The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 4

The Bruce Partington Plans (27 Apr. 1988)

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Sherlock's brother Mycroft enlists his younger sibling to locate missing patent plans that pertain to a strategically critical state-of-the-art submarine.



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After a civil servant at the Naval Patent Office is found with his head crushed adjacent to the open-air tracks of the London Underground, Holmes' brother Mycroft enlists Sherlock's help on the case The murdered man has apparently stolen top-secret plans for ten components of a new, state-of-the-art submarine, but only seven of the less important design plans are found on the body. Holmes and Watson are entrusted to find the three critically important missing blueprints. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Another fine mystery with international implications
27 March 2014 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

This is yet another "missing important document" mystery just like "The Naval Treaty" and "The Second Stain" but it is still very well done. This time it features Holmes's older, wiser brother Mycroft as he presents Sherlock with a case involving missing naval documents called "The Bruce Partington Plans" that were taken from a man who died coming off of a moving train. Everything in the story comes together nicely and the explanation as to how the man was killed from the train is as Watson states "a masterpiece." The pacing is very good and the production values are superb. As usual Brett and Hardwicke delight as Holmes and Watson and Charles Gray is wonderful as the man that Holmes's often refers to as "Brother Mine." Fun Fact: BBC's "Sherlock" did a modern twist on this story in the episode called "The Great Game."

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