In this fifth adventure, John Openshaw visits Baker Street to consult Sherlock Holmes as to the mysterious deaths of both his uncle and father upon the arrival of letters containing five dried orange pips and bearing the mark “K.K.K.”. The young gentleman further relates that he too has received a similar envelope with instructions to surrender some papers. Holmes quickly deduces that his client faces imminent danger from a secret society in America.
The death of clients
This adventure is notable as the client of the Great Detective is murdered after seeking his help. Although Holmes appreciates the seriousness of the situation for his client upon hearing the details of the case, he underestimates the urgency of the matter. In fact, Holmes instructs his client to return home to carry out the demands of the secret organization threatening his life, while the detective remains at Baker Street to mull over the facts of the case, at which time his client is murdered. A similar fate befalls another of Holmes’s clients in ‘The Adventure of the Dancing Men’, which is also part of in the Sherlock Holmes Re-Imagined book series.
As much of the action of ‘The Five Orange Pips’, besides for recollections by their client, takes place in the Baker Street residence of Holmes and Watson, rendering the Sidney Paget illustrations in LEGO® required designing and building furniture that is to the scale of the minifigures. As can be seen in the photos above, LEGO® minifigures do not possess normal human body proportions but rather are quite short and squat. Because of this, and given the average size of LEGO® bricks and pieces, it can be somewhat difficult to create furniture and other accessories that are appropriately sized. The table and chair in the above photos were used in several earlier adventures, but for the current story I had to design a couple of other tables as well as an umbrella and two oil lamps, including the one in the first illustration above.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also fond of the grotesque case of Jabez Wilson as he listed ‘The Red-Headed League’ as the second best Sherlock Holmes tale, when he was invited in 1927 by The Strand Magazine to name the twelve best stories he had written. Others on the list included: ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’ (#1), ‘The Adventure of the Dancing Men’ (#3) and ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ (#5), the latter of which is the first story in the Sherlock Holmes Re-Imagined book series.
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