Eight stories of adventure and detection for the world’s most famous sleuth.
From the strange case of The red-Headed League to the extraordinary tale of The Engineer’s Thumb, Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson grapple with treachery, murder, and ingenious crimes of all kinds. But no case is too challenging, no mystery insoluble, for the immortal detective’s unique powers of dedution.
A new client arrives to meet Holmes and, after trying to hide his identity for about two seconds, comes clean: he is Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein and hereditary King of Bohemia (whoa, that’s a lot of letters for one name! Bohemia, by the way, is now part of the modern-day Czech Republic). His problem is that he’s about to marry the daughter of the King of Scandinavia. The thing is, though, she’s from a family with very strict morals, and she wouldn’t be pleased to know that he had a serious affair with another woman before their engagement.
This woman is Irene Adler – who lives on in Holmes’s memory as the woman. She’s a singer who met the King in Warsaw, where they subsequently had a bit of a fling. Unfortunately, the King allowed himself to be photographed with Adler, and she has the picture. The King wants Holmes to recover the incriminating photo. Holmes agrees.