When Maria Gibson is shot through the head while standing on the Thor Bridge on her estate, the family's governess, Grace Dunbar, is arrested for murder. Not only does she admit meeting her mistress on the bridge, the police find the murder weapon in her room. She vehemently denies killing the woman and Senator J. Neil Gibson, the dead woman's husband, believes her. He hires Sherlock Holmes to get to the bottom of it all. The Senator admits that he and Miss Dunbar have affections for one another but that neither of them had anything to do with the murder. Dr. Watson is convinced that the Senator is the culprit but Holmes comes to an entirely different conclusion. Written by
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Holmes finds a picture of a South American landscape on a mantlepiece and says "See those unscalable cliffs which time and the foot of man have never touched, where monsters from the dawn of history might still roam". This is a reference to The Lost World, Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 adventure novel, set in an unexplored plateau hidden in the Amazon jungle where dinosaurs still live. See more
The weapon(s) used in the crime are brass-framed copies of Colt's Single Action Army Revolver, aka the Peacemaker. Colt never made them with brass frames, showing them to be latter-day (i.e., 1950s or later) replicas, probably Italian-made. See more
There is little to share, but we'll discuss it after you've consumed those two hard-boiled eggs with which our temporary cook has favoured us. Their condition may not be unconnected with the copy of 'The Family Herald' which I observed yesterday on the hall table. Even so trivial a matter as cooking an egg demands an attention which is incompatible with the love romance in that excellent periodical.