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Watson visits his friend Holmes at Christmas time and finds him contemplating a battered old hat, brought to him by the commissionaire Peterson after the hat and a Christmas goose had been dropped by a man in a scuffle with some street ruffians. Peterson takes the goose home to eat, but later returns to Holmes with a blue carbuncle his wife had found in the bird's crop (th Watson visits his friend Holmes at Christmas time and finds him contemplating a battered old hat, brought to him by the commissionaire Peterson after the hat and a Christmas goose had been dropped by a man in a scuffle with some street ruffians. Peterson takes the goose home to eat, but later returns to Holmes with a blue carbuncle his wife had found in the bird's crop (throat). Holmes makes some interesting deductions concerning the owner of the hat from simple observations of its condition, conclusions amply confirmed when an advertisement for the owner produces the man himself: Henry Baker. Holmes cannot resist such an intriguing mystery, and he and Watson set out across the city to determine exactly how the jewel, stolen from the Countess of Morcar during her stay at a hotel, wound up in a goose's crop. The man who dropped the goose, Mr. Henry Baker, comes to reclaim his hat in response to Holmes' advertisement. Holmes drops hints about how he saved the "innards" of the goose, but Baker fails to respond to them, simply saying that he is afraid goose remains are not much use. He does, however, give Holmes valuable information, eventually leading him to the conclusive stage of his investigation, at Covent Garden. Holmes offers a fresh goose to Henry Baker, who responds with gladness and departs, whereupon Holmes tells Watson that Baker is eliminated from the suspect list as he obviously knows nothing about the carbuncle. At Covent Garden, a salesman named Breckinridge gets angry with Holmes, complaining about all the people who have pestered him about geese sold recently to the landlord of the Alpha Inn. Clearly, someone else knows that the carbuncle was in a goose and is looking for the bird.


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Watson visits his friend Holmes at Christmas time and finds him contemplating a battered old hat, brought to him by the commissionaire Peterson after the hat and a Christmas goose had been dropped by a man in a scuffle with some street ruffians. Peterson takes the goose home to eat, but later returns to Holmes with a blue carbuncle his wife had found in the bird's crop (th Watson visits his friend Holmes at Christmas time and finds him contemplating a battered old hat, brought to him by the commissionaire Peterson after the hat and a Christmas goose had been dropped by a man in a scuffle with some street ruffians. Peterson takes the goose home to eat, but later returns to Holmes with a blue carbuncle his wife had found in the bird's crop (throat). Holmes makes some interesting deductions concerning the owner of the hat from simple observations of its condition, conclusions amply confirmed when an advertisement for the owner produces the man himself: Henry Baker. Holmes cannot resist such an intriguing mystery, and he and Watson set out across the city to determine exactly how the jewel, stolen from the Countess of Morcar during her stay at a hotel, wound up in a goose's crop. The man who dropped the goose, Mr. Henry Baker, comes to reclaim his hat in response to Holmes' advertisement. Holmes drops hints about how he saved the "innards" of the goose, but Baker fails to respond to them, simply saying that he is afraid goose remains are not much use. He does, however, give Holmes valuable information, eventually leading him to the conclusive stage of his investigation, at Covent Garden. Holmes offers a fresh goose to Henry Baker, who responds with gladness and departs, whereupon Holmes tells Watson that Baker is eliminated from the suspect list as he obviously knows nothing about the carbuncle. At Covent Garden, a salesman named Breckinridge gets angry with Holmes, complaining about all the people who have pestered him about geese sold recently to the landlord of the Alpha Inn. Clearly, someone else knows that the carbuncle was in a goose and is looking for the bird.

