Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear


The events I'm

about to relate

began a fortnight ago.

In a grim old house

perched high on a cliff

on the west coast

of Scotland.

This singular

structure is known as

Driercliff House.

Gathered there for dinner

were the seven members

of a most

extraordinary club

called the Good Comrades.

Into this unique gathering

came their melancholy


Mrs. Monteith

bearing a message

for Ralph King,

a retired barrister.

King received it casually.

When they saw

the contents,

the Good Comrades took

the whole thing as a joke

but their

housekeeper was right,

it was no laughing matter.

For on the

following night...

Ralph King died horribly

but this was only

the beginning.

A few nights later

as the Good

Comrades gathered

to drink a final toast

to their departed member...

Mrs. Monteith entered

with a second envelope.

This time addressed

to Stanley Raeburn.

In his day

a distinguished actor.

This time you may be sure

there was no laughter.

These men were afraid

and their fear

was justified.

For once again the

message proved to be

a portent of death.

It was ten days

before Raeburn's battered

body was recovered.

Hum, tell Mr. Chalmers

what do these

envelopes contain?

In the first case,

seven orange

pips, or seeds.

In the second case six.

And the number

of orange pips

refer to the

surviving members,

a grim warning,

hey Holmes?

Looks like murder.

Not necessarily, Watson.

A moment ago

you referred to this club

as extraordinary, why?

All of the members

are past middle age,

retired and

without near kin.

Six months ago

they formed this

club here in London

and promptly left

for Driercliff,

the ancestral home of

a Mr. Bruce Alastair,

their eldest member.

Nothing there

remarkable about that,

sounds rather friendly

as a matter of fact.

The remarkable fact is

that all seven

of these men

appear to have but

one thing in common.

Huh, well what's that?

Elementary, my

dear Watson,

each is worth a great

deal more dead than alive.

That's right Mr. Holmes.

How did you guess?

My dear Mr. Chalmers,

you represent

the Association of

Insurance Underwriters,

you're worried about

the untimely deaths

of these two

Good Comrades.

Ergo these men must carry

rather large

insurance policies.

Yes, but that's not all.

Shortly after

forming this club

all these seven men

changed their policies

making the other members

their beneficiaries.

The policy's total

are over a hundred

thousand pounds.

Oh, it's very


You've paid the five

surviving members

on the policies of

King and Raeburn?

Oh yes, we always

pay promptly

but what worries

me, Mr. Holmes, is...

Whether these two deaths

were accidental or not.


Of course I may be wrong,

I have no proof

but it seems to me

to be just possible

that one of these men

plans to murder the

others one by one.

And collect on

all the policies.

I see the whole

thing, Holmes.

Bravo Watson but

why the orange pips?

Oh yes, the orange pips.

Pips Watson?

Bit of a puzzler,

hey Holmes?


Most intriguing feature.

Any tobacco

around this place.

After all Mr. Holmes,

several lives

may be at stake.

The temptation of

sudden wealth could...


could possibly

turn one of these

seemingly harmless men

into a ruthless killer.


Are those the

Good Comrades?


Let me see them will you?


Who's this fellow

on the end?

That's Doctor Merrivale.

Doctor Simon Merrivale?

I believe his

Christian name is Simon.

Yes, definitely

Doctor Simon Merrivale.

I'll accept your

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