Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer of Sherlock: The Musgrave Ritual

Reading the summer Sherlock Holmes stories on the days they began, way back when, "The Musgrave Ritual" is one that you may or may not want to include. Holmes and Watson are spending a winter's evening on Baker Street when Sherlock tells John the story-within-the-story that actually is the matter of the Musgrave ritual. And when it comes to the Musgrave ritual . . . .

Well, in order to truly figure out Sherlock Holmes originally investigated the Musgrave ritual, you have to figure out the Musgrave ritual. And that's just a crazy, crazy thing.

I mean, it's a location based on calculations having to do with the height of trees. Trees from hundreds of years ago.



It reminds me of a certain occasion when my aunt gave us driving directions based on seeing goats.

And while personally, I think Holmes looked into it in June, it has been placed as far away as October. It's also a mystery that involves trigonometry. And good parts that take place on a winter night on Baker Street.

So take this summer story with a "possibly just extra credit" disclaimer.

The Summer of Sherlock progression so far:

May 26, 1903, Tuesday -- "Shoscombe Old Place" (M)
June 1, 1889, Saturday -- "The Stock-broker’s Clerk" (M-Wd-S)
June 1, 1894, Friday -- "The Mazarin Stone" (S)
June 4, 1902, Wednesday -- "The Six Napoleons" 
June 8, 1889, Saturday -- "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" (M-D-Wd)
June 19, 1902, Thursday -- "The Three Garridebs"(Y-M-Wd)
June 20, 1888, Wednesday -- "The Greek Interpreter" (Wd-S)
June 21, 1889, Friday -- "The Man with the Twisted Lip" (M-D-Y-Wd)
June 23, 1881, Thursday -- "The Musgrave Ritual"
June 30, 1889, Sunday -- "The Engineer’s Thumb" (Y-S)
July 3, 1880, Saturday -- "The Gloria Scott"
July 10, 1895, Wednesday -- "Black Peter" (Y-M-Wd)
July 16, 1881, Saturday -- Holmes meets Watson in Chapter One of A Study in Scarlet
July 19, 1887, Tuesday -- "The Second Stain" (Wd-S)
July 25, 1898, Monday -- "The Dancing Men" (M-Wd)
July 26, 1902, Saturday -- "The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax" 
July 29, 1887, Friday -- "The Naval Treaty" (M-D)
July 30, 1907, Tuesday -- "The Lion’s Mane" (M-Y-Wd)
August 1, 1894, Wednesday -- "The Norwood Builder" (M)
August 2, 1914, Sunday -- "His Last Bow" (M-D-Y)
August 20, 1898, Saturday -- "The Retired Colourman" (Y-S)
August 30, 1887, Tuesday -- "The Crooked Man" (Wd)
August 30, 1889, Friday -- "The Cardboard Box" (M-Wd)

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