30 review for The adventure of the blue carbuncle: (low cost). limited edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT! last year, i carved out my own short story advent calendar as my project for december, and it was so much fun i decided to do it again this year! so, each day during the month of december, i will be reading a short story and doing the barest minimum of a review because ain't no one got time for that and i'm already so far behind in all the things. however, i will be posting story links in case anyone wants to read the stories themselves and show off how maybe someone WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT! last year, i carved out my own short story advent calendar as my project for december, and it was so much fun i decided to do it again this year! so, each day during the month of december, i will be reading a short story and doing the barest minimum of a review because ain't no one got time for that and i'm already so far behind in all the things. however, i will be posting story links in case anyone wants to read the stories themselves and show off how maybe someone could have time for that. here is a link to the first story in last year's project, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... which in turn links to the whole monthlong project, in case you wanna do some free short story reading of your own! links to the stories in this year's advent-ure will be at the end of each review. enjoy, and the happiest of decembers to you all! DECEMBER 27 I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season. i've read very little sherlock holmes - just a few stories here and there, but i figured what better time to read a story that takes place the day after boxing day than on...the day after boxing day? this is the mystery of a hat and a goose and a sparkly blue carbuncle (which sounds really gross, but is apparently not only a hideous eruption of boils or whatever, but also a beautiful jewel. the english language is such a joker.) and i was enjoying it, until the end, where it seemed to get wrapped up quickly and kind of chunkily, and i thought maybe i'd fallen asleep and missed something, but when i got to the comments section of the story, some dude pointed out that they'd messed up and lost great swathes of text. so now i'm going to go reread it elsewhere. sigh - worst day-after-boxing-day ever. hold please. oh, yeah - it is much more satisfying to read the complete story. read it for yourself here: https://www.tor.com/2011/12/27/the-ad... unless, of course, you'd rather not read a jacked-up version. in which case read it for yourself HERE: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1661/1... (although gutenberg has no pictures) DECEMBER 1 DECEMBER 2 DECEMBER 3 DECEMBER 4 DECEMBER 5 DECEMBER 6 DECEMBER 7 DECEMBER 8 DECEMBER 9 DECEMBER 10 DECEMBER 11 DECEMBER 12 DECEMBER 13 DECEMBER 14 DECEMBER 15 DECEMBER 16 DECEMBER 17 DECEMBER 18 DECEMBER 19 DECEMBER 20 DECEMBER 21 DECEMBER 22 DECEMBER 23 DECEMBER 24 DECEMBER 25 DECEMBER 26 DECEMBER 28 DECEMBER 29 DECEMBER 30 DECEMBER 31

