Ah yes, The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has quickly made me forget the absurdness that was The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. Doyle later said The Adventure of the Speckled Band was his best Holmes story. It is easy to see why.
Miss Helen Stoner is getting married very soon. Her dead mother’s will states that Helen will get a substantial inheritance when she gets married otherwise it will stay in the possession of the step father, Dr Roylott. Dr. Roylott’s house which Helen also lives at is under heavy mortgage so it is in the doctor’s best interest that Helen does not get married.
Two years earlier Helen’s twin sister was to be married when she suddenly died of an unknown cause. Helen is convinced her sister died of fright. And now because of renovations, Helen is being forced to stay in the same room her dead sister stayed in. Helen fears whatever killed her sister may be after her as well.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate and of course the father is involved. But how when the room and shutters are locked at night? RTFO (Read to find out).