Investigations on Baker Street

The Adventure of the Navy Treaty
Based on the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dr. Watson’s old friend from school, Percy Phelps, has contacted him with a letter to come at once to Woking. Percy’s family owns a large house and grounds at Brairbrae. It is there, from his sickbed and sofa downstairs, that Percy will reveal all the details of what has befallen him. Percy is a diplomat in the Foreign Office. His benefactor and boss is his uncle, Lord Holdhurst. Holdhurst instructed Percy to take the only copy of a Naval Treaty with Italy, copy it, and return both documents to him. The document was stolen from Percy’s office when Percy left for just a few moments. Now a nervous wreck, he is desperately trying to save his position and honor, if only so he can marry his fiancee Anne Harrison.

The investigator’s met with Dr. Watson and Baker Street. He showed them the letter from Percy and asked if they might assist Percy as his practice was, just now, too busy for him to make the trip himself.

Meredith readily agreed as did her uncle Bartholomew, who was always at the ready to assist his beloved niece.

The duo traveled by train to Woking, which took just under an hour. When they reached the grounds at Briarbrae they were met a man identifying himself as Joseph Harrison, Anne Harrison’s brother.

Joseph, showing concern for the situation, directed the servant staff to show Meredith and Sir Kensington into the downstairs parlor, which until Percy’s collapse had been serving as Joseph’s bedroom.

They met both Percy and Anne in the makeshift bedroom. Percy, laying on the sofa, raised himself and immediately went in to an explanation of what had occurred to bring him to these desperate straights.


After a long explanation of events and some questions from Meredith and her uncle, the duo had a course of action in mind to recover the documents and find those responsible. Percy had even hastily sketched out a map of the Foreign Office to assist the detectives.


Apparent from Percy’s story there were several suspects to question and rule out or look at more closely.

  1. Joseph Harrison – he was clearly hiding something as his timeline of events did not seem to match up with others recollections.
  2. The Commissionaire and his wife – the wife had been present at the Foreign Office that evening and had even ran to hide something when confronted at he house by Inspector Forbes and Percy.
  3. Lord Holdhurst – If he and Percy were truly the only ones that knew of the treaty, perhaps he had something to do with it.

The pair returned to London to begin their investigation in earnest.

Meredith and Bart traveled to the Foreign Office to speak with the Commissionaire and get a look at the scene. In his eagerness to help poor Percy the Commissionaire had to admit the he may have been resting his eyes that night and was worried about losing his job, Uncle Bart was able to get to the truth and allow a grateful Commissionaire to save face. It was also found out and later confirmed that the Commissionaire’s wife was just trying to protect the couples valuables from being repossessed by the law.

Inspecting the office only revealed that no one could’ve been hiding and that for some reason the thief had rung the bell, which is what had woken the Commissionaire as Percy approached to check on where his promised cup of coffee was.

Gaining an interview with Lord Holdhurst, the investigator’s where told that there was no way anyone but his nephew and himself new of the treaty. He was also sure that no foreign power had yet obtained the treaty as it’s contents would have most assuredly been made public by this point. This brought the duo to the conclusion that the thief, for some as yet unknown reason, had been unable to sell the treaty and most likely still had possession of it.

Having ruled out all of their current suspects, but Joseph Harrison, the pair began to look more closely at his statements and purported movements that night and in the intervening time since.

Sir Kensington went to check on the stocks that the investigators had learned the Harrison “dabbled” in and found that Anne’s brother had lost most of his money in a failed railroad startup. Putting motive together with Mr. Harrison’s lies about when he returned to Briarbrae led the detectives to posit that on the night of the theft, Harrison arrived at the Foreign Office through the side door to check on his soon to be brother-in-law, as he had done many times in the past. When he found Percy’s office empty, because the clerk had went to check on his coffee, he rang the bell and then seeing the treaty laying on the desk knew it’s value took it and ran off before Percy could return. When Joseph arrived home he must have hid the treaty in his room, which later that night became Percy’s room after he collapsed. Since Percy had been in the room ever since that would explain why Harrison had been unable to sell the treaty because he could not reclaim it from its hiding place. A crime of opportunity!

Having believed they had solved the case and could still recover the treaty, Meredith and Bartholomew returned to Briarbrae and confronted Harrison.

Harrison took some convincing, but eventually, retrieved the treaty from it’s hiding place in the parlor/bedroom and returned it. It took a repentant Harrison along with pleadings from his sister to convince Meredith to speak on his behalf which saved him from the noose.

