The Adventure of the Speckled Band
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A bride-to-be dies a violent death as her wedding day approaches. Her grief-stricken sister, who is also engaged to be married, knocks on Sherlock Holmes’s door, desperate for help. Helen Stoner doesn’t have very many clues to give the great detective. For one, her sister Julia was set to receive an inheritance upon her marriage. This money, which would have come from their late mother’s estate, was to have been divided between the two sisters and their stepfather, a moody and distant man. Strangely, Julia was able to speak only a few cryptic words—about a “speckled band”—before she collapsed, gasping for breath, in Helen’s bedroom. The only speckled bands that come to Helen’s mind are the dotted headbands worn by gypsies, whom she fears strangled her sister. Now that Helen is staying alone at her stepfather’s home, she is afraid for her life. Strange sights and sounds around the house terrify her even further and it seems that time is running out as the perpetrator remains at large. Holmes is determined to protect this vulnerable young woman. His keen nose for the clues that no one else notices and the motivations that can stir even the most unlikely criminals to strike steer him straight on as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1905 tale unfolds.
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A doctor by profession, Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) began writing short stories as a young medical student. After setting up his first practice, he took up writing again when business was slow. It was his second foray into literature, in 1887, that brought about the debut of Doyle's beloved character Sherlock Holmes. More successful as an author than a physician, Doyle went on to write many short stories and novels featuring Sherlock Holmes. Among some of Doyle's most famous works are A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, and The Hound of the Baskervilles.Back to top
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On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did rather for the love of his art than for the ...Back to top
Reviewed by dkaufman1 on Jan 22, 2010
Is there a better character? Well written and entertaining.
Reviewed by cuiblemorgan on Dec 15, 2009
Sherlock Holmes at his best
Great reminder of the joy of reading Arthur Conan Doyle and "seeing" Sherlock Holmes solve a mysterious case involving, gypsies, murder, love and marriage.
Reviewed by christe on Jul 8, 2009
There's a reason why Holmes is a classic
Yes, Sherlock has aged. But it still creates a damn good mystery atmosphere. This is a powerful concentrate which could be easily adapted into a play, since nearly everything happens in one place.
Reviewed by Jonreader on Jun 17, 2009
A little spook by the Speckled Band
Well written piece of classic detective mystery, brief and quick paced. The plot seemed simple enough (not too many layers) so I couldn't help pitting my own skills of observation against that of Watson and Holmes. The end will both surprise you and satisfy you as you discover the missing pieces to the puzzle. I couldn't stop reading as I approached the end.
Reviewed by Mark_thetrigeek on Jun 3, 2009
What an enjoyable read. Having never actual read any of the Holmes adventures prior to this one, I had pretty high expectations but they were all realized. A classic that must be read.
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