The Ultimate Sherlock Holmes Puzzle Book
Solve Over 140 Puzzles from His Most Famous Cases
by Pierre Berloquin
This title consists of six sections or stories based on works by Doyle and the puzzles that go along with them. Each chapter contains twenty-four puzzles and a map challenge. The author notes that the book is not strictly chronological and that becomes clear as a reader interacts with it. The puzzles are varied, intriguing and not always easy. Readers who enjoy puzzles and challenges may want to add this volume to their collection.
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From the publisher:
From the Publisher
The Puzzle Challenge:
Each chapter contains twenty-four puzzles for you to solve, in which Holmes and Watson react to famous characters, surroundings, and unusual events that were inspired by six classic Sherlock Holmes stories. For extra enjoyment, the plots have been slightly reimagined to add further mystery and purposely create more hurdles than Holmes and Watson had to overcome in the original stories. The puzzles will test your Sherlockian reasoning, with some being easier than others. And if you get stuck, you can always turn to the puzzle solutions in the back of the book.
The Map Challenge:
Each chapter contains a map. After you solve a puzzle, consult the box at the bottom of the page, which will give you a clue for your next stop on the map. This destination will then tell you the number and name of the next puzzle you must solve. If you get into any trouble, you can always check that you are on the right path by turning to the map solutions in the back of the book.
The Sherlock Challenge:
This challenge encompasses the entire book. Next to certain map-clue boxes, you will come upon Sherlock’s magnifying glass with a number in it. When you see this, turn to pages 176–177, where there is an empty grid for each chapter. There, follow the instructions, and when all the grids have been completed, you can discover a Sherlock Holmes quotation.
The Silhouette in the Window
To deceive his enemies, Holmes has a wax model of himself made to scale, which he places in front of the window. The decoy gives the impression that Holmes is quietly reading at home in his armchair, but in fact, he is in town investigating. Every little detail counts, as with the silhouettes above. Only one is a perfect likeness of the original. Which one?
When Inspector Baynes shows Holmes a cryptic note he has just found in the fireplace at Wisteria Lodge, Watson is confident that his friend will discover its secret meaning. He remembers many an occasion when Holmes made sense of the most obscure texts. For example, there was the time when a famous bank robber sent him a taunting note just before fleeing the country—or more precisely, just before Holmes had him arrested as he was about to step onto his private yacht. Are you as quick-witted as our detective, who immediately spots his name in the note below? What does the message say?