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Sherlock Holmes - Vine


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Robert D. Harris

This walkthru describes one possible way to solve the mystery, but since the game is not linear, the investigation may branch off at one of several places in the game. Although you may deviate from my approach, you nonetheless must visit all the locations and solve all the puzzles in order to complete the game. Also, there are numerous artifacts and objects which I have not mentioned in this walkthru. These items may be manipulated but are not essential to the solution of this game.

Begin on Baker Street. Go to Alley behind Regency Theater. See the cigarette butt, which had been smoked by a man in boots. Pick up playbill, and pick up iron bar. Inspect corpse of Sarah Carroway; she was killed by a neck wound. Note that the murderer used a serrated blade and took the victim's jewelry. Take a sample of white powder found on abdominal wound. Talk to Inspector, who tells you about a witness to the murder; he also gives you the address of Sarah Carroway's flat.

Go into Sarah's dressing room. On top of a locked chest of drawers, there are some flowers with a note from a secret admirer. Take note and take a flower. Pickup the bottle of Eau de Seine perfume with ribbon on it. Talk to Watson about a sedative to calm Sheila Parker, the witness. Give sedative to Sheila, and question her.

She talks about a man wearing a cloak fleeing the scene of the crime. She says that Sarah had received a pendant from her sister Anna. Ask about secret admirer and discover that Sarah did not know him. Sheila says that the perfume was a gift to Sarah from a special friend, whom Sarah kept a secret. Show Sheila the playbill you found in the alley, and she says it belongs to her.

Note stain of Macassar oil and black hair on top of door. Talk to Carruthers; he mentions a suspicious lad who had been hanging around in the alley. The boy, about 17 years old, had asked him for Sarah's address, but when Carruthers refused, the boy asked him to leave a message at the "Moongate". In further conversation, discover that the murderer had apparently forced the door, searched the room, and waited outside for Sarah. Pick up a spring under the wardrobe and give it to Carruthers; he repairs the lock. Open door and go to Sarah Carroway's flat. Open umbrella and take tiny brass key. Inspect laundry; a sweater from Kensington Rugby Club has evidence of Macassar oil and black hair.

Go to Baker Street and use powdered specimen and flower on lab table. Do the experiments and find out that the flower is dyed with iodine base and that the white powder is arsenic mixed with soap. Go outside, talk to Wiggins, and give him flower, and ask him to locate vendor. Go back to Alley; the body has been taken to the morgue, and the backstage door is now locked.

Go to Morgue; Coroner lets you examine, but not take, Sarah's personal effects. Note large key. Talk to Gregson about authorization to get Sarah's effects. He refers you to Lestrade at Scotland Yard, which now appears on the map. Go there; use the name of Gregson, but the constable does not admit you. Go back to the morgue, and this time Gregson escorts you and gains you admittance to the Yard. Go in; talk to desk sergeant Duncan, but he does not help you.

Go out, talk to "apparently blind vendor", and threaten to expose his fraudulent practices. He tells you that the desk sergeant is a sucker for a compliment. Compliment the sergeant and he will summon Inspector Lestrade, who authorizes permission to remove items from morgue. Get pass from desk sergeant.

Go to morgue and talk to coroner; give him pass, then take large key. Ask Coroner for analysis sample of white powder, which turns out to be a preservative. Go to Alley, use large key on stage door, and enter. Use tiny brass key on chest of drawers and take opera tickets. Carruthers tells you address of Opera House, where Anna Carroway performs.

Go to Chancery Opera House and talk to manager. He says that Anna Carroway has been ill, and he refuses to allow admittance to her dressing room. Show tickets to both ushers and go upstairs. Show tickets to Mrs. Worthington, and she talks about pendant and about Sara's young man, James. She also writes a note authorizing admittance to Anna's dressing room. Give note to manager, and try to examine room. When the manager interferes, leave room and talk to Watson. Reenter room and have Watson distract manager. Then open drawers and pick up ring of keys from middle drawer.

Now go to Belle's Parfumerie; ask Belle about the young man who purchased Eau de Seine perfume. Describe him as tall, black hair with copious amounts of Macassar oil, and Belle identifies him as a rugby player. Ask Belle for La Cote D'Azur perfume. When she goes in back, talk to cleaning girl about the young man, and learn that he smokes Senior Service cigarettes.

