You're now playing as Ryunosuke Naruhodo. It's been four months since the final case of the previous game. After dealing with Sholmes' antics, you get the chance to tell him and Iris about a letter you just received from Susato.
- Miss Susato's letter: You tell Sholmes and Iris about the letter, which talks about the previous case, and mention how you helped Soseki Natsume with two cases on Briar Road.
- Startling news: According to the letter, when Soseki returned to Japan, Professor Mikotoba asked him about 'the case of the haunted lodgings'. Something Soseki said apparently troubled the professor, and that's why he sent the telegram to make Susato return to Japan. And for some reason, Sholmes doesn't want Iris to publish her story about the case.
- Miss Susato's repatriation: Professor Mikotoba lied about being extremely ill in the telegram so that his daughter would return to Japan. It seems like he knows something about this case that he's hiding, and so does Sholmes.
Iris offers to read over the case notes she and Susato compiled with you. You recall how, six months ago, you got Soseki acquitted for the stabbing of Olive Green. The day after the trial, Sholmes told you that Green had recovered from her coma, and asked you to visit her at Saint Bartholomew's Hospital.
Miss Green's Hospital Bed
Sholmes shows you and Susato to Green's room. You should first examine the picture in the center: A photo of a young man, about the same age as her. Then you can talk to Green.
- About the incident: Susato mentions that you solved the case of Green's stabbing. She says that a policeman is going to come to explain the whole incident to her.
- About yourself: Green tells you that she is an art student at the Thorndyke Academy of Fine Arts. She lives on Brixton Road. Sholmes finds it odd that a person living in a different part of the city would come to Briar Road.
Suddenly, a British police officer orders your team to go to Soseki Natsume for something more urgent.
You get to see a shocking scene that almost looks like murder: Shamspeare lying on the table with soap and teacups. Unfortunately you can't investigate yet. Talk to Soseki and he'll have colorful things to say in this scene and Inspector Gregson who introduces you to Shamspeare, the most bizarre character in this game's history. Once Sholmes appears on the very left, you know what that means: Dance of Deduction!
The Great Deduction: Cause of Death
Conclusion: Poisoning from soap ingestion
Cause of Death: Course Correction
Did Shamspeare really die from eating soap? Let's see if we can't correct Sholmes' deductions. On statement 6, rotate the camera until you can see another piece of soap on the ground. Present the other piece of soap. Sholmes changes tack and and says the victim wasn't eating soap at all. Well, if there isn't anything to eat on the table, how could he have been poisoned? Present the teacup on statement 11. Shamspeare must have consumed poison while drinking from the teacup!
Conclusion: Poison in the tea
The Great Deduction: Suicide or Murder?
Conclusion: No possible perpetrator present
Suicide or Murder: Course Correction
Soseki seems to be acting strangely...why is that? On statement 5, turn the camera around to examine the victim's left hand-you'll find it holding a second teacup. Present the other teacup. If there were two teacups, there likely was someone else drinking tea with the victim! On statement 9, Examine the pile of books on the table. The books happen to have the same titles as the ones Soseki bought the other day. Present the pile of familiar books. Soseki must have been present at the night of the murder!
Conclusion: Soseki Natsume
Warning: Like cross examinations and summon examinations, if you make up to five mistakes, you have to start the course correction all over again! Pay attention to your surroundings like moving the camera and using evidence to keep yourself from making mistakes, so you can continue with the story.
Unfortunately, poor Natsume gets arrested by Inspector Gregson. But with him gone, you can now examine the crime scene. It's a little hard to see, but you should examine the Torn-Off End of Envelope on the ground. There's no other envelope in the room, so what happened to it? The envelope piece will added to the Court Record. Next, examine the teacup on the table. The Pair of Teacups will be entered into the Court Record. Then, examine the bricked-up window. You will find that a couple of the bricks are loose. Once they are removed, you can find two bars of soap, one with a strange circular design on it. The Bar of Soap is entered into the Court Record. Finally, examine the red box with a lock on it. It's a gas meter, one where you pay for gas by inserting a coin.
When you do finish your investigation, if you're waiting for a surprise, you would've been correct: Shamspeare suddenly comes alive and does the Shakespeare number before he collapse on the floor, stunning everyone. Inspector Gregson calls the hospital, ending a fine performance of a scene and evicting you from the scene of the crime. Outside on Briar Road, you spot a man wearing black and yellow trying to peek through the window, but he runs off.
Move to The Garridebs' Room so you can talk to Mr. Garrideb.
- This morning's incident: Mr. Garrideb explains that Shamspeare usually gets up at five in the morning, but he hadn't lit the gas by five thirty this day. He knocked, but Shamspeare hadn't answered, so he called Soseki to kick the door down, and that's how he discovered the body. But why did he go to such extremes just because his tenant had overslept by half an hour?
- Mr Shamspeare: Garrideb tells you that the victim rented out the apartment three months ago. He is a destitute actor obsessed with the plays of William Shakespeare.
- Yesterday's events: Mr. Garrideb says that Shamspeare was not in his apartment at six in the evening of the crime, but he returned after eight and stayed up past one in the morning. But how did Mr. Garrideb know all that if he never left his room?
- Speaking gas?: Mr. Garrideb explains that he can tell when people light or extinguish the gas lamps in their apartments because all of the building's lamps are supplied by the same gas pipe, so lighting or extinguishing a lamp in one room causes the lamps in the other rooms to dim or brighten.
You've discussed everything you can with Mr. Garrideb. Head to the Prison to talk to Soseki.
Meeting the client
Once again, Soseki has been arrested for murder, although this time it's only attempted murder.
- What happened: Last night, after the trial for the stabbing of Olive Green was finished, Soseki went home. He bumped into Shamspeare and talked with him a little, but then Shamspeare left the building. At nine in the evening, he brought Shamspeare some tea and debated him about Shakespeare. The victim was fine when he left.
- Cursed existence: Soseki feels out of place in Great Britain. He moved to Briar Road a year ago because the rent was cheap and he had little money to spare. The room is said to be cursed, because the previous occupant died mysteriously.
- Horrible history: Sometimes, Soseki feels like he's being suffocated in his room. He felt that way on the night Shamspeare was poisoned. Susato suspects that the reason Garrideb pays so much attention to his tenants via the gas pipes is that he's been concerned for their safety ever since that man died in Soseki's apartment.
After you finish talking with Soseki, Gregson comes in. He says that Shamspeare has regained consciousness, and he's implicated Soseki as the one who tried to poison him!