The headmaster of a prestigious prep school calls on Holmes for help when the ten year old only son of powerful but publicity-shy duke disappears.



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The headmaster of a prestigious prep calls on Holmes for help in investigating the disappearance of the only son of his patron, a rich and powerful duke who seems more worried about staying out of the public eye than finding his ten year old heir. After he reluctantly agrees to allow Holmes to take on the case, The Great Detective investigates not only the missing boy, but a German teacher and the lone bicycle that have mysteriously vanished also. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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12 March 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Mrs. Hudson: There's a gentleman downstairs...
Dr. Watson: Sh. Ask him to wait a moment, Mrs Hudson.
Mrs. Hudson: He's most insistent.
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One of the finest of the Brett/Holmes Canon
3 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Stunningly skillful use of Chatsworth House and it's environs in the Derbyshire Dales (far more mean and moody than her more famous Yorkshire rivals in my opinion) help to shape the slow unraveling thread of this tale which is timed to perfection if you will. The weakest spots were the characterisations by the cast. In Doyle's short story, the Duke was a hot headed foul tempered man who saw himself as untouchable and beyond reproach - as the aristocracy very much were in the mid 19th century, however comes over as far too reasonable. Dr Huxtable comes over as more like the Duke's character in the story instead of Doyle's more subservient Huxtable.

For someone currently baking in the elongated Thai hot season which seems to never want to end this year, the views of a cool and damp Derbyshire set an Englishman in exile's heart aflame.

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