Go to South Kensington Field and talk to coach. If you describe the young man by name of James, who smokes Senior Service, the coach calls Sanders to answer questions. Sanders denies knowing Sarah until you show him the Eau de Seine perfume. He then tells you the location of Eaton Dormitory. Go there, tell Sanders that Sarah is dead. He doesn't believe you, and he wants proof, like a death certificate.

Go to morgue, but the coroner does not release death certificate. Go to Baker Street; ask Jonas, the newsstand operator, for a back issue of newspaper describing death of Sarah. Jonas doesn't have one, but Wiggins does. Talk to Wiggins and take newspaper. Ask Wiggins about the flower vendor, and he says her name is Leslie, at the Covent Garden. Go back to Eaton Dorm and give newspaper to Sanders. Although he doesn't know their flat addresses, he tells about Anna Carroway at Opera House and her fiancee, Antonio Caruso, who frequents the St. Bernards Snooker Academy. Sanders also talks about a spot, near Priory School, where they all picnic and Anna would occasionally talk to a curious young boy.

Go to St. Bernards; pay the snooker players for information about Caruso. Jack Mahoney, in yellow and wearing a wedding band, knows the flat address but will not cooperate. Ask the bartender about Mahoney's marital status and confront Mahoney with the information. He now reveals Caruso's address.

Go to Caruso's flat. Look at the photo on the back table. Caruso talks of Anna's disappearance and gives you her address. He tells you to knock loudly and long, as the housekeeper is deaf. Ask about picnics and learn of the strange boy who wanted Anna to buy him a gyroscope. Go to Wiggins, on Baker Street, and get the gyroscope.

Travel to picnic site and use gyroscope on solitary boy. He tells you that his name is Paul, that his father is influential, and that Anna was his nanny. Give gyroscope to boy and pick up cap when he leaves. Look at cap, then go to Eddington Equestrian. Ask about the purchaser of cap, but he refuses to reveal this. Talk to Watson about a strategy, then look at the fraudulent coat of arms. When all of his customers leave, the proprietor tells you that Lord Brumwell bought the cap for his son, Paul.

Go to Brumwell Mansion, but Lord Brumwell will not see you at this time. Speak to Lady Brumwell about Paul and Anna; she says that Anna was dismissed and that she does not know her whereabouts. Find out that one of Lord Brumwell's guests had left a smelly cigarette butt in the foyer. Leave; there is nothing more to do here until the endgame.

Go to Covent Garden. Go into Madame Rosa's shop, but she neither helps you nor allows you to search the premises. Leave and buy violets from Leslie. Ask her about the man who bought pink carnations, and show her the hand-written note attached to the flowers you found in Sarah's dressing room. She will acknowledge having written the note for a man who insisted on having a drink her at the pub. When she refused, he became mean and tossed his cigarette into her barrel. He also lost something from his sleeve in the barrel.

Pick up the flowers from the wire basket, and use the wire basket on the barrel to obtain the cuff link with the initials "G.B.". Go into the Moongate Pub and talk to Publican, who identifies the cuff link as belonging to Mr. Blackwood, a taxidermist. A specimen of Blackwood's work, says Publican, is on display at Bradley's Tobacco Shop.

Now look around the room, specifically at the two pictures. Ask Publican for information about the young man looking for Sarah Carroway's address. There are two ways to get this information. First, you may play darts with the three drunks and the Publican, but you must beat all of them. Or, if you prefer, ask Publican about his disgraceful military record, and allude to the photo of the pachyderm and the photo of his mother. In either case, the Publican will tell you that the young man delivers for the chemist on Hattington Street. On to the chemist, and if you buy something, he will let you talk to Richard, the stockboy. On questioning, Richard admits to being lovesick over Sarah Carroway, but without any involvement whatsoever.

Go to Bradley's Tobacco Shop. Try to move a cigar crate, but Alfred does not allow it. Talk to Alfred and he changes his mind. Move all three crates in front of the moose head, and then move the last crate again; Holmes puts it on top of the other two. Climb up, pick up moose head, and gain the address of Oxford Taxidermy.

