A reread (of course) of a story I hadn't read in quite some time. The mystery itself is a bit of a snooze, but it contains some wonderful passages by Doyle, particularly the opening of Holmes harpooning a pig at an obliging butcher's (to understand the forensics of the murder); the description of the drunken, dead man's horrific treatment of his family (the young daughter is happy to see him gone); and Holmes and Watson taking an uncharacteristic moment to appreciate the beauty of the countryside, despite the violent killing. Sherlock Holmes has ample opportunity to put his methods into practice as he deduces rather well the type of person who could commit the murder in this case, and solves the case very neatly. Not the most twisted Sherlock Holmes adventure, but this story is one hell of an entertainer. And another case where Holmes had to burn lot of calories physically rather than using his genius mind. I really enjoyed the raw brutality of sailors in this story and their blind rage (not to forget their inhuman strength ). Even though it was not a very complicated case for the great detective to solve, it had lot of energy and blood than most of the SH stories. From BBC Radio 4 ExtraThe Return of Sherlock Holmes:
The Baker Street sleuth probes the grisly murder of a retired whaling skipper. Stars Clive Merrison and Michael Williams. I enjoyed this short Sherlock Holmes mystery. Though short, it was interesting to listen to Dr. Watson describe the experience of watching Holmes puzzle out what turned out to be a fairly straight forward murder case. Edward Raleigh's narration was delightful and I look forward to listening to another Sherlock Holmes tale. This is a good story with a nice plot: Forest Row in the Weald is the scene of a gruesome harpoon murder, and a young police inspector, Stanley Hopkins, asks Holmes, whom he admires, for help. Holmes has already determined that it would take a great deal of strength and skill to run a man through with a harpoon and embed it in the wall behind him.
Peter Carey, the 50yearold victim and former master of the Sea Unicorn of Dundee, was a most unpleasant man, especially when he was drunk. He had a reputation for being violent, even having been prosecuted once for assaulting the local vicar. His daughter is actually glad that he is dead. She and her mother have endured years of abuse from the old whaler and sealer, who moreover had some remarkably peculiar habits. He did not sleep in the family house, but in an outhouse that he built some distance from the house, and which he decorated to look like a sailor’s cabin on a ship. This is where he was found harpooned. Hopkins could find no footprints or other physical evidence.
A tobacco pouch was, however, found at the scene, made of sealskin and with the initials “P. C.”, and also full of strong ship’s tobacco. This is curious, as Peter Carey — Black Peter as people called him — seldom smoked. Indeed, Hopkins found no pipe in the cabin.
The only clue from an eyewitness comes from a stonemason named Slater, who says that he saw the shadow of a head on the blind in one of Carey’s cabin windows, and he is sure that it was not Carey. The next day, Carey was in his foulest mood, and then early the next morning, at about two o’clock, his daughter heard a scream from the direction of the cabin, but took no notice. Carey often screamed when he was drunk. The murder was not discovered until about midday, when the ladies summoned enough courage to look in on him. Hopkins was soon on the scene.
Carey was fully dressed, suggesting that he was expecting a visit, and there was some rum laid out along with two dirty glasses. There were brandy and whisky, too, but neither had been touched. There was also a knife in its sheath at the dead man’s feet. Mrs. Carey has identified it as her husband’s.
A little notebook was found at the scene. It contains the initials J. H. N. and the year 1883. It also says C. P. R. on the second page, which Holmes reckons stands for Canadian Pacific Railway. The first set of initials is likely a stockbroker’s, as the little book is full of what appears to be stock exchange information.
Holmes decides to accompany Hopkins to Forest Row, and upon arrival, Hopkins observes that someone has tried to break into Carey’s cabin, but failed. Holmes believes that the burglar will likely try again, this time bringing a more useful tool for the job.
After examining the inside of the cabin, Holmes observes from the lack of dust that something has been taken from a shelf, even though the burglar did not get in. It was a book, or possibly a box.
Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Hopkins all lie in wait for the burglar that night, and they are not disappointed. Along he comes, he breaks into the cabin, and goes through one of Carey’s old logbooks, cursing when he finds that the information that he wants is missing, having been torn out of the book. As he is leaving the cabin, Hopkins moves in and arrests him.
He is John Hopley Neligan — which matches the initials in the notebook — the son of a longvanished, failed banker. He claims he was looking at Carey’s logs to test a theory of his. His father disappeared with a box full of securities after his bank failed. He took them on a yacht bound for Norway. He believes that his father’s boat may have been driven north on the North Sea by bad weather, and met the Sea Unicorn, captained by Carey. He believes that Carey knew something about his father’s disappearance, and that possibly his father was murdered by the man who has now himself become a murder victim as he has traced some of his father's long lost securities back to Carey.
Hopkins takes Neligan off to the station, even though Neligan swears that he has nothing to do with the murder. Holmes believes this to be true. Neligan is, after all, a slight, thin man, hardly capable of running a man through with a harpoon. Furthermore, that kind of attack requires a practiced wielder such as a professional harpooner.
Holmes saves Neligan from the noose by finding the true killer in a most unusual way. He advertises for a harpooner, posing as a sea captain named Basil. He gets three applicants at 221B Baker Street for the job, and one of them is indeed Peter Carey’s killer, as confirmed by his name, Patrick Cairns (the tobacco pouch was his, not Carey’s), and the fact that Holmes had established that he was once Carey’s shipmate. Holmes also felt sure that a murderer would want to leave the country for a while.
