The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a free Audible giveaway for Christmas 2012. I've only just gotten around to reading it. It's the first Sherlock Holmes story I've read, and it's good enough that I can see myself reading a few more.
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle starts just after Christmas, with a mysterious dropped goose and hat. Sherlock surmises the identity of the owner, then places an ad to find him. Before the gentleman can show up, though, a servant finds a precious blue gem in the goose's stomach, and Sherlock sets out to find how it got there.
This is not a Christmas story in a way modern audiences would recognize it. There's no moral at the end about the meaning of Christmas or about what baby Jesus would've said about the case. Sherlock does show mercy to the thief, but he never explicitly says it's because it's Christmas. Rather, he believes that the man will be scared straight by his near-miss with infamy.
The story is short, but performed well. I enjoyed it. It was enough that I can see myself reading more Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
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