|Title:||The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual||Collection:||The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes|
|Year published:||1893 (May)||Year set in:|
|Mystery:||Where did a butler and maid disappear to, and what is meaning of the Musgrave Ritual?|
|Apparent crime:||Theft||Actual crime:||Shown below (possible spoiler)|
|Summary:||A butler mysteriously disappears after being caught reading through a personal document: a ritual that all owners of Hurlstone Manor have to learn. His former girlfriend, a maid, also vanishes.|
Reginald Musgrave, who was at college with Holmes, asks him to come down to his ancient manor where his butler and maid have mysteriously disappeared. The butler had been caught reading through personal documents, particularly a strange ritual that all owners of the manor have to learn.
Holmes believes that working out the meaning of the ritual may answer the puzzle of the disappearances.
- Actual crime
- Explanation (spoiler alert)
The ritual held the location of the crown jewels of Charles I. Musgrave had tracked them down but he had been trapped in a cellar, their location. The maid, who may have been responsible, had fled.
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- Characters in this story (3)
Surname First name Title Brunton Richard Butler Holmes Sherlock Watson John Doctor
- Locations in this story (1)
Location Town/City County Hurlstone Manor Sussex
- Other notes
Another case that occurred early on in Holmes' career.
Reginald Musgrave ritual Montague Hurlstone manor butler maid Richard Brunton Rachel Howells Janet Tregellis cellar King Charles Stuart crown jewels