publication order of Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

(BCA) = Beeton's Christmas Annual
(LMM) = Lippincott's Monthly Magazine
(TSM) = The Strand Magazine
(HW) = Harper's Weekly
(M) = McClure's
(C) = Collier's
(AM) = American Magazine
(HIM) = Hearst's International Magazine
(L) = Liberty
first publication dates titles of stories codes narrator action
01 1887 Nov (BCA) A Study in Scarlet STUDWatson
02 1890 Feb (LMM) The Sign of Four SIGNWatson
03 1891 Jul (TSM) 1. A Scandal in Bohemia SCANWatson1888
04 1891 Aug (TSM) 2. The Red-Headed League REDHWatson1890
05 1891 Sep (TSM) 3. A Case of Identity IDENWatson
06 1891 Oct (TSM) 4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery BOSCWatson
07 1891 Nov (TSM) 5. The Five Orange Pips FIVEWatson1887
08 1891 Dec (TSM) 6. The Man with the Twisted Lip TWISWatson1889
09 1892 Jan (TSM) 7. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle BLUEWatson
10 1892 Feb (TSM) 8. The Adventure of the Speckled Band SPECWatson1883
11 1892 Mar (TSM) 9. The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb ENGRWatson1889
12 1892 Apr (TSM) 10. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor NOBLWatson
13 1892 May (TSM) 11. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet BERYWatson
14 1892 Jun (TSM) 12. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches COPPWatson
15 1892 Dec (TSM) (HW) 13. The Adventure of Silver Blaze SILVWatson
16 1893 Jan (TSM) (HW) 14. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box CARDWatson
17 1893 Feb (TSM) (HW) 15. The Adventure of the Yellow Face YELLWatson
18 1893 Mar (TSM) (HW) 16. The Adventure of the Stock-Broker's Clerk STOCWatson
19 1893 Apr (TSM) (HW) 17. The Adventure of the "Gloria Scott" GLORWatson
20 1893 May (TSM) (HW) 18. The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual MUSGWatson
21 1893 Jun (TSM) (HW) 19. The Adventure of the Reigate Squires REIGWatson1887
22 1893 Jul (TSM) (HW) 20. The Adventure of the Crooked Man CROOWatson
23 1893 Aug (TSM) (HW) 21. The Adventure of the Resident Patient RESIWatson
24 1893 Sep (TSM) (HW) 22. The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter GREEWatson
25 1893 Oct, Nov (TSM) (HW) 23. The Adventure of the Naval Treaty NAVAWatson
26 1893 Dec (TSM) (M) 24. The Adventure of the Final Problem FINAWatson1891
27 1901 Aug 1902 Apr (TSM) The Hound of the Baskervilles HOUNWatson
28 1903 Sep (C) (TSM) 1. The Adventure of the Empty House EMPTWatson1894
29 1903 Oct (C) (TSM) 2. The Adventure of the Norwood Builder NORWWatson
30 1903 Dec (C) (TSM) 3. The Adventure of the Dancing Men DANCWatson
31 1903 Dec (C) (TSM) 4. The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist SOLIWatson1895
32 1904 Jan (C) (TSM) 5. The Adventure of the Priory School PRIOWatson
33 1904 Feb (C) (TSM) 6. The Adventure of Black Peter BLACWatson1895
34 1904 Mar (C) (TSM) 7. The Adventure of Charles Augustus MiIverton CHASWatson
35 1904 Apr (C) (TSM) 8. The Adventure of the Six Napoleons SIXNWatson
36 1904 Jun (TSM) (C) 9. The Adventure of the Three Students 3STUWatson1895
37 1904 Jul (TSM) (C) 10. The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez GOLDWatson1894
38 1904 Aug (TSM) (C) 11. The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter MISSWatson
39 1904 Sep (TSM) (C) 12. The Adventure of the Abbey Grange ABBEWatson1897
40 1904 Dec (TSM) (C) 13. The Adventure of the Second Stain SECOWatson
41 1908 Aug (C) (TSM) The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge WISTWatson1892
42 1908 Dec (TSM) (C) The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans BRUCWatson1895
43 1910 Dec (TSM) The Adventure of the Devil's Foot DEVIWatson1897
44 1911 Mar, Apr (TSM) The Adventure of the Red Circle REDCWatson
45 1911 Dec (TSM) (AM) The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax LADYWatson
46 1913 Nov (C) (TSM) The Adventure of the Dying Detective DYINWatson
47 1914 Sep 1915 May (TSM) The Valley of Fear VALLWatson
48 1917 Sep (TSM) (C) His Last Bow LASTAnonym1914
49 1921 Oct (TSM) (HIM) The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone MAZAAnonym
50 1922 Feb, Mar (TSM) (HIM) The Problem of Thor Bridge THORWatson
51 1923 Mar (TSM) (HIM) The Adventure of the Creeping Man CREEWatson1903
52 1924 Jan (TSM) (HIM) The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire SUSSWatson
53 1924 Oct (C) (TSM) The Adventure of the Three Garridebs 3GARWatson1902
54 1924 Nov (C) (TSM) The Adventure of the Illustrious Client ILLUWatson1902
55 1926 Sep (L) (TSM) The Adventure of the Three Gables 3GABWatson
56 1926 Oct (L) (TSM) The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier BLANHolmes1903
57 1926 Nov (L) (TSM) The Adventure of the Lion's Mane LIONHolmes1907
58 1926 Dec (L) (TSM) The Adventure of the Retired Colourman RETIWatson1898
59 1927 Jan (L) (TSM) The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger VEILWatson1896
60 1927 Mar (L) (TSM) The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place SHOSWatson

The first publication dates refer to the first or only
magazine listed for each story. Where a second
magazine is listed, publication dates can range from
the same month to several months later. As is
shown, of the 60 stories, 58 of them appeared in
The Strand Magazine.

The codes for referring to the stories were devised
by Jay Finley Christ in 1947.

Titles with a blue background appeared in The
Strand Magazine
as Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Titles with a green background appeared in The
Strand Magazine
as The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

The date of 1892 given by Watson for WIST conflicts
with what is told in EMPT.

In THOR, the next published story after the two
narrated anonymously, Watson claimed authorship
of them: "In some I was myself concerned and can
speak as an eye-witness, while in others I was either
not present or played so small a part that they could
only be told as by a third person."


Ode to Dr. Watson

Of all the many entertaining authors
Whose published books by some are fondly kept,
Have any matched your subtle pawky humor?
Were any at descriptions as adept?

Of course you had the great unique advantage
Of having such a gifted friend to know,
And living at a time we view as charming,
From those quaint glimpses that your stories show.

But still, the manner of your stories' tellings
Stirs up imaginings more than a guess.
We've shuddered at portrayals of the villains.
We've warmed to view the damsels in distress.

And as for Holmes, you've made him such a hero,
We'd no doubt swarm to get his autograph,
And search his face to sense the egotism
That never fails to make our spirits laugh.

Then cheers from all for sturdy Dr. Watson!
The one fixed point within all changing scenes.
His writings cause some pilgrimage to London
Or shorter jaunts to local silver screens.

from 81 Sherlockian Poems and Songs