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The Adventure of the Engineer's Tongue

By NP Sercombe

The Unexpurgated Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Book 9

Illustrations by Juliet Snape

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Holmes and Watson attend Ascot Races as guests of Lord Coventry. On the first day they lose all their money but, luckily, next morning they are engaged by a new client – an engineer who has had his thumb sliced off by a German chopper. When he describes how something more intimate has been bitten off in a scene of such horror it puts Watson off his breakfast, they go in pursuit of the villains. Meanwhile, at Ascot, Dr. Watson is befriended by The Prince of Wales and given a hot tip by The Jewish Chronicle in the Gold Cup. If the horse wins it will not only recover their losses but also pay the rent arrears at 221B Baker Street.

Quotes from the author:
“I have been racing at Royal Ascot for 43 years. When Conan Doyle sent Holmes and Watson
in that direction, to solve the mystery of the engineer’s thumb, I had a chance to feature
Ascot Races in 1891. What fun to write about this unique racecourse! In those days we
didn’t have Frankie Dettori, but we have the badly-behaved Prince of Wales instead – Bertie
- who embraces Dr. Watson and uses him as a bookie’s runner.”
“When I read the original story I was underwhelmed by the character of a rather naïve
engineer. He has a grim night in a local house where he is attacked because of his nosiness.
I decided to turn up the volume and made sure that his experience was a scene of such
horror it could have been in a Roger Corman movie.”


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