Narrator: David Timson
Series: Sherlock Holmes
Published by Naxos AudioBooks on November 21, 2013 (first published 1891)
Genres: Mystery, Short Story
Length: 1 hr 1 min
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Lestrade summons Holmes to a community in Herefordshire, where a local land owner has been murdered outdoors. The deceased's estranged son is strongly implicated. Holmes quickly determines that a mysterious third man may be responsible for the crime, unraveling a thread involving a secret criminal past, thwarted love, and blackmail.
I was going running/walking at the park the other night and didn’t have anything to listen to. I found “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” on Audible’s Mystery Channel and it was just the perfect length for how long I wanted to spend exercising. I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan forever, but I don’t remember reading this one before. That doesn’t necessarily mean I haven’t though – I don’t have the best memory.
What seems like an open and shut case – James McCarthy killed his father – of course isn’t and it’s up to Sherlock Holmes to prove James’ innocence. There’s not much action, but we do see Holmes doing a thorough crime scene investigation, even making use of his knowledge of tobacco ash.
I guessed who the killer was, although I didn’t know all the ins and outs of why. For a short story, the motive is pretty complicated and I enjoyed the solution. Holmes softer side comes through a bit at the end. He doesn’t demand justice in this one, just makes sure the innocent aren’t punished.