Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (Scholastic Classics) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A colonel gets 5 seeds within the mail--and dies inside weeks. a tender bride disappears instantly after her marriage ceremony. An outdated hat and a Christmas goose are the one clues to a stolen jewel. A son is accused of his father's homicide. those mysteries--and many more--are dropped at the home on Baker road the place detective Sherlock Holmes is living. No case is just too difficult for the world's most famed sleuth and his amazing powers of deduction.

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And I have some business to do which will take some hours. " "A considerable crime is in contemplation. I have every reason to believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being Saturday rather complicates matters. " "Very well. " He waved his hand, turned on his heel, and disappeared in an instant among the crowd. I trust that I am not more dense than my neighbors, but I was always oppressed with a sense of my own stupidity in my dealings with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had seen what he had seen, and yet from his words it was evident that he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to happen, while to me the whole business was still confused and grotesque.

I thought of the assistant's fondness for photography, and his trick of vanishing into the - 55 - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes -- Arthur Conan Doyle cellar. The cellar! There was the end of this tangled clew. Then I made inquiries as to this mysterious assistant and found that I had to deal with one of the coolest and most daring criminals in London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once more? I could think of nothing save that he was running a tunnel to some other building.

The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw him, and what was it to them, who were playing for thousands? They put in the advertisement, one rogue has the temporary office, the other rogue incites the man to apply for it. and together they manage to secure his absence every morning in the week. " "Had there been women in the house, I should have suspected a mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his house which could account for such elaborate preparations, and such an expenditure as they were at.

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