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May 15, 2019

“He could carve a bit and gild and frame, and do odd jobs.” [SIXN]  


There were scores of jobs mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes stories, but we focus on some of the more trifling titles in this episode.


You've heard of doctors and lawyers and even consulting detectives as professions. But what about gamekeepers?...

May 8, 2019

“I would not have missed it for a good deal” [BERY]  


Eight episodes ago, we talked very specifically about a card game: whist. But we're aware that there's more to cards than whist, and there are additional references in the Sherlock Holmes Canon.


A brief review of a number of Sherlock Holmes stories will...

May 1, 2019

“less poisonous than one might expect” [BRUC]  


From the very first Sherlock Holmes story, we're introduced to poisons and their role in crime and detective fiction. From there, it's a hopscotch of poisonings and poisons in the Canon.


From alkaloids to airborne toxins, we come across a variety of substances that...

Apr 24, 2019

“old coins, apparently” [MUSG]  


This is National Coin Week, according to the American Numismatic Association. What better week to consider old money in the Sherlock Holmes stories?


The terminology and math can be confusing to us today. Quid? Sovereign? Shilling? How do these relate to each other and how...

Apr 17, 2019

“distinctly Australian” [BOSC]  


To readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories in the late Victorian era, Australia was an exotic and dangerous place. It was not all that far removed from the days of transportation, when some criminals and the destitute were put on ships bound for the land Down Under.