from the adventures of sherlock holmes – part two

“The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb” Watson tells us at the beginning of this story that this is only one of two cases that he referred to Holmes during their partnership.  The puzzle begins with a man arriving at Watson’s residence in dire need of medical attention as a result of his thumb being amputated. …

from the adventures of sherlock holmes – part one

from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by A. Conan Doyle (1892) *Note: These are just brief sketches of the short stories so that I can remember what each story is about and what I thought of it.  Beware: here may be spoilers! “The Man with the Twisted Lip” This story is about the search for…

review: the quickening maze

The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds (2009) The Quickening Maze belongs to the genre of historical fiction.  It takes actual events in the lives of its three primary characters—English poets John Clare and Alfred, Lord Tennyson and medical doctor Matthew Allen—and fictionalizes those events.  According to the back cover and the acknowledgements, the events in…

review: the woman in black

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (1983) The Woman in Black is the story of Arthur Kipps, an English solicitor.  The narrative opens with Kipps as a man of about fifty years of age enjoying Christmas Eve with his wife and children.  As the evening unfolds, the children begin telling ghost stories, and eventually…

review: a man called jones

A Man Called Jones by Julian Symons (1947) This novel features Julian Symons’ Inspector Bland of Scotland Yard.  It is the second novel in which Inspector Bland appears (the first being The Immaterial Murder Case).  These are the only two novels I have read by Symons but my impression so far is that they do…