The Adventure of the Speckled Band Book Summary and Study Guide

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The 'Speckled Band' is about the Roylotts of Stock Moran, who were once very rich. Since then, they lost there wealth. One of the step daughters wants to get married, but then her stepfather, Dr Roylott, an old doctor who was arrested for murder, again kills but this time kills his stepdaughter so as he does not have to give up some of his money. The story ends with the stepdaughter getting killed, however Dr Roylott also getting killed, byt the same techinique that he used against his step daughter. Sherlock Holmes solver the murder.
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The review of this Book prepared by Lawdown

Both the author and a poll of readers by the London Observer judged this to be the very best Holmes short story. It concerns a young woman who comes to Holmes because her older sister, soon to be married, died under mysterious circumstances -- the smell of cigar smoke, a whistle, and a metallic clang -- several years before; and now the client herself is about to marry and has experienced several of the same portents. Both lived in the run-down mansion of their uncle, Dr. Grimesby Roylott, a man of violent temper and unsociable ways, on his estate with a baboon and a cheetah....
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very obvious Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   doctors/patients Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   character killed during/after sexing    -   Big focus on forensic evidence Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   animal antics Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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