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.
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
The inspector uses the expression "mad as a box of frogs." This expression was first used in the second half of a the twentieth century, and the events depicted here take place in 1895. 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!