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    "The Blue Carbuncle" is a Sherlock Holmes story anthologized in the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which you can read online or download free here at Project Gutenberg. We are not talking about the nasty skin abscess kind of carbuncle here; a carbuncle is also this: ... carbuncles are, by definition, red jewels, but Sherlock says there are also blue ones. And who am I to argue with him? (Okay, he's wrong; seriously, there are no blue carbuncles. Moreover carbuncles--the red ones--are not made "The Blue Carbuncle" is a Sherlock Holmes story anthologized in the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which you can read online or download free here at Project Gutenberg. We are not talking about the nasty skin abscess kind of carbuncle here; a carbuncle is also this: ... carbuncles are, by definition, red jewels, but Sherlock says there are also blue ones. And who am I to argue with him? (Okay, he's wrong; seriously, there are no blue carbuncles. Moreover carbuncles--the red ones--are not made of carbon, unlike diamonds. :P) This story also contains a goose. The goose was intended for Christmas dinner for one Mrs. Henry Baker, but unfortunately for her was dropped by the man delivering it to her when a police commissionaire startled him. The man also dropped his hat, a clue for Sherlock to his identity. But in the meantime, the commissionaire decides to go ahead and eat the goose. In its craw he finds the aforementioned blue carbuncle, worth at least £20,000, which had been recently stolen from the Countess of Morcar. But who stole it, and can Sherlock Holmes track down the jewel thief? The game is afoot! This was a fun story; I enjoyed Sherlock's deductive and investigative process here, even though he makes some wild leaps in analyzing the owner of the hat. What if his wife was lazy rather than unloving? and let's not get into the phrenology aspect, where large head size = intelligence. I particularly liked the way he manipulates a particular person into giving him the information Sherlock wants. Sherlock Holmes looked deeply chagrined. He drew a sovereign from his pocket and threw it down upon the slab, turning away with the air of a man whose disgust is too deep for words. A few yards off he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless fashion which was peculiar to him. “When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the ‘Pink ’un’ protruding out of his pocket, you can always draw him by a bet,” said he. “I daresay that if I had put £100 down in front of him, that man would not have given me such complete information as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a wager."And once again we see that Sherlock Holmes has a bit of a soft heart. D'aww! Next up: The Adventure of the Speckled Band. Huzzah!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    In The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Conan Doyle offers up a tale of goodwill that has a darker flipside. The goodwill sees Sherlock Holmes trying to return a hat and goose lost by someone on Christmas Day, but the story then deals with the theft of a precious stone, the Blue Carbuncle. The prowess of Holmes is displayed in the detective deducing much about the owner of the hat and the goose simply from examining the battered hat; though, the solving of the missing stone has much more to do with In The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle Conan Doyle offers up a tale of goodwill that has a darker flipside. The goodwill sees Sherlock Holmes trying to return a hat and goose lost by someone on Christmas Day, but the story then deals with the theft of a precious stone, the Blue Carbuncle. The prowess of Holmes is displayed in the detective deducing much about the owner of the hat and the goose simply from examining the battered hat; though, the solving of the missing stone has much more to do with legwork than deduction. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle imbues a certain amount of humour into The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, humour that is not present in most of the short stories, but of course, there is also darkness, as a serious crime has been committed as well. As with the case of the Boscombe Valley Mystery Holmes shows an indifference to the judicial system, allowing a criminal once again to escape justice. The criminal in this case though, is arguably, less deserving of the leniency offered by the consulting detective. As with so many of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, the Granada TV series, with Jeremy Brett as Holmes, faithfully keeps to the original storyline for its adaptation of The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Another Sherlock Holmes story that I read years ago but just listened to again on audiobook (47 minutes). A stolen diamond falls into Holmes’ possession by accident and via the most improbable of circumstances, but this is a Sherlock Holmes story, so the reader just has to go with it. Holmes has the task of piecing together who carried out the crime. This is probably the nearest the reader gets to a “Christmas story” within the Holmes/Watson series, and, as with Dickens, it takes us back to a ti Another Sherlock Holmes story that I read years ago but just listened to again on audiobook (47 minutes). A stolen diamond falls into Holmes’ possession by accident and via the most improbable of circumstances, but this is a Sherlock Holmes story, so the reader just has to go with it. Holmes has the task of piecing together who carried out the crime. This is probably the nearest the reader gets to a “Christmas story” within the Holmes/Watson series, and, as with Dickens, it takes us back to a time when goose was the main Christmas dish in Britain, as opposed to turkey. The word “carbuncle” is rarely used in modern Britain. It did receive a boost in popularity a few decades ago when Prince Charles, in a much-quoted remark, referred to an extension to the National Gallery in London as a “monstrous carbuncle.” Online dictionaries suggest the sole meaning of the word is that of a boil or a pustule, but I have an old paper dictionary that provides an additional meaning of “red precious stone (formerly of many kinds e.g., ruby; now garnet cut in boss shape)”. Interesting how language changes! The story is moderately diverting.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

    This was a freebie from Audible.com. I read all the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was a kid, but I don't remember much about them individually, so it was fun to revisit Holmes and Watson for this light-hearted story of a Christmas goose that swallowed a stolen gemstone. One thing that struck me was that the vaunted "deductive reasoning" of Holmes is really kind of laughable at times. "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I am unable to follow you. For example, how did yo This was a freebie from Audible.com. I read all the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was a kid, but I don't remember much about them individually, so it was fun to revisit Holmes and Watson for this light-hearted story of a Christmas goose that swallowed a stolen gemstone. One thing that struck me was that the vaunted "deductive reasoning" of Holmes is really kind of laughable at times. "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I am unable to follow you. For example, how did you deduce that this man was intellectual?" For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is a question of cubic capacity," said he; a man with so large a brain must have something in it." Yup, "big head" = "intellectual." Okay, be fair, this is what the Victorians thought, and Holmes was a detective, not a physiologist. Still, I noticed a lot of his other "deductions" were more like educated guesses that he brushes with the shiny imprimatur of absolute conviction. These lead him, of course, to the true culprit, in a low-key mystery rather full of improbable twists. But it's fun and kind of Christmasy in a secularish way, which is cool by me, and Alan Cummings's jovial reading is perfect.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today

