canon, would choose this one.
From the interview on the best books on Sherlock Holmes

Michael Dirda, Journalist

Interviews where books by Arthur Conan Doyle were recommended

The Best Classic Crime Fiction, recommended by Sophie Roell

Since the early stories of the 18th and 19th centuries, crime fiction has been an incredibly popular and enduring genre, the investigation of murder somehow capturing the imagination of millions of readers around the globe. Here, Sophie Roell, editor of Five Books, uses strict but simple criteria to pick out the best classic crime fiction, from the Victorian age through to the 1950s.

The Best Mystery Books, recommended by David Baldacci

The best mystery books are completely unputdownable and addictive, the entertainment they provide more portable than watching TV and so much more satisfying than looking at your phone. Bestselling author David Baldacci, one of the masters of the genre and a passionate advocate for literacy and reading, talks us through some of the best mystery books ever written—as well as the contemporary authors he most admires.

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