At the Taxidermy, look at serrated knife and bloody smock and ask Lars about them. He tells you that the smock is Mr. Blackwood's. He will describe Blackwood as medium build, with gray hair, top hat and monocle. He says he overheard Blackwood making an appointment to meet someone at the Surrey Docks.

Talk to Watson about the Docks, and he will suggest Toby, the dog at Old Sherman's, to pick up the scent. Pick up the smock and go to Old Sherman's. Talk to Sherman and get a leash. Use either the leash or smock on Toby and you are automatically taken to the Docks. Toby seems very interested in the warehouse, but the door won't open. Move the barrel in front of door, climb up, and get pail.

Look at the window; it is opaque with dirt. Move barrel back and pick up dirty rag. Use the pail on the Thames, and use the rag on the pail. Finally use the rag on the window and look in. There are two men; one matches Blackwood's description, the other examines a large pendant. There is a plank up against the door. Talk to Watson about a strategy, then open shed door and take hammer. Use the hammer on the warehouse door and enter the warehouse. Holmes chases and apprehends Blackwood, but the other man escapes. You are taken back to Baker Street, where Holmes and Watson discuss Blackwood. It seems that Blackwood is being detained at Bow Street Police Court and charged only with possession of Sarah's stolen jewelry.

Go to Bow Court, but guard will not admit you. Go to Yard and obtain pass from the desk sergeant. Back to Bow Street and give pass to guard. Talk to Blackwood. He says he was hired by an unknown old gent to find a letter possessed by Carroway. He had searched Sarah's dressing room, found nothing, and waited outside in the alley. When he held her up, Sarah panicked, and he killed her, "by accident" and took her pendant. But then the old gent told him that Sarah was the wrong Carroway, and that it was Anna Carroway who had the letter. Ask Blackwood to whom he had sold the pendant, but he clams up.

Now go to Anna Carroway's house. Remembering what Caruso had said about the deaf housekeeper, expect to knock loudly and long. Move the door knocker and the bell pull several times and wait, then use the ring of keys on the door. If Watson tells you that there may be someone inside, repeat the process until Watson says you have waited long enough. You will then be able to enter.

Pick up both calling cards. Move plant and spill dirt. Go upstairs, but cleaning woman does not let you touch anything. Tell her about the spilled dirt and she leaves. Move statue and take book. Read book; it is Anna Carroway's diary. It seems that she had hired detectives to investigate the burglary of the pendant upon her sister's death. She thought that the murderer would pawn the jewelry. The pendant was concealing an extremely valuable letter, which if not recovered, would leave Anna alone in the world, her sister dead and her child lost to her forever.

Read the calling cards; one is from Caruso and the other from a Jacob Farthington, Barrister of Grey Inn. Go to Farthington; he says he was hired by Anna to research and prove her claim to parentage. She had a son out of wedlock but was forced to give him up to his father, Lord Brumwell. She now had evidence to reunite her with her son, but the evidence would greatly anger Brumwell. Farthington is disturbed by Anna's disappearance and solicits Holmes' help to find her.

Go back to Bow Street; tell Blackwood that the pendant he sold had secretly concealed the very letter he was hired to find. Blackwood now volunteers information about Jameison, to whom he sold the pendant. Go to Jameison; tell him that because he received stolen property, he may be accessory to the murder of Sarah Calloway. He tells you that he sold the pendant to a private detective Moorehead, but that a rather rough customer of his, Robert Hunt, also knows this information.

Go to Moorehead and Gardner Detective Agency. Ask to speak to Moorehead, but he is out. Give calling card to receptionist. She says that Gardner is also out, that he was summoned by a client to meet at the Regent Park Zoo at midnight to deliver the pendant. Look at framed photo of Gardner. You can neither pick up the typewriter nor break into the inner office at this time.

Go to the Zoo, talk to the constable and enter. There is a small shiny object in the lion's cage. Walk toward the Administrative Offices. Examine the corpse of Gardner; he has a crushed skull, mud on his clothes, evidence of claw marks, and a broken leg from a fall. He was apparently killed elsewhere and dragged to present location.

