“The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The particulars of this case are far more straightforward than Watson would have us believe, though the fun is in the manner of the telling. Robert, Lord St. Simon, is puzzled and distraught.  His bride, Hatty Doran of San Francisco, disappeared on their wedding day, not before the wedding or after the honeymoon, but rather … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Usually Watson finds about the cases of Sherlock Holmes when Holmes tells him, or when a client drops by.  This one, we're told, is one of only two cases where Watson brought the matter to Holmes. Victor Hatherley, a young hydraulic engineering consultant trying to build a career for himself, shows up seeking medical attention … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

When I first discovered the Great Detective and decided to read the stories for myself,  I started with a paperback copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  Back in elementary school, we'd have a travelling book fair that would come through every so often, and I bought this book and a copy of Edgar Allan … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As an American, I celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday of November.  And as an American, I always have to deal with the absolute nonsense of overblown marketing that says Christmas stuff must happen before Halloween.  It has little to do with the holiday season itself and more to do with the greed of retailers.  … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Man with the Twisted Lip” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In 1889 London, opium and other drugs were not crimes themselves, but the opium den -- operated openly and quite legally -- was often connected with the criminal underworld.  And where crime manifests, our Great Detective is certain to follow. The story opens with Watson visiting such an opium den at the behest of Kate … Continue reading “The Man with the Twisted Lip” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Boscombe Valley Mystery” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Watson is brought in on a case in the community of Herefordshire, where a local landowner has been murdered.  The landowner's son, who has not spoken with his father in some time, is the primary suspect.  All signs that condemn him are dismissed by Holmes, who determines these points to be the strongest points for … Continue reading “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It's a case so remarkable, it poses Holmes with a three-pipe problem. London pawnbroker Jabez Wilson has flaming red hair.  Wilson's assistant, Vincent Spaulding, who had only recently been hired, brought him an advertisement that the Red-Headed League was looking to fill a position.  Wilson, it turns out, is the only applicant hired due to the … Continue reading “The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle