“The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

During a period of inaction, an enigmatic telegram arrives that puzzles Holmes... for about fifteen minutes.  Watson, of course, is relieved to have any case at all, having gradually weaned Holmes from the cocaine habit that he usually turns to in times of boredom. The name of the game is Rugby.  The telegram was sent … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In our modern century, the first thing a new reader might understandably ask is, "What's a pince-nez?"  Eyeglasses, my dears.  It translates from French to "pinch-nose," so we're referring to the type with the little oblong pieces that rest at either side of the bridge of one's nose.  So now that we understand that, let's … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Three Students” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In order to protect a prominent university from scandal, Watson is hiding the details of this case, beyond telling us that their client, a Mr. Hilton Soames, is a tutor and lecturer at St. Luke's College in said university town where he and Holmes find themselves.  A forthcoming exam involving Greek translation has caused one … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Three Students” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Inspector Lestrade brings to Holmes a situation regarding a man who hates Napoleon Bonaparte so much, he shatters plaster busts of him.  One was smashed at Morse Hudson's shop, the origin of the busts.  Two more were sold by Hudson to Dr. Barnicot, one of his home, the other for his branch office.  Both were … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Watson's account states that the date of this story should remain unknown.  But you know the Sherlockians out there can't leave well enough alone.  William S. Baring-Gould is a name every aspiring Sherlockian should know, if only for his seminal biography of the Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street.  Seriously, look him up.  Baring-Gould … Continue reading “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of Black Peter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I think we can all agree that it's not everyday you get a Sherlock Holmes mystery involving a harpoon as a murder weapon.  A young police inspector, Stanley Hopkins, admires Holmes and asks him for help on this particular case.  By the time the story opens, Holmes is already hard at work and has determined … Continue reading “The Adventure of Black Peter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Priory School” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dr. Thorneycroft Huxtable (what a name!) is the founder and principal of a prep school in Northern England known only as Priory School.  He calls upon Sherlock Holmes to return with him to Mackleton regarding the disappearance of a student, 10-year-old Lord Saltire, son of the Duke of Holdernesse.  As with the boy, the German … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Priory School” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sometimes a story just doesn't live up to expectation.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed that "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" wasn't very good even after revision, especially given how proud he was of the previous three stories.  The first version of the story was rejected by The Strand magazine, not necessarily because it wasn't … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Dancing Men” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It always resonates in the handful of times where Holmes proves he's only human, not quite living up to his reputation in the eyes of his beholders.  But it's something else entirely if one of his clients dies.  Only twice in the original canon does someone meet a tragic end under Holmes' watch.  The first … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Dancing Men” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

At the request of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson has returned to his former lodgings at 221B and has sold his Kensington practice. He mentions that he got top rate for it from a doctor who, he will discover years down the road, is a distant relation of Holmes. So it is that we return to … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle