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.
This report 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....
This report prepared by David Loftus