The Dying Detective – Sherlock Holmes (1921)

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“The Dying Detective” is a short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. The story was first published in 1913 as part of the collection “His Last Bow”.

The story begins with Dr. Watson being summoned to the home of Sherlock Holmes, who appears to be seriously ill. Holmes claims to be suffering from a rare and deadly tropical disease, and he refuses to let anyone else examine him. Watson is concerned and tries to help, but Holmes appears to be delirious and barely coherent.

As the story progresses, it becomes clear that Holmes is not actually ill, but is instead putting on an elaborate act as part of a plan to catch a criminal. Holmes reveals that he has been investigating a man named Culverton Smith, who he believes is responsible for the death of a friend. Smith is an expert in tropical diseases, and Holmes is certain that he used his knowledge to commit murder.

In order to prove his theory, Holmes has allowed himself to be infected with the same disease that Smith used to kill his victim. He knows that Smith will come to him, believing that he is safe from suspicion, and he will be able to catch him in the act.

In the end, Holmes’ plan succeeds, and Smith is caught and brought to justice. Holmes’ own health is restored, and he and Watson resume their adventures together.

“The Dying Detective” is a classic Sherlock Holmes story that showcases the detective’s intelligence, cunning, and willingness to put himself in danger to catch a criminal. It is also a testament to the enduring popularity of the character and the enduring appeal of Conan Doyle’s writing.

Maurice Elvey

Arthur Conan Doyle, William J. Elliott

Eille Norwood, Hubert Willis, Cecil Humphreys

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