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The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (1892)

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Series: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (7)

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The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle is one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and is the seventh story of twelve in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The story was first published in Strand Magazine in January 1892. A 'Blue Carbuncle' is stolen from a hotel suite, and a former felon is soon arrested. However, an acquaintance of Holmes discovers the carbuncle in the throat of a Christmas goose. Holmes traces the owner of the goose, but soon determines that he was not the thief by offering him a replacement goose. The detective continues his search, first to an inn and then a dealer in Covent Garden. The dealer refuses to provide Holmes with information about the source of the goose, but Holmes observes another man trying to find the same information, and confronts him. The man, the head attendant at the hotel, confesses to his crime. Holmes allows him to remain free, arguing that prison could make him a hardened criminal later.… (more)
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This Sherlock Holmes adventure was narrated by CGPGrey, as a Christmas gift to his viewers. It was a joy. The story is a good one, no matter how many times you hear it. ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
Not a bad little story, but overall, wasn't that interesting to me. It was cleverly written (in classic Sherlock Holmes style), but this one just didn't capture me.

It did have a good Christmas feel though, which is timely. ( )
  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
This is Conan Doyle's Christmas Sherlock Holmes story, about a lost jewel concealed within the crop of a Christmas goose. It's a good story that manages to combine Christmas humour with a serious backdrop of a man wrongly accused with the theft of the jewel. Not one of Conan Doyle's very best, but always comes up well. ( )
  john257hopper | Dec 25, 2017 |
This may have been a low point for Holmes. It lost me when Holmes knew the guy was intelligent because he had a big head... ( )
  Jamie.Kessinger | Dec 14, 2017 |
This is a short Sherlock Holmes Christmas mystery involving a Christmas goose and a missing gem. Holmes's classic deductive reasonings are demonstrated and there is a nice holiday message. Alan Cummings as the narrator was excellent. A fun listen and a nice free Christmas gift from Audible. ( )
  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyleprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alexander, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cumming, AlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle is one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and is the seventh story of twelve in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The story was first published in Strand Magazine in January 1892. A 'Blue Carbuncle' is stolen from a hotel suite, and a former felon is soon arrested. However, an acquaintance of Holmes discovers the carbuncle in the throat of a Christmas goose. Holmes traces the owner of the goose, but soon determines that he was not the thief by offering him a replacement goose. The detective continues his search, first to an inn and then a dealer in Covent Garden. The dealer refuses to provide Holmes with information about the source of the goose, but Holmes observes another man trying to find the same information, and confronts him. The man, the head attendant at the hotel, confesses to his crime. Holmes allows him to remain free, arguing that prison could make him a hardened criminal later.

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Two-time Emmy Award nominee (The Good Wife) and Audie Award winner for best narrator Alan Cumming here narrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first-rate Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". Cumming adds his personal flair to the mystery classic and turns in an outstanding performance of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his pal, Watson.
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