His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

His Last Bow, by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleAnd for our next group read:
His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is a spy story and one of the last outings for Holmes and Watson.  It is in a collection of 7 (or 8) short stories, you can read them all or just the title story – your choice.

There are copies in lots of our libraries and if you need to reserve one there will be no charges made for this service.

So grab yourself a copy and perhaps comment as you are reading, rather than waiting until you have finished it.

“There’s an east wind coming, Watson.”
“I think not, Holmes. It is very warm.”
“Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There’s an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it’s God’s own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.”

A patriotic passage from the story which has often been quoted.


Posted on January 24, 2013, in Arthor Conan Doyle, His Last Bow and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Tried to get this at North Ken today: only one copy available from Central and would incur £1.00 reservation fee. Could you make the book available via Digital Library perhaps and post link? Tried online, but there seem to be several versions of the book so not sure which to get. Many thanks, Anna

    • Hi Anna
      Sorry about that, no reservation fees should be charged on the reading group books – did you ask at the counter or try to place it yourself? All staff should now know to waive the fee. There are copies available in Westminter Libraries which you can borrow. I am not sure about the Digital Library and will ask a colleague about that.

  2. I am wizzing through the stories but think they have lost something in the years. We are used to such sophisticated murder mystery tales now – and such complicated ones with multiple deaths – so I am finding them a bit simplistic and a little dull and he explains everything too fully at the end. Give me Taggart any day.

  3. Anyone else reading this? I have almost got to the title story now but keep being sidetracked by the books on the lists other people are reading. I am about to start Riddley Walker.

  4. I’ve just read the title story ‘His Last Bow’ and although it’s not the most involving Sherlock Holmes story I’ve read, it’s a reasonable read nonetheless! The action centres on Holmes contribution to the war effort, utilising his considerable talents to outwit the clever and devious Von Bork. I’m sufficiently interested to read the other stories in this collection.

  5. Took a few pages to get into storyline but found the ending disappointing. Not his best work!

  6. I started reading this book and then left the book somewhere and I simply can’t find it. A mystery in itself! Now waiting for another one to come via Westminster on reservation. I love Sherlock Holmes, even reading a few lines takes me right into his world, characters and places so well drawn.

  7. Just read the story courtesy of Project Gutenberg. My immediate thought is, my interest in Conan Doyle was helped enormously by reading Arthur and George by Julian Barnes, a brilliant fictionalised portrayal of the author and his involvement in solving a real-life mystery in the 1910s.

  8. I’ve finally started reading this, a little late. I’m enjoying it! It’s not the best thing I’ve ever read, and as Kittylynne says above, we’re used to much more sophisticated crime stories now, but it has a charm to it, and I’m glad to be reading a Sherlock Holmes having never done so before. I really enjoyed the recent Sherlock Holmes films (especially the first one) and I think they did a good job. I knew Sherlockiaans tend to like them, and I can see why – Robert Downey Jr is a surprisingly accurate Holmes.

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