Another case and another success. Watson was proud of the pair and was sure that Holmes, in his way, would have been too.

The Adventure of the Mummy's Curse part-2
The scoundrels caught!

A young woman galloping frantically on horseback interrupted the preparations of Meredith and Uncle Bart to follow the footprints from the garden and see where they led.

They found that the rider was Leona Hollingbury who as they had heard lived nearby and was quite fond, perhaps scandalously so, of the deceased, Sir Gotshalk.

Miss Hollingbury claimed to be sensitive to things spiritual and was sure that the dead were seeking vengeance for being disturbed.

The investigators assured Leona that they would take this new “information” under advisement and keep an eye out. Concerned for her state they sent her to Dr. Markeley via carriage with a young stablehand.

With the young lady’s assurance and safety taken care the duo completed their preparations and headed out on the trail of what they hoped would be the culprit.

It was a long arduous trek up the hill in which the path took them. They eventually crested to a clearing containing a small pond and shack. Outside the shack a a man was chopping wood.

This man turned out to be Danby Scott’s man, Kenan Gundry.

After an exchange of words and gunfire from Uncle Bart, Gundry, barricaded himself in the small shack.

The duo were eventually able to enter the shack and subdue Gundry. Sir Bartholomew stayed with the scoundrel while the younger Miss Cunningham, made the treacherous descent down the hill and back to Boscadwith where she was able to take the carriage back to the village and bring the Constable to arrest Kenan Gundry.

Gundry confessed the entire plot to the investigator’s who were also able to recover the items hidden in the small pond outside the shack. Even Constable Oates’ ponderous brain was able to comprehend the evidence, once slowly and painstakingly presented by the investigators.

They made their way back to find that Scott had ran off. He was later apprehended at the train station.

A search of Scott’s room revealed the remnants of ledgers in the fireplace. Those remnants along with the recovered forgeries from the pond were enough to ensure a long prison sentence for embezzlement and the evidence provided by Kenan Gundry will also see a conviction of murder for Danby Scott.

A good job!! A round of Port is definitely called for!

The Adventure of the Mummy's Curse part-1
Inspired by The Hound of the Baskervilles

The detectives are asked by Dr. Watson to look into the death of Sir Maxton Gotshalk of Boscadwith Manor near the village of Cottel.

After reviewing the request for assistance sent by the good doctor by way of the Baker Street Irregular, young Kilby. The pair of investigators hurriedly made ready to depart to the train station for the overnight trip to Cornwall.

At the station they were met by“Porky” Johnson who provided two tickets and a messenger bag containing a letter from Doctor Markeley.

With nothing else to do during their trip, Meredith read the long, detailed missive to her uncle, who listened intently. After gathering some clues and questions from the letter the amateur detectives settled in for the trip and attempted to get what sleep they could.

They arrived in Cottel the next morning and were met by Dr. Markeley and Constable Jory Oates. Sir Kensington, quickly sized up the village constable and feared a repeat of the ineptness of the law enforcement official met previously during the case A Day in the Country.

The detectives were shown to the two local residences that, thanks to the doctor, would be their homes for the duration of their stay.

After a quick meal and freshening up, Sir Kensington, took a walk around the village to get the lay of the land. Afterwards he met up with his niece and together they went to Dr. Markeley’s house. Inside they found that the constable was also present. After being seated and served tea the two detectives began questioning the doctor and constable about the death of Sir Maxton Gotshalk. They learned quite a bit and had developed several leads they wanted to follow up on.

Things took an almost irreparable turn for the worse when Meredith’s uncle Bart flat out accused the constable of being at the very least inept if not outright in collusion with those responsible for this most heinous crime.

Luckily the cooler heads of Miss Cunningham and the doctor prevailed and reputations, for the time being, were maintained and egos, for the most part, were assuaged.

The intrepid duo split up and gathered what information they could from the fine folk of the village.

The next day, thanks to a carriage provided by Doctor Markeley, the investigator’s made their way to Boscadwith Manor. When they arrive they are met by the footman, Forrest Rickard, who, thanks to a Letter of Introduction from Dr. Markeley, admits them into the manor.

Rickard states he will allow the investigators to question the staff, inspect the room where the unwrapping took place and have a general look around.

Talking to the house staff reveals to the detectives that the butler, Cadan Rowe, had after the death taken a tumble down the stairs and has lain in a stupor ever since, being taken care of by his daughter Cordula.

The staff lives on the upper floor of the west wing. Only Danby Scott, the master’s personal assistant, lives in the family quarters of the west wing. Danby was hired about five years ago.

