First published 1924, The Adventure of the Illustrious Client is the sixth story in the final collection of The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.
What’s It About?
Holmes is approached concerning General de Melville’s daughter, Violet, who has fallen in love with Baron Adelbert Gruner, a violent piece of work who, it is presumed, killed at least one of his previous wives. Holmes’ “Illustrious Client” who wishes to remain anonymous wants Holmes to convince Violet to break off her engagement, but is seems that love is truly blind…
Is It A Mystery?
Nope. Not one iota.
Is It Any Good?
Well, I didn’t think much of it. The notion that Baron Gruner, who is, apparently, as evil as Moriarty, keeps a scrapbook of “Women I Have Wronged” is rather ludicrous and he seems rather easily outwitted by Holmes. Similarly, the idea that Watson could believe that he could remotely pull of Holmes’ planned distraction makes him out to be rather thick.
Anything Else To Say?
Is it just me or is this a bit of a re-write of A Scandal In Bohemia, only with Holmes winning this time? Mysterious client, theft of evidence by distraction… maybe it’s just me.