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Das gefleckte Band (Big Finish Sherlock Holmes #1.0X)

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The Adventure of the Speckled Band is one of 56 short stories & 4 novels written by Arthur Conan Doyle featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The Speckled Band is included in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Helen Stoner consults Sherlock Holmes about the death of her twin sister, Julia, who died before her wedding, crying that: "it was the Speckled Band!
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Published 2004 by Argon (first published 1892)
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"Oh, my God! Helen! It was the band! The speckled band!"

The Adventure of the Speckled Band is one of the most ingenious of the 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The author himself considered this one to be his best Sherlock Holmes story. It is now published as the eighth of the twelve stories collected in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", although it was first published in February 1892, in "The Strand" magazine. A few years late
Sanjay Gautam
May 06, 2016 Sanjay Gautam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If it's Sherlock Holmes, you know its good.
Nov 18, 2015 Amina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can say that this is one of the best S.H stories, this man is rad, even with insufficient data, he managed to get things right, Sir. Arthur, chapeau!
May 31, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015reads
Possibly my favorite of all the Sherlock adventures.
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Perfect length for a cuppa.
Mohammed  Ali
Jul 18, 2016 Mohammed Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مغامرات شارلوك هولمز , تأليف السيد آرثر كونان دويل

قضية " لغز العصابة الرقطاء " هي القضية ( أو المغامرة ) الثامنة من مغامرات شارلوك هولمز .

عندما تعمى البصيرة بسبب المال فإن الإنسان يتحول إلى الهمجية و الحيوانية المفرطة , هذه هي قصة الدكتور السابق ( كان دكتورا في الهند ) و الذي قرر قتل ابنتي زوجته المتوفية بعد قرارهن الزواج , فنجح في قتل واحدة بينما لجأت الأخرى إلى المنقذ شارلوك و صديقه واطسون .
Merve  Özcan
Nov 27, 2012 Merve Özcan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

İlk Sherlock denemem. Filmlerden daha samimi buldum aslında. Tabii tamamen ayrı şahsiyetler olarakda adlandıramam onları. Neden ilk kitap değilde kısa bir öyküden başladığımı merak ediyor olmalısınız. Hemen cevaplandırayım, derste işleyeceğiz. The Moonstone'u okuduğum ders için. En azından derse hazırlanmak eziyet olmuyor benim için.

Hikaye ilk olarak 1892 de yayınlanmış. Dili pek ağır olmasada bugün alışık olmadığımız bir üslüpla anlatılıyor tabiiki de.

Jason Parent
Mar 31, 2016 Jason Parent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be my favorite so far...
May 06, 2015 Pedram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
" Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another. "
Top-notch art of deduction, data gathering and bravado to act in the face of death. The story underlines how professional and goal-oriented Sherlock Holmes was.
Of note, i think the outstanding point of this plot was the grim nature of stepfather-daughter relationship due to financial matters; very very interesting. Not the first time Conan Doyle unmasks crooked intrafamilial affair
Nikki May
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Jason Koivu
Apr 12, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Sinister dealings and Holmes in action! The Speckled Band gets Sherlock Holmes out of his Baker Street residence for a night and shows that he's quick in more ways than one. This may have been the very first Holmes story I ever read if I'm remembering correctly and it was a joy to read again!
Rao Javed
Mar 04, 2014 Rao Javed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
It is certainly a very different story so as compare to the other that I have read so far because deals with the theme of horror, brutality, madness and tragedy which might be in an unpredictable way.

The story was complete joie-de-vivre to read as it maintains its suspense till the end and promulgate a very uncanny conclusion that might be a bit disenchanting for a few but I for me it was an utmost bliss because a crime fiction is ought to be this way the it is commences with hysteria of expecta
Mike Jensen
Conan Doyle was a terrible playwright. After one failed attempt to write a Sherlock Holmes play in the 1890s, and after seeing the success of that play when it was completely reimagined and rewritten by the actor/manager William Gillette, Conan Doyle tried again in 1910. It was a huge success, but it is hard to imagine how it could be when one reads this stodgy, limping dramatization. It probably had a lot to do with H. A. Saintsbury as Holmes.

Credit Doyle with completely restructuring the story
George Moreschi
“The Speckled Band” (1892) is one of short stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The case begins when a client by the name of Helen Stoner comes to 221B Baker Street and brings with her the story of her sister’s death, which had happened two years before. Julia, Helen’s sister, had been hearing a metal clanging and a whistle noise during the nights before her wedding day and she told her sister about it. They had failed to discover what the cau ...more
Jun 24, 2015 Bogdan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kids
Volum bilingv englezo-roman ce cuprinde una din povestirile mai scurte cu vestitul detectiv Sherlock Holmes.

