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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. "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.
  4. I've just got my copy from Amazon and have only read the introduction by Mark Gatiss. It's vedry good introduction.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I finished this story a couple of days ago. At the beginning of the story Watson actually states that Holmes' skills of deduction were not needed to any great extent to work out the mystery. Usually this would spoil the story for me as it tends to be the detailed ideas which attract me to the stories. I found this story to be one of the most sinister of those that I have read so far and although clues were a bit thin on the ground for me I still felt that it held my interest. At the beginning of the story Watson refers to Holmes dinning on occasion with him and his wife. This created a completely new view in my mind of the developing relationship between the pair. I am enjoying reading the stories in the same way that I have enjoyed reading series of modern crime novels as relationships develop as they go along.
  9. "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)
  10. I do not know this story, so may have to go to the library. I'll be back when I've found it.
  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 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)
  13. A seasonal story. Well maybe a little early, but the late-comers might not get to it until Christmas!
  14. "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)
  15. I don't recognise the title, so this may be a new story for me. Back later!
  16. The title is ringing bells, but I can't recall the story. I'll be back when I've read it.
  17. I'd never read any of the Sherlock Holmes stories (or if I had it was so long ago that I've forgotten), and decided, after working with my students on what is essentially a spoof detective story (the very clever "Who Killed Baker?" by Edmund Crispin & Geoffrey Bush), that it was time I did. I duly took The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes out of the local library. I've read three stories out of the twelve and shall emphatically not be reading any more. In the second story, "A Case of Identity", Holmes receives a girl who is very miserable because a man she had been courting and becoming rather fond of has suddenly dropped her, with no explanations, and is nowhere to be found. She had been aspiring to escape from a domineering and manipulative stepfather, who is to all intents and purposes a bit of a miser as well: he would have found himself less well off if his stepdaughter had married. The boyfriend had apparently been afraid of the stepfather, and the couple only met when the latter was away on business in France. The girl is so upset after the disappearance of the fiancé that she cannot envisage meeting another man. It then turns out that the fiancé was the stepfather in disguise. How bloody ridiculous is that? In Shakespeare it is a theatrical convention that nobody sees through a disguise, so that the disguised person effectively becomes someone else. (Even if, "in real life", you would notice, one way or another, that a man was actually a woman...) But at the end of all that nineteenth-century realism? Wouldn't you realise you were walking out with your very own despised stepfather?? Is there any point in my reading any more of this nonsense? Are the more famous works like A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles any better? Please, somebody, reassure me that there is bad Conan Doyle just as there is really bad Agatha Christie (several of the later ones) - and that there is also something worthwhile, akin to the really good Christies. And if so, what?
  18. Hello! The next book up for grabs is The Complete Brigadier Gerard, a rousing tale of heroism and gallantry (tongue firmly in cheek) from the author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Arthur Conan Doyle: Mon Dieu! The extraordinary, sabre-rattling adventures of Gerard, a young French cavalry officer in the time of the Napoleonic wars, introduce a hero who will be adored by fans of Flashman and Sherlock Holmes alike. Gathered here in one edition are both volumes of Conan Doyle's much loved tales, which will delight modern readers with their absurdist humour, infectious warmth and swash-buckling energy. We've got ten copies to give away to BGO subscribers who are based in UK/Europe. Please claim your copy by (1) posting a reply in this thread and (2) sending me a PM. The giveaway closes 27 June 2010!
  19. I have finished A Study in Scarlet, and because I bought the Wordsworth copy through the Amazon link, I am now part way through The Sign of the Four. I have to confess that I am enjoying the Sign of the Four more than Scarlet. Scarlet feels very much like two different stories sandwiched together, although the second half of the book is the explanation for the events of the first half. I preferred the second half of the book although I know that isn't really the Holmes part of the story. I really enjoyed the writing and character development in the second half. I wanted to read more about what had happened in America. I found Sherlock Holmes a difficult character to like. He seems to regard himself as superior to everyone around him (I know he probably is though). Perhaps Conan Doyle felt he hadn't developed a very human character in Scarlet, because I feel that more facets of his personality are being revealed in the Sign of Four. As forensic science must have really been in its infancy then, A Study in Scarlet from that point of view, is a clever tale.
  20. I've only just started this, so don't feel that my post should go on the 'finished' thread. I am reading the story in an elderly, hardback copy of 'The Complete Sherlock Holmes Long Stories', which comes with an authors' preface. i don't know if more recent issues have this, I haven't seen it on either of the online versions I've looked at. According to this preface, A Study In Scarlet was not only the first Sherlock Holmes story, it was Conan Doyles first completed long story, after 10 years of writing short stories. This may explain the feeling, expressed on the 'finished' thread, that it feels like two short stories tacked together. C.D. had yet to develop the skills needed to interweave different aspects of a story into a whole, so maybe we should bear with him? I found the opening passage of the preface interesting, and will start a thread in 'Crime, Thrillers and Mystery' to discuss it. In the few pages of A Study In Scarlet I have read so far, Holmes seems to be a much younger, more animated man than the general perception. Is this more to do with the familiar illustrations from the short stories in Strand Magazine than from C.D.'s writing.? I believe the artist, Sidney Paget, used his elder brother as a model. Watson isn't quite the rotund, pompous character he generally gets portrayed as, either!
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