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A young woman, Helen Stoner, asks for the super sleuth’s help to solve the mystery of his sister’s death, but he and Watson are threatened by the stepfather to stay out of this business. Nevertheless, Holmes visits and solves the case and finds out that the last words of Helen’s dying sister Julia – “The speckled band!” – meant a swamp adder snake, for its body design. The mystery unravels as the killer tries to do yet another murder with the ‘speckled band’ but this time to be caught and killed by the same weapon.
What makes this book stand out?
The Speckled Band topped the list of the 12 best Sherlock Holmes stories that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself selected.
Read it for
Witnessing the science of deduction first-hand.
Don't read it for
If you do not like creepy-crawlies in detective stories.