The Speckled Band is one of 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by Scottish author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story first appeared in the Strand Magazine in 1892 with illustrations by Sidney Paget. Doyle agreed with Sherlock Holmesâ€™ fans that The Speckled Band was his best Holmes story. The story moves along at a rapid pace with Sherlock Holmes making his many witty and spot on points based on evidence before Watson as well as himself but only that Holmes could deduce. Rationalists love this story because Holmes admits he was on the wrong track about the situation but allowed new facts to guide him in a new direction. Doyle was a doctor himself and much like Dr. Watson in many ways. Holmes was modeled after an associate of Doyleâ€™s whom he had great admiration for. Doyle has fun with the closed room mystery that isnâ€™t so closed! This is the Holmes story to start with. As with all Simply short stories, you should enjoy the ideas put forth in the introduction and afterword. Things to think about or write about if a student. A brief biography appears in every Arthur Conan Doyle audiobook.