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“The Final Problem” is a short story written by Arthur Conan Doyle (1865-1930). First published in 1893, it tells one of the most intriguing Sherlock Holmes’ adventures. This edition also contains a choice of Conan Doyle’s best aphorisms and an essay on the invention of Sherlock Holmes’ character written by Harold Emery Jones (1875-1909) in 1904....

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  • Miriam
    2019-05-10 15:21

    This was a very strong story up to the last couple pages, when suddenly the end. Not using an exclamation point, even, because it was so anticlimactic. Intellectually and emotionally unsatisfying.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-01 08:15

    Moriarty, that sniveling little bitch.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-20 09:08

    The Adventure of the Final Problem (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes #11), Arthur Conan Doyleعنوان: آخرین معما : مشهورترین داستانهای کارآگاهی جهان؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: سیدحبیب الله لزگی؛ تهران، ذکر، کتابهای قاصدک، 1394، در 16 ص، مصور رنگی، داستانهای پلیسی برای نوجوانان، شابک: 9789643076856؛

  • Melissa
    2019-05-16 09:05

    I thought I knew the basic premise of this story when I started it, but it turns out I knew the whole thing. This incredibly slim volume is considered the final of only four novels in the Sherlock Holmes series. There are many additional short stories. Written from Watson’s point-of-view we see an increasingly paranoid Sherlock taking extreme measures to escape his arch-nemesis Dr. Moriarty. The pair, one an unconventional, brilliant detective, the other a criminal mastermind are perfectly matched. Sherlock has finally found his intellectual equal; unfortunately they are pitted against one another. You can’t help but hear the admiration in Sherlock’s voice as he describes the villains’ evil empire. Here’s a bit about Moriarty in Sherlock’s own words…“He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city. He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the first order. He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them. He does little himself. He only plans.”BOTTOM LINE: A worthy conclusion to Sherlock’s story, I only wish it had been longer! I would still recommend The Sign of Four as the best place to start if you’re new to Sherlock.

  • Jemma
    2019-05-02 11:15

    The most dissapointing Sherlock I've ever read. There was no detective work or plot whatsoeverIt seems like Arthur Conan Doyle literally just wrote it to (view spoiler)[ kill off Sherlock. <\spoiler> probably not even a spoiler (hide spoiler)]

  • Mohamed Shoaib
    2019-05-20 08:08

    شيرلوك في صراع مع البروفيسير جيمس مورياتي عالم الرياضيات الشهير .. يخبر واتسون بذلك و يخبره ايضًا بأن مورياتي اذكى منه و انه إذا ما اوقع بمورياتي سيكون هذا اهم انجاز في حياته فيأتي هنا دور واتسون الذي يقترح على شيرلوك الذهاب في رحلة حول اوروبا حتى لايستطيع مورياتي تقفي آثاره و يستطيع وضع خطة محكم للقبض عليه وبالفعل يستطيع شيرلوك القبض على عصابه مورياتي بأكملها لكن عدا مورياتي نفسه الذي بدوره يحاول القاء على هولمز ردًا على مافعلهيذهب بعد ذلك شيرلوك و معه واتسون الى بلدة ميرنغن في سويسرا و بينما هما في زيارة للشلالات يأتي صبي في طلب واتسون و يخبره بأن هنالم امرأة تريد طبيب لكي يعالجها .. يتردد واتسون في ترك شيرلوك و لكنه يذهب على كل حال و يكتشف بأنها خدعة و ان الفتى ليس سوى صبي من عصابة مورياتييعود مرة أخرى للشلالات ليجد رسالة تركها صديقة ..قصتي المفضلة لشيرلوك

  • Ashrakat Deyab
    2019-05-17 08:58

    This is, without a doubt, the best Sherlock Holmes short story I have read so far. I would have given it 5 stars if I had read the story before watching the BBC version but I'm sorry to say that I haven't.Moriarty in the originalsMoriarty in the BBC seriesBesides the fact that the original Moriarty is not half as attractive as the modern one, he was overall quite disappointing. He lacked character depth and that psychotic weirdness that was so evident and intriguing in the BBC version. The Adventure of the Final Problem would probably have been much better if a)it was a novel instead of a short story.. maybe then there could have been more character depth and b)Watson had shown more of his feelings about what was going on. So, overall, the story was pretty good but this is probably the only time that I can say I liked an adaptation more than the original.

