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The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Arthur Conan Doyle


The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A governess who has been struggling to find work is suddenly provided with a too-good-to-be-true offer by a corpulent gentleman and his wife, who have some strange requests for her behaviour. Is her new employer hiding something? Yes, they are. Obviously.

Another short story which has Sherlock solving the case by simply disproving a number of theories that he had come up with prior to even leaving Baker St., leaving the one remaining solution.

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The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet by Arthur Conan Doyle


The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A short one. Part of a fancy coronet goes missing. Sherlock Holmes talks down to people, runs around a bit without telling Watson what he’s doing, and then proudly produces the missing gems with a flourish and some self-congratulating. That’s about it!

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The Adventure Of The Noble Bachelor by Arthur Conan Doyle


The Adventure Of The Noble Bachelor
The Adventure Of The Noble Bachelor by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A short and sweet tale.
When the bride disappears from her own wedding reception, Holmes is called to find out how and why she vanished. Of course, Sherlock deduces the answers swiftly and with very little effort. A shame that (spoiler!) the groom is left empty handed at the end of the day. Poor thing.

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


The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Mind your fingers (and thumbs)!
So a desperate engineer suddenly is offered a high-paying job, as long as no questions asked. Clearly he was going to lose something; he’s lucky it was just his thumb! Seriously though, he probably would have bled to death, or at least collapsed due to shock before he ever managed to drag himself back to London to get treated, never mind make a visit to Sherlock Holmes to get him to unravel the case.

As it turns out, it was all a scam, and the machine he was brought in to fix was nothing to do with compressing earth into briquettes, but actually being used to counterfeit currency.

At least by surviving this one, he should have learned his lesson. If it’s too good to be true, it’s obviously not true.

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The Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle


The Speckled Band
The Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A lovely locked-room-mystery. What is the significance of “the speckled band”? The last words spoken by the victim. What are the strange noises that occur during the night? And exactly why does an old man seem so disinterested in his daughters’ pending marriage? Even Sherlock might not come to exactly the right answer this time around.

Another of Conan Doyle’s shorter Sherlock stories. The set up is fairly intriguing and the answers prove to be quite satisfying (even with a 21st Century perspective!). A nice all-round pleasing story of death and jealousy.

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