Some of the other information gleaned from the staff interviews included:

  • When the “mummy” turned out to be the master—murdered—there was quite a stir. If not for Dr. Markeley, it’s hard to say what might have happened. For a few hours, the whole staff was busy running around trying to soothe the guests’ nerves and help them decamp. The visitors seemed eager to leave—all except Mrs. Hollingbury, who lives just at the foot of the meadow anyway.
  • All was chaos in the house on the night of the unwrapping. Mr. Scott was giving all sorts of orders in the master’s absence and that did not sit well with the staff.
  • Mrs. Hollingbury and Dr. Markeley were the master’s only frequent visitors. Dr. Markeley was always wading the streams and ponds on the estate, looking for frogs, toads, and salamanders. Mrs. Hollingbury was always kissing the master on the cheek and tut-tutting over his collection of antiquities. She was particularly upset when the master began collecting whole mummies.

The detectives then met with Danby Scott, the right hand man of Sir Maxton. Scott was “busy” working on some accounting for the estate and stated that he did not have time to speak and anything he would be able to recall had already been imparted to Dr. Markeley or Constable Oates.

In examining the confines of the manor the investigators found the only room that contained any clues, although already cleaned by the staff, was the parlor where the unwrapping had taken place.

After gathering clues from the parlor, which included a crumbled up paper with Egyptian Hieroglyphs on it, Miss Cunningham and her Uncle Bart met with Cordula Rowe in her father’s room whilst caring for him.

They find that the old butler, while severely injured is not quite as injured as Dr. Markeley believes and has only been feigning his stupor.

While Mr. Rowe is still having difficulty speaking he reveals several key pieces of information to the duo via notes.

  • Darby became Danby after trouble in India and came to work for Great Uncle Max.
  • Sir Maxton was furious with his Nephew about something a week ago. He gave me a list of items in his collection.
  • Took a drink with Nephew–silly me. Did not fall down the stairs, was pushed.

Cordula added that:

  • Sometime after the master left on his so called trip, I noticed that someone had torn up several sheets. The ragged half of one wound up in the laundry.
  • Shortly after that, a maid visiting the cellar found a pile of linen strips in the dustbins. They were perfectly good rags, even if they came from ruined sheets. There were some very old and dusty strips with them. The whole pile is clean, folded, and stored in the root cellar now.
  • “Danby Scott” has been very busy, dashing around, scribbling in ledgers, and giving orders that he shouldn’t. His right-hand man is a troublesome and violent servant called Kenan Gundry— he’s from a good family, but he’s a bad egg. Kenan has made himself scarce since the Master’s demise, but he’s tried to get here a few times since. He means to force his intentions on me.

The investigation continues -

The Case of the Missing Artifact
Archaeology is not a pursuit for proper ladies

Miss Elizabeth White has recently contacted Dr. Watson about a missing item that she needs to recover. Because the item was only in her care, not her own possession, she would rather not involve the police in this matter. She has heard good things about Miss Meredith Cunningham and her companions and has scheduled a meeting at 221B Baker St. for 9am to discuss her lost item.

Miss Cunningham and Sir Kensington met with Miss White after enjoying a nice breakfast together that had been prepared by Mrs. Hudson.

Miss White appeared quite anxious and could not remain seated as she told the investigators of her problem.

The problem, that an artifact from a dig in Egypt which had been entrusted to her to deliver to the London Museum was missing, seemed to be just the type of case the investigators would excel at.

Apparently taken from her own bed chamber, both Miss Cunningham and her uncle agreed that would be where their investigation would begin.

Arriving, after tea time, to the White Estate they were shown to Elizabeth’s room. Of the many clues they found, chief amongst them was evidence of a man in Miss White’s who may have left through the window.

Also found was a white horse hair, which was later revealed not to belong to any any horse the young woman would have rode.

Both investigator’s interviewed the available staff, who consisted of:

The investigator’s found that a young man with curly red hair, who Elizabeth, based on the description from Esther, identified as Richard Loftwood. Loftwood had at one time, several years earlier, pursued a relationship with Elizabeth, but was turned down.

The interview with Mrs. Mary White led the pair to conclude that she my be in a hidden relationship with young Loftwood and Sir Bart came just short of an accusation trying to gauge the elder White’s reaction. He could tell she was concealing something and assumed this relationship was it, but was not completely sure.

Elizabeth, stated that Richard may be at a riding club located near the Loftwood residence.

