THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE

by Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally Published in The Strand Magazine, August 1891. Holmes investigates the strange case of a man whose qualifications for the job of copying encyclopedia entries was his red hair! I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door behind me. “You could not possibly have come at a better time, my Continue reading

A CASE OF IDENTITY

by Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally Published in The Strand Magazine September 1891. Holmes is hired to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a quiet Londoner! “My dear fellow,” said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, “life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which Continue reading

THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY

by Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally Published in The Strand MagazineOctober, 1891. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson board a train to Boscombe Valley to investigate the murder of a local landowner! We were seated at breakfast one morning, my wife and I, when the maid brought in a telegram. It was from Sherlock Holmes and ran in this way: “Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. Leave Paddington by the 11:15.” “What do you say, Continue reading