    The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, narrated by Alan Cumming, is a fun romp and kept a smile plastered on my face throughout. I didn’t read much Sherlock Holmes growing up – probably because I was scared out of my wits as a child watching Basil Rathbone in The Hounds of Baskerville (parents of yore were less vigilant about TV content for toddlers than today’s parents). Scary movies are even scarier in black and white and the distant howling of hounds against a gray foggy backdrop was truly terri The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, narrated by Alan Cumming, is a fun romp and kept a smile plastered on my face throughout. I didn’t read much Sherlock Holmes growing up – probably because I was scared out of my wits as a child watching Basil Rathbone in The Hounds of Baskerville (parents of yore were less vigilant about TV content for toddlers than today’s parents). Scary movies are even scarier in black and white and the distant howling of hounds against a gray foggy backdrop was truly terrifying! Because of this early horrific memory, I clearly must have missed out on a lot of fun because this story was an absolute hoot. I read the Purloined Letter earlier this year (because I read Proust’s Mysterious Correspondent before that). SH totally reminded me of Poe’s Dupin, but even better I think. The icing on the cake, however, was the narration by Alan Cumming. Watson comes to visit his friend Holmes, who is preoccupied studying a hat. It transpires that Peterson, the commissionaire, bumped into a man who appeared to be arguing with two brutes accosting him. The man raised his walking stick to protect himself, broke a shop window and fled the scene, afraid of what appeared to be a policeman approaching. The man’s hat had flown off in one direction and the goose he was carrying fell in a different direction. Peterson tried to help by retrieving the items but the man, who was that much poorer at having lost both his hat and his goose, was nowhere to be found. Not knowing how to find the owner of the lost items, Peterson solicited Holmes’ advice. Holmes suggested that Peterson take home the goose for his Christmas dinner, since it would not keep and could be easily replaced, and he would try to find the owner to return the hat. While inspecting the goose, Holmes discovered and retrieved a large blue stone lodged in its gullet. To make a long story short, it turned out to be the most valuable diamond in the world, none other than (drum roll, please) the Blue Carbuncle, recently stolen from the Countess of Morcar’s hotel room. Although a reformed thief had already been arrested for the crime the diamond had never been found. Holmes proceeded to glean every bit of information you would never have guessed from that hat, then he advertised in all the next edition papers with a clue to the owner, who remarkably showed up on Holmes’ doorstep later in the day to retrieve his hat. The goose was, sadly, already cooked but the owner was pleased to accept a substitute goose for his dinner. Next the plan comes together, Holmes learned how the owner came upon the goose and traces his leads back to the culprit who had stolen the stone. Every part of this story is fun…what Holmes learns from the hat, how he develops his leads, dupes his foils into giving up information, and his eventual interrogation of the true thief, whose proverbial goose was cooked (okay okay, keep those raspberries to yourselves, please). If you have Audible+ look for this. When I saw that Cumming was the narrator, I knew I was going to have fun. If you don’t have audible+ you can enjoy this story on East of the Web here or in the full collection (VII) of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, at Project Gutenberg here

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jack Heath

    5 Stars. Just a joy to behold. A complicated tale so well told. As the best of these stories do, it starts off simply. Dr. Watson is visiting his friend just after Christmas to wish him all the best for the holidays and finds him busy studying an old and decrepit hat. The two go through their enjoyable routine, as they have surely done numerous times before, of one, the genius detective, drawing extraordinary conclusions from tidbits of clues, and the other being astonished. The hat and a Christ 5 Stars. Just a joy to behold. A complicated tale so well told. As the best of these stories do, it starts off simply. Dr. Watson is visiting his friend just after Christmas to wish him all the best for the holidays and finds him busy studying an old and decrepit hat. The two go through their enjoyable routine, as they have surely done numerous times before, of one, the genius detective, drawing extraordinary conclusions from tidbits of clues, and the other being astonished. The hat and a Christmas goose were found a few days earlier by their friend Commissionaire Peterson at the scene of an attack by a gang of toughs. Things get more interesting when Peterson's wife finds a glistening blue jewel, here it's called a carbuncle, an obsolete synonym, inside the goose. Holmes and Watson realize it must be the one reported in the news recently stolen from the Countess of Morcar. Suddenly this trivial hat and goose story goes ballistic. Henry Baker, there are thousands in London and vicinity, must be found. There's our tale. Those readers who work in business will enjoy the references to goose production and retailing - 130 years ago and today, quite similar! (June 2021)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    A whimsical tale that shows Holmes' possesses some ability to forgive, at least in a situation where nobody comes to any real harm and all can be made right again. A whimsical tale that shows Holmes' possesses some ability to forgive, at least in a situation where nobody comes to any real harm and all can be made right again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Read thanks to the Literary Advent Calendar by BookRiot. Read thanks to the Literary Advent Calendar by BookRiot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jaksen

