“The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place”

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Title: The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place Collection: The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1927 (March) Year set in:
Mystery: Why is the owner of a racing stables and his sister behaving strangely?
Apparent crime: Possible murder Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A racing horse owner, Robert Norberton, begins to act strangely, spending all hours at the stables and a crypt, and taking away his sister's dog, while she ignores her beloved horse and begins to drink heavily.

The trainer at Shoscombe Old Place stables comes to Holmes because the owner of his stables is behaving strangely. He stays out all hours, is nervous, and takes away his sister's dog. His sister meanwhile ignores the horse that she loved and begins to drink heavily. He also meets a stranger at a remote crypt.

Actual crime
Delay in reporting a death
Explanation (spoiler alert)

The sister, who actually owned the stables, died naturally and the Norberton was keeping her death a secret until his horse could win the Derby and he would earn enough to pay off his creditors,

Quotations in this story (0)
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Characters in this story (3)
Surname First name Title
Holmes Sherlock
Norberton Robert Sir
Watson John Doctor

Locations in this story (2)
Location Town/City County
221b Baker Street London
Shoscombe Old Place

Other notes

The last story written by Doyle about Sherlock Holmes.


Robert Norberton Shoscombe Brewer John Mason spaniel Beatrice James Falder Derby Prince crypt Barnes Stephens Norlett Evans