“The Adventure of the Lion's Mane”

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Title: The Adventure of the Lion's Mane Collection: The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1926 (November) Year set in: 1907
Mystery: What caused the marks on a man which killed him?
Apparent crime: Suspected murder Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A man goes for a swim but appears to have been attacked with a whip and killed.

While retired, Holmes is talking with a friend when another man staggers forward and drops down dead. On his back are what appears to be the marks of a whip. Holmes is asked to investigate the apparent murder.

Actual crime
Suspected murder
Explanation (spoiler alert)

The marks were actually caused by a jellyfish which had been hidden in a pool when the man went swimming.

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Holmes Sherlock

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Takes place after Holmes' retirement. Watson is not present. Narrated by Holmes.


Harold Stackhurst Gables Fitzroy McPherson lions mane Murdoch Anderson Maud Bellamy William Fulworth Bardle Cyanea capillata jellyfish