Investigations on Baker Street

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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