“A Scandal in Bohemia” from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Thoughts Before Reviewing:
Now that we have done the first two novels of Sherlock Holmes, we have moved into his short stories. As with all short stories, I’ll be posting them on Sunday instead of during the week (except for a few special cases).
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.
So “A Scandal in Bohemia” is probably a story you are familiar with. I’m sure many of you have probably read this story or seen the Sherlock version (which I hated)
It is one of my favorites and I am glad to share it with you all.
The Bohemian King comes to Sherlock for help, first in disguise but of course Sherlock sees through that, to ask for his help. He is to be married, but before the engagement he had had a relationship with the beautiful Irene Adler. He has tried to get it back a very incriminating photograph through begging, payment, bribery, theft, etc; but nothing has netted it.
Sherlock does some reconnaissance on her and ends up being the witness at her wedding!
Sherlock continues on his plan to get the photograph by dressing up as a minister and having Watson create a fuss about fire in order to determine the secret hiding place of the photograph. When Irene goes to retrieve it and protect it, Sherlock spies on her and leaves planning on returning the next day for it before she leaves on her honeymoon.
On the way home he is greeted by a young boy, one he does not know but that isn’t very odd, after all he is a known figure. The next day the three men set out to retrieve the photograph but find Irene gone.
Irene has left a note explaining that she thought there was something suspicious about the “fire”, dressed up as a boy to research it, and figured out the plan of Sherlock Holmes; besting him by leaving that night.
She leaves the picture behind, as she is married she no longer needs it; forever going down in history as the one who bested the greatest detective, and becoming the woman.
Thoughts After Reading:
One of my favorites as Irene just kicks butt.
She’s everything we want to be: intelligent, cunning, beautiful, witty, etc. And she is the only one to outsmart the Sherlock Holmes.
For more by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, go to The Sign of the Four
For more Sherlock Holmes, go to A Study in Scarlet
For more short stories, go to The Murders in Rue Morgue
For more mysteries with private detectives, go to The Missing Housewife
For more mysteries that involve a wedding, go to Murder Well Done