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THE MYSTERIOUS CASE
OF MR GINGERNUTS
THE CASE OF THE
MY FIRST PROPER
THE MAN WITH
THE HAIRY FACE
A GANDER AT
THE BLUE CARBUNCLE
The Speckled band speculation
The Adventure of the Engineer’s Tongue
The Mysterious marriage of the Gay Bachelor
The Secret Predicament of the Stupid Banker
The Adventure of the Psychedelic Trees
The Relish of Rampant Rod
The Memoir of the Gruesome Packet
The TERROR OF THE YELLOW FACE
DEATH BY DANDRUFF
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An esteemed new client engages the services of Sherlock Holmes. He embarks upon an adventure that takes him all the way across London whilst Dr. Watson tries to extricate himself from a very unwise marriage. Watson moves into 221 Baker Street where he receives an unexpected early-morning call from Mrs. Hudson, who has something of great importance to share with him.
Mr. Jabez Wilson is the most laborious man in London but he has a mysterious story that fascinates Sherlock Holmes and interests Dr. Watson (because he has funds to pay for their services). They head for the City of London taking in a lunch with Oscar Wilde and Thomas Hardy before grappling with John Watson’s Great Uncle Eric in bizarre circumstances.
The formidable Miss Mary Sutherland consults Sherlock Holmes about a mysterious and elusive suitor. She tells her story from Watson’s ancient Egyptian chair, the Mummy Couch, but he is more worried about her hefty derriere breaking the antique heirloom than her missing lover. Later on, Watson is introduced to Holmes’s parents for the first time and discovers he has an amorous admirer in Sherlock and Mycroft’s sister, Rachel.
Mrs Hudson forces Holmes and Watson to settle a trivial feud. They embark upon an eventful railway journey to Ross-on-Wye where Inspector Lestrade is on the case of a brutal murder, which has taken place near a lake surrounded with dog turds. Lestrade has made some obvious conclusions to make a water-tight case against a young man but the Sherlock Holmes dives into the undercurrent of local society and discovers a string of old relationships that tell a different story.
Holmes witnesses the death of his Nanny (in Mrs Hudson’s apartment) but has no time to grieve before a fascinating visitor thrusts a new mystery upon him. The man’s life is in great danger, so Holmes and Watson give him an armed escort to Waterloo station. However, the client makes himself vulnerable to his pursuers by stopping off for refreshment at a notorious den of iniquity. When they return to 221B Baker Street they find Professor Moriarty in attendance.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson bump into one another in an infamous opium den in East London. Holmes is on a commission from a lady in Kent to find her husband, who has gone missing. For no apparent reason, they travel to her family house in Kent and spend a bizarre night of bumpiness, but by dawn Holmes has made a startling deduction. They travel back to London, to Bow Street police station, where they reveal the culprit and a solution to the mystery. When they go in search of breakfast afterwards, they encounter Professor Moriarty, who always starts his working day even earlier than the famous detective duo.
It is later December in 1889. A battered old hat is the only clue to the mysterious disappearance of a Christmas lunch. But when Sherlock Holmes lays out the facts of the case, Watson finds them incorrigible. A startling revelation at 221B Baker Street adds the dimension of a jewel theft, which sends the detective duo on a tour around central London where they encounter two of the three hazards on the bucket-list of life that a gentleman must never do. The clues that they uncover brings them back to Baker Street for a seemingly infeasible conclusion.
The day after a gathering of Sherlock’s family at 221B Baker Street in which Horatio – Sherlock’s violin – makes its debut, Miss Sharon Stoner engages the great detective to find out why her sister, Sandra, died in suspicious circumstances two years previously. Now, she is in fear of her own life. Holmes and Watson accompany their terrified client to her family home in Leatherhead where they have to overcome an irascible stepfather, a baboon, a cheetah and something much more deadly!
Holmes and Watson attend Ascot Races as guests of Lord Coventry. On the first day they lose all their money but, luckily, next morning they are engaged by a new client – an engineer who has had his thumb sliced off by a German chopper. When he describes how something more intimate has been bitten off in a scene of such horror it puts Watson off his breakfast, they go in pursuit of the villains. Meanwhile, at Ascot, Dr. Watson is befriended by The Prince of Wales and given a hot tip by The Jewish Chronicle in the Gold Cup. If the horse wins it will not only recover their losses but also pay the rent arrears at 221B Baker Street.
