Review: The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, #5) by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Musgrave Ritual (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, #5)The Musgrave Ritual by Arthur Conan Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual’ is the fifth short story of the eleven (or twelve, depending on the edition) works which make up the novel, ‘The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes’.
In this short Holmes recounts to Watson the events arising after a visit from a university acquaintance, Reginald Musgrave. Musgrave visits Holmes after the disappearance of two of his domestic staff, Rachel Howells, a maid, and Richard Brunton, the longtime butler. The pair vanished after Musgrave had dismissed Brunton for secretly reading a family document, the Musgrave Ritual.
This short kept me gripped throughout its entirety, and I really enjoyed the historical aspects which were given to it. However, I expected the Musgrave Ritual to be a lot more gruesome and horrifying or eccentric than it actually was.
Congratulations to Arthur Conan Doyle on writing an astounding short story!

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