    I am presently reading all the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, using annotated versions. First off, not the best in the bunch, not by far, not by halves. There are so many errors in this story it's hard to belive ACD even had an editor. (Maybe he didn't.) Even before I read the annotated 'criticisms' in the version I was reading I was thinking, what? What! For one thing Holmes describes a man, who will be coming to see him, only by studying the man's hat. Okay, big head = smart. I am, what? Ok I am presently reading all the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, using annotated versions. First off, not the best in the bunch, not by far, not by halves. There are so many errors in this story it's hard to belive ACD even had an editor. (Maybe he didn't.) Even before I read the annotated 'criticisms' in the version I was reading I was thinking, what? What! For one thing Holmes describes a man, who will be coming to see him, only by studying the man's hat. Okay, big head = smart. I am, what? Okay, phrenology, still popular in the late 19th century. But then he goes on to say the man isn't particularly 'fit' because there's evidence of sweat on the inner lining of the hat? (The conclusion being that he sweats because he's NOT accustomed to physical exercise.) But what hat doesn't have evidence of perspiration - do 'fit' men not sweat? I didn't get it. There's also the matter of the man carrying his hat upstairs and getting 'tallow' on it from a candle, but who carries a hat and a lit candle in the same hand? And in Holmes' day hats were hung up upon entering one's own house and so on and so on... I was not the only critic, as many of Holmes' most devoted followers have pointed out the same errors and more. However, when they do, they make all sorts of 'allowances' for him, the most common of which is that 'Watson' has obviously made an error in his recording of Holmes' investigations. Balderdash I say! They are too kind to Mr. Holmes! Anyhow, having said all that, the story is about a stolen 'carbuncle,' which is blue, (and in the real world doesn't exist, btw, but who cares!) and a goose and a theft. There is much running about from here to there as Holmes and sidekick Watson try to figure out who stole this precious gem and just how it got stuck in the 'crop' of a goose. (And geese, btw, don't have crops, not technically.) So in effect it was a lot of errors, running around, silliness and (mis)information about geese and at the end, well... A surprising end, I do grant that, and it's the only reason I give this Holmes story three stars instead of two!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This is only the second Sherlock Holmes story I've read - well, second official ACD Sherlock story, as I've read other peoples' stories with or about Holmes and whatnot. And I enjoyed it, in some ways more than the first one, but still I felt like this little story was lacking, or unfinished in some way. This was read by Alan Cummings, who did a great job, with two little nitpicky exceptions: 1) that he read just a teensy bit too fast; and 2) that there wasn't enough differentiation between Holm This is only the second Sherlock Holmes story I've read - well, second official ACD Sherlock story, as I've read other peoples' stories with or about Holmes and whatnot. And I enjoyed it, in some ways more than the first one, but still I felt like this little story was lacking, or unfinished in some way. This was read by Alan Cummings, who did a great job, with two little nitpicky exceptions: 1) that he read just a teensy bit too fast; and 2) that there wasn't enough differentiation between Holmes and Watson. It was hard for me to tell them apart unless there was a "Holmes said" or "I said" (since, of course, the stories are narrated by Watson). The story was interesting, in so much as it's always interesting to see what Holmes can learn from an everyday item, but honestly, I wasn't interested in the mystery behind why he was commissioned to do so. I didn't much care that the blue carbuncle was stolen, and honestly, if I had a carbuncle of any color, I'd want it to be stolen. TAKE MY CARBUNCLE, PLEASE! OK, OK, this is the gemstone carbuncle, not the hideous boil carbuncle, but still, I didn't much care how, or why, or by whom it was stolen. But, I did like the end resolution in which Holmes shows that he's got both a heart and a little lawlessness in him. No harm, no foul. OK story, more than OK Holmes... 3 stars. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    Another great adventure and mystery.. Only Arthur Conan Doyle writes such fluently and gripping detective stories.. The immortal classic series still works for me!! "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" does not fail to satisfy both Sherlock Holmes fans and newcomer to the party!!! I did listen to the audio-book, very good indeed.. Great job by the narrator.. The story itself includes a goose and a stolen carbuncle found in his crop. Also a Christmas setting and the Victorian flair and atmosphere round Another great adventure and mystery.. Only Arthur Conan Doyle writes such fluently and gripping detective stories.. The immortal classic series still works for me!! "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" does not fail to satisfy both Sherlock Holmes fans and newcomer to the party!!! I did listen to the audio-book, very good indeed.. Great job by the narrator.. The story itself includes a goose and a stolen carbuncle found in his crop. Also a Christmas setting and the Victorian flair and atmosphere rounds up the show!! Well, three good stars and an Hurray for Sherlock and its wits!!! If you are fond of short stories and likes the Victorian era, then go for it!! Dean;)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elysa

