Friday, April 29, 2011

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Red-Headed League


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Red-Headed League
Adapted by Vincent Goodwin
Magic Wagon, 2010. 48 pages. Graphic Novel.

A man with bushy red hair and beard comes to Sherlock Holmes with a baffling story concerning the mysterious Red-Headed League. Eight weeks before, the man had been shown an advertisement from the League recruiting red-headed men to be handsomely paid for menial work. He had been admitted into the League and hired to copy sections of the encyclopedia for four hours each day, but after eight weeks the doors were suddenly locked and the League dissolved. (Of course, before the red-headed man even told his story, Holmes had accurately deduced that the man was a freemason recently returned from China, and had lately been doing a lot of writing.) The man wanted to know who was behind this prank and why. Holmes takes the case, and with the admiring Dr. Watson documenting it all, masterfully solves it.

This is one of six Sherlock Holmes adventures adapted to graphic novel form by Vincent Goodwin and illustrated by Ben Dunn. It is fast paced and exciting, perfect for reluctant readers, mystery lovers, and Sherlock Holmes fans.

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