Originally published in 1908 and out of print for more than half a century, this collection of stories presents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at his finest. These are seventeen tales of suspense and adventure, of the mysterious and the fantastic, meant to be read "round the fire" upon a winter's night. Murder, madness, ghosts, unsolved crimes, diabolical traps, and inexplicable disappearances abound in these exciting accounts narrated by doctors, lawyers, genetlemen, teachers, burglars, dilettantes, and convicted criminals.

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ DL was the creator of famous literary characters like Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson of British literature through The Sherlock Holmes stories which are generally considered as the milestones in the field of crime fiction. He published A Study in Scarlet, and the first of four novels and later more than fifty short stories about Holmes and Dr Watson’. Other than Holmes stories, Doyle was a prolific writer; his works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and comedy stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, as well as plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.

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