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The Speckled Band

The Speckled Band Three of the Arthur Conan Doyle s most popular stories The Speckled Band The Dancing Men and The Blue Carbuncle are brought together to form this unique collection Selected for their wealth of chara

Three of the Arthur Conan Doyle s most popular stories, The Speckled Band, The Dancing Men and The Blue Carbuncle are brought together to form this unique collection Selected for their wealth of characters, brilliant plots and dramatic suspense, these stories make an excellent introduction to the world s best known detective.

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  1. Arthur Conan Doyle John O'Connor says:
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish They were married in 1855.Although he is now referred to as Conan Doyle , the origin of this compound surname if that is how he meant it to be understood is uncertain His baptism record in the registry of St Mary s Cathedral in Edinburgh gives Arthur Ignatius Conan as his Christian name, and simply Doyle as his surname It also names Michael Conan as his godfather.At the age of nine Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst He then went on to Stonyhurst College, leaving in 1875.From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh This required that he provide periodic medical assistance in the towns of Aston now a district of Birmingham and Sheffield While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories His first published story appeared in Chambers s Edinburgh Journal before he was 20 Following his graduation, he was employed as a ship s doctor on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885.In 1885 Conan Doyle married Louisa or Louise Hawkins, known as Touie She suffered from tuberculosis and died on 4 July 1906 The following year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie, whom he had first met and fallen in love with in 1897 Due to his sense of loyalty he had maintained a purely platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was alive Jean died in London on 27 June 1940.Conan Doyle fathered five children Two with his first wife Mary Louise 28 January 1889 12 June 1976 , and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley, known as Kingsley 15 November 1892 28 October 1918 With his second wife he had three children Denis Percy Stewart 17 March 1909 9 March 1955 , second husband in 1936 of Georgian Princess Nina Mdivani circa 1910 19 February 1987 former sister in law of Barbara Hutton Adrian Malcolm 19 November 1910 3 June 1970 and Jean Lena Annette 21 December 1912 18 November 1997.Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930 He had died of a heart attack at age 71 His last words were directed toward his wife You are wonderful The epitaph on his gravestone in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire, reads STEEL TRUEBLADE STRAIGHTARTHUR CONAN DOYLEKNIGHTPATRIOT, PHYSICIAN MAN OF LETTERSConan Doyle s house, Undershaw, located in Hindhead, south of London, where he had lived for a decade, had been a hotel and restaurant between 1924 and 2004 It now stands empty while conservationists and Conan Doyle fans fight to preserve it.A statue honours Conan Doyle at Crowborough Cross in Crowborough, where Conan Doyle lived for 23 years There is also a statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the house where Conan Doyle was born.Series Sherlock Holmes

Comment 456 on “The Speckled Band

  1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:
    This is it The Sherlock Holmes short story I ve been waiting for A drawn, frightened woman comes to Sherlock and Dr Watson for help Though Helen Stoner is only about 30, she s haggard and graying She and her twin sister Julia have been living with their stepfather, Dr Roylott, for several years in a decaying Victorian mansion in Surrey He s a brutal, harsh man who spent many years living in India not that that s a clue or anything The family hasn t got a lot of money any , but with the girls inh [...]

  2. Jean says:
    Oh, my God Helen It was the band The speckled band The Adventure of the Speckled Band is one of the most ingenious of the 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes The author himself considered this one to be his best Sherlock Holmes story It is now published as the eighth of the twelve stories collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes , although it was first published in February 1892, in The Strand magazine A few years later, in Augus [...]

  3. m a r y l i z says:
    Woooooooow O_OThis is still one of the best mysteries I ve read The suspense is incredible, and I felt my heart pounding during the climax even though I ve already read this once in the past.The BEST Sherlock Holmes story that I ve encountered yet perfect for reading on a blustery autumn day 5 stars

  4. Amina says:
    I can say that this is one of the best S.H stories, this man is rad, even with insufficient data, he managed to get things right, Sir Arthur, chapeau


  5. Sanjay Gautam says:
    If it s Sherlock Holmes, you know its good.

  6. Liv Fisher says:
    I read this a few years ago for school, and oh my crumpets I never thought I d like this story, but this is kinda what got me hooked on the BBC s Sherlock.

  7. Rachel says:
    Possibly my favorite of all the Sherlock adventures.

  8. cass☽ says:
    First of the Sherlock Holmes stories I ve ever read and I loved it I had pretty high expectations because of the TV show but wooooow, okay, I m going out to read all the rest of his stories and marvel in how awesome they are, if they re anything like this one.

  9. Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess says:
    5 Words Perfect length for a cuppa.

