“Silver Blaze”

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Title: Silver Blaze Collection: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1892 (December) Year set in:
Mystery: What happened to a racing horse and who killed his trainer?
Apparent crime: Fraud, murder Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: Shortly before a major horse race, the favourite goes missing and its trainer is found dead. Suspicion falls on a man who tried to bribe a stable boy.

Silver Blaze, the favourite for the Wessex Cup, goes missing shortly before the race. At the same time, his trainer, John Straker, is found dead. Suspicions fall on a man who had tried to bribe one of the stable boys the evening before.

Holmes and Watson travel to Dartmoor to investigate. The mysteries are where the horse is now and who killed the trainer.

Actual crime
Fraud, murder
Explanation (spoiler alert)

It was the trainer who tried to make Silver Blaze lame. The frightened horse had kicked out and accidentally killed the trainer. The horse had then been found wandering on the moor by someone from a neighbouring, rival stables. He had covered up the distinctive marks on the horse and kept it in his own stables.

Quotations in this story (1)
"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
"The dog did nothing in the night-time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.

Characters in this story (3)
Surname First name Title
Gregory Inspector
Holmes Sherlock
Watson John Doctor

Locations in this story (1)
Location Town/City County
Kings Pyland Dartmoor Devon

Other notes


Silver Blaze Kings Pyland Dartmoor John Straker Colonel Ross Gregory Fitzroy Simpson racehorse horse Wessex Mapleton Hunter Backwater Edith Baxter Bayard Desborough Silas Brown gypsy gipsy Derbyshire