Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Favorite Sherlock Holmes Stories

A list of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's favorite Sherlock Holmes stories.


In 1927, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle selected what he regarded as his best Sherlock Holmes short stories for Strand Magazine of London. He set them down in descending order of merit with his all-time favorite listed as number one.

1. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"

2. "The Redheaded League"

3. "The Adventure of the Dancing Men"

4. "The Final Problem"

5. "A Scandal in Bohemia"

6. "The Adventure of the Empty House"

7. "The Five Orange Pips"

8. "The Adventure of the Second Stain"

9. "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot"

10. "The Adventure of the Priory School"

11. "The Musgrave Ritual"

12. "The Reigate Squires"

Later, considering his short stories about Sherlock Holmes written after 1927, and reconsidering some written before that date, Doyle added seven more favorites, again listing them in descending order of merit.

1. "Silver Blaze"

2. "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans"

3. "The Crooked Man"

4. "The Man with the Twisted Lip"

5. "The Greek Interpreter"

6. "The Resident Patient"

7. "The Naval Treaty"

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