Arthur Conan Doyle named "The Red-Headed League" his second favorite Sherlock Holmes story. The tale first appeared in 1891 and was included in Doyle's debut collection about the Victorian detective. The premise is comical: a poor London pawnbroker appears at Holmes' Baker Street address to complain of being recruited by an odd newspaper advertisement exclusively seeking red-headed male applicants. But the mystery is a minor, albeit amusing, challenge to the famed consulting detective, who quickly traces the advertisement to a troupe of burglars.
Edward Raleigh, winner of AudioFile's Golden Voice Award, brings his usual range and ability to the performance. Of all the actors who have played Sherlock Holmes, Raleigh ranks among the most exceptional.