Sherlock Holmes is called on to solve a case where a son is accused of killing his father. All evidence seems to point to the son being the murderer.
James McCarthy is seen by witnesses to be carrying a gun walking after his father and a quarrel breaks out between the two, also seen by witnesses. Moments later the father is found dead, attacked in the head by a blunt object, James‘s gun is laying on the ground by his dead father.
As you could have no doubt guessed, the son was innocent and Holmes found the real killer. There were about 4 or 5 characteristics of the killer that Holmes identified, 3 or 4 of which were “made up”. There was one characteristic however that the reader was supposed to pick up on. Not to brag or anything, but I was able to figure out that characteristic which would have been enough to acquit James. This was the first clue I was able to figure out on my own. Yeah me.