    It's a Christmas story! Well, in that it takes place around Christmas time. And it's fun! There is a quick discussion between Watson and Sherlock about how their cases aren't always criminal. Such as the case with Irene Adler, Mary Sutherland, and the man with the twisted lip. This is because a commissionaire ran into a fight on the street during which a man broke a window with a goose, then proceeded to drop his hat and the goose. And ran. “Only one of those whimsical little incidents which will It's a Christmas story! Well, in that it takes place around Christmas time. And it's fun! There is a quick discussion between Watson and Sherlock about how their cases aren't always criminal. Such as the case with Irene Adler, Mary Sutherland, and the man with the twisted lip. This is because a commissionaire ran into a fight on the street during which a man broke a window with a goose, then proceeded to drop his hat and the goose. And ran. “Only one of those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have four million human beings all jostling each other within the space of a few square miles. Amid the action and reaction of so dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events may be expected to take place, and many a little problem will be presented which may be striking and bizarre without being criminal. We have already had the experience of such.” This sort of makes me miss casually being in public and people watching. We humans really are so interesting. Not that I ever think I'd witness such a thing out in public, but Sherlock does have a point that the weird and improbable really aren't as weird and improbable as we think. Odd things happen every day. Anyway, Sherlock has the lost hat and a mission to locate the man. The commissionaire takes the goose for dinner and finds a stolen gem inside of the goose. The game is afoot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    itsdanixx

    "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" is the seventh story in the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes story collection, the third publication in the Sherlock Holmes series (after the first two novels, so the first story collection). Holmes is consulted by a man who witnessed a man be accosted by some thugs on the street, resulting in him dropping and leaving his hat and goose. Holmes says he will attempt to trace the man to return his hat, but advises him to eat the goose or else it will go ba "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" is the seventh story in the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes story collection, the third publication in the Sherlock Holmes series (after the first two novels, so the first story collection). Holmes is consulted by a man who witnessed a man be accosted by some thugs on the street, resulting in him dropping and leaving his hat and goose. Holmes says he will attempt to trace the man to return his hat, but advises him to eat the goose or else it will go bad.... but when his wife goes to cook it, they're surprised to discover it contains a priceless - and recently stolen - gem. Another great story, as all in this particular collection are really.

  15. 5 out of 5

    m a r y l i z

    "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know." Behind on reading challenge? SOLUTION: read a Sherlock Holmes short story. *thumbs up* I'm totally obsessed with Doyle's writing style. It's very rich and flows SO WELL. The mystery element of this wasn't super impressive, but the writing and setting and characters were lovely. This is a story I can foresee myself wanting to read again, probably at Christmastime because of the setting. <3 (Oh, and can we talk about "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know." Behind on reading challenge? SOLUTION: read a Sherlock Holmes short story. *thumbs up* I'm totally obsessed with Doyle's writing style. It's very rich and flows SO WELL. The mystery element of this wasn't super impressive, but the writing and setting and characters were lovely. This is a story I can foresee myself wanting to read again, probably at Christmastime because of the setting. <3 (Oh, and can we talk about how soft-hearted Sherlock was in this one?? MY HEART.) 4 stars!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Perfect length for a pint. Ooh what a fantastic combination! Sherlock Holmes + Christmas... Who knew he had a heart? I really really enjoyed this one!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Walle

    This is an other great Sherlock Holmes adventure where an old man's black felt hat, a fine Christmas goose and a bright bonny blue carbuncle are featured. This is an other great Sherlock Holmes adventure where an old man's black felt hat, a fine Christmas goose and a bright bonny blue carbuncle are featured.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jason Donoghue

    A short story and yet a simple story but yet written with such skill it is a classic. I find myself inspired by sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, so much so that I will soon begin writing a short story series of books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maram

    Can’t say I liked it, since my childhood I ABSOLUTELY hated Sherlock Holmes and found him arrogant and annoying, never enjoyed the structure and flow of the stories. I guess I listened to this book without my past biases but still didn’t enjoy it much..

