Abbreviation: REIG (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 7,186 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, June 1893; Harper's Weekly, June 17, 1893
About the title: Harper's Weekly titled the story "The Reigate Puzzle," and that name has become standard in American editions. British editions continue to use "The Reigate Squires," following the Strand. Recent research, however, suggests that neither title is right and that the author originally intended a singular title, "The Reigate Squire."
For the first time, in this tale, the reader finds Sherlock Holmes both ill and deracinated—staying in a country house—which, bachelor establishment though it be, is hardly his usual milieu. Can that premise be taken as deliberate on the author's part, (in which case, is it successful in providing variety?) or is it an act of boredom?