When Lord St. Simon, the loftiest, sniffiest aristocrat in the country, consults Sherlock Holmes, a story of fantastic intrigue opens up for the great detective. Just why was this magnificent “catch” on the marriage circuit jilted at the altar? Why did he choose a bride who comes from America, certainly not a debutante and may not even be alive? And just why did he destroy Watson’s favourite cuckoo clock? This intriguing story plays with the social classes of the Victorian era and is full of sinister twists and turns, the most dangerous being one of Sherlock’s arch enemies.
Holmes and Watson are given an early morning surprise when a well-dressed man visits 221B Baker Street. Events of the night before have sent the City banker into a frenzy and he starts to tear his hair out in front of the great detective. Holmes and Watson travel to south London, to the modest home of their new client, only to find a disparate family at loggerheads over something that went bump in the night. The finger of guilt is pointed firmly at the client’s son but Holmes thinks differently and launches himself into the mystery whilst Watson evokes an extraordinary metal-bending practice from his army days in India, with calamitous results. The adventure ends with an initiation for Dr Watson to The Diogenes Club.
Dr. Watson returns from a staff night out with The Strand magazine to find Sherlock Holmes manufacturing a new hallucinogenic narcotic with his chemistry set. When professional nanny Miss Violet Hunter consults the great detective about a job offer in Winchester, Sherlock Holmes believes that the standard of clientele has hit rock bottom. Nevertheless, he finds her extremely attractive, and when she asks for his help in her new position, he answers her call enthusiastically. After an intoxicating lunch in Winchester, Holmes and Watson supplement their wine pudding with ‘chimps’ – the tablet form of the new narcotic – so when they reach the home of Miss Hunter’s employer, they are flying through the cosmos! They perceive an avenue of copper beeches to be a kaleidoscope of psychedelic trees; experience a myriad of mind-boggling spectacles; uncover a sexual peccadillo of their client’s and use the Manstopper revolver without the respect it deserves.
Rampant Rod is the top racehorse of his generation, unbeaten and ante-post favourite for the St Leger, who has gone missing from his yard and the trainer has been murdered. Holmes and Watson are more than happy to investigate but they would prefer to find the horse, seeing as they have backed him to the hilt, including the rent money from their landlady’s safe. Just as they are leaving for Tavistock in Devon, one of Watson’s old army chums turns up at 221B Baker Street. Colonel Archie Tugwell is a handsome looking chap, a teller of embarrassing stories and a notorious rake; within a few minutes of meeting Mrs. Hudson he is trying to mount her, and she is not exactly fighting him off. Watson thinks it safer to take Archie to Devon with them. During the journey Holmes and the Colonel grate against one another, but by the time they have met the owner – another army officer, Colonel Tosser – they are in the perfect position to try and solve the crime and find the horse in time for the race. If they fail, they face ruination!
It is a sunny day in April. There are no clients, so Watson persuades Holmes to take a gentle stroll through Hyde Park. They encounter a party of schoolboys stripping off to swim in the Serpentine. Whilst the boys crowd around Holmes for autographs Mr. Henderson, the schoolmaster, makes a pass at Watson. Being an ex-army chap he is offended by the invitation. On the way back Holmes tries to broaden his companion’s bigoted outlook, but to no avail. Mr. Munro awaits them in Baker Street – he is mystified by his wife visiting a local cottage and suspects her of having an affair. Worse still, the cottage seems to occupied by a demon with a yellow face, which evokes childhood nightmares for Watson. A guerilla raid on the property by Holmes and Watson results in a shocking outcome for their client and a life-changing moment for the Doctor. That evening, Holmes and Watson invite Mr. Henderson to attend an am-dram production of Dick Whittington starring Mrs Hudson. When Watson sneaks off to roger Holmes’s sister, Rachel, he thinks that he is heading to sensual heaven, but in fact he is descending to blackmail hell.
Watson’s house in South Kensington is up for sale. Miss Clytenmestra Fanning has made an appointment to view the property without realising she would be in competition with Professor Moriarty, which is also a surprise for Watson. She has travelled all the way from Philadelphia and is in no mood for barter. She makes a shut-out bid and writes a cheque. But what was Moriarty doing there in the first place?
A puzzled Watson walks to Baker Street where Holmes has been engaged by Mr. Gemini Winters to investigate his mysterious job offer. They embark upon a train journey to Birmingham where they meet a man with the most dreadful dandruff. The man acts suspiciously and it isn’t long before Holmes establishes his devious motivations. After a nasty medical cock-up they return to London and are forced to intervene in a murderous hostage situation in London’s grandest hotel, the architect being none other than James Moriarty.