The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Puffin Classics)
Through the foggy streets of Victorian London to the deepest countryside, Sherlock Holmes uses his unique powers of deduction in eight thrilling investigations, including the mysteries of 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Reigate Puzzle'. With a captivating introduction by award-winning Jonathan Stroud.
that there were many people who had the strongest interest in preventing Silver Blaze from being there at the fall of the flag next Tuesday. ‘The fact was, of course, appreciated at King’s Pyland, where the colonel’s training-stable is situated. Every precaution was taken to guard the favourite. The trainer, John Straker, is a retired jockey who rode in Colonel Ross’s colours before he became too heavy for the weighing-chair. He has served the colonel for five years as jockey and for seven as
with terror, her hands groping for help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a drunkard. I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. She writhed as one who is in terrible pain, and her limbs were dreadfully convulsed. At first I thought that she had not recognized me, but as I bent over her she suddenly shrieked out in a voice which I shall never forget, “Oh, my God! Helen! It was the band! The speckled band!”
Liberal as you are with your servants, one can hardly expect that they can buy twenty-guinea walking dresses for their ladies. I questioned Mrs Straker as to the dress without her knowing it, and, having satisfied myself that it had never reached her, I made a note of the milliner’s address and felt that by calling there with Straker’s photograph I could easily dispose of the mythical Derbyshire. ‘From that time on all was plain. Straker had led out the horse to a hollow where his light would be
face. ‘What makes you think such a thing?’ ‘Because Inspector Martin from Norwich has – just passed through. But maybe you are the surgeons. She’s not dead or wasn’t by last accounts. You may be in time to save her yet though it be for the gallows.’ Holmes’s brow was dark with anxiety. ‘We are going to Riding Thorpe Manor,’ said he, ‘but we have heard nothing of what has passed there.’ ‘It’s a terrible business,’ said the stationmaster. ‘They are shot, both Mr Hilton Cubitt and his wife. She
turn. By the way, is there any news of the match?’ ‘Yes, the local evening paper has an excellent account in its last edition. Oxford won by a goal and two tries. The last sentences of the description say: “The defeat of the Light Blues may be entirely attributed to the unfortunate absence of the crack International, Godfrey Staunton, whose want was felt at every instant of the game. The lack of combination in the three-quarter line and their weakness both in attack and defence more than