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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
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The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Red Headed League (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, #2)

The Red Headed League (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, #2)The Red Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the most memorable of Sherlock Holmes' cases.  A mad with bright red hair calls on Sherlock Holmes with a shocking story.  He has been encouraged by his assistant to apply for a vacancy in The Red Headed League.  All he has to do is to come and copy from the encyclopedia every day for a number of hours.  He can not leave for any reason.  Suddenly, the job disappears.  The sign is gone and the man who rented the business space is not the name of the person he dealt with.  What is going on?  Sherlock Holmes asks a series of questions and then he goes to visit the site of the copying as well as the houses or businesses on the street behind.

I am using these Sherlock Holmes stories to teach my granddaughter to "think outside the box."  She is homeschooled and I teach her Language Arts (among other things.)  I feel like classic mystery stories combine the vocabulary and structure as well as deductive reasoning.  They also are just plain fun.

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