Talk to Gregson, but he is of no help. Enter the office and talk to Hollingston. He tells you address of Simon Kingsley, a staff worker who is a special friend of Felix the lion. Go to Kingsley's flat, and look at boots and at picture. Ask Kingsley about his favorite animal, and he admits that he removed Gardner from the cage because he thought Felix had killed the man. Kingsley agrees to meet at the lion cage.

Go to lion cage, where Kingsley occupies Felix, and pick the shiny object, a closed pocket watch. Open watch and discover that it belonged to Gardner. There is an attached piece of paper with numbers, like a combination to a safe.

Go back to Detective Agency, ask about Moorehead, and find out he just left. Receptionist says that after a boy had delivered a message, Moorehead had apparently opened his safe and ran out. Tell Watson that Moorehead is in grave danger, that he did not know of his partner's death and now is called away under mysterious circumstances.

Decide to break into office. Pick up typewriter and an enjoy the animated interlude. Holmes breaks in and finds a message telling Moorehead to come alone with the pendant to the St. Pancreas station, if he wants to see his partner and client alive again. At the subway station, Mr. Hunt is holding Moorehead at gunpoint and Moorehead has not brought the pendant.

As Holmes and Watson arrive on the scene, Moorehead wrestles the gun away, but Hunt pushes him in front of an oncoming train. Watson holds gun, while Holmes tells Hunt that he intends to connect him with Moorehead's death, Gardner's murder, and Anna's disappearance. Hunt tells Holmes that he will never see Anna alive and promises to exact his revenge on Holmes at some point. Go back to Bow Street and talk to Hunt. Accuse him of working for someone else, of having accomplices, but Hunt won't talk.

Go back to Detective Agency. Go into office, move chair, move false front of books, and use piece of paper with numbers on the safe. Remove the pendant and open it. Remove the document and read it. The letter was written by the deceased doctor of Brumwell family, a Theodore Smithson. Close to his death, he wanted to atone to Anna for a cover up. Anna bore Paul while she was a servant of Brumwell. The father, Lord Brumwell, made people think that Paul was the child of childless Lady Brumwell, while Anna was the nanny. Anna was dismissed when the child grew attached to her. She was threatened with the wrath of the powerful Brumwells if she ever revealed the truth.

Now move the chair back and go to the Brumwell Mansion. Show letter to Lady and she admits you to the study. On seeing the letter, Lord Brumwell admits that he hired Blackwood and Hunt to obtain the pendant, but that he should have done the job himself. In response to question about Anna's location, Brumwell tells of location of Hunt's flat. He then leaves, "to turn himself in."

Holmes and Watson find themselves locked in the study. To escape, move left sword, and look at the picture; a catch has been released. Open painting and see unlocked safe. Open safe and take small brass key. Use key to open door, go out and watch Lord Brumwell jump off a bridge to his death.


Go to Hunt flat. Open book; read about Hunt's dealings with Madame Rosa and Lord Brumwell. Take bookmark, which is a claim ticket for an item at Jaimeson's. Go there and give ticket to Jaimeson. Get Tarot cards and small ornate key. Go to Madame Rosa's salon; she is not there. Move the left candle and bookcase opens, exposing a strong box. Use ornate key on desk drawer, take the silver key and use it on the strong box.

Take the parchment, a receipt of rental property at the Savoy St. Pier. There is an attached note from Hunt, asking Rosa to keep document safe. Go to the pier and look in window. See a woman in a chair, bound and gagged. There is a keg of black powder overhead, with a fuse nearby, and a burning candle below. The fuse is attached to the door knob, so that opening the door would cause the fuse to raise into the candle flame. Also the fuse would light if the candle burns low enough.

Look in inventory, and use that long-forgotten iron bar on the door, then sit back and watch the happy ending. Note Holmes' promise of a sequel with a "master criminal who thinks he is already more than a match for me."


I obtained the information in this walkthru by playing the game only and without the benefit of a hint book, which was not available. If I am not 100% accurate or have missed some important situations, I apologize, but I trust that the walkthru will add to your enjoyment of the game. As it is my first attempt, I would appreciate comments, positive or negative, and I welcome questions.

THE LOST FILES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES is published Mythos Software and distributed by Electronic Arts.

This walkthru is copyright © 1992 by Robert D. Harris. All rights reserved.

Music from Case of the Rose Tattoo 1996 Mythos Software


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