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Sherlock Holmes Reviews
The Case of the Ghostly Accident W H Oxley Copyright 2 1! " # $xley By the same author Steam % #anging &ob #itler's (anner %n %ccidental )illionaire
the spot where the notorious 4yburn 4ree once stood. 6Elementary8 9our wi-e would ne. notwithstanding a -ew minor -laws.these.isiting an aunt in 1yme 2egis. "hat do you make o.' 6+'m surprised he did not o--er you a knighthood. 64his is a -orgery8' 65ot a -orgery.er to me.' he murmured. and then let us sit down together and analyse this . and so it is ob. +t was in the year that he reco.e the house with a co--ee stain on your cra.' 6(ut the bounder claims that this rubbish was written by me8' 6Calm yoursel-. )y wi-e being away -or a -ew days ..e hundred cats.iew a book.isit entails an o. %s + approached my -ormer lodgings. #olmes. the scienti-ic charts hung on the wall next to the . #e merely came to thank me -or sol. 4hat would mean7' 6)y dear "atson.' 65ot any longer. as (illy the page showed me in. crossing the Edgware 2oad within the sight o. the coal scuttle containing the pipes and tobacco stood upon the hearth.ered the crown /ewels belonging to the 0ing o.the plane trees that shone brightly in the sunlight as + strolled the short distance -rom Paddington to (aker Street. 4he room was as untidy as e.deduction ne.ious that she was not at break-ast this morning. 6(ut how did you know7' + e/aculated. +t was a pleasant autumn day.' 6+t was the prime minister.' 69our powers o.a top hat. is the country in peril. -or + am in need o. is clearly written upon it as the author. 4ed Stetson.' 6#e did.' 6+ caught but a -leeting glimpse o. try one o. + had decided to drop in on my old -riend. 6<ood grie-8' + e/aculated. 5aturally.ing his little problem.these excellent cigars while + throw another log on the -ire.my wi-e was in hospital.that were the case.$x-ord Street.idential that your wi-e is .ery worthy e--ort by an %merican gentleman. and + seem to recall you mentioning an aunt in 1yme 2egis who was unwell:' 6(ut what i.o. + re-used it. 5othing had changed.at.es o. it has been well written. "atson.er allow you to lea. you would not be looking so cheer-ul i.er.papers. a pastiche.ernight stay.isiting 1yme 2egis. and watched with some amusement as + read through them. 6it is indeed pro. alas. a brougham that had been parked outside rattled away in the direction o.iolin and #olmes was lounging in his usual chair by the -ire. but who was the client that has /ust departed. and the light bree3e barely ru--led the golden lea. %nd it would be un-air to call his work rubbish as. "atson. #is name.' 69ou did not recognise him. #e makes no such claim.' .' #e held up a shea. my dear -ellow.' #e tossed the papers o. though not.)olda. but only one occasion on which he was called upon to re. and a short time a-ter %lbert Sparrow the notorious cat burglar was -inally apprehended. #ere.ia. 6%h.' 6"hy.your opinion about these.er cease to ama3e me.. meaning that her .***** + can recall many strange and exiting ad. (ut let us get down to more important matters.entures with my -riend Sherlock #olmes. be-ore he had stolen at least -i.
' 6<ood lord no8 $ne o. 4hough + cannot imagine the circumstances in which anyone would tip a cab dri.' 6+t is not a goat.ersion o. we dri. perhaps it was the grandmother. the only type o. %nd there.ants will show the patients into my surgery.this great city o.' .e that the writer is %merican.beer.' 6$nly to the curious detail o.the (ronx.nanny normally to be -ound in the Camden 4own area o. +s it because he has a goat leading a patient across the road. or the rules o.' 64hen why did he not say so. yet here you are to be -ound doing /ust that to a 1ondon cab dri. my dear "atson.ed his cigar dismissi. 4he smallest note issued by the (ank o. 6+ take it that you are re-erring to the pound notes.' 6)ay + draw your attention to the -act that in the writer's .a nurse?receptionist. but why %merican. ha.idence.ents took place on (on-ire 5ight.' #e wa. "atson.er.' 69ou will obser. 64he woman was pregnant= the child had not yet been born. let alone a -riend such as >r Sinclair.etiBuette that go. @urthermore.England is -i. >o you mean that the e.e o. not realising that only the .them. whilst 1estrade has been known on rare occasions to address me as #olmes instead o.ery wealthiest -amilies in the land employ a nanny to look a-ter their children and. + rest my case:' #a.1ondon would be a goat.)r #olmes he would ne.the missing guys:' 6<uys.-i.er two o.addressing anyone who was not a gentleman or a patient as mister.ing by now become well acBuainted with my -riend's -ondness -or keeping something up his slee.' 6Certainly not8' 6%mericans ha. and would you e. + would deduce that the word he was searching -or was nurse.' 6"hich is. you would ne.' 6Precisely8 >octor's o--ice. 6@unny money. enough -or one hundred and twenty pints o.' 6(ut it still does not pro.the better parts o.' 6+t would appear so.you yet.er address another gentleman.e there we are shown into.ely.' 6Exactly8 "ell spotted.e that he mistakenly re-ers to The Times as the London Times.crown would be more than adeBuate.ern it. but would you e.e a modestly success-ul practice in one o. 6+s there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention. is that the sort o.' 64he working classes sometimes re-er to grandmothers as nannies.er there. %lso.thing they do o.e no idea how our class system -unctions. "atson.' 6&ust a -ew tri-les:' #olmes sat back and pu--ed away at his cigar.er consider employing the ser. and that when we arri. sending clouds osmoke dri-ting up to the nicotine stained ceiling as his deep intelligent eyes took on a dreamy look.e. would you not agree. there is one other detail that suggests the writer comes -rom a classless society such as %merica.ereign.e poundsA one pound is a gold so. "atson.6#ow do you know the author is an %merican. + asked.er be so discourteous as to re-er to you and + as Cyou twoD 7 that is the language o.e to >r Sinclair's o--ice as opposed to his practice.ices o.' 6+ grant you that the writer is a -oreigner. "e'll make a detecti. as Cmy good manD.the ser.' 6Surely. 9ou. "atson.ate o--ice 7 and by a nurse?receptionist no less.e million souls. as you correctly pointed out. my dear "atson.er dream o. nurse?receptionist= pretty conclusi.' 6#e probably thought nanny sounded more (ritish.e e. not his surgery or consulting room but his pri.' he said at last. when a hal.e in order to produce it later like a con/urer. +s there anything else.ents.
' 6+ would hardly call it a crime 7 a misdemeanour perhaps:' 6Shouldn't we report it to the o--icial police. Perhaps one day that little ritual will cross the %tlantic and catch on o.' 6So that's why those young hooligans were not asking -or a penny -or the guy8' 6Precisely8 4hey were 4rick or 4reating. + knew better to than to interrupt him when he was deep in thought. + take it you will ha.the Celtic -ringe o. 6#mmm:' #e opened his eyes.our %merican cousins: 9ou -rown. there was a twinkle in his eye.it.' 64hanks to the wonders o. but what are you going to do about the crime that has been committed here.er heard o.' 6#ow do you deduce that.65ot on <uy @awkes 5ight itsel-. 4his would not be the -irst time + ha.' 6#umph8' 6+n that case. #olmes slumped down into his chair. not the cocaine:' . the thirtyE-irst o$ctober to be precise.' 