“The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet”

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Title: The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet Collection: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1892 (May) Year set in:
Mystery: Who attempted to steal a valuable coronet?
Apparent crime: Theft Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A banker holds a valuable coronet as collateral for a loan. In the night, he finds his son apparently stealing the jewel but the latter pleads his innocence.

A noble man borrows some money from a bank, leaving a valuable coronet as collateral. The senior partner, Alexander Holder, keeps the jewel in his house for safekeeping. But he is awakened in the night to find his wastrel son apparently trying to break the coronet. He protests his innocence but refuses to elaborate further.

Actual crime
Explanation (spoiler alert)

The actual thief was the banker's loved daughter, Mary, who had become involved with a disreputable man. The son was keeping silent to protect his father from knowing the truth about his daughter.

Quotations in this story (1)
"It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth..."

Characters in this story (4)
Surname First name Title
Holder Alexander
Holder Arthur
Holmes Sherlock
Watson John Doctor

Locations in this story (2)
Location Town/City County
221b Baker Street London
Fairbank London

Other notes


Alexander Arthur Mary Holder Lucy Parr George Burnwelll Stevenson bank beryl coronet Fairbank Francis Prosper