“Evidently the intruder gained access here,” said Holmes, tapping the high brick wall behind the Midland Bank.
“But how …?”
“Look carefully, Watson, I opine these holes were made by metal-studded clogs!”
“But where the Devil would a fellow get those?”
Holmes took out a magnifying glass and looked carefully at the marks.
“One and five eights between the studs, Watson. Don’t you see? The Bridlington quartz mine!”
“Good Lord Holmes! But …?”
Before Holmes could reply, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle suffered a fatal heart attack, and so this mystery remains the only one unsolved in the entire Sherlock Holmes canon.
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4 thoughts on “The Final Mystery”
That ending lol! Such a pity! Perhaps we can all write our own revelation to this final chapter eh?
Though ultimately, it’s still not gonna feel complete 🙁
Have you tried filling up the end by yourself? XD
Hi Ben, it had to be a 100 word story, so no room for ‘denouement’ as such. No, I hadn’t thought of finishing it, although now you mention it, I could make it up to a 2000-3000 worder, having read all the Sherlock Holmes stories in the past. If you’d like to have a go yourself, I’ll be happy to stick a link on here to your story!
Hahaha I’m not a mystery writer so nope- Don’t wanna ruin it LOL!
Since you’ve read all of the series, I can’t think of anyone else who’d be more qualified to create a suitable ending, even if it’s a fan work, to do it justice 😉
After all, you’ve been exposed to all of his work- There’s a high chance of you adopting the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to some level in your writing and hence, able to create a suitable conclusion for it 😉
Thanks for the offer though XD
If you do write one out though? Please share it!
Hi Ben, thanks for your reply and I’ll put it on my ‘to-do’ list! In fact I have The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and The Conan Doyle Stories (non-SH, 1202 pp.) on a nearby shelf. He sure wrote a lot of stories!