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Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst 

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Updated February 14, 2020 5.1k votes 625 voters 13.6k views 60 items

List Rules Vote up the best books and stories in the Sherlock Holmes series.

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.

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The Hound of the Baskerv... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Spe... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Red-Headed League is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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A Study in Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Sign of the Four is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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A Scandal in Bohemia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Dan... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Fin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of Silver ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Mus... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Blu... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Emp... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Five Orange Pips is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Man with the Twisted... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Six... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Nor... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Nav... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Valley of Fear is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Sec... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Bru... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Dev... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Dyi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Cop... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Ber... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst
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The Adventure of the Thr... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst