Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Valley of Fear


I enjoyed the first part where the murder takes place and Holmes solves it. (Of course) But, when in part two the story flips back to uncover the what's, where's and why-fore's I enjoyed this secondary mystery more!
The book is narrated from Dr Watson's perspective when they are called out to solve a murder that has the infamous Moriarty stamp all over it. Solve it they do and then part two is a whole other mystery that explains the first, but then Holmes' premonition from part one comes true!
You have to read this! 

A Scandal in Bohemia


A king of Bohemia arrives at 221b Baker Street and did not expect Sherlock Holmes to recognise him! Silly man. Anyway, it's the eve of announcing his wedding and the dancer that he loved and left (3 F'd) has some pretty damning evidence that his wife-to-be's family just is not going to put up with. He employs Sherlock to retrieve the photograph that could ruin his life.
For the rest of his life Holmes would refer to the dancer (Irene Adler) as "The Woman." To find out why you have to read this amazing short story.

The Red Headed League


When a man gets paid well for sitting in a room copying the encyclopaedia, it stands to reason that he will get the hump when his job abruptly comes to an end with no word from his strange employer.
Of course there's a crime afoot! And who better to solve it than Sherlock Holmes?
But, what crime could possibly need a man to sit in a room for a few hours a day, basically doing nothing of worth, yet getting paid handsomely?
To find out, you shall have to read the story!

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

8/10 Not Doyle's best work, but well worth a read.

James McCarthy is accused of the murder of his father and the evidence against him is overwhelming. Can Holmes save him from the noose and bring the real culprit to justice?
James McCarthy has a secret, he is married. But not to the woman his father wants him to marry. When his father puts the pressure on for him to marry the daughter of the local wealthy landowner, James and his father get into an argument. Witnesses, the blood on his cloak and his own admission put him all in the vicinity at or around the time of the murder. Yet James proclaims his innocence.
Holmes believes him, but can he prove that James is not the killer and bring the real criminal to book?
To find out you will have to read the book.

The Five Orange Pips


John Openshaw arrives when he receives a letter containing five orange pips. Nothing too threatening in that you might say, but his father and uncle died right after receiving the same thing. The only other clue to the originator of the letter is the letters KKK.
It is one of the times we find Holmes truly frustrated by a case. He knows who is responsible. He knows where they are. But, can he catch them?
To find out you will have to read the book.

The Case of Identity


When Mary Sutherland's fiancé disappears on the way to the church for their wedding she turns to Sherlock Holmes to solve the case.
If she leaves her household to marry she will leave her stepfather without her considerable income.
Her fiancé Mr Hosmer Angel has made her promise never to wed another.
What became of her lover? Did he get cold feet? Did something happen to him at the hands of the stepfather? Or is the crime even worse that that?

To find out you will have to read the book.

The Man with the Twisted Lip


I like to think I can work out who the criminal is. In the case of the man with the twisted lip, I had no idea!
When a husband goes missing right after his wife hears him cry out from an upper story of an opium den, and his coat is found weighted with pennies in the river, the police would give him up for dead. Not so Sherlock Holmes. So, what happened to the husband and who is the man with the twisted lip and what does he have to do with the case?

To find out you will have to read the book.