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Jun 19, 2019

"It is always a joy to meet an American." [NOBL] 

Americans have been avid fans of Sherlock Holmes since the earliest days. The novels were pirated and the short stories were syndicated to reach millions of American readers. 

And Sherlock Holmes himself was a fan of Americans. There's a wide variety of Americans and...

Jun 12, 2019

“'Fore God, Mr. Holmes, it’s all right,” [SHOS]  


Sherlock Holmes and golf don't necessarily go together. That is clearly represented by the few times that the sport is mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes stories.


His creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had a few connections to golf. Together, we explore these scant...

Jun 5, 2019

“Light-houses, my boy! Beacons of the future!” [COPP]  


We first hear of boarding-schools in "The Naval Treaty," in which Watson mentions his fellow alumnus Percy Phelps, who needs Sherlock Holmes's help. And of course, the Priory School (from the adventure of the same name) is private boarding school of...

May 29, 2019

“the calculation now was a simple one” [MUSG]  

The questions in the Musgrave Ritual lead us to answers that are nearly as cryptic as the questions themselves. Among the questions was "Where was the shadow?" The answer, of course, is "Under the elm."


But how was Sherlock Holmes able to calculate the location...

May 22, 2019

“an autograph letter of thanks from the French” [GOLD]  


France and England have always had a close relationship, if contentious at times. Is it any small wonder that we find plenty of French influences in the Sherlock Holmes stories?


From quoting French philosophers to referencing French detectives and from...