The intrepid sleuths went to the riding club and found the young man there. After confronting him with the evidence he admitted that Elizabeth’s mother had put him up to the theft. No, they were not having an affair, but Elizabeth’s mother wanted to discredit Elizabeth with her father and the other archaeologists hoping that would force her to remain at home and find a man. Perhaps himself, Richard had surmised.

He begged to allow it be “he” that “found” and return the artifact thereby enduring himself to the attractive young lady. Sir Bartholomew Alexander Kensington III was having none of it and demanded the rapscallion to take them to the artifact and they would leave it to Miss White on whether or not the authorities would be involved.

Loftwood agreed to take them to his residence to fetch the artifact, however on the way, he ran into an alley and attacked the pair. It was a short scuffle with both Meredith and her Bart showing they were made of sterner stuff than he. Loftwood relented and the artifact was retrieved and returned to a very grateful Miss Elizabeth White. She let young Richard off with a warning to never trouble her again and turning not waiting fora reply yelled out for her mother walking towards Mary White’s chambers. The last thing the investigators heard they retreated from the White residence was “Mother! How could you!”

All in all a job well done.

A Day in The Country
A quite weekend. What could go wrong?

Dr. Watson has been invited to the country estate of his war friend, William Ashby, Esquire. The invitation has also been extended to the new investigators taking up cases out of Baker Street. A quite weekend in the country sounds like fun to Meredith Cunningham and she drags along her uncle, Sir Bartholomew Alexander Kensington III to join her.

Constable's Report

Late Friday evening the carriage driver from the estate of William Ashby, Esquire, contacted me. He informed me that William Ashby had been murdered in his bed by the stable boy Harland.  Margret, William’s wife and Michael, his young cousin, had wisely sent for me straight away.

I, of course, made haste and went with said driver to the estate where the crime, most heinous, had occurred.

Upon my arrival I was shown to a location outside the home where a ladder rested against a chimney. Two persons,  a young female and older male, from London, amateur sleuths, had already walked all over the crime scene both inside and out. They had even tainted testimony of witnesses by asking leading questions, putting certain ideas into the witnesses’ heads about who the culprit could be.

I, of course, being the professional I am looked at all of the evidence without any preconceived ideas and sought first to clear the name of the stable boy, Harland.  I found it convenient that so much evidence pointed directly at him. I took the older male with me, a Sir Kensington, to keep him out of trouble. Being of the upper class I hoped he would leave this to the professionals. I found him very opinionated and gruff for one of the upper class. The young lady, a Miss Cunningham, remained at the estate. I felt the more delicate of the sexes was most likely to stay out of trouble without her man there to egg on her meddlesome ways.

I found Harland exactly where I knew he would be and after questioning him and his parents locked him up, for his own safety, until I could apprehend the real culprit. He did say that he had seen young Michael and Lady Margret share an embrace once that was one of lovers more than one of cousin-in-laws.

I returned to the estate with the loquacious Sir Kensington to continue the investigation.

I “enlisted the aid” of Sir Kensington and the young Miss Cunningham, so I could keep an eye on them. I found that the gardener had seen young Michael Ashby on the roof at the chimney yelling into it at approximately 7:45PM.  This was when Lady Ashby was at the door to the victim’s room talking to him through the door. It should be noted at this point that said chimney leads to William Ashby’s room. It had previously been stated from the amateur detective duo that the room key found in Ashby’s hand was the only key to his room and that the door was locked leaving no one able to enter. This is why I found the door kicked in when I arrived.

I felt that some things in the story were not adding up and searched Lady Ashby’s room and found another key to William Ashby’s room. When I confronted Michael and Margret Ashby with the evidence of what I knew to be their plot to kill William, take his money and continue their most scandalous affair they immediately broke down and confessed.

I arrested both and released young Harland, knowing that he would now be safe that the two culprits could cause no further harm.

With your approval, I will share this report of my methods with the two amateur detectives from London hoping that in the future they may be of more help to the professionals that have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of justice.

Your Most Loyal Servant.

The Case of the Angry Goddess
Murder most foul at he British Museum

Lord Arthur Mendham is a wealthy and influential nobleman who has devoted his considerable talents, and not a little of his fortune, to archaeological pursuits. He recently returned to England in triumph after excavating a temple to Ishtar, the Assyro-Babylonian goddess of love and war, in the desert near Baghdad. But triumph turns to tragedy when Lord Arthur is found in a room of the British Museum dead with his head smashed in.

His sister, Lady Honoria, approaches Meredith Cunningham and Captain Richard Sharpe to get to the bottom of the matter.

