“The Adventure of Black Peter”

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Title: The Adventure of Black Peter Collection: The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1904 (February) Year set in: 1895
Mystery: Who killed a former seaman with a harpoon?
Apparent crime: Murder Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A violent and former sea captain is found dead with a harpoon through him.

A former seal and whale hunter, Captain Peter Carey, is found dead in a a private outhouse he owned. He had been killed with one of his harpoons through him but there is no apparent motive (although he was a violent and dangerous man). Inspector Hopkins asks Holmes help.

Actual crime
Explanation (spoiler alert)

During his sea career, Carey had killed a man to steal some securities and another seaman had met him to blackmail him. When Carey attacked him, the seaman killed him with the harpoon.

Quotations in this story (2)
"I understand, however, from the inquest that there were some objects which you failed to overlook?"
"One should always look for a possible alternative, and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation."

Characters in this story (4)
Surname First name Title
Carey Peter Captain
Holmes Sherlock
Hopkins Stanley Inspector
Watson John Doctor

Locations in this story (1)
Location Town/City County
221b Baker Street London

Other notes


Peter Carey Captain Basil Unicorn Stanley Hopkins seal whale harpoon Woodmans Forest Sussex Slater John Hopley Neligan Dawson James Lancaster Hugh Pattins Patrick Cairns