Just because all of the evidence points to one logical conclusion, that may not be the only conclusion to be drawn from those same facts. Today, we will be looking at The Boscombe Valley Mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Sherlock story where the answer to the mystery may not be what you expected…
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
Sherlock Holmes brings his companion, Dr. Watson, yet another case. The catch; the authorities already have someone in custody! So why has it caught the attention of our brilliant detective? Well, according to Mr. Holmes: “there is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact”. After catching Dr. Watson up on all of the facts, it is now up to this crime solving duo to figure out whether the son is truly guilty for the murder of his own father, or whether a third party was somehow involved in this debacle. Inspector Lestrade, whom you may remember from A Study in Scarlet, returns to assist Sherlock with this case, at the request of Miss Turner, a childhood friend of the accused murderer who vouches for his innocence. Is it possible that the blossoming romance between the two was the catalyst leading to the feud between father and son, and possibly forcing the son’s hand to beat in his head with the butt of his gun? Although originally predisposed to believing the son was guilty, Watson takes his own crack at the case by applying his medical know-how to the supposed cause of death of the father. A small and easily overlooked inconsistency with the medical report and the account of what happened sparks his interest, and he became equally as compelled to prove the boy’s innocence. It is yet another riveting tale which will work those inactive cogs in your brain as you try to understand Sherlock’s method, although there is no shame if you cannot; his mind is one of a kind, after all, but I digress. I found this to be one of the more enjoyable of his tales thus far, as the conclusion is not as obvious as you would expect, and Watson is no longer playing a mere supporting role as another case is closed by this crime solving duo.
That is all for today. If you have an comments, critiques or questions, I encourage you to leave them in the comments. If you have some books of your own that you would like to recommend, visit the “Book Recommendations from You” page above and leave the title and author in the comments. I already have more books than I can read in a lifetime, but that won’t stop me from adding more to my list 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you, and until next time, happy reading!