The Case of the Jilted Bride
Based on the Holmes Case, A Case of Identity

Miss Mary Sutherland has recently been left at the altar under peculiar circumstances. Her fiancé was in the carriage behind her own when traveling to the church. When his carriage arrived at the church, however, it was mysteriously empty. Her fiancé has not been seen or heard from since. Miss Sutherland has decided to call upon Meredith Cunningham and Sir Bartholomew Alexander Kensington III at Baker Street for help.

The Adventure of the Empty Warehouse
The investigators first case

The Adventure of the Empty Warehouse in which Sir Bartholomew Alexander Kensington III and Meredith Cunningham are retained by Inspector G. Lestrade of Scotland Yard to help solve a most perplexing murder.

After a delicious breakfast at 221B Baker Street, served by Mrs. Hudson. Meredith Cunningham and her uncle, Sir Bartholomew Alexander Kensington III, meet Inspector G. Lestrade who relays the following information:

Last night a Mr. Adair was found murdered in his second floor study. The peculiar part of this heinous crime was that the door was locked from the inside and the window was shut. He had been shot in the head and there was still 210 pounds neatly stacked on the desk. There was no gun found, so suicide was out of the question.

After arriving at the scene and searching for clues, the investigators had several leads to follow up on.

  1. The window was loose and could’ve slammed shut after murder had occurred.
  2. A journal entry about an engagement break-off with Edith Woodley. An angry rejected lover?
  3. The shooter had to of shot through the, at the time, open window.
  4. A note mentioning 420 pounds to be returned to Godfrey Miliner and Lord Balmoral indicated that half of the money was missing. Perhaps he was waiting on the other half.

After searching the study and examining the rooftop across the street, the investigators met with the grieving family in the first floor parlor. Adair’s mother, Lady Maynooth, and sister, Hilda fought through their grief to answer the consultants questions. It was at this time they learned of a Colonel Sebastian Moran, and he became their prime suspect.

As they left the home, Sir Kensington noticed a beggar paying particular interest to themselves. Leaving Meredith with his man servant Hakim in the growler to move a short ways down the street, the world adventurer moved across the street in an attempt to catch the beggar unawares. After a short confrontation the beggar moved off and without any back-up, Sir Kensington, allowed the man to leave, sure that he was spying on them and would be reporting their movements. They would be wary as they continued their investigation.

Their next stop took them to the Bagatelle card club to interview Lord Balmoral and Miliner. From here they were able to rule out Miss Woodley as a suspect and learned that Moran was a well known marksman. He had partnered with Adair of recent at cards and the two had won a great deal of money together. Adair was supposed to meet with the 2 gentleman the day after his murder to discuss something concerning the Colonel. The investigators also learned of a warehouse by Crown Roof that might be a location where they could find the man who was now their main suspect, Colonel Sebastian Moran. It was assumed that Adair had found out that his new partner at cards was cheating and was demanding that he return the money and for this he was killed.

Upon arriving at the warehouse the pair take up surveillance and soon witness the beggar from earlier leaving. Short chase in the growler later they apprehended the beggar and learned that Moran and a local tough were the only 2 in the warehouse and that the murderer was preparing to leave the country.

Turning the beggar over to a local Bobby, who was also going to get back-up, the sleuthing uncle and niece entered the warehouse and immediately engaged the hired nobbler. The nobbler, wounded by a shot from the young lady dropped his club and headed for the door. That was when a shot rang out from above the melee on the 2nd floor of the building striking the running hooligan square in the back, killing him.

Sir Bartholomew Alexander Kensington III seizing the moment ran to and up a ladder to the second floor to confront the murderous Moran, at the same time Meredith fired her weapon in the general vicinity of the scoundrel, keeping him pinned down.

When confronted by the imposing, mustachioed gentleman adventurer now holding his drawn cane sword and leveling his revolver at the criminals chest and seeing the pistol packing young woman between him and any hope of retreat, Colonel Sebastian Moran dropped his air rifle and surrendered on the spot.

Shortly after this the Bobby arrived with reinforcements and the former right hand man of Professor Moriarty was taken into custody!

Early the next morning, Inspector G. Lestrade, stopped by the second floor residence of his missing friend now presumed dead, Sherlock Holmes, and thanked the new sleuths and eyed them with a new found respect. He was sure that Scotland Yard and London, while missing the help of the world’s greatest consulting detective, would be in good hands in the days and years to come.

Here ends The Adventure of the Empty Warehouse.

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