Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Review: The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Part II)
"The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist"
A young woman arrives at Baker Street asking for advice from Holmes about a mystery man who always follows her while she trains to and from her employment every weekend at a distance, but only for a short stretch of her journey. The young woman mentions the fact that she is engaged, but has had to fight out men from seeking her hand in recent weeks (and after her visit must refuse her widowed employer). Holmes makes some inquires and sends Watson to investigate before learning of his client's decision to leave her employer after his marriage proposal, he then insists on getting to her at once to ensure her safely to the train but arrive too late to find her cab and team deserted on the road. Holmes and Watson meet the mystery cyclist who seems to know what is happening, the three rescue the young woman from a forced marriage meant to gain her far-off uncle's fortune.
4 1/2 STARS
"The Adventure of the Priory School"
The head of a prestigious school arrives at Baker Street exhausted, looking for help in finding a missing student who is the sole child and heir of a political important Duke. Holmes and Watson travel north with the headmaster and begin investigating with very interesting results. The best story of the book so far.
"The Adventure of Black Peter"
Watson along with the readers enter the investigation half way through as Holmes arrives for breakfast with a harpoon in hand followed soon after by Inspector Stanley Hopkins, whom Holmes has hopes for. Hopkins has followed Holmes methods as best he could to find the murderer of Peter Carey, a horrible former whaler captain found dead in his cabin with a harpoon through him and into the wall. The trio go to the cabin and find evidence that someone tried to break-in the previous night. After Holmes investigates inside, the trio await and capture the burglar who Hopkins believes to be his murderer. However, Holmes has a surprise for young Hopkins.