“The Adventure of the Copper Beeches”

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Title: The Adventure of the Copper Beeches Collection: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1892 (June) Year set in:
Mystery: Why is a governess's job come with such odd conditions?
Apparent crime: Abduction Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A governess is hired for a good salary to look after a child but, in return, must cut her hair short and wear a particular dress.

A governess, Violet Hunter, is offered a job by Jephro Rucastle at an exceptional wage which would involve looking after a child and being a companion to his wife. However, there are some unusual conditions - cutting her long hair short, wearing a particular dress and sitting in certain areas. Hunter is concerned but the salary persuades her to take the position.

Actual crime
Explanation (spoiler alert)

Hunter was chosen because she resembled Alice, the Rucastles' daughter, Alice, who had fallen in love with a seaman. To avoid Alice leaving, and taking her money with her, she was imprisoned in a room with Hunter being used to fool the seaman into leaving.

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Characters in this story (4)
Surname First name Title
Holmes Sherlock
Hunter Violet
Rucastle Jephro
Watson John Doctor

Locations in this story (2)
Location Town/City County
221b Baker Street London
The Copper Beeches Near Winchester Hampshire

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Violet Hunter Colonel Spence Munro Halifax Jephro Rucastle governess Westaways agency Stoper electric blue chestnut hair Alice Copper Beeches Winchester Toller mastiff fowler