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.

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

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72 21
The Adventure of the Speckled ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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71 22
The Red-Headed League is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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56 17
The Adventure of the Final Pro... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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78 32
A Study in Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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34 5
The Adventure of the Norwood B... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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43 11
The Adventure of the Empty Hou... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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41 10
The Adventure of the Dancing M... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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60 26
The Sign of the Four is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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67 33
A Scandal in Bohemia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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36 10
The Adventure of the Copper Be... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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35 10
The Adventure of the Second St... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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36 11
The Adventure of the Musgrave ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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38 13
The Adventure of the Six Napol... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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44 18
The Adventure of the Blue Carb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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28 7
The Adventure of the Devil'... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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26 6
The Adventure of the Naval Tre... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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26 6
His Last Bow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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36 14
The Adventure of Silver Blaze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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24 5
The Adventure of the Bruce-Par... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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32 12
The Adventure of the Dying Det... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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24 6
The Adventure of the Resident ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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29 11
The Adventure of Charles Augus... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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25 8
The Adventure of the Greek Int... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst

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The Adventure of Wisteria Lodg... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Every Sherlock Holmes Story, Ranked Best to Worst