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The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist (The Return of Sherlock Holmes)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  382 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Sherlock Holmes first regards the experiences related by newly-arrived visitor Violet Smith with a degree of impatience and disinterest. This solitary cyclist, however, is being shadowed by a mysterious man on a bicycle as she travels to and from her new employer's home as a music teacher. As Holmes and Watson investigate, a dark, dangerous picture begins to emerge that th ...more
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Published October 1st 1997 by DH Audio (first published 1903)
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One of my favorite Sherlock stories.
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The Baker Street sleuth investigates who's following music teacher Violet Smith. Stars Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.
Cheryl Kennedy
A diabolical plan is hatched in Colonial Africa between two English chaps seeking to reap Ralph Smith's money and daughter. Carruthers and Woodley plan to share Smith's inheritance after Woodley marries Violet, Ralph's unsuspecting daughter.

Violet is capable, athletic, talented and engaged to be married to Cyril, her true love, when she visits Holmes on Baker Street. Violet begs Sherlock for help. She is being followed by a solitary cyclist dressed in black with black glasses and a beard each ti
A very mysterious story of my most favorite fictitious character of all time, Sherlock Holmes.
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Roberto Mattos
In this story, Holmes is contacted by Miss Violet Smith of Farnham, Surrey about an unusual turn in her and her mother’s lives. Violet’s father has recently died, and left his wife and daughter rather poor. However, a notice appeared in the newspaper not much later inquiring as to their whereabouts. Answering it, they met Mr. Carruthers and Mr. Woodley, the former a pleasant enough man, but the latter a bully. They had come from South Africa, where they had known Violet’s uncle Ralph Smith, who ...more
Dan Wilson
This is a well-crafted short story in which a Miss Violet Smith asks Sherlock Holmes to determine who is the creepy man following her at a distance on a bicycle while she herself bikes an otherwise empty stretch of road between her rural workplace and the train station. The ensuing events have what Watson describes as a "dramatic quality." There is a heavy subtext here about women's growing freedom. In 1904, when the story was written, and even more so in 1895, when the story takes place, the bi ...more
Laura Scerbak
Frankly, I was disappointed in this book. One comes to expect a certain level of superiority from a mystery written by an author so renowned as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and that level was not achieved for me in this book. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars because this book was depressingly predictable for a mystery book, with all of the villains easily spotted and the whole plot playing out in the most boring and unimaginative way possible. Honestly, the only reason I didn't give the book one sta ...more
Rao Umar
In spite of all the great story I have read about, Sherlock this one was not up to the mark.

It was as a light case even for Sherlock himself that is why, Watson is rather more engaged in chores of the story.

Over and above, reading it wont take centuries, so take it read it enjoy it.
-Over and out
Rao Umar
Amélie Boucher
The outcome was mostly predictable and I didn't like Holmes's arrogant attitude. However, I did think it was a well thought of plot and liked how it was told.
Evan O.
Very intriguing. As usual, Arthur Conan Doyle's story retains its interest and prose over 100 years after it is written.
Bu qeder qesheng qizlarla ishleye ishleye hele de hech kimi sevmamasi qeribedi Sherlockun. Bunun nese problemi var yeqin.
Ranadeep Alex
excellent. The vision of Sherlock Holmes is quite remarkable.
Every crime has a motif.. so do favor
Collin A.
Mr. Sherlock Holmes just keeps digging his proverbial "pipe" into deeper and potentially more dangerous crimes isn't he? With The Adventure of The Solitary Cyclist, Mr. Holmes and the ever-faithful John Watson attempt to discover the singular problems of the beautiful and athletic Violet Smith.

All-in-all, this tale provides a fresh breath of country air. A dash of danger and love triangles, and perhaps most importantly, plenty of snooping and deducing to go around!
Edelhart Kempeneers
Goed geschreven. Meer heb ik er eigenlijk niet over te zeggen.
I liked it mostly, but I didn't like this shit where they were all arguing about who would get to 'own' Violet. Violet can bloody well choose whoever she wants to, or doesn't want to marry, no more of this abduction and forced marriage please.
The women surrounding Sherlock Holmes are always mysterious and this case at first seems innocent and unimportant, becomes an adventure for him and Dr. Watson.
This story seemed more messy than the others. It all fell a bit flat for me, it was still engaging but didn't feel up to the standard of the others.
Aldo K. wachyudi
"Ini adalah bagian dari ketetapan alam bahwa seorang gadis memiliki pengagum, Watson".
Well said Sherlock, Well said.
I was very intrigued by this one... don't like it when Sherlock yells on Watson though!
Joanne G.
A plot to swindle an heiress of her fortune is thwarted by our favorite detective.
Jeff Yoak
Getting a bit ho-hum with Holmes. It is getting close to time for a break.
Another good plot
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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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