  • Mimi
    2019-05-10 15:19

    I was inspired to read this infamous Sherlock Holmes adventure after watching the BBC modern day rendition of "Sherlock", aired this past Sunday (1/15/2012). Although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle meant this to be the final adventure of Sherlock Holmes, I'm glad he left the plot shrouded in enough mystery to allow for the eventual resurrection of this brilliant detective with definite personality issues. Additionally, although I may have found Conan-Doyle's portrayal of James Moriarty frustratingly enigmatic, in retrospect I am glad he only painted a vague picture of this criminal mastermind because it now leaves the character open for more in-depth interpretation...and I think Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss created a brilliant Jim Moriarty in their series.

  • Pedro Martinez
    2019-05-08 08:19

    "He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city. He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the first order. He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them. He does little himself. He only plans". Holmes on Moriarty. The final adventure.

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    2019-05-14 15:19

    5 Words: Perfect length for a cuppa.Finally, the story I've been waiting for.Sigh.I don't really know what to say. But it's probably the best of stories I've read.

  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    2019-05-02 15:04

    Kind of a disappointing introduction to Moriarty...he's always portrayed as Sherlock's absolute nemesis...and while it's certainly the same way within the story it goes by so quickly it's almost a blink and you'll miss it encounter.

  • Jenny Rae
    2019-05-11 08:20

    It was alright; I wish there was more about Moriarty in the previous stories though.

  • Roberto Mattos
    2019-05-22 10:07

    This story, set in 1891, introduces Holmes's greatest opponent, the criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty.Holmes arrives at Dr. John Watson's residence one evening in a somewhat agitated state and with grazed and bleeding knuckles. He has apparently escaped three murder attempts that day after a visit from Professor Moriarty, who warned Holmes to withdraw from his pursuit of justice against him to avoid any regrettable outcome. First, just as he was turning a street corner, a cab suddenly rushed towards him and Holmes just managed to leap out of the way in time. Second, while Holmes was walking along the street, a brick fell from the roof of a house, just missing the detective. He then called the police to search the whole area but could not prove that it was anything other than an accident. Finally, on his way to Watson's house, he was attacked by a thug armed with a cosh. Holmes managed to overcome his assailant and handed him to the police but admitted that there was virtually no hope of proving that the man was in the employ of the criminal mastermind.Holmes has been tracking Moriarty and his agents for months and is on the brink of snaring them all and delivering them to the dock. Moriarty is the criminal genius behind a highly organized and extremely secret criminal force and Holmes will consider it the crowning achievement of his career if only he can defeat Moriarty. Moriarty is out to thwart Holmes's plans and is well capable of doing so, for he is, as Holmes admits, the great detective's intellectual equal.Holmes asks Watson to come to the continent with him, giving him unusual instructions designed to hide his tracks to Victoria station. Holmes is not quite sure where they will go; this seems rather odd to Watson. Holmes, certain that he has been followed to his friend's house, then makes off by climbing over the back wall in the garden. The next day Watson follows Holmes's instructions to the letter and finds himself waiting in the reserved first class coach for his friend, but only an elderly Italian priest is there. The cleric soon makes it apparent that he is Holmes in disguise.As the train pulls out of Victoria, Holmes spots Moriarty on the platform, apparently trying to get someone to stop the train. Holmes is forced to take action as Moriarty has obviously tracked Watson, despite extraordinary precautions. He and Watson alight at Canterbury, making a change to their planned route. As they are waiting for another train to Newhaven a special one-coach train roars through Canterbury, as Holmes suspected it would. It contains Moriarty, who has hired the train in an effort to overtake Holmes. Holmes and Watson are forced to hide behind luggage.Having made their way to Strasbourg via Brussels, the following Monday Holmes receives a message that most of Moriarty's gang have been arrested in England and recommends Watson return there now, as the detective will likely prove to be a very dangerous companion. Watson, however, decides to stay with his friend. Moriarty himself has slipped out of the grasp of the English police and is obviously with them on the continent.Holmes and Watson's journey takes them to Switzerland where they stay at Meiringen. From there they fatefully decide to take a walk which will include a visit to Reichenbach Falls, a local natural wonder. Once there, a boy appears and hands Watson a note, saying that there is a sick Englishwoman back at the hotel who wants an English doctor. Holmes realises at once it is a hoax although he does not say so. Watson goes to see about the patient, leaving Holmes alone.Upon returning to the Englischer Hof, Watson finds that the innkeeper has no knowledge of any sick Englishwoman. Realizing at last that he has been deceived, he rushes back to Reichenbach Falls but finds no one there, although he does see two sets of footprints going out onto the muddy dead end path with none returning. There is also a note from Holmes, explaining that he knew the report Watson was given to be a hoax and that he is about to fight Moriarty, who has graciously given him enough time to pen this last letter. Watson sees that towards the end of the path there are signs that a violent struggle has taken place and there are no returning footprints. It is all too clear Holmes and Moriarty have both fallen to their deaths down the gorge while locked in mortal combat. Heartbroken, Dr. Watson returns to England.I recommend this book to all readers that appreciate a well written mystery story.

