“The Man with the Twisted Lip”

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Title: The Man with the Twisted Lip Collection: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1891 (December) Year set in: 1889
Mystery: What was a rich man doing in an opium den and what happened to him?
Apparent crime: Deceipt Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: The wife of a rich man sees him at the window of an opium den. When she investigates, she finds no trace of her husband except for a present he had bought.

The wife of a rich man, Neville St Clair, spots her husband at the window of an opium den. When she and some policemen investigate, they find nobody inside apart from a beggar, the owner of the building and his assistant. However they find a present that he had intended to buy and his overcoat in the river.

Holmes is engaged to find the man.

Actual crime
Explanation (spoiler alert)

St Clair and the beggar were the same man. He found that he could earn more by begging so he deceived his wife, pretending to go off to a genuine job.

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Characters in this story (8)
Surname First name Title
Boone Hugh
Bradstreet Inspector
Holmes Sherlock
Morstan Mary
St Clair Neville
Watson John Doctor
Whitney Isa
Whitney Kate

Locations in this story (2)
Location Town/City County
Swandam Lane opium den London
The Cedars Lee Kent

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Whitney Elias opium Kate Upper Swandam Cedars Neville Clair bricks Lascar Hugh Boone beggar Gladstone wash Bradstreet