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.