The Best of Sherlock Holmes

 

The Best Sherlock Holmes Stories: 1999 Poll
Members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London

 

Story Points %
1. "The Speckled Band" (14) 563 8.7
2. "The Red-Headed League" (11) 555 8.6
3. "A Scandal in Bohemia" (14) 468 7.2
4. "The Blue Carbuncle" (10) 465 7.2
5. "Silver Blaze" (5) 456 7.0
6. "The Musgrave Ritual" (4) 345 5.3
7. "The Final Problem" (4) 294 4.5
8. "The Bruce-Partington Plans" (5) 286 4.4
9. "The Empty House" (2) 274 4.2
10. "The Dancing Men" (0) 230 3.6
11. "The Six Napoleons" (0) 212 3.3
12. "The Devil's Foot" (3) 169 2.6
13. "The Man with the Twisted Lip" (1) 165 2.5
14. "Charles Augustus Milverton" (1) 148 2.3
15. "The Priory School" (0) 140 2.2
16. "The Naval Treaty" (0) 134 2.1
17. "The Copper Beeches" (1) 132 2.0
18. "The Problem of Thor Bridge" (2) 123 1.9
19. "The Solitary Cyclist" (0) 102 1.6
20. "The Second Stain" (1) 98 1.5
21. "His Last Bow" (0) 88 1.4
22. "The Abbey Grange" (2) 86 1.3
23. "The Five Orange Pips" (1) 84 1.3
24. "The Illustrious Client" (0) 75 1.2
25. "The Greek Interpreter" (1) 71 1.1
26. "The Dying Detective" (0) 66 1.0
27. "The Norwood Builder" (0) 62 1.0
28. "Black Peter" (0) 58 0.9
29.1. "The Gloria Scott" (0) 45 0.7
29.1. "The Red Circle" (0) 45 0.7
31. "The Cardboard Box" (0) 42 0.6
32. "Shoscombe Old Place" (1) 34 0.5
33. "The Lion's Mane" (0) 33 0.5
34. "Wisteria Lodge" (0) 32 0.5
35. "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" (0) 31 0.5
36. "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" (0) 30 0.5
37. "The Retired Colourman" (0) 26 0.4
38. "The Noble Bachelor" (0) 24 0.4
39. "The Three Garridebs" (0) 21 0.3
40.1. "The Reigate Squires" (0) 18 0.3
40.1. "The Resident Patient" (0) 18 0.3
42. "The Yellow Face" (0) 17 0.3
43.1. "A Case of Identity" (0) 15 0.2
43.1. "The Sussex Vampire" (0) 15 0.2
45. "The Mazarin Stone" (0) 14 0.2
46.1. "The Creeping Man" (0) 12 0.2
46.1. "The Crooked Man" (0) 12 0.2
48. "The Stockbroker's Clerk" (0) 11 0.2
49. "The Beryl Coronet" (0) 9 0.1
50. "The Engineer's Thumb" (0) 8 0.1
51. "The Missing Three-Quarter" (0) 5 0.1
52. "The Golden Pince-Nez" (0) 4 0.1
53. "The Three Students" (0) 1 0.0
54.1. "The Three Gables" (0) 0 0.0
54.1. "The Blanched Soldier" (0) 0 0.0
54.1. "The Veiled Lodger" (0) 0 0.0

 

Reference:
Randall Stock, "A Study in Sherlockians" The Baker Street Journal, December 1999, pp. 12-20. This version of Table 2 lists results for all the stories for this group.

 

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