Sherlock Holmes re-told for children : The Blue Carbuncle - Mark Williams - ebook
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How old were you when you discovered Sherlock? As part of the Classics For Kids series international best-selling author Mark Williams is proud to present this adaptation for children of the Sherlock Holmes short story The Blue Carbuncle. This is the British-English edition. British-English? Although we speak the same language, we spell many words differently depending on which side of the Atlantic we are. UK = colour, US = color; UK = marvellous, US = marvelous; UK = theatre, US= theater, etc. This sometimes causes problem for children at school, so in response to requests from school librarians there are now British-English and American-English versions of the Sherlock For Kids books. Come join Holmes and Watson as they solve the mystery of the blue carbuncle in a child-friendly, twenty-first century English, with the seamier side of Victorian life left out. Ideal for children aged 9-12 to get started with the world’s most famous detective. Other books in the Sherlock Holmes re-told for children series: The Blue Carbuncle   Silver Blaze   The Red-Headed League   The Engineer’s Thumb   The Speckled Band   The Six Napoleons   The Naval Treaty   3-in-1 Box Set - The Blue Carbuncle, Silver Blaze. The Red-Headed League   3-in-1 Box Set - The Engineer’s Thumb, The Speckled Band, The Six Napoleons   6-in-1 Box Set - The Blue Carbuncle, Silver Blaze, The Red-Headed League, The Engineer’s Thumb, The Speckled Band, The Six Napoleons These titles may be available as ebooks, paperbacks and as audio-books. Coming next in the Sherlock Holmes re-told for children series: •             The Musgrave Ritual •             The Beryl Coronet •             The Resident Patient Coming soon from international bestselling author Mark Williams : •             When Sherlock Was A Boy – tales from Sherlock’s childhood.

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Classics For Kids

Sherlock Holmes

THE BLUE CARBUNCLE

re-told for children by

Mark Williams

© 2015 Mark Williams

Second edition © 2016

Published by Odyssey.

Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

The Blue Carbuncle 1.

The Blue Carbuncle 2.

The Blue Carbuncle 3.

The Blue Carbuncle 4.

The Blue Carbuncle 5.

The Blue Carbuncle 6.

The Blue Carbuncle 7.

The Blue Carbuncle 8.

The Blue Carbuncle 9.

The Blue Carbuncle 10.

The Blue Carbuncle 11.

The Blue Carbuncle 12.

The Blue Carbuncle 13.

The Blue Carbuncle 14.

The Blue Carbuncle 15.

The Blue Carbuncle 16.

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The Blue Carbuncle 1.

London, England. 1889.

It was Boxing Day, the day after Christmas Day, as I made my way carefully through the icy London streets. A cold wind blew light, fluffy snowflakes about and I hoped it wouldn’t snow too heavily that afternoon.

The streets were icy and slippery and I found it easier to walk on the straw strewn across the road than on the pavements. By the time I got to my destination I was absolutely freezing. It was high time I bought myself a new coat and gloves!

I stomped my boots on the first of the stone steps outside 221b Baker Street, so I would not traipse ice and grit into Mrs. Hudson’s hallway. It had been some time since I had lived here, sharing an apartment with my dear friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes, and I still had a key, so I unlocked the door and let myself in.

“Mrs. Hudson!” I shouted through to the kitchen where I knew the lady of the house would be busy. Partly as a courtesy to let her know I was here; more in the hope she would see me shivering and offer a warm pot of tea.

Which of course she did, bless her.

“Merry Christmas, Dr. Watson,” Mrs. Hudson said as she came into the hallway, wiping floury hands on her flowery apron. “My, you look quite frozen. Hurry yourself along up to Mr. Holmes this instant and I shall bring you both a pot of steaming hot tea.”

“That would be most welcome, Mrs. Hudson,” I said.

“And just look at my floury hands,” the landlady went on. “Why, Dr. Watson, you must surely have known I was making your favourite scones today. The first batch will be coming out of the oven in no time.”

“Splendid, Mrs. Hudson,” I said. “Splendid. And with a pat of fresh butter and your wonderful home-made strawberry jam, of course.”

“Of course,” chuckled Mrs. Hudson.

I leaned in to Mrs. Hudson and whispered, “Don’t tell anyone I said so, Mrs. H., but between the two of us you make far better scones than my dear wife, bless her.”

“Oh, get away with you, Dr. Watson,” Mrs. Hudson blushed, and she shuffled back into the kitchen, chuckling to herself.

I made my way up the stairs to the floor occupied by my dear friend, and knocked once.

“Come in, Watson,” Holmes called out.

The Blue Carbuncle 2.

I pushed open the door and the warmth from the blazing fire met me. I put my hat on the hat-stand just inside the door and began taking off my gloves, scarf and overcoat.

“And just how did you know it was me, Holmes?” I asked. “The way I walked up the stairs, perhaps? Or the way I shuffled along the landing?”

Holmes dismissed my question with a wave of his hand.

“Really, Watson,” he said, “it did not need any special detective skills to know of your arrival. First off, the bell did not ring, so clearly the visitor had a key. The upstairs rooms are empty right now, which means only three people are privileged to have a key to this house. Mrs. Hudson and I, of course, and your good self.”

I glanced across at my friend. “You said, first off, Holmes. So there’s something else, I take it?”

“Secondly,” continued Holmes, “you called out to Mrs. Hudson while in the hallway, in that booming voice of yours. A discussion about scones and strawberry jam, if I am not mistaken.”

I smiled as I put my coat on the peg and walked across to warm my hands in front of the burning coals. It was always so obvious when Holmes explained his logic.

My friend Sherlock Holmes was laid out on the sofa, feet up, wearing his favourite purple dressing gown. As a rule Holmes only got dressed if he was going out or if he was expecting visitors. He had been smoking his pipe, and reading the morning’s newspapers, which were now crumpled on the floor.

But what immediately caught my eye were the magnifying glass and the forceps on a wooden chair stood next to the sofa, and, hanging from the back of the same wooden chair, a battered old hat.

I knew immediately this hat did not belong to Holmes, but the magnifying glass and forceps did, and they told me the hat must be a clue in some new case Holmes was working on.

“I see you are busy, Holmes,” I said, as I made myself comfortable by the fire. “A Christmas mystery to solve?”

“It is nothing special,” Holmes said. “Just a lost hat handed in to me by Peterson, the Commissionaire, along with a lost goose.”