“The Adventure of the Reigate Squires”

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Title: The Adventure of the Reigate Squires Collection: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1893 (June) Year set in: 1887
Mystery: Why is behind the strange burglaries at some manor houses?
Apparent crime: Murder and burglary Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: An attempted burglary at a country house results in a coachman being murdered with a mysterious scrap of paper held in his hand.

While recuperating from an illness, Holmes hears of a two mysterious burglaries at country houses. In the first, at the Acton estate, the only things stolen were of little value and unrelated. In the second, the Cunningham estate, a coachman has been found murdered with a scrap of torn paper in his hand. Holmes suspects that there is more to this than suggested.

Actual crime
Murder and burglary
Explanation (spoiler alert)

The first burglary had been by the Cunnigham father and son who were trying to find evidence in a land dispute with the Acton estate. The coachman had seen them and blackmailed them. Consequently, they had murdered him and created a burglary to cover it up.

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Characters in this story (2)
Surname First name Title
Holmes Sherlock
Watson John Doctor

Locations in this story (1)
Location Town/City County
Cunningham estate Near Reigate Surrey

Other notes

Holmes is recuperating from an illness during this story.


Colonel Hayter Alec Cunningham Forrester Reigate Acton William Kirwan coachman burglary Annie Morrison