“His Last Bow - The War Service of Sherlock Holmes”

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Title: His Last Bow - The War Service of Sherlock Holmes Collection: His Last Bow
Year published: 1917 (September) Year set in: 1914
Mystery: None
Apparent crime: Espionage Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A German spy prepares to receive the final missing papers he needs.

On the eve of World War I, a German master spy called Von Bork arranges to meet his favourite agent, Altamont, who is to sell him some secret naval signals.

Actual crime
Explanation (spoiler alert)

Altamont is Holmes in disguise who has been called out of retirement to track down the spy.

Quotations in this story (1)
"Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There's an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared."

Characters in this story (2)
Surname First name Title
Holmes Sherlock
Watson John Doctor

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Other notes

This story is written in the third person.


Bork German Herling Altamont Martha