This is the story in which Conan Doyle first unleashed the most famous partnership in the history of criminal detection. An unmarked corpse, a wedding ring, and a mysterious message scrawled in blood are Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson's only clues as they follow the trail of a man driven to fulfil a terrible oath he swore more than 20 years before. Clive Merrison stars as Holmes with Michael Williams as Watson in this adventure, part of the unique fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels featuring the world-famous sleuth.More
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When Young Sherlock and John H. First Meet
Having eagerly read the canon several times, it is really a delight to relax, get cosy with
my cat and a cup of tea and listen to this excellent dramatized version. The actors, both major and minor are excellent, the sound effects take you on location, you experience firsthand the development of friendship and relationships which will march forth in ensuing stories, and all do justice to such a well thought out, complex story.
It opens with two highly unusual deaths in an out of the way place near London, heavy laden with clues if you know what to look for, which Holmes does, but the two police inspectors, Gregson and Lestrade, do not, quite out of their depth. How Doyle ekes out the following up of the clues, finally weaving in the backstory set in of all places, Utah, the then wild frontier, fraught with miracle,patience, love,greedy jealousy and hate, then revenge, is spellbindingly delicious.
These are very well done dramatizations; I shall continue with them.
- Lanna S. Seuret "Artist & Journeyman Composter"