At the age of 5 I read my first Sherlock Holmes story as penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Posted: 11 July 2011 in books
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The Speckled Band (original Strand Magazine illustration by Sidney Paget)

The Speckled Band (original Strand Magazine illustration by Sidney Paget)

At the age of 5 I read my first Sherlock Holmes story as penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Nearly 4 decades later I am still reading them – dipping into the complete canon every couple of years as a refresher.

I was lucky in that the story I picked is widely acknowledged as one of the very best, indeed Conan Doyle himself frequently cited it as perhaps the best tale of the Great Detective that he wrote.

“The Speckled Band” was first published in Strand Magazine in February 1892 and was the eighth of the twelve stories later collected under the banner of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”. Holmes and Watson are engaged by Helen Stoner to investigate the suspicious death of her sister Julia at the ancestral home at Stoke Moran. During course of the adventure the detective and his friend encounter the tyrannical Dr Grimesby Roylott and the horrifying instrument of death that is being directed at the surviving sister.

In less pages than the average writer devotes to a book chapter in the 21st century, Conan Doyle presents the reader with a classic locked room mystery, a grotesque villain, and heroes that can never be defeated.

Learn a tad more about “The Speckled Band” here

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