  10. Jaksen says:
    One of the classics of classics in the entire Sherlock Holmes series.A woman comes to Mr Holmes with a strange problem involving a weird stepfather, an old house, an inheritance, wild animals which live on the estate, and yes, just what is the speckled band When I first read this as a child I thought the band might be a wandering group of some sorts, perhaps Romas or gypsies living in the woods Then I considered it might be like a headband, popular head gear when I was a girl Or maybe it was a b [...]

  11. Sifat says:
    Helen Stoner counsels Sherlock Holmes about the passing of her twin sister, Julia, who kicked the bucket before her wedding, crying that it was the Speckled Band Holmes must research their mom s domain and the unsavory Dr Roylott, Helen s stepfather, who enables tramps to camp on his home and has both a cheetah and a primate going crazy in the grounds Be that as it may, would helen be able to be accepted Is Dr Roycroft as terrible as he appears Further, can the specked hankies worn about the nec [...]

  12. Author-ization says:
    Interesting, engaging Sherlock Holmes mystery that I read for school This ending passage was funny And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master at the other side Some of the blows of my cane came home and roused its snakish temper, so that it flew upon the first person it saw In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr Grimesby Roylott s death, and I cannot say that it is likely to weigh very heavily upon my conscience Sherlock Holmes is witty, clever, intelligent i [...]


  13. Allie Mayenschein (alliecatreads) says:
    This was a super intriguing one I am not sure why the woman would not let Holmes and Watson speak of the events until her untimely death, but this was one of the interesting stories, in my opinion It really had me scratching my head at what the hell the speckled band was, which I really loved because it was interesting The story had a very sinister tone to it, which I picked up on right away Overall, I definitely really loved this one



  14. Kathrin says:
    This case is so far my favorite out of this series We finally get to following along while the case develops instead of listening to the explanations of the perpetrators or Sherlock himself.



  15. Merve Özcan says:
    kitabisevda 2012 lk Sherlock denemem Filmlerden daha samimi buldum asl nda Tabii tamamen ayr ahsiyetler olarakda adland ramam onlar Neden ilk kitap de ilde k sa bir yk den ba lad m merak ediyor olmal s n z Hemen cevapland ray m, derste i leyece iz The Moonstone u okudu um ders i in En az ndan derse haz rlanmak eziyet olmuyor benim i in.Hikaye ilk olarak 1892 de yay nlanm Dili pek a r olmasada bug n al k olmad m z bir sl pla anlat l yor tabiiki de.Sevdim mi peki A k as ilgin ti lk kitab ya da di [...]

  16. Pedram says:
    Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another Top notch art of deduction, data gathering and bravado to act in the face of death The story underlines how professional and goal oriented Sherlock Holmes was Of note, i think the outstanding point of this plot was the grim nature of stepfather daughter relationship due to financial matters very very interesting Not the first time Conan Doyle unmasks crooked intrafamilial affairs.

  17. Jason Koivu says:
    Sinister dealings and Holmes in action The Speckled Band gets Sherlock Holmes out of his Baker Street residence for a night and shows that he s quick in ways than one This may have been the very first Holmes story I ever read if I m remembering correctly and it was a joy to read again


  18. Jennifer says:
    Wow For such a short story it sure packed a lot of punch The tension just ratcheted right up, and before I even realized it, my heart was in my throat.

  19. Badseedgirl says:
    Apparently Sherlock Holmes just refuses to bring killers to the proper authorities.

  20. Su says:
    The Adventure Of The Speckled Band is one of the finest among the Sherlock Holmes stories What makes the story so special is that it is being one of four Sherlock Holmes stories which contains locked room murder The story focuses on a bride who lost her sister , named Helen who is in the fear of death She thinks she will be murdered with the same way that her sister died and she has this feeling that she will face the same fate As a result of this fear she goes to Holmes and his reliable compani [...]

  21. Sana says:
    Oh , my God Helen It was the band The speckled band After Julia Stoner went to her aunt s house at Christmas , She became engaged to a half pay major.Before few nights from her death she heard a low clear whistleevery night in the same time.Then , in a wild night , the wind was very strong and the rainwas beating against the windows amidst all that , burst a wild scream of Julia.Helen her twin sprang from her bed , As she opened the door ,she heard the low whistle and then a metallic sound.Her s [...]

  22. Jenna says:
    THIS IS THE DETECTIVE STORY I WAS WAITING FOR I mean, okay, sure, I may be a little biased because I adore Sherlock Holmes, but this was such a good short story It wasn t bogged down with ridiculous exposition and instead we actually got to see our heroes in action as they worked together to catch the killer I read this short story for my Crime Fiction and Film class at university, and it is very clear to see why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s stories are so popular The narrative was thrilling, the ch [...]


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