Sherlock Holmes Murder Most Foul

BOOK: Sherlock Holmes Murder Most Foul












Sherlock Holmes

Murder Most Foul





The Family























Born in England and raised in west London, Gordon Punter, a self-taught film-maker, has spent the past thirty years, principally in the Middle East, employed as a Media Production Director, writing, producing and directing video commercials, documentaries and corporate programs.


An avid reader of history, in particular, true crime, he took early retirement three years ago to concentrate on writing. 
Sherlock Holmes - Murder Most Foul
 is his debut novel. Currently researching and writing his third novel, he presently lives in Qatar with his Canadian wife, Cindy, whom he has been married to for twenty-three years. 












Gordon Punter



Sherlock Holmes

Murder Most Foul





















Olympia Publishers




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Gordon Punter 2015


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ISBN: 978-1-84897-558-3


(Olympia Publishers is part of Ashwell Publishing Ltd)


This is a work of fiction.

Names, characters, places and incidents originate from the writer’s imagination.

Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.


Published in 2015


Olympia Publishers

60 Cannon Street




Printed in Great Britain






In memory of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle












Introductory Note

Chapter 1

The Final Confrontation

Chapter 2

The Reign of Terror Begins

Chapter 3

Mr Sherlock Holmes Investigates

Chapter 4


Chapter 5

Femme Fatale

Chapter 6

The Mark of M

Chapter 7

Dear Boss

Chapter 8

Harbinger of Death

Chapter 9

Night of the Signs

Chapter 10



Chapter 11


Chapter 12

Charnel House

Chapter 13

Hue and Cry

Chapter 14


Chapter 15


Chapter 16


Chapter 17

The Curtain Falls

Chapter 18






Introductory Note




The lower classes of England, particularly those inhabitants of the East End of London, known as cockneys to the middle-class, distort, mispronounce and use words or phrases incorrectly whilst speaking. They habitually drop letters from words, so a statement such as below:


Harry has a horrible habit of hanging his hat in the hall.


Will, when spoken, appear written like this:


“’Arry ’as a ’orrible ’abit o’ ’angin’ ’is ’at in the ’all.”


Cockney rhyming slang, which originates from the East End, is a form of speech where two or three words replace a particular common word, but nonetheless rhyme with that word. Such as:


Butcher’s hook = look

Apples and pears = stairs

Loaf of bread = head

Adam and Eve = believe

Boracic lint = skint (no money)


However, in many cases, the two or three replacement words are reduced to one word, as in:


Butcher’s = look – “Let’s take a butcher’s.”

Apples = stairs – “I’m off up the apples.”

Loaf = head – “Use your loaf, Joe.”

Boracic = skint – “I’m boracic. Ain’t got no money.”


An abundance of non-rhyming slang words and phrases are also used by both the male and female populace, with no holds barred by either gender when it comes to making reference to anatomical organs, or licentious pleasures.


John Thomas = penis

Plums = testicles

Knee-trembler = sexual intercourse in public, standing position

Shilling head = fellatio

Back scuttle = anal intercourse

Lead in the pencil = able to achieve an erection

No lead in the pencil = unable to achieve an erection


For the discerning reader, an explanation of the various slang words and phrases, periodically spoken by some of the characters in the following story, are to be found at the back of the book.



Currency of the day.


The British one pound note, or its equivalent, the sovereign coin, comprises of twenty shillings, and each shilling comprises of twelve pennies.


Farthing = ¼ of a penny

Ha’pence = ½ of a penny

Thru’pence = 3 pennies

Sixpence (also called a ‘tanner’) = 6 pennies

Shilling (also called a ‘bob’) = 12 pennies

Florin = 2 shillings

Half-crown = 2 shillings 6 pennies

Double florin = 4 shillings

Crown = 5 shillings

Half-sovereign = 10 shillings

Sovereign (also called a ‘quid’) = 20 shillings

Guinea (also called a ‘yellow-boy’) = 21 shillings










When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains,

however improbable, must be the truth.


--Sherlock Holmes


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