Holmes handcuffs Cairns unawares, but the latter furiously denies that he murdered Carey, claiming selfdefence, as Carey was reaching for his knife. He was actually at Carey’s cabin to extort hush money from him. Neligan’s father had indeed come aboard the Sea Unicorn with his tin box of securities, and Carey had murdered him by throwing him overboard while noone was looking (but actually, Cairns had seen). Carey did not take kindly to being forced in this way by his old subordinate, prompting Cairns to take the action that he did after Carey draws a knife on Cairns..
The rum was another clue. Holmes was sure that it, and the fact that the brandy and whiskey had been left alone, were sure signs that the murderer was a seaman.
Neligan is released and the securities returned to himalthough those Carey had sold cannot be recovered.
I recommend this book to all readers who appreciate a well written mystery story, mainly for those who love Sherlock Holmes. 5 stars. Not the best of SH but Sherlock Holmes should be essential reading. Lots of good stuff: harpoon; a morning spent trying to stick a pig; a latenight stakeout; a new, young Scotland Yard detective who still has a lot to learn... What a nice surprise to learn, halfway into this story, the Frogwares's PC game I am playing at the moment in the Steam platform, (Sherlock Holmes Crimes & Punishments) does include Black Peter as the first crime to be solved! Sherlock HolmesfilmAlloCin Sherlock Holmesest Un Film Avec Robert Downey Jr Jude Law Synopsis Le Troisime Volet Consacr Aux Aventures De Sherlock Holmes Et Du Dr John Watson Sherlock Holmes ChroniclesDie Diamanten Der Pr Doyle Achetez Sherlock Holmes ChroniclesDie Diamanten Der Pr Import Allemand Au Meilleur Prix Livraison Gratuite Voir Cond Dcouvrez Toutes Les Promotions CD Vinyles, Les Nouveauts Ainsi Que Les Titres En Prcommande Sherlock Holmes, Un Film De Dexter FletcherSherlock Holmes , Un Film De Dexter Fletcher Synopsis E Volet De La Saga Sherlock Holmes Avec Robert Downey Jr Et Jude Law Avec Robert Downey JrJude Law Sherlock Holmesune Mauvaise Nouvelle Pour Les FansSherlock Holmesde La Warner Bros A T Repouss DudcembreaudcembreLe Site Prcise Dans Un Autre Message, Qu En Lieu Et Place De La Date De Sortie Initiale Le Sherlock Holmes Astier Marseille Marseille Tourisme Mentalisme Et Magie Pensant Donner Une Confrence Sur Les Techniques De Dtective, Sherlock Holmes Se Voit Priv De Ses Assistants, Et Va Donc Devoir Recruter Les Spectateur Pour Djouer Une Bombe Laisse Par Le Professeur Moriarty Formation Au Mtier De Dtective, Reconstitutions Participatives Et Expriences De Dduction, Les Enfants Seront Amens Tester Leur ComptencesSherlock HolmesWikipdia Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson assists a young inspector named Stanley Hopkins solve the murder of a retired sea captain by the name of Peter Carey who was found harpooned to death in his cabin in the woods.
Charles Altamont Doyle, a talented illustrator, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.
Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record in the registry of St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh gives 'Arthur Ignatius Conan' as his Christian name, and simply 'Doyle' as his surname. It also names Michael Conan as his godfather.
At the age of nine Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst. He then went on to Stonyhurst College, leaving in 1875.
From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. This required that he provide periodic medical assistance in the towns of Aston (now a district of Birmingham) and Sheffield. While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories. His first published story appeared in "Chambers's Edinburgh Journal" before he was 20. Following his graduation, he was employed as a ship's doctor on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast. He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885.
In 1885 Conan Doyle married Louisa (or Louise) Hawkins, known as "Touie". She suffered from tuberculosis and died on 4 July 1906. The following year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie, whom he had first met and fallen in love with in 1897. Due to his sense of loyalty he had maintained a purely platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was alive. Jean died in London on 27 June 1940.
Conan Doyle fathered five children. Two with his first wife—Mary Louise (28 January 1889 – 12 June 1976), and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley, known as Kingsley (15 November 1892 – 28 October 1918). With his second wife he had three children—Denis Percy Stewart (17 March 1909 – 9 March 1955), second husband in 1936 of Georgian Princess Nina Mdivani (circa 1910 – 19 February 1987; former sister-in-law of Barbara Hutton); Adrian Malcolm (19 November 1910–3 June 1970) and Jean Lena Annette (21 December 1912–18 November 1997).
Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930. He had died of a heart attack at age 71. His last words were directed toward his wife: "You are wonderful." The epitaph on his gravestone in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire, reads:
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN & MAN OF LETTERS
Conan Doyle's house, Undershaw, located in Hindhead, south of London, where he had lived for a decade, had been a hotel and restaurant between 1924 and 2004. It now stands empty while conservationists and Conan Doyle fans fight to preserve it.
A statue honours Conan Doyle at Crowborough Cross in Crowborough, where Conan Doyle lived for 23 years. There is also a statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the house where Conan Doyle was born.