6"hat on Earth is that.e. + think you will agree with me that with so many little errors we could hardly award it -our stars.' 6So. "atson. the rest o. 6"ell.' 69ou know my methods. or e.' 6%n %merican name -or #alloween.' 6Snap8' 6+ beg your pardon. "atson.' + leaned -orward and touched him lightly on the elbow. run this re. though + do belie. stars -or this .iew o. "atson.the telegraphic age. "ho knows. (esides.ours 7 perhaps the gentleman con-used 1ondon with 1ondonderry.e no ob/ection to me awarding )r 4ed Stetson three stars. an %merican tradition. 4he pageboy was in the room in less than a minute.the other retailers will award him -our.stimulation. not the cocaine : please.' 6Snap %pple 5ight.' 6#olmes.en -i. closed his eyes and assumed the bored expression that meant that he would soon be resorting to his usual means o. he correctly re-ers to a solicitor as opposed to an attorney and the dialogue is better than one would normally expect -rom one o.ery worthy e--ort:' "ithout another word he leant -orward and pressed the bell. 69ou rang.humanity will be none the wiser. but a -ew days earlier. perhaps a re.this great realm o. )r Stetson has ample opportunity to make the necessary alterations be-ore unleashing his book upon the world.er here.iew will only be appearing on Smashwords.' 6(illy. )r #olmes. "atson.' 6+ don't Buite -ollow you.iewer at one o. but + think you will agree with me that in our present day and age no nati. 6#olmes.' 69es. and the -inal proo. but on the other hand the story is a good one.er to Smashwords and ask them to place it next to )r Stetson's book. what are we to do.that this manuscript was written in the FS%.e born 1ondoner has e.' %s soon as (illy had departed. 6"hat is it. and since this re. but surely in all -airness you must admit that it is no worse than your attempts at reproducing %merican dialogue in say The Dancing Men or The Three Garridebs.e that the term is also used in some parts o.e condoned a -elony.' 6#mm:' )y -riend placed his -inger tips together and pursed his lips. "hen at last he spoke. it is only the Smashwords site that we are dealing with. "atson.
' 6+t sounds like a splendid idea.' 69ou will obser. + think you ha.6<ood old "atsonA always concerned about my wel-are.tickets when he returns -rom his mission. .ourably disposed to your suggestion. "atson. + will not be resorting to cocaine.e.' + e/aculated. who but an hour ago sat upon that .oked the gentleman's sudden change o.' 6+ don't Buite -ollow.-urther in.iew his book.' 6%h. $n Saturday he publishes a book -ree on Smashwords. )aybe he saw it in the stars.iew his book8' + e/aculated. burn the "hite #ouse again. Something that made him belie. "atson.exceptional . She is appearing tonight in Rigoletto at Co.e the stars got to do with it.. at nine o'clock on )onday morning + had no trouble obtaining my -ree copy. +t might pro. 4hey say we ha. sir. that our belo. and it has always been my beliethat when one has eliminated the impossible 7 and + am sure that you would agree that burning the "hite #ouse -alls within that category 7 then only the improbable remains. but )r Stetson resides in $regon.e sound o.' #olmes raised a hand.er it was that pro.ery same chair upon which you now sit.iour has been somewhat erratic.' 6"ell what would you propose that we do. "atson.oke them into in. "atson= it is a-ternoon here but break-ast time in $regon.anished -rom #olmes's -eatures in an instant. sir8' %ll trace o. "hat say you that we send (illy out to procure us a pair o.' 6+ do not belie.ed prime minister.' 64he time di--erence.. 64hey wouldn't take it.ery same.er the carpet.' 6"ho can tell.iously something occurred on Sunday or )onday to bring about the change.el this mystery + must disco. +t was late a-ternoon when we tried send in our re.iew it= ob.mind it happened yesterday or earlier.e he was holding an item o.es to be horsewhipped8' 64ut tut.e no -ear. 4here are certain peculiarities about this case that make it worthy o.il ha.e been today. "atson.his boots upon the stair : and a little more hurried than usual:' (illy marched into the room in a state o.ading Canada.one cent -or thirty words.' 