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hanya Mostafa

    “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.” So this was a fun short story to listen to, I definitely recommend it if you want a short mystery. It is one of the short stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.” So this was a fun short story to listen to, I definitely recommend it if you want a short mystery. It is one of the short stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amina

    Not the most interesting S.H story but it demonstrates his powerful observation and deduction abilities in the best way

  22. 5 out of 5

    Selah

    A Christmas must read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fran.Nook

    It is the forgiving season indeed!

  24. 4 out of 5

    RuthyMB

    Cute little shorty mystery 👮‍♀️ 🦆 💎

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Fun little mystery. It was too short, if any complaints.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    5 stars & 5/10 hearts. What a fun story! Watson & Sherlock really shine here, and I absolutely love studying Holmes’ deductions and actions. The villains are unusual and interesting, and the whole thing is so quick, light, humorous, and Christmassy! Content: swearing. A Favourite Quote: “I can see nothing,” said I, handing it back to my friend. “On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in drawing your inferences.” A Favourite 5 stars & 5/10 hearts. What a fun story! Watson & Sherlock really shine here, and I absolutely love studying Holmes’ deductions and actions. The villains are unusual and interesting, and the whole thing is so quick, light, humorous, and Christmassy! Content: swearing. A Favourite Quote: “I can see nothing,” said I, handing it back to my friend. “On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in drawing your inferences.” A Favourite Humorous Quote: “But pray tell me, before we go farther, who it is that I have the pleasure of assisting.” The man hesitated for an instant. “My name is John Robinson,” he answered with a sidelong glance. “No, no; the real name,” said Holmes sweetly. “It is always awkward doing business with an alias.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    In my late teens I went through a Sherlock Holmes phase. I read all the longer ones, plus the major shorts and novellas. Then I branched out to Sherlock Holmes stories written by other authors. I am not sure if I actually ever read the Blue Carbuncle before though. Didn't ring a bell. The story struck me as a little silly, especially the deduction that someone with a big head is intelligent. The story was ok, I guess. It just wasn't my thing. And, surprisingly, I did not like the audiobook narrat In my late teens I went through a Sherlock Holmes phase. I read all the longer ones, plus the major shorts and novellas. Then I branched out to Sherlock Holmes stories written by other authors. I am not sure if I actually ever read the Blue Carbuncle before though. Didn't ring a bell. The story struck me as a little silly, especially the deduction that someone with a big head is intelligent. The story was ok, I guess. It just wasn't my thing. And, surprisingly, I did not like the audiobook narration by Alan Cumming much. Somehow his accent didn't do it for me and I thought that he made Holmes sound like a tosser.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wealhtheow

    I reread this on Christmas Eve and was amused by Holmes yet again...and nonplussed at his choice at the end of the mystery. I'd totally forgotten that this was one of the instances where he just...lets the criminals go free. And what happens to the blue carbuncle in the end? Last I saw it, Holmes still had it! I reread this on Christmas Eve and was amused by Holmes yet again...and nonplussed at his choice at the end of the mystery. I'd totally forgotten that this was one of the instances where he just...lets the criminals go free. And what happens to the blue carbuncle in the end? Last I saw it, Holmes still had it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Asha Seth

    This investigation involves the thieving of a priceless jewel called the blue carbuncle, a fat goose, an odd black hat, and the festive spirit of Christmas. An oddly average; but engaging account nonetheless, of Sherlock Holmes' genius. This investigation involves the thieving of a priceless jewel called the blue carbuncle, a fat goose, an odd black hat, and the festive spirit of Christmas. An oddly average; but engaging account nonetheless, of Sherlock Holmes' genius.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    One of the best stories to read at Christmas Time and I have read it a number of times. We find Holmes at his best with a twist of humor, it all starts with a goose and what it has.

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