First published 1922 in The Strand Magazine, The Problem of Thor Bridge is the second story in the final collection of short stories, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.
What’s It About?
Holmes is approached by Neil Gibson, an ex-senator of the USA, now resident in the UK. His wife has been murdered at Thor Bridge and his children’s governess, Grace Dunbar, whom he has formed an attachment to, stands accused of the crime. All of the evidence points to Miss Dunbar, but is it a clever frame? And by whom?
Is It A Mystery?
Yes – a very clever little puzzle indeed. A whodunit with a rather nice little solution.
Is It Any Good?
Definitely. I’ll say no more about the plot for fears of spoilers, but the characters are well-drawn, in particular Gibson, who could have been an arrogant unlikeable man, but you find yourself sympathising with his predicament – well, I did, anyway.
Well, I did work out what had happened, but I’ve a funny feeling that the plot had been spoiled for me in another work – possibly one of the Sam Hawthorne stories by Edward D Hoch involving a… oh, can’t say that without giving a spoiler.
Already, I’m starting to regret my youthful indiscretion at writing off Mr Holmes. This was a really nice little mystery and completely absorbing. Recommended.