Sherlock Holmes: Parade of Books Box 2  LbNA # 33584

Placed DateJul 30 2007
Location???, WI
Found By ???
Last Found Sep 28 2008
Hike Distance?

This box is a part of the Parade of Books Letterbox Series. The clues lead from box to box. You should check the first box in the series, Lord of the Flies, for general trail information.

I'm told that Lord of the Flies is missing and the clues have been pulled. Here is the information that was listed there. You can start on the trail and continue until you reach the overpass listed in the Sherlock box.

This series grew out of a bookcrossing group (you can find info on this at ) that has been doing some letterboxing together. Given that bookcrossing is all about books, we decided to combine our two obsessions, wait I mean hobbies, together. This series is the result. We plan to continue placing boxes along the trail. If anyone else has a favorite book that they want to add, that would be fine, please email to check on any current plants, so that we do not overlap. We are planning on planting boxes about half a mile apart. Directions on boxes will continue from the previous box, but we should have enough details that if one box goes missing, you can continue to the next.
The series is placed along a trail starting in Waukesha. Descramble
to get your starting point.. This is a state bike trail. If you are biking or rollerblading you need to purchase a trail pass. There are drop boxes along the route at access points where you can purchase a pass. We are trying to include crossroads where you can jump on the trail as the series continues. As the distance grows, you may want to consider biking or dropping a car at one end or the other. The first day that we were planting was a nice summer weekend day and the trail was very busy. Please use every stealthy trick in your bag when retrieving boxes and take care to be sure that they are well hidden again. Cameras and pointing at birds and plants seemed to work well for our planting group!

I read somewhere that Sherlock Holmes is one of the best known literary figures worldwide. After his first appearance in magazines in the late 1880s, he has made his way onto the stage, movies, and TV. The official canon consists of the 4 novels and 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The character has been lifted by any number of other authors, some of which are fabulous in and of themselves. A couple of my favorites are Bee Keeper’s Apprentice, Good Night Irene, and Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon. There also seems to be an appropriateness to combining Sherlock with the hunting of a letterbox!
"Criminal cases are continually hinging upon that one point. A man is suspected of a crime months perhaps after it has been committed. His linen or clothes are examined and brownish stains discovered upon them. Are they blood stains, or mud stains, or rust stains, or fruit stains, or what are they? That is a question which has puzzled many an expert, and why? Because there was no reliable test. Now we have the Sherlock Holmes's test, and there will no longer be any difficulty." His eyes fairly glittered as he spoke, and he put his hand over his heart and bowed as if to some applauding crowd conjured up by his imagination.
This all seems obvious to us in the time of CSI, but it was quite the concept in the 1880s. And Sherlock is still bowing to applauding audiences today.
To consult with Sherlock, return to the main path from Lord of the Flies. Continue over the bridge. After the bridge the mile markers for the trail begin. Continue on the trail until you come to an underpass. On the right hand side a retaining wall leads up to the underpass. At the end of this wall, just before the underpass, Sherlock is lurking under a pile of rocks. Please use caution retrieving him and hide him carefully so that Professor Moriarty does not find his hiding place!