Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson receive a visitor, Jabez Wilson, a man with a shock of red hair. He explains that his assistant encouraged him to respond to advert in the paper offering very well-paid work to red-headed male applicants. He wasn’t sure, thinking it was too good to be true, but acquiesced. The following morning, he followed the directions from the advert and joined a long line of red-heads applying for the job. However, it is only a very specific shade of red hair they are looking for, and Wilson is the only one offered the position.
When Wilson learns of the very simple work he must undertake in order to earn his high wage, he is eager to begin. But after only four weeks the office mysteriously closes, and no-one has heard of the Red-Headed League, nor the man Wilson was interviewed / managed by. So, he gets Sherlock Holmes on the case…
“It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes.”
The second short story in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle that I have been reading on Wattpad, is The Red-Headed League. This is a very clever short story, but I enjoyed it less than A Scandal in Bohemia.
The misdirection is clever, the plot extremely well thought out and it is always great to see how Sherlock Holmes thinks and interprets the clues he has been given. The idea of The Red-Headed League makes this an unusual story and for that reason, memorable, for it is so strange. I think that it is that strangeness though, which is the reason why I liked this less than A Scandal in Bohemia.
Next up in the series is A Case of Identity, the review for which I hope to post within the next couple of weeks…