Dr. Watson is shocked to learn that his good friend Sherlock Holmes has a brother, Mycroft, and that they are on their way to meet him on an urgent matter. There they learn of the strange case of Mr. Melas, a Greek interpreter, who was roused from his sleep in the middle of the night and required to interpret for a man who was clearly being held against his will. That man was beaten, bound and not allowed to speak but only to write out his answers to the questions he was posed. Clearly his captors are trying to force him to sign a document and are also keeping his sister captive. When Melas is taken a second time to interpret, Holmes, Mycroft and Watson must move quickly if they are to prevent a murder. Written by
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The original story ended with Latimer and Kemp managing to escape with Sophy; Holmes and Watson later learn both villains have been killed in Hungary, either by each other or by Sophy. The ending of this adaptation was far more action oriented, with Holmes and Watson catching the villains on the train and Latimer dying when he tries to escape. Mycroft is unusually active by joining Sherlock and Watson on the train and helping to arrest Kemp. See more
In a non-canonical scene added at the end, Mycroft Holmes inexplicably refers to a derringer (a single-shot pocket pistol) as a "revolver". See more
If the art of the detective began and ended in reasoning from an armchair, my brother would be the greatest criminal agent that ever lived.