|Title:||The Adventure of Black Peter||Collection:||The Return of Sherlock Holmes|
|Year published:||1904 (February)||Year set in:||1895|
|Mystery:||Who killed a former seaman with a harpoon?|
|Apparent crime:||Murder||Actual crime:||Shown below (possible spoiler)|
|Summary:||A violent and former sea captain is found dead with a harpoon through him.|
A former seal and whale hunter, Captain Peter Carey, is found dead in a a private outhouse he owned. He had been killed with one of his harpoons through him but there is no apparent motive (although he was a violent and dangerous man). Inspector Hopkins asks Holmes help.
- Actual crime
- Explanation (spoiler alert)
During his sea career, Carey had killed a man to steal some securities and another seaman had met him to blackmail him. When Carey attacked him, the seaman killed him with the harpoon.
- Quotations in this story (2)
Quote "I understand, however, from the inquest that there were some objects which you failed to overlook?" "One should always look for a possible alternative, and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation."
- Characters in this story (4)
Surname First name Title Carey Peter Captain Holmes Sherlock Hopkins Stanley Inspector Watson John Doctor
- Locations in this story (1)
Location Town/City County 221b Baker Street London
- Other notes
Peter Carey Captain Basil Unicorn Stanley Hopkins seal whale harpoon Woodmans Forest Sussex Slater John Hopley Neligan Dawson James Lancaster Hugh Pattins Patrick Cairns