The King of Bohemia is about to enter an advantageous marriage, but he visits Holmes for help because an actress with whom he once had an affair, Irene Adler, has love letters and a photo with the two of them in her possession, and the king fears the damage that could be done with them. With the help of Watson and a gang of hired performers, and one of his disguises, Holmes stages a mini-crisis at Adler's home to discover the hiding place of the goods. Adler, however, manages to turn the tables on the detective, both in the disguise and strategy departments. This tale has been a favorite with Holmes readers, for there is no crime, no murder, and yet the great detective for once is bested by a woman.
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