L'aventure du détective agonisant

Récits Express

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Un mini-roman plein de suspense et de rebondissements !
Prévenu par la logeuse de Sherlock Holmes, le docteur Watson accourt au chevet du célèbre détective. Sherlock Holmes n’est plus que l’ombre de lui-même, il délire et ne laisse pas Watson s’approcher de lui. À force de persuasion, le bon docteur parvient quand même à le raisonner et obtient de lui qu’il voie un spécialiste. Mais Holmes ne veut en voir qu’un : Culverton Smith...
Plus on lit, mieux on lit. Récits Express, c'est plus de 30 histoires variées et des thèmes passionnants pour faire découvrir le plaisir de la lecture aux jeunes lecteurs de 10-13 ans.
EXTRAIT :– Il est à l’agonie, Docteur Watson ! me déclara-t-elle. Depuis trois jours il sombre, et je me demande s’il passera la journée.Il ne voulait pas que j’aille chercher un médecin. Mais ce matin, quand j’ai vu ses os qui trouaient presque la peau de sa figure et quand il m’a regardée avec des yeux brillants agrandis par la fièvre, je me suis mise en colère. « Avec ou sans votre permission, Monsieur Holmes, lui ai-je dit, je vais immédiatement appeler un médecin. »  Il m’a répondu : « Dans ce cas, que ce soit Watson ! » Je n’ai pas perdu une minute, Monsieur, et je vous prie de vous hâter si vous voulez le retrouver vivant.
J’étais horrifié : j’ignorais totalement qu’il fût malade. Inutile de préciser que je me précipitai sur mon manteau et mon chapeau ! Pendant qu’un fiacre nous conduisait à Baker Street, je réclamai des détails à la logeuse.
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Primento
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Published on
Nov 22, 2013
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Pages
30
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ISBN
9782874382369
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Language
French
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Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Classics
Juvenile Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Europe
Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
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Book 18
Un mini-roman plein de suspense et d'émotions !
« Singe-Roi », c’est ainsi que tout le monde nomme Huyo depuis qu’il est devenu l’esclave d’un riche général inca. Une personne, cependant, l’appelle par son nom. C’est Carhua, la plus jeune fille de son maître. Un jour, Huyo découvre que la jeune fille est promise en sacrifice aux dieux. Carhua peut-elle échapper à son sort funeste ? Cela devient le seul objectif de Huyo.
Plus on lit, mieux on lit. Récits Express, c'est plus de 30 histoires variées et des thèmes passionnants pour faire découvrir le plaisir de la lecture aux jeunes lecteurs de 10-13 ans.
EXTRAIT : – Allez, vas-y, gamin ! Montre-nous un peu ce que tu sais faire !Je balaie la salle du regard. Il y a un monde fou. Je ne me suis encore jamais retrouvé devant un pareil public. Mon maître a invité à peu près tous les gens importants du royaume inca. Et ça se voit ! Ils portent tous de magnifiques parures d’alpaga et des bijoux en or et en argent. Leurs dents sont taillées en pointe et certains ont même une tête en « épi de maïs ». J’esquisse un sourire à la vue de ces drôles de têtes. Les membres de la famille royale bandent la tête de leurs bébés pour qu’elle prenne la forme oblongue d’un épi de maïs, en hommage à leur dieu du maïs. Des balivernes, si vous voulez mon avis. En quoi est-ce que ça intéresse un dieu que votre tête ait une forme de céréale ? Ça me dépasse. Mais c’est vrai que je ne suis pas un vrai Inca. Je ne suis qu’un simple garçon d’une tribu de la forêt vierge. Un « sauvage », comme ils disent.
Book 1
Un mini-roman plein de rebondissements et d'aventures !
Kalila et Irya sont amies depuis l’enfance. Toutes deux sont promises à un destin exceptionnel. Kalila succédera à son père, le roi Centaure Kédec. Quant à Irya, elle pourra succéder à son père, le druide Nicodus, si elle parvient à prouver ses dons de druidesse au bout de son mois de mise à l’épreuve, au terme duquel la pierre d’améthyste devrait retrouver tout son éclat. Mais c’est sans compter sur les Orques, bien décidés à récupérer ladite pierre et tous les pouvoirs qui l’accompagnent.
Plus on lit, mieux on lit. Récits Express, c'est plus de 30 histoires variées et des thèmes passionnants pour faire découvrir le plaisir de la lecture aux jeunes lecteurs de 10-13 ans.
EXTRAIT :Les cris d’un nouveau-né retentirent à travers la forêt. Kalila n’avait jamais rien entendu de pareil. Effrayée, la jeune Centauresse galopa pour rejoindre son père qui se trouvait non loin de là.– Père, quels sont ces cris ?– Ce sont les pleurs d’un humain qui vient de naître.– Par tous les esprits de la forêt ! s’exclama Kalila, que lui fait-on pour qu’il crie ainsi ?– Aucun mal, rassure-toi. Mais lorsqu’ils viennent au monde, les petits des humains n’ont pas d’autre moyen de communiquer.– Comme c’est étrange... Je me demande à quoi peut bien ressembler une créature qui pousse de tels cris.Au même instant, une pie vint se poser sur une branche basse près d’eux.– Mes hommages, Roi Kédek, bonjour Princesse Kalila, jacassat-elle. J’ai un message de la part du druide Nicodus. Message depaix et bonne nouvelle.
Book 19
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
 The Sign of the Four (1890), also called The Sign of Four, is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional detective.

