“The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans”

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Title: The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans Collection: His Last Bow
Year published: 1908 (December) Year set in: 1895
Mystery: Who stole some top secret plans and how did a suspect die?
Apparent crime: Murder, theft Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: After some top secret documents are stolen, a man is found dead by a railway line with some of the papers with him.

Arthur Cadogan West, a government clerk, is found dead beside a railway line with some top secret, stolen submarine plans with him. But some of the plans, the most important, were missing. Holmes is asked to find out where they are and whether Cadogan West was guilty.

Actual crime
Murder, theft
Explanation (spoiler alert)

Cadogan West had followed the man who stole the papers and had been killed by the spy who was to receive them. His body was then placed upon a railway carriage roof (the railway tunnel was beneath the windows of their building) and it had later fallen off.

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Characters in this story (4)
Surname First name Title
Holmes Mycroft
Holmes Sherlock
Lestrade Inspector
Watson John Doctor

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

Other notes


Mycroft Lestrade Bruce Partington submarine Arthur Cadogan West Violet Westbury Underground railway Woolwich James Valentine Walter Sidney Johnson Admiral Sinclair Hugo Oberstein Caulfield Gardens Kensington Adolph Mayer Louis Rothiere Goldini Pierrot