The Man with the Twisted Lip is the sixth short story in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Summary (from Goodreads)
Holmes discovers Dr. Watson in the black shadows of a smoke-filled opium den in the basement of the very house where Holmes is investigating his latest murder case! But of course the good doctor is only there to hunt down the drug-addicted husband of his wife’s dear, but distraught, friend. Sound confusing? For all but The Great Detective, it probably is. And we haven’t even talked about the murder yet!
“…but it is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all.”
The Man with the Twisted Lip was an engaging little puzzle, though perhaps the most interesting part of it was the insight into opium use and drug dens during the Victorian period.
This instalment felt more of a meandering mystery than the other stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes so far. We start in one place, with one mystery and end up somewhere else entirely, but it is entertaining to read how the story moves along. An entertaining opening with a great twist at the end.
And, I solved the mystery before the reveal, which I am always pleased about. Out of the six short stories I have read from this collection to date, this one ranks in the top half of the ratings table.