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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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Arthur Conan Doyle


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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes contains 12 short tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Each story is told from the first-person viewpoint of Sherlock Holmes’s sidekick, Dr. Watson. Between 1891 and 1892, The Strand Magazine published Doyle’s works, boosting his reputation. Most stories try to discover and correct societal inequities among 20th-century European aristocracy.

In “A Scandal in Bohemia,” the Bohemian King asks Holmes to find a scandalous portrait of him with Irene Adler. This snapshot will jeopardize the King’s prospects of marrying the King of Scandinavia’s daughter. Holmes disguises himself during Adler’s wedding, finding the concealed picture. Holmes and the King return to get the picture, but Adler has left with it. Adler presents Holmes his self-portrait to the King.

Holmes meets pawnbroker Jabez Wilson in “The Read-Headed League.” Wilson was employed by Duncan Ross because of his red hair. Wilson begins to suspect the employment after two years. Holmes questions Vincent Spaulding, Wilson’s assistant. Holmes and others uncover a bank tunnel at night. Holmes catches Ross and Spaulding taking money. Spaulding is John Clay.

In “A Case of Identity,” Holmes must find Hosmer Angel, Mary Sutherland’s missing wedding-day fiancé. Hosmer’s letter hinted to his absence. Holmes deduces that Hosmer, Mary’s disapproving stepfather, concocting a plan to save her fortune. Holmes chooses not to tell Mary about his discoveries and instead warns her stepfather.

Inspector Lestrade begs Holmes’ aid when his son is suspected of killing landowner Charles McCarthy. John Turner’s daughter Alice is engaged to James McCarthy. Alice thinks James is innocent, therefore Holmes suspects a third suspect. Turner admits to the murder, saying McCarthy threatened to disclose his criminal background. James is acquitted because Holmes doesn’t identify the third person.

John Openshaw hires Holmes after his uncle died two months after receiving a KKK letter with five orange pips. Openshaw’s father got the letter in 1885. Openshaw got a letter. Holmes urges Openshaw to follow the letter. Openshaw is dead the following morning. Holmes determines that the KKK extorted individuals, including Openshaw’s uncle. Holmes mails the letter to the police, but the KKK’s sailboat has sunk.

Neville St. Claire vanishes in “The Man with the Twisted Lip.” His wife employs Holmes after seeing Neville’s face in an opium den. While exploring Neville’s lair, Holmes discovers a beggar. Neville’s coat is recovered beside the Thames filled with money. A few days after the beggar’s arrest, Neville writes to his wife. Holmes reveals Neville was a beggar in disguise who was richer than his day job.

An ex-con is arrested when a blue carbuncle is taken from a hotel. When Holmes’s buddy finds a gemstone in a Christmas goose’s neck, he searches down the bird’s owner and presents him with a different goose to prove he’s not the perpetrator. When Holmes witnesses another guy asking the dealer identical questions, he realizes it’s the hotel manager. Holmes lets the manager go since incarceration may lead to more crime.

Helen Stoner is scared of her stepfather in “The Speckled Band.” Helen moved into her sister’s bedroom two years after her wedding. Holmes finds that Helen’s stepfather will get his entire income if neither daughter marries. As Holmes and Watson investigate, a snake enters Helen’s bedroom via a ventilator. Holmes defeats the serpent. The snake kills Helen’s stepfather.

The story begins after Watson’s thumb operation. Victor Hatherley had a similar experience to Holmes and Watson. When Hatherley finds the press being used to counterfeit money instead of bricks, his employer severs his thumb with a cleaver. Holmes finds the press spot blazing and the gang gone.

Hatty Doran, Lord St. Simon’s new wife, disappears in “The Noble Bachelor.” Holmes studies Hatty’s wedding dress and ring in the Serpentine. Holmes discovers Hatty in a nearby motel with a commoner who picked her up and left her flowers. Frank, Hatty’s spouse she believed perished in America, is the commoner. Holmes finds out right before they confess to Lord St. Simon.

A banker discovers his mute son Arthur clutching a damaged beryl coronet after hearing a noise. The banker’s niece conspired to take the coronet with a blackguard, Holmes deduces from footsteps in the snow. Arthur halted the crime halfway, destroying the coronet. Arthur won’t tell on his cousin out of love.

Victoria Hunter summons Holmes in “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.” Holmes deduces from odd events that someone is imprisoned in the house’s sealed-off section. Holmes and crew find an empty wing. The prisoner is Hunter’s boss’s daughter, who hired Hunter to imitate her so her fiancé would assume she had lost interest in marriage. The employer’s daughter marries her fiancé.

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