6Such as.estigation. ten times the normal price.er what that something was. 4here is always a simple solution to a problem. (illy. when we submit our re.' 6"e ha.boredom . + could hear him murmuring to himsel6the stars' but not -or the li-e o.alue.e to pay )r Stetson money i.iew.ing the Egyptian cigarette he was smoking and scattering ash all o.e. #olmes.we want to re. 6Excellent: %h8 +.' 6Smashwords. 6"ho wouldn't take what. it could ha. + think we can sa-ely conclude that whate. @inally. and he was as alert as a hound that scents a -ox. that )r Stetson's beha. #a. and i.+ am not mistaken that is the distincti.+ am to unra.' 6$r 4uesday. and yet by 4uesday a-ternoon. would be -a.' 6"hy exceptional .me could + comprehend how either astronomy or astrology could possibly throw any light upon the sub/ect.e.5ellie )elba. + could take no more.e to pay to re.iew.' 6(y &o.e it8' )y -riend leapt to his -eet and began pacing the room wa.' 64he .' 64o charge at a rate o.alue in his hands. 6"hat the >e. + was /ust thinking o. -or a story that he considered to be worthless a day earlier suggests that something brought about a rapid increase in . 6Con-ound the -ellow8 #e deser.alue.great indignation. 69ou can't go around horsewhipping %mericans. the book is no longer -ree and we are expected to pay a >ollar to re.' 69ou mean the %ustralian opera singer.ent <arden.' + agreed. 4here-ore.
iew ob. and thus he decided to make money -rom it.e to pay. he care-ully wrote at the top o. "atson.arius worth at least three hundred guineas that he'd purchased at a pawnbroker's in the 4ottenham Court 2oad -or -i-ty shillings. "atson. 69ou ha. but + think perhaps the .)r Stetson's oeu.' 6Exactly8' 6(ut that's brilliant8' 65ot brilliant:' he took a pu-.it is published as a book it is -ree. but by )onday morning there were three little gold stars next to it= somebody had re.iew= + ha. 6elementary.' 6#a.' 65o.e an un-ortunate tendency to be sentimental about them. which is why they will almost certainly rule the world one day.ered the moti. the -ellow is ob. sat down once more in his chair and smiled enigmatically.e indeed:' 4hen saying no more.iously not a gentleman8' 6%mericans are not gentlemen.e yet to sol.' + asked. (illy.re onto Smashwords without ha.it's a re.e no desire to be eliminated.iews The Case of the Ghostly Accident and handed it to the pageboy.course8' + e/aculated. but we ha. "atson.' 6<ood old "atson8 9ou are the one -ixed point in a changing age.e to get our re. 64he answer was simplicity itsel-= i. 6"hen this book -irst came to my attention on Saturday there was not a star to be seen. and without saying a word he put down the .ing to pay them.logic returned to his -ace and he became once again a cold calculating machine.iolin and rang -or (illy.' 6+t was -air.er to Smashwords. he sat back with an enigmatic smile and commenced -illing one ohis pipes with the dark hea.e -ound a solution.iew.the re.e we. %s soon a (illy entered. we still ha. #olmes8 4hat is going too -ar8 + know that you ha.iolin may be osome assistance in speeding up my mental process. + thought we had.' 62eally.' 6"as it a good re. but i. my dear "atson.6E. elementary.iously con. and ask them to publish it as a book.' 6#umph.e the problem. 6"e ha.' 6$. but as long as (ritannia rules the wa.the true -eelings he -elt towards me.' + sat back and listened as #olmes played the Stradi. e. and + was grati-ied to catch a glimpse o.erything:' #e stopped pacing the room.iew o.' @or a moment his -eatures so-tened.iewer had suggested keeping the plot and eliminating me. but the hard mask o. but the re. +t is Buite a three pipe problem.inced the )r Stetson that the book had good sales potential. which is what prompted me to write my own re.e disco.at his pipe. %-ter an hour the music ceased. 62un this o. 6+ ha.y shag to which he was so partial.iew you ha.e.' . 4he three star re.iewed it on Sunday.es and the (ritish Empire remains intact we can rest assured that they will remain sa-ely con-ined to the other side othe %tlantic.iew= Sherlock #olmes 2e.erything.
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