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The Red-headed League

by Arthur Doyle

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"To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman," says Watson of Irene Adler in A Scandal in Bohemia. "In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex." Holmes and Watson are hired by the King of Bohemia to purloin an incriminating photograph. But in one of his few failures, Holmes's best plans are beaten by Irene Adler's brilliance. In The Redheaded League, Holmes is engaged upon two seemingly unrelated cases, a daring bank robbery and the disappearance of a pawnbroker's assistant. Using minute details of the small mystery, he is able to solve the larger one. "Depend upon it," says Holmes to Watson in A Case of Identity, "there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace." Holmes is as fascinated by the story of a common young woman whose groom has vanished on the way to the altar as he has been by the woes of kings. He sharpens his powers of detection by putting together scattered facts to form a powerful and unexpected accusation. Holmes tells Watson about one of his first cases, The Musgrave Ritual; one that helped make him famous. Two servants of an English nobleman disappear. By following a trail of obscure clues left behind in an old parchment, Holmes discovers the crown of a former King of England.

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A suspicious new member solicits the aid of Sherlock Holmes in uncovering the secret behind the Red-Headed League.



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