The Return of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Analysis: Plot Analysis
Most good stories start with a fundamental list of ingredients: the initial situation, conflict, complication, climax, suspense, denouement, and conclusion. Great writers sometimes shake up the recipe and add some spice.
Since we're dealing with thirteen separate short stories, it's tricky to apply a seven-part plot analysis. But even though a classic plot analysis isn't really effective here, there are lots of places in this guide where you can read up on all things plot related. First off, check out our "Brief Plot Summary" and our "Detailed Summary" for a run-down of each story. You can also check out the "Genre" write-up to learn more about the type of plot structures used in each story.