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Sep 20, 2018

"come on to the Continent with me" [FINA] 


Watson occasionally accompanied Sherlock Holmes onto the Continent (i.e., Europe), but there were many other instances when Holmes's work took him there without Watson. And we, along with Watson, were later treated to tantalizing hints as to what happened.


What were some of...

Sep 13, 2018

"off to violin-land, where all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony" [REDH] 


One of the most off-hand but arresting comments that Sherlock Holmes made was that he owned a Stradivarius violin. That he had purchased for a mere 55 shillings!


What do we know of Stradivarius instruments, and about Holmes's own ability...

Sep 5, 2018

"when a doctor does go wrong, he is the first of criminals" [SPEC]  


The Sherlock Holmes stories are told from the perspective of a doctor. So it only stands to reason that he would notice other medical men throughout his adventures with the great detective.


As we look at doctors across the Canon, we find...

Aug 29, 2018

"the good doctor took us to the yew alley" [HOUN]  



John H. Watson, M.D., late of the Army Medical Department, had a number of medical practices throughout the Sherlock Holmes stories. He waffled between being a flat-sharing colleague of Holmes and a doctor with his own thriving practice.


From Paddington to...

Aug 22, 2018

"any other spirit but rum" [BLAC]  


We're accustomed to thinking about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson being associated with whiskey and brandy. But there are plenty of other kinds of alcohol in the Canon.


More than the infamous Imperial Tokay of "His Last Bow," or the ancient and cobwebby bottles, there are some...