Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Rod Grimsby, who was forced to drink varnish. What they also find at the crime scene is the man's son Harcourt Grimsby, a ventriloquist who does most of his talking through his puppet, Mycroft. The dead man was having an affair with his neighbor's wife so they have an obvious suspect, but Murdoch thinks the solution is far more complex. He is joined in his investigation by Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, who has returned to Toronto with the intent of writing a new novel based on Murdoch's techniques. He also has another, far more personal reason for returning. Written by
Did You Know?
Conan-Doyle's wife did die from tuberculosis in 1906. See more
Dr. Ogden explains the victim's different colored eyes as heterochromia, "usually a genetic phenomenon". The term "genetics" was first used in 1905, and the story of this episode takes place ten years earlier. See more
Detective William Murdoch
Why would a man who's clearly right-handed write with his left hand?
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Because he's mad as a box of frogs!