Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Bookwyrm's Lair

Yup, this week’s is a two-fer! Since I skipped last Wednesday’s entry (there’s my one freebie for this month) and both of these are short stories, I figured I had room to do both. So, without further ado:

“The Man With the Twisted Lip” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I will admit that this isn’t my favorite Sherlock Holmes story – I much prefer “The Case of the Speckled Band” and “The Blue Carbuncle”. However, given that it’s Sherlock Holmes, “The Man With the Twisted Lip” is still really good.

It’s different from your usual detective story because there is no murder to solve. A man has gone missing, maybe kidnapped, and Sherlock has to track him down. Because there is no corpse, a certain amount of tension is lost, and I happen to really like that kind of tension in a mystery.

Of course, the usual dry wit that characterizes…

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