“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Bear with me, loyal reader, for there's a lot of background detail to discuss on this story that may or may not overshadow the tale itself.  I'm going to present it anyway, and you can decide for yourself or skip ahead to the discussion of the case at hand. If you're following along in an … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of Silver Blaze” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This tale kicks off the second short story collection in the series, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.  If we think about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in terms of modern television, then we can see his first two novels (A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four) as the first and second pilots, wherein the … Continue reading “The Adventure of Silver Blaze” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This tale marks the final entry in the first collection of short stories, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.  Seems appropriate to end out the year for this project in this way. The story revolves around Violet Hunter and one of the most bizarre job interviews ever recorded, at least in fiction.  I'm sure that real life, … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

An expensive piece of jewelry -- a beryl coronet -- is used as collateral to secure a loan.  The banker, Alexander Holder of Streatham, feels that his personal safe at the bank isn't secure enough, so he takes it home for safekeeping.  When he awakens in the night, he finds his son Arthur with his … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“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