Investigations on Baker Street

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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