Mysteries Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst  

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. have played the British detective - and his persona inspired television characters like Dr. Gregory House - but long before any actor ever donned a cap and pipe, Sherlock Holmes made his debut in literature. Below, you'll find every Sherlock Holmes book and short story, ranked from best to worst by your votes. Read on for a comprehensive list of every appearance the universally recognizable sleuth made throughout the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! What is the best book in the Sherlock Holmes series? Help decide! 

While it attracted little attention when it originally debuted, Holmes first appeared in A Study in Scarlet in 1887. Now, the novel is considered one of the best Sherlock Holmes books. Hound of the Baskervilles is another one of the most beloved in the Sherlock Holmes series. This novel – which was serialized in The Strand Magazine from early 1900s– finds Holmes uncovering the truth about a supernatural hound. A Scandal in Bohemia is the first short story of many tales that feature Sherlock Holmes. Other good books featuring the detective include The Adventure of Silver Blaze, The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, and The Adventure of the Speckled Band, all of which feature Sidney Paget's iconic artwork.

What's the best Sherlock Holmes book or story? Give your favorites a thumbs up below! 

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67 23
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

2
46 13
The Sign of the Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

3
45 15
The Adventure of the Speckled ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

4
50 19
A Scandal in Bohemia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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48 19
A Study in Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

6
19 2
The Adventure of the Dancing M... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

7
41 15
The Red-Headed League is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

8
35 11
The Adventure of the Final Pro... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

9
26 7
The Adventure of the Empty Hou... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

10
24 6
The Adventure of the Six Napol... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

11
21 4
The Adventure of Silver Blaze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

12
23 8
The Adventure of the Blue Carb... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

13
22 8
The Adventure of the Dying Det... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

14
18 5
The Adventure of the Musgrave ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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18 5
The Adventure of the Copper Be... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

16
15 3
The Boscombe Valley Mystery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

17
17 5
The Adventure of the Devil'... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

18
19 7
The Adventure of Charles Augus... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

19
13 2
The Adventure of the Resident ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

20
14 3
The Adventure of the Norwood B... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

21
15 4
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodg... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

22
15 4
His Last Bow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

23
15 4
The Adventure of the Greek Int... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

24
20 9
The Adventure of the Second St... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

25
14 4
The Adventure of the Bruce-Par... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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15 5
The Man with the Twisted Lip is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

27
26 16
The Valley of Fear is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

28
12 3
The Adventure of the Retired C... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

29
13 4
The Adventure of the Naval Tre... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

30
11 3
The Adventure of the Cardboard... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

31
12 4
The Adventure of the Beryl Cor... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

32
12 4
The Adventure of the Gloria Sc... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

33
13 5
The Adventure of the Solitary ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

34
13 5
The Adventure of the Engineer'... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

35
14 6
The Adventure of the Three Gar... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

36
10 3
The Adventure of the Stockbrok... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

37
15 8
The Five Orange Pips is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

38
16 9
The Adventure of the Lion's Ma... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

39
11 5
The Adventure of the Priory Sc... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

40
13 7
The Adventure of the Three Stu... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

41
13 7
The Adventure of the Illustrio... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

42
7 2
The Adventure of Shoscombe Old... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

43
12 7
The Adventure of the Veiled Lo... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

44
11 6
The Disappearance of Lady Fran... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

45
12 7
The Problem of Thor Bridge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

46
9 4
The Adventure of the Red Circl... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

47
10 5
The Adventure of the Crooked M... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

48
12 7
The Adventure of Black Peter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

49
11 6
The Adventure of the Yellow Fa... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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12 8
The Adventure of the Sussex Va... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst