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His first appearance in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was in 1887, and he went on to write four novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes, the London detective who used his keen powers of deduction to solve crimes that befuddled the police.

The character lived on past his creator, however, and was found on the silver screen as early as 1916, in the William Gillette film “Sherlock Holmes,” which was based on his own turn-of-the-century play. In fact, Holmes has been the world’s most portrayed character - with over 75 actors portraying him in over 210 films, the latest being the Guy Ritchie film Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as his faithful sidekick and companion Dr. Watson.

This current Abbott ePublishing collection of 13 new, short, “Flash Fiction” stories is a tribute to Holmes and his creator. They are all 1,100 words in length, or less - often much less. You will quickly see that, with skill, this is all that is necessary for a talented writer to tell a smashingly good Sherlock Holmes tale.

Some of these stories are told in the style and tenor of the original Doyle tales. Others diverge, sometimes shockingly, into new territory - adventures we hope you will find eminently entertaining.

This collection also contains an Arthur Conan Doyle Flash Fiction story (although he would likely not have called it that) which is but 503 words in length.

How Watson Learned the Trick” is a Sherlock Holmes parody written Doyle in 1922. It concerns Dr. Watson attempting to demonstrate to Holmes how he has learned the latter's "superficial trick" of logical deduction by giving a summary of Holmes' current state of mind and plans for the day ahead, only for Holmes to then reveal that every single one of Watson's deductions is incorrect.

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