  • Bev
    2019-05-09 10:58

    When The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was first published, it had long been established that the adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's celebrated sleuth Sherlock Holmes was made up of fifty-six short stories and four novels. There had also long been rumors of various other materials by Doyle that had never been collected and published in one volume. Peter Haining hunted down some of the most elusive items and brought them all together in this book. And what we have is a grand mish-mash of early stories, plays, poems, and essays about Holmes--all written by Doyle. Well, purportedly in some cases.I am quite sure that I've read some of these pieces before....probably re-collected in other places once Haining had done the leg-work of hunting them down for first time. I can't say that any of the stories or other pieces are particularly earth-shatteringly great, but the pieces are interesting for anyone who has more than a passing interest in all things Holmes. We are given everything from "The Mystery of Uncle Jeremy's Household" which is a clear precursor to The Study in Scarlet to Doyle's own explanation of how he came to kill off his most famous literary offspring. There is also the list of Doyle's favorite stories--Holmes fans can see how their own favorites match up. The dust jacket blurb says that this volume "will undoubtedly be welcomed by every Holmes enthusiast and find a place of honour in Sherlockian Libraries throughout the world...." Well, maybe there was great joy in Holmes-ville when this was first published, but coming to it now I would say that it's a decent collection of early and obscure material on Holmes. This was first posted on my blogy My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • Laura
    2019-04-22 15:04

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Orson Welles star in the great detective's encounter at the Reichenbach Falls.In this adventure, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had hoped to kill the sleuth off, but the public outcry was such that he had to resurrect the character.John Gielgud plays Sherlock Holmes with Ralph Richardson as Dr Watson. In the series, Holmes brother - Mycroft - was played by Gielgud's brother, Val.Co-produced with the American Broadcasting Company, the influence of the US producers meant the inclusion of high-ranking American actors, including Orson Welles as Professor Moriarty.

  • Holger Haase
    2019-05-14 14:09

    Hey, I'd read anything by Arthur Conan Doyle or about Sherlock Holmes that I can put my hands on but claiming that these 12 pieces ought to be added to the Holmesian canon (as Peter Haining did) is straining credibility too much as those stories are either not featuring Holmes, are not written by Doyle or aren't all that good in the first place. A book for the completist but not for anyone just vaguely interested in the great detective.

  • Pat
    2019-05-06 15:13

    Another addition to my studies of A.C. Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes. This week's reading was much better than last week's, but WOW, Sherlock dies???? But, our professor says he reappears 8 years later to explain his death to Watson. I enjoyed my introduction to the despicable Professor Moriarty!In class today, we had a guest speaker about raising bees because it was a hobby of Sherlock Holmes. It, too, was extremely interesting.On to Hound of Baskervilles for 2 weeks discussions.

  • Learnin Curve
    2019-05-05 11:05

    Is this it? Is this very short and not very well written story, clearly designed to kill a character an author no longer wants to write about in the quickest possible way, the whole basis for all those long television programs, movies and fan fiction/spin off novels? I feel robbed.

  • Sifat
    2019-04-26 11:25

    This story puts Sherlock Holmes abilities under serious scrutiny when he is confronted by the best criminal personality (Professor James Moriarty) in England, one that has attempted more than once to slaughter Sherlock Holmes.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-05-10 12:16

    The sleuth's enemy Professor Moriarty pursues him across Europe - towards the ultimate confrontation

  • Sabrina Fridley
    2019-05-05 15:22

    Preparing for S4 of Sherlock and feeling all the feels of S2 again

  • Cande ♥
    2019-05-01 12:10

    This is probably one of the best sherlock holmes stories.I have to admit that I cried a little bit toward the endConan Doyle was/is a genius. All my respects to this man.

  • Kindle
    2019-05-09 16:08

    Man Sir Arthur Conan Doyle just wanted Sherlock dead because that was a lame way to end a series.

