Book Fairies celebrate Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday with Sherlock Holmes - hound of the baskervilles

The Book Fairies celebrate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Birthday in style!

Sherlock Holmes stories were left in perfect places all around the UK…

“To a great mind, nothing is little.”

The game is afoot! It’s Conan Doyle’s birthday and we have been sharing the tales of Sherlock Holmes… and these Wordsworth editions will surely catch the eye of finders!

“When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

Here is some info about some of the books we hid today!

About The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:

Having firmly established the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in the novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was retained by The Strand Magazine to contribute a series of twelve short stories, which began with ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ in 1891 and were published monthly for the next year.

The stories, in which the master sleuth receives a stream of clients presenting him with baffling and bizarre mysteries in his consulting room at 221B Baker Street, were instantly popular and by the time of the publication of the final story, ‘The Copper Beeches’, they had become the mainstay of the magazine.

They included such classic tales as ‘The Five Orange Pips’ and ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’, and were gathered together in a collection known as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, representing some of the finest detective stories ever written.

“Evil indeed is the man who has not one woman to mourn him.”

About The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear:

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the classic detective chiller. It features the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, in his most challenging case. The Baskerville family is haunted by a phantom beast “with blazing eyes and dripping jaws” which roams the mist-enshrouded moors around the isolated Baskerville Hall on Dartmoor. Now the hound seems to be stalking young Sir Henry, the new master of the Baskerville estate. Is this devilish spectre the manifestation of the family curse? Or is Sir Henry the victim of a vile and scheming murderer? Only Sherlock Holmes can solve this devilish affair.

“I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.”

About The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes:

This book contains all the investigations and adventures of the world’s most popular detective. Follow the illustrious career of this quintessential British hero from his university days to his final case. His efforts to uncover the truth take him all over the world and into conflict with all manner of devious criminals.

Lucky finders!

We love to hear from those who find the books we leave behind! Here are some of the happy finders from Conan Doyle’s birthday celebrations…

Not lucky enough to spot one?

Do not worry! These gorgeous Wordsworth editions of Sherlock Holmes stories are available in all good book shops (ask them to order one in if not!) and can also be found online on the Wordsworth Editions website where you can also read more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Would you like to be a book fairy?

ANYONE can be a book fairy! All you need is a pile of books you’d love to share (secondhand is PERFECT!) and some official book fairy stickers – maybe some ribbon to make them look even more like a present – and off you go!

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