How Far Are The Speckled Band And Lamb To The Slaughter Typical Of
Murder Mysteries? How Are The Stories The Same And How Are They
Different? Compare The Ways In Which The Stories Are Told
Murder mystery usually means where there is a murder involving money,
love or revenge. The victim's friend or a family member goes to a
detective and tells them what they know about the murder and the
suspects and where they were, and what they were doing at that time.
There are a lot of famous detectives in books, TV and video for
example; Sherlock Holmes, Jonathon Creek, Hercule Poirot, Inspector
Morse, Danziel and Pascoe. They even appear in children's books and on
TV, for example, Scooby Doo.
The detective and usually an accomplice will look at all the evidence
and maybe, even find a few red herrings, and suspects and keep the
audience in suspense until the end when they usually set a trap and
say how they found out it was him or her. Sometimes, the murder is set
the other way round where the audience knows who it is but the
I have studied the 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl, a comic
crime thriller in miniature which has become one of his best known
stories and whose plot must be amongst the first ever to have a
freezer in it. Apparently, Ian Fleming had given the idea of the story
to him over dinner. In the text Mary says can they do her one last
thing and eat the evidence and they do and they say, "The evidence is
probably right under their noses," which it is, but they don't know
it. The story is quite modern and it was unusual because of the murder
weapon and it was a female killer.
I have also studied 'The Speckled Band,' by Arthur Conan Doyle. In the
Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, it appears in the Strand Magazine in
February 1882 where a lady called Helen Stoner and her sister Julia
live in a large house with their stepfather.
I also studied The Three Garridebs in which there is no murder, which
is very weird even though it is a murder mystery, there is a mystery
but it is connected to money. There is no victim in it but the villain
is the main character and he is very cunning and Conan Doyle makes him
come out as the victim the one who needs help when he doesn't and the
main setting is in Birmingham and Conan Doyle doesn't describe it.
The similarities are that both the detectives are male and each had
partners. The motive of the murder in 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is anger
and in 'The Speckled Band' it is money. The murder in the 'Lamb to the
Slaughter' involves an unusual murder weapon, a frozen leg of lamb.
One of the detectives, Sherlock Holmes is a professional and doesn't
trust anyone or anything and investigates extremely thoroughly. The
other detective doesn't do his job well; he drinks on the job, and
consumes the meal, which is the evidence. One of the villains is Mary
Maloney, who wasn't expecting to kill her husband, it was just
unfortunate that he said...