  • Bowen
    2019-05-05 08:19

    The Adventure of the Final Problem by Arthur Conan Doyle is the eleventh story in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Just like the rest of the Sherlock Holmes stories it is told in the perspective of Dr. John H. Watson. The Final Problem is also the book where Conan Doyle gets tired of writing Sherlock Holmes stories and kills him off.(view spoiler)[In the Final Problem Sherlock tells Watson that he has finally met his match with Dr. Morality. Sherlock then tells Watson about Morality's visit and several murder attempts to kill Sherlock. Holmes then tells Watson to leave the continent with him and hide his steps. They get on a train and Sherlock spots Morality on the platform. Sherlock and Watson proceed to hide. Once they made it to Brussels news that the Morality Gang has been arrested reached the two. Sherlock tell Watson to go back to London but Watson refuses. Next the two go to Switzerland and go on a walk to the Reichenbach Falls when a boy runs up to Watson and gives him a note telling him that a sick woman at the hotel needs Watson's help. Once he arrives at the hotel the landlord tells him that their wasn't any sick woman at the hotel. Watson then rushes back to the Reichenbach Falls but finds that Sherlock and Morality have already fallen to their deaths. (hide spoiler)]The Final Problem is one of the most vivid books I've ever read. This story is different from other Sherlock stories because in other stories Sherlock and Scotland Yard are in power. On the other hand in The Final Problem Sherlock is no longer the second smartest person around (the first being Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes.) Sherlock in this story has to try harder to out wit the villain Morality. His struggle against Morality gets worse and more intense as the story goes on. Watson reflects the feeling perfectly as he gets more worried about Sherlock as the story goes on until its climax. In conclusion this is in my opinion (and only my opinion) the best Sherlock Holmes story.

  • Khaled Al-Bahnsawy
    2019-04-27 13:08

    تنبع الأهمية الشديدة لهذه القصة بين قصص شرلوك هولمز لسببين الأول موريارتيالضلع الخامس الذي ترتكز عليه حياة شرلوك هولمز فبين واطسون صديقة الوفي المقرب و ناقل قصصه لمايكروفت أخيه العبقري الكسول الذي يلجأ إليه شرلوك عند الحاجة لأيرين إدلر العنصر النسائي والمعادل الأنثوي لشرلوك نهاية بالبروفيسير موريارتي المعادل الموضوعي لشرلوك.فكما هنالك النهار هنالك الليل وإذا كان هناك الأبيض فهناك الأسود و إذا كان يوجد الخير فيوجد الشر. وكذلك إذا وجد شرلوك هولمز وجد موريارتي.موريارتي هو المعادل لذكاء شرلوك وهو الشخص الوحيد الذي فشل في الانتصار عليه.الثاني أن هذه القصة اختتمت مجموعة ذكريات شرلوك هولمز وانتهت بمقتل شرلوك وهو ما أثار غضب القراء بشده ودفعهم للضغط الشديد على آرثر كونان دويل من أجل إعادة الشخصية وهو ما قد جدث بالفعل لكن لم تكن بنفس الرونق أبدا.في الحقيقة حالة الاحتقان مسببه من وجهة نظري لأن الرواية تم التمهيد لها بشكل ممتاز جدا وتصاعدت الأحداث بوتيرة غير مسبوقة وتم نهايتها بشكل مبتور تماما بدون مقدمات وسبب ذلك الرئيسي أن بالفعل آرثر كونان دويل كان قد سئم من الشخصية وكان يرغب في التركيز على أعماله الأخرى التي كان يري أنها أكثر فائدة وقيمة. Sherlock المسلسل البريطاني الشهير قام بتقديم خاتمة القصة مرتين مره بتصرف شديد في الأحداث في الحلقة الأخيرة من الجزء الثاني التي حملت نفس الاسم للمكان الذى حدثت به أحداث القصة الأصلية The Reichenbach Fallوالمرة الثانية في الحلقة الخاصة بالكريسماس بمشاهد اقرب ما يكون للقصةThe Abominable Brideإجمالا قصة جميله و مفصلية في تاريخ شخصية المحقق الإنجليزي الأشهر على الإطلاق ولابد من قراءتها و قراءة الملابسات حولها.

