A mysterious man sets up a new doctor in a posh practice for a percentage of his fees.



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Patrick Newell ...
Tim Barlow ...
Russian Count
Brett Forrest ...
Count's Son
Charles Cork ...
John Ringham ...
David Squire ...
Norman Mills ...
Lucy Anne Wilson ...
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Dr. Percy Trevelyan seeks Sherlock Holmes' assistance in deciphering his benefactor's recent odd behavior. Trevelyan recounts that some years before, Mr. Blessington plucked him out of an obscure and virtually non-existent practice and offered to set him up at a prestigious address. In return for this investment, Blessington would receive a percentage of his income and would provide him with free medical care. For quite some time now the arrangement has worked well for both parties and Blessington has profited from the arrangement. Recently however, Blessington has been acting very strangely. Having read of a burglary in a nearby home, Blessington was overwrought and had bars installed on all the windows. Holmes is intrigued by the case but subsequent events soon have him investigating a murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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15 September 1985 (UK)  »

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Another Pact Gone Bad
6 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this offering, a man who is incapacitated needs to see Holmes because he has become paranoid about some burglaries in the neighborhood. There are a series of complicated encounters, including the arrival of some men who need expert advice on the problem of catalepsy. They seem intent on invading the privacy of the patient, going into rooms that are off limits, coming and going mysteriously. The key thing is that there is something hidden here. The old man is so combative and rude that it is hard for Holmes to respect his wishes and to continue to investigate; however, when he found hanged, things become more interesting. The conclusion is based on factors from a previous time. The story of these men's pasts are what drives the conclusion. There is considerable interaction between Holmes and Watson that provides humor to this story. Very nice entry into the series.

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