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His Last Bow (The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library) Paperback – January 6, 2006
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...a beautiful piece of work, meeting and exceeding our expectations. This will be a standard for years to come, and every Sherlockian will want to have it. --The Baker Street Journal
As a tool for the researcher or as a bedside browser through the scholarship, serious, satirical, which has been expended in the name of Sherlock Holmes, this truly 'magnum opus' promises to become a new Holmesian milestone. Highly recommended. --Philip Cornell, Passengers' Log, The Sydney Passengers
If you want to master just about everything there is to know about The Great Detective and The Good Doctor, to understand what Holmes meant when he referred to a comet vintage of wine, and to know what discrepancies there are between the English and American editions of the works, plus a thousand other things relating to Holmes, Watson, and the England of the Victorian era, you must have these volumes. --Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop
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These are the next to last of the series of short stories about Sherlock Holmes. Some are set before the Great War (WW I), the last takes place in 1914. Holmes is retired and refused to take on any more cases, preferring to live out his years in a small rural village. [Where strangers stand out.]
* The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge. Mr. Scott Eccles visits Holmes about his "grotesque experience". The police question Eccles about a murder! Eccles tells Holmes about this experience. Holmes goes to investigate. There is a link to another mansion, then a break in the case. Inspector Baynes explains his method. The governess explains the hidden mystery. Later they learn of two deaths in Madrid. Justice was served.
* The Adventure of the Cardboard Box. Miss Cushing received a package in the mail: two human ears! Lestrade calls Holmes to investigate this crime. Holmes later sends a note to Lestrade and a man is arrested. There is a confession. Jealousy and anger caused three deaths.
* The Adventure of the Red Circle. Mrs. Warren visits Holmes to tell about a lodger who stays in his rooms in seclusion. Holmes deduces a reason for these actions. Holmes sees a signal, meets Gregson, and they enter a room to find a body. A woman explains the mystery behind the conspiracy.
* The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans. Holmes received a telegram from his brother Mycroft about a matter of state security. A clerk was found dead, he had technical papers on a secret weapon. Holmes investigates, then devises a plan to trap the guilty party. It works, and a letter is mailed to catch his accomplice and the rest of the secret papers.
* The Adventure of the Dying Detective. The now married Watson is called to attend to a very sick Holmes. Holmes has caught a strange disease known in Sumatra, and asks Watson to call upon a man who is an expert. This man visits Holmes. Alone, he boasts about what he did. Inspector Morton arrives to make the arrest. Another disguised murder solved.
* The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax. Holmes asks Watson to visit Lausanne and inquire about Lady Carfax; she has suddenly disappeared. A rough Englishman is also looking for her. They trace Carfax to a couple who returned to London. They are preparing for a funeral. Holmes inspects the coffin and finds a very old lady! The next morning Holmes returned to discover the truth and rescue Carfax.
* The Adventure of the Devil's Foot. Holmes had to take a vacation due to constant hard work so they went to Cornwall. He learns of a family tragedy where the sister died and her two brothers went mad overnight! The next day the remaining brother died of the same symptoms at his home! Holmes investigated this fresh scene. Later he talked to a relative of the family who told of the hidden facts behind the deaths. The mystery is solved informally.
* His Last Bow. Von Bork is a German secret agent who knows how to blend in with English society. Tonight his spy Altamont will bring the entire secret British signals code - for a price. Can anything go wrong? Holmes was asked by the Prime Minister to learn why things were going wrong and took this last job. Holmes foiled the work of this enemy agent and captured him as a prisoner. But the east wind will be cold and bitter soon. Holmes must hurry to cash a check. [Usually payments to spies are made in untraceable cash.]