The story is set in 1888.

The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan.

 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle described how he was commissioned to write the story over a dinner with Joseph M. Stoddart, managing editor of an American publication Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, at the Langham Hotel in London on 30 August 1889. Stoddart wanted to produce an English version of Lippincott’s with a British editor and British contributors. The dinner was also attended by Oscar Wilde, who eventually contributed The Picture of Dorian Gray to the July 1890 issue. Doyle discussed what he called this "golden evening" in his 1924 autobiography Memories and Adventures.

The novel first appeared in the February 1890 edition of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine as The Sign of the Four; or The Problem of the Sholtos (five-word title), appearing in both London and Philadelphia. The British edition of the magazine originally sold for a shilling, and the American for 25 cents. Surviving copies are now worth several thousand dollars.

Over the following few months in the same year, the novel was then republished in several regional British journals. These re-serialisations gave the title as The Sign of Four. The novel was published in book form in October 1890 by Spencer Blackett, again using the title The Sign of Four. This edition was illustrated by Charles H. M. Kerr. The title of both the British and American editions of this first book edition omitted the second "the" of the original title.

Different editions over the years have varied between the two forms of the title, with most editions favouring the four-word form. The actual text in the novel nearly always uses "the Sign of the Four" (the five-word form) to describe the symbol in the story, although the four-word form is used twice by Jonathan Small in his narrative at the end of the story.

As with the first story, A Study in Scarlet, produced two years previously, The Sign of the Four was not particularly successful to start with. It was the short stories, published from 1891 onwards in Strand Magazine, that made household names of Sherlock Holmes and his creator.

 

reference : Wikipedia, The Sign of the Four

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
 The Valley of Fear is the fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is loosely based on the Molly Maguires and Pinkerton agent James McParland. The story was first published in the Strand Magazine between September 1914 and May 1915. The first book edition was copyrighted in 1914, and it was first published by George H. Doran Company in New York on 27 February 1915, and illustrated by Arthur I. Keller.

 

Plot

The novel starts when Sherlock Holmes receives a mysterious ciphered message from an agent to Professor Moriarty using the pseudonym Fred Porlock. Together Holmes and Watson decipher Porlock's message which relates that a man named John Douglas, residing at Birlstone, is in danger. Soon inspector Alec MacDonald of Scotland Yard ask Holmes to help in the case. Holmes tells MacDonald of Porlock warning, suggesting Professor Moriarty's involvement. However, MacDonald doesn't fully believe that the educated and well respected Moriarty is a criminal.

