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The Boscombe Valley Mystery
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Sherlock Holmes arrives in Boscombe Valley with Mr Watson from London to investigate the horrid death of Mr Charles McCarthy, who was supposedly murdered by his son, James. Charles McCarthy is an Australian, who later settles in Boscombe Valley. Charles McCarthy’s family lives on the estate of Mr John Turner, in Boscombe Valley, near Ross-on-Wye. No one knows anything much about Turner, who is also from Australia and had come to England twenty years before. Turner has an eighteen-year-old daughter, Alice, and Charles has a son, James. Both McCarthy’s wife and Turner’s wife are dead. Charles wants his son, James to marry Alice. Although James loves Alice, he cannot marry her as he is already married to a barmaid. However, John Turner does not want his daughter to marry James. He becomes very ill after the murder of Charles and does not have long to live. James is arrested as he is the main suspect in the murder of his father, Charles. Inspector Lestrade thinks James is guilty but Alice thinks he is innocent. Alice sends Holmes a telegram asking for his help in proving James’ innocence. Holmes and Watson go to Boscombe Valley to investigate the murder. Holmes visits James in prison to find out his version of the story. Then, Holmes and Watson meet Inspector Lestrade at Boscombe Pool the following day to look for more clues. Holmes is sure that Charles knew his murderer. He finds two sets of footprints which he thinks belong to James and the gamekeeper, Me Moran. The third set of footprints is very unusual because… . The rest of the story describes how Holmes solves the mystery and discovers who the murderer really is. Based on The Boscombe Valley Mystery written by Arthur Conan Doyle, write on an important theme. Give evidence from the text to support your answer. One of the important themes in the story The Boscombe Valley Mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the virtue of loyalty to friends. Loyalty to friends includes being...
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