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The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Puffin Classics) Kindle Edition
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The eight classic adventures featured in this book are:
The Adventure of the Speckled Band
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
The Musgrave Ritual
The Reigate Puzzle
The Adventure of the Dancing Men
The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
The Missing Three-Quarter
And just as in other Puffin Classics books, the adventure doesn't stop at the last page of the story. Following the final chapter in the book is a supplementary reading about the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the characters in his literature. There are some interesting facts covering places and landmarks mentioned in the story, as well as short glossary to enrich your vocabulary.
With eight adventures to follow in any order and a light-weight package, this book makes a perfect travel companion for that long train journey or the daily commute.
This is a sampler with some of the famous short stories about Sherlock Holmes. They are taken from the first three collections of these stories. Some may have selected other stories. They were first written in the 1890s. Technology has advanced but human nature remains the same. The character of “Sherlock Holmes” was inspired by the famous medical professor in Edinburgh Scotland, Doctor Joseph Bell. Greed is the motive for most of these stories. I wonder how many were inspired by long forgotten true crime cases? The copyrights on these stories expired around 1970 so others are free to use these fictional characters, and they do. There are other books that contain a selection of these short stories ,such as “Sherlock Holmes’ Greatest Cases”.
* The Adventure of the Speckled Band. A young woman consults Holmes about her fears, her older sister died earlier. Why was her bedroom changed? What makes her stepfather so fierce? [Mad as a hatter?] Helen’s life is saved, the guilty person falls into his own trap.
* The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. A man lost his hat and a goose in a street fight. Can the owner be found? The goose was cooked, the rightful owner received a replacement. Will an innocent man be convicted for a theft? No. Holmes shows mercy.
* The Musgrave Ritual. A friend visits Holmes to aks his advice about a missing butler. The butler’s former girlfriend also disappeared without a trace. Holmes studies the questions and answers of the heirloom ritual and solves the puzzle. A hidden pit tells what happened to the butler! Holmes surmised the unwritten history of the ritual.
* The Reigate Puzzle. Holmes took a needed vacation in the country. He learns of a murder by a burglar, and examines the crime scene. There is a surprise when Holmes solves the murders. He explains his reasoning from discrepancies in the witnesses’ testimony.
* Silver Blaze. A favorite horse disappears and its trainer killed. This benefits some bookmakers. We read the known facts of this event. Holmes inspects the murder scene, and looks beyond to find the hoofprints. He visits a nearby stable owner and gives him instructions. What did the dog do in the night? Holmes produces the missing horse and solves the killing.
* The Adventure of the Dancing Men. A man's wife was frightened by a letter that had little stick figures. He visits Sherlock, who studies this message. There is a shooting. Sherlock sends a coded message to an unknown man and solves the mystery.
* The Adventure of the Six Napoleons. Inspector Lestrade tells Sherlock about someone who is smashing plaster busts of Napoleon the First. Is it a dangerous lunatic? Will catching this man solve another crime? [Note the use of a false newspaper report.]
* The Missing Three-Quarter. The rugby player for Cambridge has disappeared before a big game. Can he be traced by a sent telegram? Can a better detective than Holmes follow a clever suspect? Yes. The mystery is solved but kept secret.
this book is a great introduction to holmes, watson, and of course, that atmospheric london fog (which apparently doesn't really exist as we believe it does). the following stories are included in this collection:
the adventure of the speckled band
the adventure of the blue carbuncle
the musgrave ritual
the reigate puzzle
the adventure of the dancing men
the adventure of the six napoleons
the missing three-quarter
a bonus here with the puffin classics is the addition of backstory included at the end of the book. here you can learn more about the author, the stories, the characters, and so much more. what a delightful thing to include!
i have purchased most of these puffin classics editions, and will certainly look for future additions to add to my collection.
These eight cases were my introduction to the London-based consulting detective who used astute logic and knowledge of forensics to solve baffling cases of mystery, intrigue, and murder. Certainly everyone has heard of the detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, the former army doctor in Afghanistan who was not only a chronicler of the greatest cases of Sherlock Holmes, but also an able assistant. This book gives the reader eight cases to decide whether or not you like the cases written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The cases were fantastic. Doyle used two colleagues in real life as the inspiration for his character, Sherlock Holmes. While a clerk at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Doyle met the scientist Dr. Joseph Bell, who was famous for drawing large conclusions from small observations. Doyle adapted the powers of Bell for sleuthing. In addition, a lecturer on Forensic Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons, Sir Henry Littlejohn, was a technical source for Doyle. The cases of Sherlock Holmes popularized forensics and pushed police detectives to use more scientific methods in solving crimes.
After reading these eight cases, I did some research. There are five case books of Sherlock Holmes with a total of 56 short stories in the series. There are also four Sherlock Holmes novellas: stories that were about 150 pages in length. The cases and the novellas comprise the canon of Sherlock Holmes. I liked the cases in `The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes so much that I knew I ultimately wanted to read all 60 cases in the canon.
The eight cases in this book can be found in the first three Sherlock Holmes collections: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, and the Return of Sherlock Holmes. Two cases are from the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Three cases were extracted from the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. The final three cases were in `The Return of Sherlock Holmes.'
If you loved the eight cases in this book, though, you still have to read The Adventures, The Memoirs, and The Return to read all of the cases. There is nothing in The Extraordinary Cases that you cannot find in the first three case books of Sherlock Holmes. The three case books can be downloaded for free, legally, on Project Gutenberg.
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