July we always celebrate Sherlock Holmes as A Study in Scarlet was published July of 1888, making it 130 years old. Happy anniversary to our favorite detective!
“The Boscombe Valley Mystery” from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
One day Watson is relaxing with his wife when he gets a note from Sherlock asking if he can join him for a few days on a case. Mary agrees it is a good idea as she believes Watson is in need of an adventure.
Lestrade has asked Holmes to look over a case as he is a bit unsure. Charles McCarthy is a well-off Australian expatriate. He has a son, James, and the two have been estranged for ages.
Witnesses say that McCarthy went out to the Bascombe Valley pond to meet someone, and then James also went out with a gun.
The lodge-keeper’s daughter saw the two fighting, and took off to get her parents, then heard James’ call for help as his father was dead.
James was of course arrested. But Alice Turner, daughter of McCarthy’s friend John Turner, believes in James innocence-as she loves him. She begs Holmes to save her guy, and Holmes intrigued by the case and convinced there is more than meets the eye, agrees.
Thoughts After Reading:
A great twist. And as always, a thought provoking mystery.
For more Sherlock Holmes, go to A Case of Identity
For more short stories, go to The Black Velvet Ribbon
For more from The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, go toThe Red Headed League
For more by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, go to The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
For more estranged fathers, go to The Undoing of Saint Silvanus