The Adventure of the Copper Beeches is the twelfth and final short story in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Summary (from Goodreads)
When a young governess, unemployed and desperate for a position, accepts a job with a couple living in a remote country home, her positive first impressions of the man and his family begin to change. With a mixture of fear and uncertainty, she asks Sherlock Holmes to investigate the increasingly disturbing events that have begun to unfold around her.
I couldn’t chose between these two:
“Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.”
“Data! Data! Data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay.”
This was one of the more exciting stories in the collection, with a bit more action and drama in it than some of the previous stories. Violet Hunter, the governess, is an interesting character: strong and sensible, which coupled with the mystery at The Copper Beeches made for a very enjoyable read. There is quite a lot going on in this little story, ensuring that the pace is fast and the storyline engaging.
This is one of my favourites from The Adventures, which I think is due to the very Victorian Gothic feel to the story…Highly recommended!