Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

My teaser today is from The Adventure of the Dancing Men in Favourite Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Holmes had been seated for some hours in silence, with his long thin back curved over a chemical vessel in which he was brewing a particularly malodorous product. His head was sunk upon his breast, and he looked from my point of view like a strange, lank bird, with grey dull plumage and a black top-knot.

‘So, Watson, said he, suddenly, ‘you do not propose to invest in South African securities?’ (page 57)

Favourite Sherlock Holmes Stories is a collection of twelve stories that Arthur Conan Doyle rated as his very best. It includes what Conan Doyle described as ‘the grim snake story’, The Speckled Band, and The Red-Headed League and The Dancing  Men on account of the originality of the plot of each.

It  also includes his first story – A Scandal in Bohemia; the story that deceived the public with the erroneous death of Holmes –  The Final Problem;  and the story that explained away the alleged death of Holmes – The Empty House.

8 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday

  1. Now that I can get them on the Kindle and don’t have to drag the whole book around with me, I might actually get round to reading Holmes. I’m rather Sherlocked out at the moment though as a friend lent me the recent TV series and we watched them on three successive evenings. This proved to be a mistake as although I could see that they were very clever, I ended up really disliking Sherlock. I think I really do need to go back to the original.


    1. Annie, I did rather like the new Sherlock Holmes series, but can imagine the overload of watching them on successive evenings! Having never read the originals I didn’t know how true to them they were – which is one reason I borrowed this book from the library – and of course more are available on Kindle as well.


  2. I haven’t tried Sherlock Holmes books but watching on t.v. the above description seems accurate. The character in the series often seems a little odd even macabre.


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