Misterul nu are timp sa fie nici prea prea, nici foarte foarte.

Michelle Warta
Such a nice mystery, even though the footnotes claim it to be faulty (;
Feb 21, 2016 Floor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is why I love Sherlock Holmes and Watson so much.
Jan 29, 2015 Ariya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since school I've real all the adventures of Sherlock Holmes with a belief that Dolye is a master of detective stories and I craved buying all of his works with my saving money. Thinking about the time when picked up 10 books from the bookstore and took on the public transportation til home even though my back was aching from the weight is such a remorse feeling. Now you have to suspend all of that by psyching Sherlock Holmes is about the male power dominating the misogynist society in the Victo ...more
El Biblionauta
Jun 20, 2016 El Biblionauta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
“La banda de lunares” es uno de los relatos más redondos de Sherlock Holmes, de Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). Bien es cierto que en este caso los aspectos más íntimos de la relación entre el ínclito detective y su abnegado ayudante Watson quedan relegados a un segundo lugar, pero la trama policíaca resulta mucho mejor trabada y la resolución es mucho más redonda que en otros episodios. Da la impresión como si el uno fuera en detrimento del otro, o al contrario, como si el autor apostara por da ...more
A very mysterious story of my most favorite fictitious character of all time, Sherlock Holmes.
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Roberto Mattos
Aug 01, 2014 Roberto Mattos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another magnificent story with a very elaborated plot: Holmes' client is Helen Stoner, a 32 year old spinster who lives with her stepfather: Dr. Grimesby Roylott of Stoke Moran. Dr Roylott is the last survivor of what was a wealthy but dissolute and violent tempered aristocratic Anglo-Saxon family of Surrey. After returning from India where he had a large medical practice and had served a jail sentence for killing his native Butler in a fit of rage, Roylott—a widower—settles with his two stepdau ...more
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Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)

Julia Stoner died mysteriously and very dramatically in her room with the last words out of her mouth being “…it was the speckled band!”
Now her twin, Helen Stoner is here in Baker Street to ask the help of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. She is afraid of her violent step father who likes baboons and cheetah as pets and has a soft spot for the gypsies who are allowed to camp on his grounds. Helen is afraid and suspicious about her sister’s death ju
Nicholas King
Dec 09, 2012 Nicholas King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider this to be the best of the Sherlock Holmes short stories. Mind-numbingly, spine-tinglingly brilliant. I just wish there were even more like this one (I love the lot of them). The application of suspense, mystery and timing in this one is just tremendous.

These stories don't age. The thing I love most about Holmes is that he is lazy yet obscenely driven, egotistical yet without self-illusion, indifferent yet compassionate, and perfectly rational, yet a total nutter.

Rianna (RiannaBlok)
7/40 books read in 2016.
2016 Classics Challenge: #2 (picked in February)

This adventure of Sherlock Holmes was part of the syllabus for one of my courses and it was very enjoyable (which isn't always the case).

The Sherlock Holmes' stories all follow the same formula (of course Sherlock solves the case), but for me the final reveal was still pretty unexpected. I love the TV and film adaptations and the books are more limited, still this one did not disappoint. Doyle is an amazing writer (he makes
Oct 18, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It saved me from ennui," he answered, yawning. "Alas! I already feel it closing in upon me. My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so."

- Holmes to Watson, after solving a case.

Conan Doyle sets Holmes up to seem God-like; the stories, from Watson’s point-of-view, and often with self-deprecating humor, never fail to include his amazement at Holmes’s incredible deductions. “As usual”, he might think to himself, “it seem
Jan 30, 2016 Tiare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una joven que está próxima a casarse teme por su vida. Su hermana falleció en extrañas circunstancias poco antes de contraer matrimonio. Sus últimas palabras hicieron referencia a una "banda de lunares" (moteada en mi traducción).

Me gustó mucho este caso. Breve, pero no por eso menos complejo. Tal vez el modus operandi sea rebuscado, pero precisamente eso lo hace interesante.
Rob Thompson
"I have heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold wickedness of the human heart."

One of the most creative and imaginative short stories ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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One of the best Holmes stories, and probably my favorite!
Kevin Hull
May 08, 2015 Kevin Hull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy and clever.
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
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“I have heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold wickedness of the human heart.” 9 likes
“I had no keener pleasure than in following Holmes in his professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a logical basis, with which he unravelled the problems which were submitted to him. I rapidly threw on my clothes, and was ready in a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room. A lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in the window, rose as we entered.
'Good morning, madam, said Holmes, cheerily. 'My name is Sherlock Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as freely as before myself.”
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