I just got back from vacation–fun, yay; over, sad…
Anyway, I found all these scorecards ready to post. The last one I did not attend, but my best friend dutifully kept score for us.
Summary: Watson and Sherlock are living together again after Sherlock secretly buys Watson’s practice at a good profit. (No wonder people think they are gay…) Anyway, a builder is killed and he’d recently made a new will that gave everything to his young partner. The kid gets to Sherlock right before the police get him. Sherlock doesn’t believe he did it, but as he investigates, it starts to look like the police were right. Just as Sherlock is ready to give up, a new clue is discovered that answers everything. Sherlock makes a dramatic reveal, involving fire, just to rub it in the police’s faces. It turns out the builder wasn’t really dead. He had tons of debt and wanted to start a new life, so he faked his death, and he blamed it on the kid because the builder had once been engaged to the kid’s mother, but she broke it off and he wanted revenge.
Sherlock Rating: 5 magnifying glasses. This was a good one! We had a good villain and some drama when Sherlock was stumped and it looked like the police would win. Beating the police even seemed like more critical than actually solving the murder.
Mystery Story Convention: The old guy did it. Several stories now have had the old creepy guy as the true villain. He may not have committed the murder, but he’s the bad guy. It’s kind of a Scrooge thing (pre-miracle), I guess. Were all old British guys stingy misers? Also, the police are stupid and always wrong–this is always the case in private-eye type mysteries. Because if they were effective then why would anyone need the private eye (except to find out of your spouse is cheating)
A while back I mentioned something about a special secret plan having to do with my writing.
I wanted to announce that I’m still working on it. Very slowly. I have a lot to learn, and I’m enjoying learning it all, but it’s a lot to take in. Someday I will put together a new site with some things I’ve written to show them off and learn from them and stuff. I want to do it my way, though, and that is taking work. I think it will pay off in the long-run, though.
I know you are all on the edge of your seats, but you have to wait a while longer. Be patient!
Summary: Sherlock gets a mysterious telegram and an even more confusing guest. A football (soccer) captain, speaking entirely in old football jargon that I couldn’t even figure out what sport he was talking about until they started saying “football,” is missing his star player (their “three-quarter”). Sherlock traces him to a small town with very tricky doctor. Holmes says if this doctor was so inclined he could be the next Moriarty. Luckily for them, the doctor just doesn’t want a scandal exposed and doesn’t trust Sherlock to be discrete. Sherlock uses a dog to track them to the soccer player’s hideout. Apparently, he’d married beneath his station and his wife was ill. When Sherlock and Watson arrive, the wife is dead, but Sherlock promises not to expose them. (though Watson eventually wrote and published this account, but I guess the statute of limitations ran out).
Sherlock Rating: 3 magnifying glasses. It would have been lower, since there was no crime, but the doctor was sinister enough despite being ultimately good to make it interesting.
Mystery Story Convention: Inheritance-risking scandal. It seems like everyone in these stories has an inheritance at stake. It would be nice if gobs of money were coming to me instead, as I have relatively little (to none) scandal in my life…
I really need to update my “about” section. And possibly even the title. I’ve come to realize that the things I enjoy blogging about the most are basically record-keeping. (See, there is a theme to all these posts–it’s just a personal theme).
I’ve been keeping track of the classic books I’ve been reading, keeping track of (most) of the Reds games I’ve been to, and keeping track of my writing progress. So it’s kind of like a journal (but I refuse to think of it as one because I’ve never enjoyed journaling).
Thank you to those who follow me. I hope that you are getting something out of my cataloging. I’ve learned that if I’m not getting something out of writing posts, then I won’t write any. (And why waste my time putting up crap that I don’t get anything out of in the first place?). So, apparently these posts are primarily for me, because I am apparently extremely selfish. Secondarily, though, I’m glad that some of you out there do get something out of it and seem to enjoy it. I plan on keeping it up as long as I’m still enjoying it!
Summary: Sherlock Holmes is back from the dead! This is the first story after his death that is “new” and not a Watson retrospective. Sherlock comes out of disguise three years later to stop Moriarty’s second in command. Sherlock had dodged Moriarty as he tried to force him off the cliff, but decided to fake his death in order to stop the other bad guys in M’s crew. Unfortunately, the only people who knew Sherlock was alive was M’s crew because one was there throwing rocks at him. This same guy tries to kill Sherlock in his own Baker Street house, but Sherlock tricks him and waits in the same empty house the guy tries to sniper-shoot Sherlock from. Watson helps Sherlock stop him, and they are back to business as usual. Oh, and Watson’s wife has apparently died, so now Sherlock and Watson can finally be together! Take that, DOMA!
Sherlock Rating: 5 magnifying glasses. Returning from the dead should be an automatic 5. And it was exciting.
Mystery Story Convention: The hero never dies (even if the author really, really wanted him to) If the hero in some mystery series does die, it is a mistake, but the fan fiction writers will resurrect him/her.