“The Adventure of the Norwood Builder”

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Title: The Adventure of the Norwood Builder Collection: The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1903 (October) Year set in:
Mystery: Who killed a retired builder?
Apparent crime: Murder and fraud Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A man is arrested for murdering a builder who made him his beneficiary.

A solicitor, John McFarlane, is visited by a retired builder, Jonas Oldacre, who wishes him to write up a will. In the will, Oldacre leaves everything to McFarlane because he once knew the latter's mother.

However, after McFarlane leaves Oldacre's home, the builder is apparently murdered and McFarlane is the prime suspect. He asks Holmes to prove him innocent.

Actual crime
Murder and fraud
Explanation (spoiler alert)

Oldacre had framed McFarlane, burning an animal to make it look like his body and hiding away in a special hidden area of his house. He was an unpleasant man and had been angered when McFarlane's mother had rejected him.

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

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

Other notes


John Hector McFarlane Jonas Oldacre Lower Norwood Deep Dene House builder Blackheath Lestrade Cornelius Lexington