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It’s a mystery

Helen M Walters delves into the secrets of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Japanned Box


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is, of course, best known for his stories about Sherlock Holmes. But he also wrote a number of other short stories in the genres of crime, mystery, horror and science fiction, and it’s one of those I’d like to look at this month. The Japanned Box is a story with a mystery at its heart; one that is not revealed to the reader until the end. I’d like to look at how the author builds up to this mystery, revealing layers of intrigue to the reader as he goes. As always you will get the most out of this masterclass if you read the story for yourself, and please be aware that I am going to give away the ending, so read it for yourself first, here:

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