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  1. Previously published in Strand Magazine, The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans appeared in 1912 as one of the short stories in the collection His Last Bow, In it Sherlock's older brother, Mycroft, visits Sherlock at his rooms in Baker Street, wishing to engage the great detective to find some important secret papers stolen from the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. Some of the papers have been found next to the tracks near Aldgate underground station - on the body of Arthur Cadogan-West (a young government clerk from the Royal Arsenal) . Three pages are still missing - the ones that contain vital technical information which would enable Britain’s enemies to make for themselves the top-secret Bruce-Partington submarine. An enjoyable mixture of mystery, murder and espionage.
  2. Could not seem to find a thread for this so have started a new one. If one does exist I apologise. I read this novel earlier in the year and as we have been reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I watched the Jeremy Brett production of this novel. It is very true to the book. Of the four novels this was my favourite and had me guessing right up to the end. There were plenty of clues to follow which is always a bonus for me. We also saw a fair bit of Dr Watson in this novel which is also a plus. I found parts of this novel truely creepy and felt real concern for those involved during parts of the book. There a couple of female players in this book, one with a far larger part than the other. Both are wronged by the Gillan and Holmes does seem to have real sympathy for them which is not always the case. I found the story of the Barrymores and the convict an interesting addition to the main plot. Well worth a read in my opinion.
  3. I read this story this morning while still in bed as hubby up at 4.00am. It did not take much concentration as not a great deal happened. Of all the stories in the collection so far it is probably my least favourite. The only real point of interest for me was the attitude of society to the arrival of a number of American heiress's. Although stated in quite a jovial way it seems that the arrival of new money from the States had the effect of narrowing down the availability of decent men for girls from the British aristocracy to marry. From all that I have read of this time it seems that a number of the American girls had a bit of a rough time.
  4. Grasshopper nominated this book for the Sherlock Holmes group read and while it didn't win the BGO vote, it DID pique my curiosity. So I ordered it on my tablet and gobbled it up over the Thanksgiving weekend. The book is written by an old Watson after Holmes has died and contains such shocking revelations that Watson left it with instructions that it not be released for 100 years, explaining why it has just appeared. One story leads to another and the two plots seem to circle around each other in a very clever way. At one point, Watson says says that he feels like characters from one story keep appearing in the other and that's true. At the very end, you find out why, but it takes a bit to get there. Holmes is his usual self, figuring out things from the scantest clues and extricating himself from really terrifying situations. There is one scene between Sherlock and Mycroft where they are one-upping each other in commenting on information that they have discerned about each other that is very funny. The writing "feels" just like the Sherlock Homes stories, which is delightful for those of us who love Sherlock Holmes. The descriptions of the scenery and the weather are all very familiar and most of the places and characters that are familiar are there as well. Mrs. Hudson, the Baker Street Irregulars, and Lestrade all appear and come in for some more tender understanding of them as people and not just Holmes paraphernalia. I enjoyed it all. Thank you grasshopper. For those of you that enjoyed the group read, I highly recommend this as well.
  5. "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" ended with a bang for me. This is another one of my favorites, although it doesn't get the fandom of "Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Speckled Band." It's another one that focuses on the nefarious efforts of parents to get their hands on their daughter's money. I remember when I first read this story as a young teenager having no idea what the family was up to. So the solution, once presented, was shocking to me. Now that I've read a bit more about the era (and focused on these stories, for which the perilous state of young women is a theme), it's relatively easy to spot. But good for Holmes for being worried about it. And of course, this is another plucky girl, which Holmes and Watson (and probably, therefore, Conan Doyle) seem to admire so much. I did look up what "Copper Beeches" look like on my tablet. Very pretty.
  6. This was a medium favorite for me. I liked the puzzle and Holmes searching out the physical clues and realizing what they all meant. I did not like the solution because I felt sorry for the culprit, even though she was a knucklehead. I did like that this was the only place (I think) where Holmes says his famous statement: "...when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." And that really applied here.
  7. A thread to discuss the relationship of Holmes and Watson. It can include theories propounded elsewhere, 'clues' from these Adventures and reference other Holmes short and full-length stories as needed. Holmes' (Doyle's?) attitude to women - as in the following post - could be part of this discussion.
  8. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" is one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is the eighth of the twelve stories collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It is one of four Sherlock Holmes stories that can be classified as a locked room mystery. The story was first published in Strand Magazine in February 1892, with illustrations by Sidney Paget. It was published under the different title "The Spotted Band" in New York World in August 1905. Doyle later revealed that he thought this was his best Holmes story. (Wikipedia)
  9. I do not know this story, so may have to go to the library. I'll be back when I've found it.
  10. A seasonal story. Well maybe a little early, but the late-comers might not get to it until Christmas!
  11. "The Five Orange Pips", one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is the fifth of the twelve stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The story was first published in The Strand Magazine in November 1891. Conan Doyle later ranked the story seventh in a list of his twelve favourite Sherlock Holmes stories
  12. The title is ringing bells, but I can't recall the story. I'll be back when I've read it.
  13. I don't recognise the title, so this may be a new story for me. Back later!
  14. "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" is one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It first appeared in The Strand Magazine in August 1891, with illustrations by Sidney Paget. Conan Doyle ranked "The Red-Headed League" second in his list of his twelve favorite Holmes stories. (Wikipedia)
  15. "A Scandal in Bohemia" was the first of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories to be published in The Strand Magazine and the first Sherlock Holmes story illustrated by Sidney Paget, (Two of the four Sherlock Holmes novels – A Study In Scarlet and The Sign of The Four – preceded the short story cycle). Doyle ranked A Scandal in Bohemia fifth in his list of his twelve favourite Holmes stories. (Wikipedia)
  16. I've just got my copy from Amazon and have only read the introduction by Mark Gatiss. It's vedry good introduction.
  17. The nominations are: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) The Adventure of the Speckled Band (1892) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901-2) The House of Silk (2012)
  18. Please can we have your nominations for the next BGO Book Group read. The subject of this read is Sherlock Holmes. But what you choose to nominate is up to you. You might choose one of the Sherlock Holmes novels, or one of the short stories. Perhaps a collection of the short stories or something about Sherlock Holmes, fiction or non-fiction. It's up to you. Please post your nominations here. It is always a good idea to give a reason for your nomination. You don't need to post much, a couple of lines will do. If you fancy reading something, then please second it. All nominations that are seconded will go forward to a vote. If you are new to BGO or have not been involved in a BGO read before, please see this thread http://www.bookgrouponline.com/topic/5788-introduction-to-the-bgo-bookgroup/ for some background. And if you have any questions please post them.
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