“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box”

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Title: The Adventure of the Cardboard Box Collection: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1893 (January) Year set in:
Mystery: Why were two ears sent to a quiet woman?
Apparent crime: Murder Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A quiet spinster receives a parcel containing two severed ears with no idea why.

Susan Cushing, a quiet and retiring woman, unexpectedly receives a parcel containing two severed ears, one from a man and the other from a woman. Apart from a practical joke from previous tenants (medical students), she has no idea of who they are from or why.

Actual crime
Explanation (spoiler alert)

Susan Cushing had two sisters, one with the same initial (Sarah) and the parcel had been meant for her. Jim Browner had been married to the third sister, Mary, but their marriage had been broken by Sarah and her friend who had become Mary's lover. In revenge, Browner had killed his wife and lover, and sent their ears to Sarah.

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Characters in this story (4)
Surname First name Title
Cushing Susan
Holmes Sherlock
Lestrade Inspector
Watson John Doctor

Locations in this story (1)
Location Town/City County
221b Baker Street London

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Susan Sarah Mary Cushing Cross Browner Alec Fairbairn Lestrade Croydon Wallington Belfast Penge medical students sailor seaman Conqueror