Sherlock Holmes: “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder”

Summary: Watson and Sherlock are living together again after Sherlock secretly buys Watson’s practice at a good profit. (No wonder people think they are gay…) Anyway, a builder is killed and he’d recently made a new will that gave everything to his young partner. The kid gets to Sherlock right before the police get him. Sherlock doesn’t believe he did it, but as he investigates, it starts to look like the police were right. Just as Sherlock is ready to give up, a new clue is discovered that answers everything. Sherlock makes a dramatic reveal, involving fire, just to rub it in the police’s faces. It turns out the builder wasn’t really dead. He had tons of debt and wanted to start a new life, so he faked his death, and he blamed it on the kid because the builder had once been engaged to the kid’s mother, but she broke it off and he wanted revenge.

Sherlock Rating: 5 magnifying glasses. This was a good one! We had a good villain and some drama when Sherlock was stumped and it looked like the police would win. Beating the police even seemed like more critical than actually solving the murder.

Mystery Story Convention: The old guy did it. Several stories now have had the old creepy guy as the true villain. He may not have committed the murder, but he’s the bad guy. It’s kind of a Scrooge thing (pre-miracle), I guess. Were all old British guys stingy misers? Also, the police are stupid and always wrong–this is always the case in private-eye type mysteries. Because if they were effective then why would anyone need the private eye (except to find out of your spouse is cheating)

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