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Aug 1, 2018

"I trust you have no objection to tobacco smoke" [SIGN] 


Sherlock Holmes is probably the most famous smoker in the world. But in popular culture, he's always pictured with a pipe. The Canon tells us that he also smoked cigars and cigarettes.


What was the frequency with which he smoked each? Did he tend to favor one...

Jul 25, 2018

"the irregulars are useful sometimes" [RETI] 


Homeless children. A gossip columnist. A dog. What do all of these have in common? They're part of the underground network of helpers that Sherlock Holmes cobbled together. 


With these individuals and more, Holmes was able to fan out across the great metropolis and...

Jul 18, 2018

"before my biographer had come to glorify me." [MUSG] 


We've previously covered the tantalizing cases that Sherlock Holmes pulled out of his tin box. This time, we spend time thinking about some of his other clients before he met Dr. Watson.


There's one we know by name, but the speculation begins fairly early on,...

Jul 12, 2018

"a wax-coloured model of my old friend" [EMPT] 


One of the handiest items found at 221B Baker Street has to be the wax bust of Sherlock Holmes. More than once it played a role as a decoy for Sherlock Holmes. 


But when did Holmes commission it and how did it get to Baker Street? And was it even the same bust between...