The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Puffin Classics)
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From the strange case of 'The Red-Headed League' to the extraordinary tale of 'The Engineer's Thumb', Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr Watson grapple with treachery, murder, and ingenious crimes of all kinds. But no case is too challening for the immortal detective's unique power of deduction.
most daring and successful seal and whale fisher. In 1883 he commanded the steam sealer Sea Unicorn, of Dundee. He had then had several successful voyages in succession, and in the following year, 1884, he retired. After that he travelled for some years, and finally he bought a small place called Woodman’s Lee, near Forest Row, in Sussex. There he has lived for six years, and there he died just a week ago today. ‘There were some most singular points about the man. In ordinary life he was a
face showed that his quest was not a successful one. Once only he paused in his patient investigation. ‘Have you taken anything off this shelf, Hopkins?’ ‘No; I have moved nothing.’ ‘Something has been taken. There is less dust in this corner of the shelf than elsewhere. It may have been a book lying on its side. It may have been a box. Well, well, I can do nothing more. Let us walk in these beautiful woods, Watson, and give a few hours to the birds and the flowers. We shall meet you here
he was at work, returning at last with his feet heavy with snow and his features as inscrutable as ever. ‘I think that I have seen now all that there is to see, Mr Holder,’ said he; ‘I can serve you best by returning to my rooms.’ ‘But the gems, Mr Holmes. Where are they?’ ‘I cannot tell.’ The banker wrung his hands. ‘I shall never see them again!’ he cried. ‘And my son? You give me hopes?’ ‘My opinion is in no way altered.’ ‘Then for God’s sake what was this dark business which was acted
only two which I was the means of introducing to his notice, that of Mr Hatherley’s thumb and that of Colonel Warburton’s madness. Of these the latter may have afforded a finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details, that it may be the more worthy of being placed upon record, even if it gave my friend fewer openings for those deductive methods of reasoning by which he achieved such remarkable results. The story has, I
turning out half-crowns by the thousand. We even traced them as far as Reading, but could get no further; for they had covered their traces in a way that showed that they were very old hands. But now, thanks to this lucky chance, I think that we have got them right enough.’ But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not destined to fall into the hands of justice. As we rolled into Eyford station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed up from behind a small clump of trees