"The Adventure of the Three Garridebs" is taken from the collection of 56 Sherlock Holmes stories. This story was first published in Collier's magazine in 1924. According to Dr Watson's narration, the story setting's exact time is "the latter end of June 1902". The story revolves around the mysterious case of the Garrideb inheritance.
Sherlock Holmes receives a letter from Nathan Garrideb, requesting Holmes to look for another person with the surname Garrideb. However, another Garrideb from Kansas approaches Holmes with the same request as Nathan. He tells the story of an inheritance bequeathed by Alexander Hamilton Garrideb. Holmes thoroughly questions him about the inheritance and all the incidents connected to it and finds discrepancies in the story. He becomes suspicious of Garrideb from Kansas. He decided to contact Nathan Garrideb and visited his home in Little Ryder Street. Nathan Garrideb is an elderly eccentric man who is merely interested in collecting items ranging from coins to old bones.
Nathan Garrideb did not know the inheritance story, and Holmes finds out that he never asked for any money or suggested any course of action. John Garrideb from Kansas informs Holmes that he found a third Garrideb through an advertisement. Checking the advertisement, Holmes discovers John's ploy and finds out his real name to be James Winter. Winter is a criminal who escaped from prison. He aimed to access the cellar in Nathan's room, which Rodger Prescott previously occupied. Holmes and Watson set up a trap and capture Winter with much struggle after Winter shoots Watson twice in the leg. Holmes discovers the cellar filled with counterfeit banknotes. At last, Winter is sent back to prison, and Nathan is sent to a nursing home.
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