  • Ibrahim Desoky
    2019-04-27 13:19

    - يقول شارلوك هولمز :"من الحماقة أكثر من الشجاعة أن ترفض الاعتراف بوجود خطر محدق بك .."ثم ينتقل إلى الحديث عن (جيمس موريارتي) ليقول : بإنه يهيمن على لندن ، ومع ذلك لم يسمع به أحد .. وهذا ما يجعله يتصدر سجلات الجرائم ...إنه ناجح جداً من الناحية المهنية .. كما أنه من أسرة محترمة وقد تلقى تربية حسنة ويتمتع بهبة مذهلة بالقدرات الرياضية .. حتى أنه نجح في سن مبكرة في نيل منصب رئيس قسم الرياضيات في إحدى الجامعات الصغيرة وبدا مستقبله واعداً جداً .. لكن فيه ميولاً شعواء وحساً إجرامياً يسري في عروقه ساهمت قواه المميزة في تنميته بدل لجمه .. فذاعت الشائعات حوله في الجامعة مما اضطره في النهاية إلى التخلي عن منصبه والاستقرار في لندن حيث عمل كمدرب للجيش .. هذا ما يعرفه الناس عامةً ، لكن ما سيذكره شارلوك هولمز الآن ، قد كشفه بنفسه ...•• أنت تعلم يا واتسون أن أحداً لا يعرف خفايا عالم الجرائم في لندن مثلما أعرفه أنا .. وقد استشعرت وجود قواه الشريرة في العديد من القضايا من شتى الأنواع كالتزوير والسرقات وجرائم القتل .. وحاولت لسنوات طوال أن أكشف اللثام عنه ، وقادتني كل الخيوط إلى بروفيسور الرياضيات السابق الشهير موريارتي ...إنه نابليون الجريمة يا عزيزي واتسون .. وهو الرأس المدّبر لنصف الأعمال الشريرة ولكل ما هو غير مكشوف في هذه المدينة الكبيرة .. كما أنه عبقري وفيلسوف ومفكر كبير .. وهو يقبع كالعنكبوت وسط شبكته المكونة من ألف وألف تشعب يعرف أدنى ارتجاف لأيّ منها .. وهو لا يفعل الكثير بنفسه بل يستخدم عملاء له .. قد يُضبط العميل لكن ليس محرّضه ...وبدا من المستحيل العثور على أيّ إثباتات تدينه أمام المحكمة .. وأعترف بعد ثلاثة أشهر من البحث أني وجدت أخيراً من يُضاهي قدراتي العقلية .. ولا شيء يوازي اشمئزازي من جرائمه إلاّ إعجابي بمهاراته ...البروفيسور موريارتي حذر جداً .. !

  • George Slade
    2019-05-13 12:09

    I finally got to the story of how Sherlock first encounters his ultimate opponent, Professor Moriarty. From years of reading and watching different versions of the Sherlock Holmes stories, I've long known that Moriarty was the end game for Sherlock. What I did not know was how brief the encounter in Doyle's original story actually was. Doyle obviously was ready to move on from Sherlock Holmes so he put together this final problem, which Sherlock was indeed able to solve. Unfortunately, solving the problem was not without consequence. If you have never read this original version, you should. Even though Doyle was definitely ready to move on, he still managed to create one of the greatest villains in the history of fiction in the process.

  • Wild
    2019-05-04 16:21

    2.5I was not expecting to only read from Moriarty only in this book, it feels rushed and I don't feel the kind of planning and destruction that I always supposed - by the Jeremy Brett series nor all of the other adaptations/inspirations- confront this two great characters. From this chapter, even dough emotional, I cannot help but feel disappointed at the presented stupidity from Moriarty- he is exposed really fast and even dough he seems to still have people at his charge he is the one who goes and tries to do the dirty work and also he could have killed Sherlock long before that without putting in danger his life or the whole organization-.

  • Lucy :)
    2019-05-15 16:12

    I really liked this, I think I am beginning to understand the language a lot more. The ending surprised me, but didn’t really upset me. Tears only began to form in my eyes when I started to compare the similarities between quotes and events from the stories to the BBC adaption of Sherlock (Which has ruined my life 🙃🙃) because I feel such a strong connection to those versions of the characters, so strong that I feel as if I love them so much it hurts. Overall, a good story, but a little anticlimactic at the end, and I wish we could have had a much stronger, extended ending. Love Lucy x

  • Bishnu Bhatta Buttowski
    2019-05-19 11:04

    "Danger is the part of my trade."SHERLOCKED!!!It would have been much awesome if it included the reason behind the disappearing of Sherlock!Nevertheless, I hope to find more about that in 'THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES'Sherlock never seems to disappoint with his reasoning and detective skills.