 

Holmes, Watson, and MacDonald travel to Birlstone, Sussex, where they investigate the old manor with a moat where Douglas was shot. They meet Cecil Barker a regular guest of the Douglas. They also find a sawed-off shotgun and evidence suggesting that it was fired at close range, causing the head to be blown to pieces. Holmes explores Barker's claims that he was in his room when Douglas was shot. Moreover, they find a mark of blood upon the window sill suggesting someone entered and escaped by going through the moat. Beside the body they find a card with the initials "V.V. 341", and on Douglas's arm an old branded mark. Moreover, Douglas' wedding ring appears taken from his hand.

 

The police speculate that if the murderer must have escaped across the moat, but if this was so then the question of his clothes were wet as he walked through the town. Holmes establishing the timeline of events through interviews: Cecil Barker heard the shot, rushed down to the study and upon seeing Douglas murdered he rang the servants. Mrs. Douglas and the servants rushed to the scene. Mr. Barker persuades Mrs. Douglas to return to her room. Holmes notes Mrs. Douglas apparent lack of emotion over her husband's body.

 

Barker says that he believes a secret society of men pursued Douglas, and that Douglas retreated to rural England out of fear for his life. Mr. Douglas married after arriving in England five years earlier. His first wife had died of typhoid. Douglas met and worked with Cecil Barker in America, before departing for Europe. Some episode of Douglas's life in America caused the fear for his life, and Mrs. Douglas said her husband mention something called "The Valley of Fear".

 

By studying Cecil Barker's slippers, Holmes determines Barker's shoe made the mark on the window, to give the appearance that someone exited that way. In their lodgings, Holmes tells Watson that Cecil Barker and Mrs. Douglas are certainly lying: when a shotgun is fired at close range, the sound is muffled. Moreover, Holmes learns that the housekeeper heard a door slamming half an hour before the alarm, which Holmes believes was actually the murdering shot. White Mason, the Sussex detective, and MacDonald track a bicycle found on the grounds of the house to an American staying at a guest house. The American appears to be the murderer, but there is no sign of the man.

 

Holmes ask MacDonald to write Cecil Barker, telling him that the police intend to search the moat the next day. That night Holmes, Watson, MacDonald and White lay in wait outside Birlstone Manor and see Cecil Barker fish something out of the moat. The four men rush Cecil and discover the bundle from the moat is the clothes of the missing American connected with the bicycle. Barker refuses to explain the situation. At that moment, Mr. Douglas appears, alive and well. He hands Watson a written account called "The Valley of Fear", which explains why he feared for his life.

 

Douglas explains that he had spotted an enemy of his, Ted Baldwin, in the area and expected an attack. When Baldwin attempted to shoot him in his study, Douglas grabbed the gun and shoots Baldwin in the face. With Cecil's help, Douglas dressed the man in his own clothes, except for his wedding ring, to deceive the secret society which he and Baldwin had belong too, since both arms bore the society's Mark. Cecil and Mrs. Douglas had covered for Douglas who had been hiding in the house. In an interview with Watson, Douglas explains that his real name was Birdy Edwards acting as Pinkerton detective in Chicago. For the agency Edwards infiltrated a dangerous gang in Vermissa Valley (a.k.a. the Valley of Fear) and brought them to justice. Afterwards, the criminals attempted to kill him, after being released from jail.

 

Hounded Douglas had run to England, where he met and married his second wife. Holmes urges Douglas to leave England and warns that a new threat now hangs over him. Douglas takes this advice, but shortly after Holmes learns that Douglas was lost overboard on the vessel to Africa. Holmes believes Moriarty was responsible for ending Douglas' life. Holmes wants to bring Moriarty down, but warns Watson and Barker that it will take some time to achieve.

 

reference : Wikipedia, The Valley of Fear

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