I am a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, having read loads of them whilst in hospital, and after having seen a few film adaptations on Television, starring Basil Rathbone, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing among others. I was very pleased when I found out that From tomorrow 19th November until 25th November, the Telegraph newspaper is giving away seven free Sherlock Holmes audiobook CDs. All written by Arthur Conan Doyle and read by Derek Jacobi, the seven audio. Books in the series are
CD ONE – Silver Blaze
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson investigate the disappearance of champion racehorse, Silver Blaze, which vanished in the middle of the night from its stables. Owner Colonel Ross is desperate to get his prize possession back and there had been some strange comings and goings the night the horse disappeared. When the horse’s trainer, John Straker, is found dead, it becomes a murder investigation.
CD TWO – The Red-Headed League
Sherlock Holmes investigates the strange case of Mr Jabez Wilson, a man with red hair, who was recently offered employment by an organization known as the Red-Headed League. Mr Wilson arrives for work one day to discover a sign on the office door stating ‘THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE IS DISSOLVED’ and the landlord denies all knowledge of who rented the office. Holmes agrees to investigate and find the men behind the Red-Headed League.
CD THREE – The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Violet Stoner dies in mysterious circumstances at the gloomy mansion of her brutish stepfather, Dr Grimesby Rylott. Violet had become engaged to be married and stood to inherit a substantial annual allowance but never survived to collect it. Now, her sister Helen has become engaged, and when the mercenary Dr Rylott orders her to start sleeping in her sister’s bedroom Helen fears that a fate similar to Violet’s will befall her. She turns to the residents of 221B Baker Street for help.
CD FOUR – A Case of Identity
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are visited by Miss Mary Sutherland whose fiancé, Mr Hosmer Angel, mysteriously vanished days before their wedding. Miss Sutherland reveals that Mr Angel is a quiet and secretive man and upon discovering that Miss Sutherland benefits from a substantial fund set up by her father, Holmes and Watson investigate to reveal who would profit from her fiancé’s disappearance.
CD FIVE – The Five Orange Pips
Mr John Openshaw asks Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson for their help after receiving an envelope containing five orange pips. Identical envelopes had previously been sent to his father and his uncle just before their mysterious deaths. Mr Openshaw, having inherited his father’s estate, has now received this same strange warning and arrives at Baker Street to engage Holmes’ help in solving the mystery.
CD SIX – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
Lord Robert St. Simon comes to Sherlock Holmes seeking aid in finding his new bride who disappeared on the day of their marriage. Lord St Simon’s wife, wealthy American Hatty Doran, attended and participated in the wedding but disappeared during the reception after becoming flustered and short tempered and has not been seen since. It is now up to Holmes to solve the mystery.
CD SEVEN – The Final Problem
Sherlock Holmes visits Doctor Watson one evening looking agitated, the knuckles of one hand burst and bleeding, and asks if he has ever heard of Professor Moriarty. Holmes reveals that Moriarty is the criminal genius behind a highly organized and extremely secret criminal force and has already made three attempts on Holmes’ life. Holmes will consider it the crowning achievement of his career if he can defeat Moriarty.