Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lost and Found: A Sherlock Holmes Whodunit

Lost and Found  A historian has discovered a lost Sherlock Holmes 
story in the attic of his Selkirk, Scotland home.  Image courtesy of 
Ricky Leaver/Loop images/Corbis via
Sherlock Holmes, the world's most famous detective, is at the center of a new double whodunit.

A historian from the Scottish burgh of Selkirk ("best known for bannock, a dried fruitcake" in case you were wondering) has uncovered a lost Sherlock Holmes story in his attic.  After the town's bridge was swept away in a flood, Arthur Conan Doyle (purportedly) penned the tale to raise money for a new one.

The story, lavishly titled Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, By Deduction, the Brig Bazaar, is a brief imaginary interview with Sherlock Holmes and his trusty Watson, who has the audacity to turn down a trip to Scotland with Holmes.

The mystery-within-a-mystery:  did Doyle really write it?  Although doubts regarding the story's authorship were quick to surface, the Sherlock lovers among us may still find the prospect of a "new" Holmes-Watson interaction, however brief, intriguing.  The discovery also begs the question--what's afoot in your attic?

Read Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, By Deduction, the Brig Bazaar in its entirety here.  Discover electronic and print versions of some of Doyle's other work--as well as materials about the author--in the collections of the TWU Libraries.  Simply search for Arthur Conan Doyle using the TWUniversal Search box on the libraries' homepage.

~Sandy Cochran

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