The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a Sherlock Holmes short story from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes collection. According to The Annotated Sherlock Holmes, it was Holmes 15thcase.
A good story; I liked it, but I gotta tell you something I’m getting tired of.
Holmes sees some insignificant item, a worn out old hat in this case, and deduces all sorts of things about the owner – and Watson is incredulous, just can’t believe it.
C’mon Doc (actually C’mon Sir ACD). At some point, Watson – pretty smart bloke himself, should just realize – I don’t know how he does it, but he’s done it before, and he’s always right, so I’ll just believe him.
But back to the story, about an old hat – missing its owner, and a Christmas goose, probably of the same owner, with some very surprising giblets: an enormous, and valuable, blue carbuncle.
Spoiler alert – Holmes solves the case, but he does something quite unexpected: he lets the culprit go.
It was a day or two after Christmas after all, and the man was not a hardened criminal. Nice to see the softer side of Holmes.