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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Man with the Twisted Lip - a Sherlock Holmes short story

The Man with the Twisted Lip by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle                                      a Sherlock Holmes short story


The Man with the Twisted Lip is part of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes collection and Holmes’ 10thcase.

This is my least favored Sherlock Holmes case yet. It is pretty forgettable. 

SPOILER ALERT – The following contains a spoiler.

It is simply the case of a respectable newspaper man, who leads a double life, begging the streets of London in disguise because he makes more money begging than he does as a reporter. The beggar is arrested on suspicion of murdering the reporter – who is necessarily missing, since the beggar is locked up. Holmes eventually just figures out the double identity is the only possible explanation. Case solved. Yawn.

Probably the reason I’d never heard of this case. Of course, the begging, under false pretense, has some contemporary significance, but still – yawn.

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