Summary: Sherlock and Watson help a lecturer figure out who was copying the exam he’d left in his office. After investigating, he determines that a student who was smart but had lost everything and needed a scholarship had come in to copy it. The servant had tried to protect him but also convince him to not cheat because he used to work for the family before coming to the college. The student had taken his advice, and when Sherlock called him in, said he was going to join the police and go to some other country.
Sherlock Rating: 2 magnifying glasses. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that great either. As Sherlock told Watson, this isn’t one of your cases–brains, not brawn. But Watson didn’t listen to him.
Mystery Story Convention: I’d say this is one of the few cases that entirely depended on crime scene evidence, and there was some interesting evidence, like tiny clay pyramids that had fallen off the student’s cleats. So, very CSI