July we always celebrate Sherlock Holmes as A Study in Scarlet was published July of 1888, Happy anniversary to our favorite detective!
“The Man With the Twisted Lip” from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Thoughts Before Reviewing:
I grew up reading the short stories or cases of Sherlock Holmes, and I think my favorite collection growing up was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It just has so many good and memorable tales.
This particular story is one of my favorites and I am glad to share it with you all.
A wife is worried for her missing husband and calls upon Sherlock Holmes to help her.
She was walking down the street when her husband was at work and looked up and saw him in the window above an opium den! She rushes up there as quick as she can but no husband is to be found, only a disgusting, dirty man.
She calls the police and as they investigate-discovering his clothes in the river, but no body or blood. They believe the man to have killed her husband but they can’t figure out what happened.
Sherlock is rather puzzled and looks into the history of the man, but there is little to be found. He moved there and makes good money is all that they know.
Sherlock believes the husband has been killed, but then a letter turns up in his handwriting with his signet ring. Sherlock is stuck until he goes to the bathroom and solves it by looking at a bar of soap.
Told you it was a good one!
He goes to the jail where they are holding the man and force him to clean up, revealing that he is the missing husband.
It turned out he was a reporter and went undercover to write a story about beggars. He was a great actor and did so well at doing nothing, making way more money than being the reporter.
He decided to continue, thinking he had every last detail planned out, but was surprised by his wife; reacting quickly and not thinking of his actions. Sherlock makes him stop the begging as it is against the law, and the case is solved.
I just love how he solves it with soap. SOAP! Amazing!
For more Sherlock Holmes, go to The Boscombe Valley Mystery
For more by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, go to A Case of Identity
For more missing husbands, go to He’s Gone
For more short stories, go to The Tell-Tale Purr