** spoiler alert **
Dartmoor, Scotland; Baskerville Hall; Oakmont River; the Moor
Truth, deception/swindle, friendship
Mary Russell – her own independent, yet supportive self.
Sherlock Holmes – comes to the aid of his godfather
Sabine Baring Gould – his godfather, his main resource in the solving of the Baskerville hounds 20 years earlier, dying, knows somethings up with the reappearance of a Baskerville hound following the ghostly Lady Howard’s coach and asks Sherlock for assistance.
Richard Kettridge & David Shyman – Baskerville Hall owner and his secretary – swindlors
Mary has finished her draft of her manuscript when she gets a summons from Sherlock to join him in Dartmoor… and she goes, though feels a bit put out. And the two work together to uncover the truth of the sightings and of the death of one man.
It ends up that Kettridge, following in his father’s footsteps in the goldrush of California, had ‘salted’ an area with gold specks (via dynamite) repeated by Kettridge in the Alaska gold rush, and now duplicated in the Moor, near an abandoned iron mine. When gold found, buyers come, they take their money, and split before truth of no gold found. They were using the sightings of Lady Howard’s coach to scare people away, and under the cloud of thunderstorms, they dynamited their gold dust… Mary and Sherlock catch them in the act… ahhh
Memorable words –
Mary tells Sherlock “speculation of Jewish philosophies is as empirical as any of your conclusion.”