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Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

Happy Smiles Guys, I am really excited to talk to you today. Let me tell you about a little mystery. Imagine a MYSTERY. See what happened yesterday-
Default Sharky Smiles… the book?
Happy Smiles Yes! The book had this fantastic little thing in it-
Default Sharky I mean can we TALK about the book?
Happy Smiles Absolutely, that’s what this review is all about. The book. And while I was reading this book, guess what I fou-
Angry Sharky 4 SMILES.
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Quiet Sharky
Shocked Smiles Fiiiiine.
Default Sharky You can tell the story at the end. Now, stay focused.
Default Smiles Aww. Okay. Imagine you strike up a friendship with a highly eccentric man with an impressively analytical mind. You end up rooming together, spending your days reading and chatting, until crime arises. Your friend is intrigued, and drags you along as he sets about solving the case. Sound familiar? It should, because this is exactly what we said about Dupin and his friend, but now we’re using it in the context of why it probably sounds familiar to more of you. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
Happy Sharky2 Once again we’ve read three short stories, to keep things balanced amongst all the detectives. Our first experience with Holmes was the full novel A Study in Scarlet, where Watson officially meets Holmes for the first time and their relationship is established. I’ll admit, I thought jumping straight into the short stories might be confusing for a new reader, but they seem to work just as well. The stories we choose to read were A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red Headed League, and The Speckled Band, all very strong stories and unique in their own way, and an excellent three to start with if you’re new.

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Default Smiles Oh man, these stories are GREAT. From a character standpoint, they never forget to show Holmes’ eccentricity and intensity, or Watson’s loyalty and sense of adventure, or the loyalty he inspires. Not in the sense that the story grinds to a halt to shove their character traits in our faces. It’s all done very organically, so a new reader can easily follow along with what these people are like and how they relate to each other, and an old reader isn’t sighing because WE KNOW THIS INFORMATION ALREADY.
Happy Sharky2 And from a mystery standpoint… man, these stories are great. As much as I love Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries too, I love it even more when a mystery doesn’t need a murder. This is why we love kid detective stories, because they have to be creative with their mysteriousness without resorting to ‘and then he died’.
Happy Smiles That’s not to say someone doesn’t die. The third story is a murder. But the point still stands. A Scandal in Bohemia is about compromising mail that needs to be retrieved because it could damage some very important people. If that sounds like Poe’s The Purloined Letter, it’s broadly the same concept, but taken in a completely fantastic direction. The first Holmes short story that was published after A Study in Scarlet, it marks the one and only time (in print anyway), that Holmes was ever outwitted. What a way to kick off a series! No matter how many times he succeeds, no matter how pleased of himself he gets-
Happy Sharky2 And he gets VERY pleased with himself.
Happy Smiles - there’s always going to be the fact that Irene Adler impressed him so much by outwitting him that he talks about her as The Woman. That’s a story and a half.
Happy Sharky The second story is also great, mostly because of how… weird it is. It’s such a different way of tackling a crime and I don’t want to spoil the ending. But here’s how it starts. This is the story of a pawnbroker with very red hair, whose assistant tells him that ‘The Red Headed League’ has advertised in the paper looking for people. This is an organisation supposedly set up by an eccentric red headed man when he died, to make sure red headed people can make money. The pawnbroker answers the ad, and for the next month or so has to sit in an office for a few hours every day copying an encyclopaedia, for pretty good money. And then one day, the office is suddenly closed, with a sign on the door saying the League has been dissolved.
Happy Smiles Honestly, WHAT is going on there? It’s great. The third story is the murder mystery, one of those tense and stressful affairs where you and the people in the story are absolutely sure a crime’s been committed, but can’t prove it. Though there’s also a frankly hilarious scene where someone tries to bully Holmes into stopping his investigation, and he very calmly and cheerfully sends him on his way. Good stuff. There’s a lot more stories, of course, but if you just want to try out a few, these are the ones to try. And NOW-
Sassy Sharky Oh boy.
Default Smiles The exciting story you’ve all been waiting for! So, SO, I was reading the book right, and then suddenly I see this:

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Shocked Smiles Oh, I say to myself, that looks like an untrimmed page. That’s fine, I’ll just flip to it and trim the edge mysel-

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Shocked Smiles Wait. Is that a NOTE? And hilariously on the same page as a note being discussed in the book? There’s an address here too. Alright, off to Google maps.
Hm. No Black and Decker here. Must have closed down a long time ago. This is a pretty old second hand book, after all.
Ah. The note says service station at the top. Maybe I’ll just google Black and Decker service stations in Newcastle, just for fun. … well, nothing specific.
Oh, here’s a site reviewing power tool supply and repair shops. I guess it’s a dead end though, because none of the shops have been reviewed or starred, nobody probably uses this si- wait. ONE shop’s been given five stars. It’s hard to miss. I wonder what it’s call-

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Happy Smiles LOOK AT THAT.
Happy Sharky That is just amazing.
smiles-intensifies It’s either the BEST coincidence, or the BEST joke from the previous owner of the book. Either way, IT IS THE BEST.

3 thoughts on “Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. Wtf? You have to chase this down and find out more about “Watson Tool Hire Repairs” (strange name btw). It could be code!

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