The Norwood Builder


Basic information

Abbreviation: NORW (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 9,286 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Collier's, October 31, 1903; Strand Magazine, November 1903

Discussion Questions

  • What role does Moriarty have in the fact that crime has slowed down in London?
  • What relation does John McFarlane have to Mr. Oldcare?
  • Why did McFarlane go to visit Mr. Oldcare?
  • What was unusual about the handwriting on Oldcare’s documents?
  • Why does Holmes go alone to talk to McFarlane’s family?
  • Why is this case troubling to Holmes?
  • What piece of evidence does Lestrade find that causes a turning point in the case?
  • What was Mr. Oldcare’s motive?
  • Who was Oldcare’s accomplice?

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