First published in 1904, The Adventure of the Priory School is the fifth story in the third collection of short stories, The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
What’s It About?
Holmes is visited by Dr Theodore – sorry, Thornycroft Huxtable, who begs him to come to the North of England to investigate the apparent kidnapping of the ten-year-old Lord Saltire from his school. There is a large reward for his safe return, but Huxtable is concerned that one of his teachers, who is also missing, is involved in the crime. And soon it becomes a case of murder…
Is It A Mystery?
Yes, although there is a bit of a dearth of suspects. Despite this, however, Conan Doyle does a good job of hiding the whole truth, admittedly by making it a bit over-complicated.
Is It Any Good?
The bit about the cow tracks aside – not convinced that would work – this is a great read. Well plotted with Holmes failing to display any magical deductions that tends to get on my nerves sometimes…
Apparently this was Conan Doyle’s tenth favourite Holmes story. Having said that, The Adventure of the Empty House was his sixth favourite, so his tastes were a little eclectic.