“The Adventure of the Six Napoleons”

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Title: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons Collection: The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1904 (April) Year set in:
Mystery: Why is someone smashing busts of Napoleon?
Apparent crime: Theft and murder Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: Three identical busts of Napoleon have been stolen and smashed. Lestrade asks Holmes for advice.

Lestrade comes to see Holmes because someone has been burgling houses, stealing identical busts of Napoleon, and smashing them. He suspects that it is someone with a mental condition but Holmes thinks that it is something more.

Actual crime
Theft and murder
Explanation (spoiler alert)

A man had stolen a jewel and, while working with the moulding of the busts, had hidden it in one of them. He was smashing them to try and find it.

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Characters in this story (3)
Surname First name Title
Holmes Sherlock
Lestrade Inspector
Watson John Doctor

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

Other notes


Lestrade Morse Hudson bust Napoleon Barnocot Horace Harker Gelder Devine Italian Beppo Pietro Venucci Lucretia Chiswick Laburnum VIlla Josiah Brown Sandeford Harding black pearl Borgias