Monday, March 24, 2014

#BookReview--> The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Title and Author: The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Print Length: 61 Pages
Publication Date: 1892
Language: English
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Short Story, Detective Fiction, Classics

My Review:

Julia Stoner died mysteriously and very dramatically in her room with the last words out of her mouth being “…it was the speckled band!”
Now her twin, Helen Stoner is here in Baker Street to ask the help of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. She is afraid of her violent step father who likes baboons and cheetah as pets and has a soft spot for the gypsies who are allowed to camp on his grounds. Helen is afraid and suspicious about her sister’s death just before her marriage. Now as Helen’s own marriage is near, the mysterious whistle and a heavy metal clang sound is heard again in the middle of the night and she has been shifted in the room where her sister died under the pretext of having repairs in her own room.

Can Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery of Julia Stoner’s sudden death and the mystery of her last words?
Is the speckled handkerchief worn by the gypsies in any way related to Julia’s last reference to a speckled band?
Can Helen’s story be believed?
Why is Helen’s father, Dr. Roylott against any investigation in his daughter’s death?

This story is one of the fifty six short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and one of the four “locked room mysteries” written by him. This story was first published in 1892 in the Strand Magazine. Arthur Conan Doyle considered this story his best Holmes story. He also published this story under a different name in the US and also wrote and produced a play based on it. The character of Sherlock Holmes is based on Doyle’s professor in college, Dr. Bell who treated his patients using his skills of observation and deduction.

The story is narrated by Dr. Watson, friend and assistant of Sherlock Holmes, in first person. The author takes the role of Dr. Watson who gives the details of the mystery from the point of view of an ordinary man who is often amazed and wowed by the deductions of Sherlock Holmes. The plot is tightly plotted and admirably executed with the author succeeding in intriguing and mystifying the reader. The solutions when they come leave the reader shocked and totally bowled over. The mystery is ingenious in its construction and execution. The circumstances are crisply explained and the writing is simple with no specific emphasis on the usage of difficult words.

I have read this story numerous times and still felt awed by the ingenious way in which the crime happens. Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite detectives and I have grown up reading his mysteries. This particular short story is my favorite among the other fifty five short stories by Doyle mostly because I totally loved the novel way in which the crime was committed. Guaranteed to shock you and impress you, this is a must read from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 5/5 super shiny stars to it. :)

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