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 was quite an athlete, playing goalkeeper on an English football club under a pseudonym, A. C. Smith, and playing cricket from 1899 to 1907, when he took up golf. His favorite sport was bareknuckle boxing and one of his books "Rodney Stone" had a boxing setting. His love of pugilism was well known enough that he was approached to referee the Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries championship match in 1910, but the author declined. See more
When the dummy is insulting Arthur Conan Doyle, Murdoch instructs the police officer to unlock the cell door. He (Murdoch) then strides in, seizes the dummy and walks out. The police officer slams the door shut but does not use the key to lock it again. Since all police cells have deadbolt locks, this would mean that the cell is left unlocked. See more
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
[Referring to Mycroft, the ventriloquist's dummy
Will someone please put a termite up that puppet's applecart?