It had been an ordinary workday for pottery expert Soo Lin Yao where she entertained guests in the National Antiquities Museum and explained to them pottery and tea ceremony. As she was carrying out her work, she saw something which frightened her. Soo Lin Yao is very dedicated in her own job that her co-workers were dumbfounded when she suddenly decided to quit and finally disappeared.
John was having financial hardships and thought of searching for a good paying job. Sherlock brought him to some “bank” which is actually a high-powered international finance house. A classic acquaintance, Seb Wilkes, asked Sherlock for assist in exchange for a large fee. There was a break-in at the bank where nothing of worth was taken. All they found was what appeared to be Chinese symbols spray-painted on the banker’s portrait. Sherlock remarked that this symbol was really a note to Edward Van Coon, a worker in the Hong Kong desk who did not report for work.
Sherlock visited Van Coon’s apartment. It had been locked. As he broke-in, he found Van Coon dead. Law enforcement, led by Detective Investigator Dimmock, were ready to rule it as being suicide but Sherlock was insistent it was murder.
A journalist, Brian Lurkis, was killed. Like Van Coon’s, his murder happened inside his locked apartment. Sherlock and John visited a library that Lurkis frequents and found in a bookshelf exactly the same Chinese-looking symbols. It seems that, like Van Coon, he was handed exactly the same message before he was killed. Watch the entire episode here: www.watchsherlockonline.com