Since his appearance in November 1887 in Beeton's Christmas Annual, Sherlock Holmes has had a special place in the heart of fiction readers worldwide. This much loved detective along with his companion Dr. Watson, was introduced to the world in A Study in Scarlet, which was written in a span of three weeks in 1886. With his trademark deerstalker cap, pipe and his cape-backed overcoat, he has captured the fancy of generations of readers, old and young. These two volumes contain all the four novels and fifty-six short stories, which made Holmes a famous name. In this first volume, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson come together for the first time as boarders in A Study in Scarlet, (1887). In The Sign of Four, which appeared in the Lippincott's Magazine in 1890, they solve the mystery of Ms. Mary Morstan's missing father. This volume also has some of Holmes's famous cases like The Adventure of The Speckled Band, (1892) The Boscombe Valley Mystery, (1891) and The Five Orange Pips, (1891). Sherlock Holmes bids adieu in The Final Problem (1893), when he falls down the Reichenbach Falls while confronting his arch rival, Professor Moriarty, only to surface back in The Adventure of The Empty House (1903). This second volume starts with the widely acclaimed novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, (1902), where the murder weapon is an animal. In The Valley of Fear (1915), Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson unravel the mystery surrounding the death of one Mr. John Douglas, previously Mr. Birdy Edwards of the famous Pinkerton Agency of the States. This novel is followed by the two collections, His Last Bow (1917) and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927), having some of his famous cases.