“The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire”

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Title: The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire Collection: The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1924 (January) Year set in:
Mystery: Is a woman a vampire?
Apparent crime: Attempted murder Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A devoted wife is seen attacking one son and appearing to bite the neck of another. Her husband is bemused.

An old friend of Watson's contacts Holmes because his devoted wife has been acting strangely. Although she appears to love her child, she has been seen apparently biting its neck. She has also been seen hitting her stepson. However she refuses to explain her behaviour.

Actual crime
Attempted murder
Explanation (spoiler alert)

The stepson had been jealous of the child and had attempted to poison it. The mother had sucked the poison out, hence the appearance of a vampire.

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Characters in this story (2)
Surname First name Title
Holmes Sherlock
Watson John Doctor

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

Other notes


Vampire Robert Ferguson Cheesemans Lamberley Sussex Peru Jacky Michael Dolores Mason Carlo poison