|Title:||The Red-Headed League||Collection:||The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes|
|Year published:||1891 (August)||Year set in:||1890|
|Mystery:||Why is a man is being employed to copy the Encyclopedia Brittanica?|
|Apparent crime:||Robbery||Actual crime:||Shown below (possible spoiler)|
|Summary:||A man is invited to join a strange club for people with red hair where he is paid to copy pages from the Encyclopedia Britannica.|
A pawnbroker, Jabez Wilson, is encouraged by his assistant to apply for the Red-Headed League. He is successful. His task is to stay in an office for four hours, copying the Encyclopedia Britannica in return for £4.
When the League closes after a while, Wilson asks Holmes to investigate.
- Actual crime
- Explanation (spoiler alert)
The purpose of the club was to get Wilson away from his shop because it bordered a bank. The bank was holding some gold coins and the criminals were tunnelling between the two buildings.
- Quotations in this story (3)
Quote Mr Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see that there was nothing in it after all." "As a rule," said Holmes, "the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling..." "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three-pipe problem, and I beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes."
- Characters in this story (7)
Surname First name Title Clay John Holmes Sherlock Jones Peter Detective Merryweather Mr Ross Duncan Watson John Doctor Wilson Jabez
- Locations in this story (1)
Location Town/City County 221b Baker Street London
- Other notes
Jabez Wilson Duncan Ross Vincent Spaulding John Clay Peter Jones Merryweather Ezekiah Hopkins William Morris pawn pawnbroker hair red-head redhead Coburg darkroom tunnel encyclopedia encyclopaedia Britannica Pope's Court Saxe-Coburg bank napoleon