The Misadventure of the Substitute Secretary

By Vince Stadon

"Find 'The Fox', my brother!  Run him to ground!"

As Dr Watson struggles to control his libido, Mr Sherlock Holmes hunts down a German Spy. Helped or hindered by a faithful bloodhound, an indolent elder sibling, and a mad Scotsman, the Great Detective races against time to retrieve a Top Secret document that could bring down the British Government...

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Mr Sherlock Holmes

Dr John H Watson

Ilsa Reichmann


Mycroft Holmes

William Gillette

Prime Minister






Theme music

Incidental Music

Additional music

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Executive Producer

Executive Producer for Dream Realm Enterprises







Jeff Niles

Elie Hirschman

Lisanne Heyward

David Ault

Jeff Niles

Wayne Heyward

Jim Barbour

Jonithan Patrick Russell

David Ault



Alain Morin

Alain Morin

Andy Flees


Jeff Niles

Jonithan Patrick Russell



Major References: “His Last Bow”, “The Sign of the Four”, “The Greek Interpreter

 Placement: This Misadventure takes place in January and February 1895.  In “the Canon”, this places it between “Wisteria Lodge” and “The Three Students”. Possibly.

Of Singular Interest?

*Whatever happened to Toby, Holmes's faithful bloodhound?  The pooch has a major role in "The Sign of the Four" (published 1890), and then vanishes!

*How many agents were working for the Diogenes Club? In fact, how far reaching *is* the Diogenes Club?

*How effective was the telegram service?  Watson remarked of Holmes that he "never wrote when he could telegraph", since the telegram service was a remarkably efficient, and cheap, form of communication: a charge of sixpence for the first twelve words, and a halfpenny for each additional word.  Prices increased for international telegrams, though the delivery service remained the same.

*Professor Challenger is Doyle's *other* famous literary creation.

*The Prime Minister in 1895 was Lord Salisbury ( Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury), who returned to power, under a hard line Conservative government, in 1886.  This was Salisbury's third crack at the whip and his Foreign Affairs policies were somewhat controversial, particularly his  Naval Defence Act of 1889 which facilitated the spending of an extra £20 million on the Royal Navy over the following four years. This was the biggest ever expansion of the navy in peacetime: ten new battleships, thirty-eight new cruisers, eighteen new torpedo boats and four new fast gunboats.

*The name “William Gillette” is an homage to, well, the noted actor William Gillette, one of the most acclaimed stage Sherlocks.

*The name “Norwood” is an homage to Elie Norwood, one of the greatest screen Sherlocks.

*In "His Last Bow" (published 1917, set in August 1914, on the eve of the Great War) Sherlock Holmes is called out of retirement (in Sussex, where he keeps bees) to help the British Government track down a German spy named Von Bork. This is the last chronological appearance of Sherlock Holmes in the Conan Doyle canon.

"His Last Bow" forms the basis of "Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror", the first in the contemporaneous Universal Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce films.  And it was an inspiration for the utterly marvelous Billy Wilder film, "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes", in which Holmes is outwitted by an alluring female foreign agent.  With scenes set in Scotland, an appearance from Mycroft Holmes, and sequences on a speeding  train...