Arsène Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes (French: Arsène Lupin contre Herlock Sholmes) is the second collection of Arsène Lupin stories written by Maurice Leblanc, featuring two adventures following a match of wits between Lupin and Herlock Sholmes. The character ”Herlock Sholmes” is a transparent reference to Sherlock Holmes of Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories, who appeared in ”Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late”, one of the eight stories in the first collection, Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar.
The English collection contain the following chapters or stories:
Arsène Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes (2 stories)
1) ”The Blond Lady” (novel)
Lottery Ticket No. 514
The Blue Diamond
Herlock Sholmes Opens Hostilities
Light in the Darkness
Second Arrest of Arsène Lupin
2) ”The Jewish Lamp” (tale)
The first story, ”The Blonde Lady”, opens with the purchase of an antique desk by a mathematics professor. The desk is subsequently stolen, as it turns out, by Arsène Lupin. Later, both Lupin and the professor realize that a lottery ticket, left inadvertently in the desk, is the winning ticket, and Lupin proceeds to ensure he obtains half of the winnings while executing a near-impossible escape with a blonde lady...
”The Jewish Lamp” opens with another appeal to Herlock Sholmes for help in recovering a Jewish lamp. After reading the appeal, Sholmes is shocked to read a second letter, this time by Lupin and arriving on the same day's post, which warns him not to intervene. Sholmes is outraged by Lupin's audacity and resolves to go to Paris. Sholmes proceeds to investigate the crime and finds out the true reason for Lupin's appeal not to intervene.