The Adventure of the Cardboard Box: A woman's life is thrown into disarray and becomes the object of sudden publicity when she receives a tobacco box filled with coarse salt and...two unmatched human ears. Why has she, of all people, become the recipient of so ghastly a package?
The Adventure of the Red Circle: Doyle's inclination to journey to the United States for Sherlock Holmes material again comes to the fore here. Traveling between the two countries, his characters bring their pasts with them, and find they cannot escape their enemies or their demons by traveling to another land.
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans: Mycroft Holmes calls brother Sherlock in to investigate the theft of three key documents that expose the vital workings of the Bruce-Partington project - a turn-of-the-century submarine that promises to make warfare against the British navy vitually impossible.
The Adventure of the Dying Detective: This entry in Watson's journal takes place some time after Dr. Watson's marriage and residence away from Baker Street. Watson arrives back at 221-B and is stunned to find his longtime friend Sherlock Holmes languishing in the throes of a terrible disease. Though Watson's first instinct is to help his sinking and delirium-ravaged colleague, Holmes' reactions frustrate and mystify the good doctor.
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax: "One of the most dangerous classes in the world", says Holmes, "is the drifting and friendless woman." And Lady Frances Carfax is such, and she has fallen into the clutches of a phony preacher.
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot: Watson lays out the truth behind the infamous Cornish Horror case, which begins in 1897 as Holmes is recuperating from a grueling onslaught of difficult cases.