The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Detective Stories

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W. R. Caldwell, 1905 - Detective and mystery stories, English - 381 pages
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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

Sherlock Holmes is back from the dead. There are some good mysteries here. I liked The Six Napoleons best as I worked out what was going on. There's also some very fine writing; The Solitary Cyclist ... Read full review

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User Review  - ladypembroke - LibraryThing

Took my time getting through this volume since there were so many stories, and I wanted time to appreciate them all. Reading these is fun, but I do agree with Sherlock's assessment that Watson leaves ... Read full review



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Page 213 - I dare call nothing trivial when I reflect that some of my most classic cases have had the least promising commencement. You will remember, Watson, how the dreadful business of the Abernetty family was first brought to my notice by the depth which the parsley had sunk into the butter upon a hot day. I can't afford, therefore, to smile at your three broken busts, Lestrade, and I shall be very much obliged to you if you will let me hear of any fresh developments of so singular a chain of events.
Page 176 - One should always look for a possible alternative, and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation. " " What, then, is the alternative ? " "The line of investigation which I have myself been pursuing. It may give us nothing. I cannot tell. But at least 1 shall follow it to the end.
Page 62 - Every problem becomes very childish when once it is explained to you. Here is an unexplained one. See what you can make of that, friend Watson.
Page 223 - The Press, Watson, is a most valuable institution if you only know how to use it. And now, if you have quite finished, we will hark back to Kensington and see what the manager of Harding Brothers has to say to the matter." The founder of that great emporium proved to be a brisk, crisp little person, very dapper and quick, with a clear head and a ready tongue. "Yes, sir, I have already read the account in the evening papers. Mr. Horace Harker is a customer of ours. We supplied him with the bust some...
Page 14 - I then passed through Persia, looked in at Mecca, and paid a short but interesting visit to the khalifa at Khartoum, the results of which I have communicated to the Foreign Office.
Page 232 - Holmes' pale cheeks, and he bowed to us like the master dramatist who receives the homage of his audience. It was at such moments that for an instant he ceased to be a reasoning machine, and betrayed his human love for admiration and applause. The same singularly proud and reserved nature which turned away with disdain from popular notoriety was capable of being moved to its depths by spontaneous wonder and praise from a friend.
Page 160 - ... not include some account of this very unusual affair. During the first week of July, my friend had been absent so often and so long from our lodgings that I knew he had something on hand. The fact that several rough-looking men called during that time and inquired for Captain Basil made me understand that Holmes was working somewhere under one of the numerous disguises and names with which he concealed his own formidable identity. He had at least five small refuges in different parts of London,...
Page 62 - You see, my dear Watson" — he propped his test-tube in the rack, and began to lecture with the air of a professor addressing his class — " it is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor and each simple in itself. If, after doing so, one simply knocks out all the central inferences and presents one's audience with the startingpoint and the conclusion, one may produce a startling, though possibly a meretricious, effect.
Page 235 - Thank you !" and as he turned away, it seemed to me that he was more nearly moved by the softer human emotions than I had ever seen him. A moment later he was the cold and practical thinker once more. "Put the pearl in the safe, Watson," said he, "and get out the papers of the Conk-Singleton forgery ease.
Page 197 - Well, well, my dear fellow, be it so. We have shared the same room for some years, and it would be amusing if we ended by sharing the same cell. You know, Watson, I don't mind confessing to you that I have always had an idea that I would have made a highly efficient criminal.

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