The Man With the Twisted Lip by A.C. Doyle (Sherlock Holmes Crime Story) 1891
Tuesday’s Tale of Terror September 22, 2015
Sherlock Holmes stories are fashionably back! If you’ve been watching PBS’ Sherlock, or Arthur & George, and wanting more of the beloved detective, Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories and novels are public domain and easily found on the internet. Besides the nostalgia of old London, the mysterious puzzle, and the immortal duo of Holmes and Watson, we have fiction with a consummate economy of words (unlike the typical Victorian writing at that time), and not a dull sentence or overly descriptive paragraph to thwart the suspense.
The Man With the Twisted Lip does not take place at 221 Baker Street, but we are taken across London in a hansom cab, rattling over the cobbled streets, through foggy passages of opium dens, and into an adventure with a poor, dirty beggar man on Swamdam Lane. This man with a hideously scarred and mangled face is the only clue to the well known—and missing—Mr. Neville St. Clair of the county of Kent. How Sherlock (he is nearly fooled by this mystery) solves this case is quite a trick. And a clever turn that is so iconic of the great detective.
Would you like to meet this man with the twisted lip from Swamdam Lane?
Read the short story at Gutenberg.org (scroll down to IV to the title)
Listen to the Audio on YouTube.
Watch the film: Granada’s Film via YouTube, John Hawksworth’s The Man with the Twisted Lip, by A.C. Doyle, starring Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke.
Watch Parts 1 to 5 on YouTube (60 minutes total time).
And for all you Sherlock hounds who love vintage films …
The Hound of the Baskervilles with Basil Rathbone (1939)
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