“The Adventure of the Final Problem” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavoured to give some account … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Final Problem” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Naval Treaty” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

One of the longest of the early canon's short stories, "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" was originally published in two parts.  Thankfully, we don't have to wait for the second half as the original readers of The Strand Magazine did back in the day.  Nor do we have to wait too long for "The … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Naval Treaty” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In terms of building the expanded world of Sherlock Holmes, this story takes leaps and bounds over the previous entries, and indeed most of the ones yet to come.  If you're looking for background on the Great Detective, the revelations here are fast and few, but they are impossibly big and carry ramifications that no … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Resident Patient” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dr. Percy Trevelyan has a most unusual business arrangement.  Though a brilliant student, his funding is nowhere near sustainable.  A man by the name of Blessington has set up Dr. Trevelyan is a practice at a rather luxurious address, all expenses paid.  In return, he takes 75% of all earnings, collected every evening.  The arrangement … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Resident Patient” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Crooked Man” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

There are famous quotes throughout pop culture that everyone knows despite having never been said in the context of the story being quoted. "Beam me up, Scotty." "Play it again, Sam." For Sherlock Holmes, that quote is, "Elementary, my dear Watson." This story is as close as it comes, when Holmes merely states, "Elementary." This … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Crooked Man” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Reigate Squire” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Even Sherlock Holmes has his limits.  After a case in France (the details of which are conveniently sidestepped) that taxes his genius and awards him all manner of international accolades, the Great Detective is stricken with an illness brought on through overwork.  Reading into his character, it's easy to surmise that it's because he hit … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Reigate Squire” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A riddle, posed as a series of questions and responses, serves as the centerpiece of this mystery, another from the early files of Sherlock Holmes, pre-Watson.  And unlike the majority of the tales we've been given, this one is narrated by Holmes himself, relating the case to Watson as it unfolded for him. The tale … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Gloria Scott” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I've said at several turns that the primary reason I keep coming back to these stories has more to do with the characters of Holmes and Watson than with the cases themselves, a point that established itself from the beginning with A Study in Scarlet.  As such, insight into either one of them is always … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Gloria Scott” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This case takes place shortly after Watson's marriage following The Sign of Four.  He cites that it is of peculiar note when Sherlock Holmes leaves his lodgings for any reason other than professional necessity.  Of course, he doesn't take into account that Holmes asking him to join him on a case counts as just such … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Yellow Face” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In the days of the Roman Empire, it is said that when Caesar stood in triumph before his people, he would have a slave walk behind him, whispering in his ear: "Remember, you too are mortal."  This is the kind of wisdom a great mind such as Sherlock Holmes takes to heart if he wants … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Yellow Face” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle