Sherlock Holmes fiction

The Sherlock Holmes fictions known as the 'Canon' were written by Arthur Conan Doyle in the years 1887-1927. They include four novels and five volumes of a total of sixty short stories. All the short stories appeared first in the Strand Magazine. Next they were published in book editions The following list refers to the publication in book editions.


1887 A Study in Scarlet

1890 The Sign of the Four

1892 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; a collection of 12 stories originally published separately in the Strand Magazine in 1891-1892:

“A Scandal in Bohemia”

“The Adventure of the Red-Headed League”

“A Case of Identity”

“The Boscombe Valley Mystery”

“The Five Orange Pips”

“The Man with the Twisted Lip”

“The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”

“The Adventure of the Speckled Band”

“The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb”

“The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor”

“The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet”

“The Adventure of the Copper Beeches”

1894 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

“The Adventures of Silver Blaze”

“The Adventure of the Cardbox Box”

“The Adventure of the Yellow Face”

“The Adventure of the Stock-broker's Clerk”

“The Adventure of the 'Gloria Scott'”

“The Adventure of Musgrave Ritual”

“The Adventure of the Reigate Squires”

“The Adventure of the Crooked Man”

“The Adventure of the Resident Patient”

“The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter”

“The Adventure of the Naval Treaty”

“The Adventure of the Final Problem”

1902 The Hound of the Baskervilles

1905 The Return of Sherlock Holmes

“The Adventures of the Empty House”

“The Adventure of the Norwood Builder”

“The Adventure of the Dancing Men”

“The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist”

“The Adventure of the Priority School”

“The Adventure of Black Peter”

“The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton”

“The Adventure of the Six Napoleons”

“The Adventure of the Three Students”

“The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez”

“The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter”

“The Adventure of the Abbey Grange”

“The Adventure of the Second Stain”

1917 His Last Bow

“The Adventure of Visteria Lodge”

“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”

“The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans”

“The Adventure of the Devil's Foot”

“The Adventure of the Red Circle”

“The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax”

“The Adventure of the Dying Detective”

“His Last Bow”

1927 The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

“The Adventure of the Illustrious Client”

“The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier”

“The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone”

“The Adventure of the Three Gables”

“The Adventure of the Three Garridebs”

“The Problem of Thor Bridge”

“The Adventure of the Creeping Man”

“The Adventure of the Lion's Mane”

“The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger”

“The Adventure of the Shoscombe Old Place”

“The Adventure of the Retired Colourman”

Professor Challenger fiction

1912 The Lost World

1913 The Poison Belt

1926 The Land of Mist

1928 “The Disintegration Machine”

1929 “When the World Screamed”

Other mystery novels

1885 The Surgeon of Gaster Fell

1889 The Mystery of Cloomber

1892 The Doings of Raffles Haw

1914 The Valley of Fear

Historical romances and short stories

1889 Micah Clarke. A Tale of Monmouth's Rebellion

1891 The White Company

1892 The Great Shadow and Other Napoleonic Tales

1893 The Refugees. A Tale of Two Continents

1896 The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard

Rodney Stone

1897 Uncle Bernac

1903 The Adventures of Gerard

1906 Sir Nigel

Other novels

1883 The Narrative of John Smith(published in 2011)

1890 The Firm of Girdlestone

1892 The Great Shadow

The Fate of Fenella(a collaborative, experimental popular novel; Doyle authored one chapter)

1893 Beyond the City — The Idyll of a Suburb

1894 The Parasite

1895 The Stark Munro Letters

1896 Rodney Stone

1898 The Tragedy of the Korosko

1899 A Duet, With an Occasional Chorus

Short story collections

1890 The Captain of the Polestar, and Other Tales

1889 Mysteries and Adventures, also published as My Friend the Murderer and Other Mysteries and Adventures, and The Gully of Bluemansdyke and Other Stories

1894 Round the Red Lamp

1900 The Green Flag and Other Stories of War and Sport

1905 The Dealings of Captain Sharkey and Other Tales of Pirates

1908 Round the Fire Stories

1911 The Last Galley

1918 Danger! and Other Stories

1919 The Great Keinplatz Experiment and Other Tales of Twilight and the Unseen

1922 Tales of Adventure and Medical Life

1922 The Last of the Legions, and Other Tales of Long Ago

1922 Tales of Terror & Mystery

1925 The Black Doctor and Other Tales of Terror and Mystery

1925 The Man from Archangel and Other Tales of Adventure

1929 The Maracot Deep and Other Stories


1893 Jane Annie or the Good Conduct prize (an operetta, with J.M. Barrie and Ernest Ford)

1894 A Story of Waterloo

1895 A Question of Diplomacy

1899 Brothers, also known as Halves

Sherlock Holmes (co-authored with William Gillette)

1903 A Duet. A Duologue

1908 A Pot of Caviare

1909 The Fires of Fate

1910 Brigadier Gerard

The Speckled Band

The House of Temperley

1912 The Dramatic Works of Arthur Conan Doyle

Poetry Collections

1898 Songs of Action

1911 Songs of the Road

1919 The Guards Came Through and Other Poems

1922 Collected Poems


1883 To Waterford Coast and Along It(a photographic essay)

1900 The Great Boer War (full text in the Victorian Web

1902 The War in South Africa: Its Cause and Conduct

1907 Through the Magic Door

The Story of Mr. George Edalji

1909 The Crime of the Congo

1912 The Case of Oscar Slater

1914 Great Britain and the Next War

In Quest of Truth

To Arms!

The German War

1915 The Treatment of our Prisoners

1916 A Visit to Three Fronts

1916-1920 The British Campaign in France and Flanders(six volumes)

1917 Supremacy of the British Soldier

Works on Spiritualism

1918 The New Revelation

Life After Death

1919 The Vital Message

1920 Spiritualism and Rationalism

1921 The Wanderings of a Spiritualist

1922 The Coming of the Fairies

The Case for Spirit Photography

1923 Our American Adventure

1924 Our Second American Adventure

Spiritualist's Reader

1925 The Early Christian Church and Modern Spiritualism

1926 The History of Spiritualism

1927 Pheneas Speaks. Direct Spirit Communication in the Family Circle

1930 The Edge of the Unknown

Memoirs and travelogues

1923 Three of Them. A Reminiscence

1924 Memories and Adventures, revised edition, 1930

1929 Our African Winter

2012 Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure (a previously unpublished diary of Doyle's experience as ship's surgeon aboard the Arctic whaler Hope)


Doyle, Arthur Conan.

A Sherlock Holmes Handbook. Edited by Christopher Redmond. Toronto: Simon & Pierre, 1993.


The Original Illustrated Strand Sherlock Holmes. Wordsworth Editions, 1989.

Bateson, Frederick Wilse.

The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, Vol. 3. London: Cambridge University Press, 1969.

Last modified 14 November 2013