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Apr 25, 2018

"Does it not strike you as a strange occupation" [RETI] 

In the 60 tales that comprise the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, we come across a variety of jobs. Certainly there are the garden variety: cab drivers, butlers, governesses. But what about the more rare? 


Sherlock Holmes billed himself as the world's only...

Apr 18, 2018

"see what V has to say" [SUSS]  


Among the cases that Watson tantalizingly dangles before us, "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire" offers the Matilda Briggs and the giant rat of Sumatra (one of the tales we mentioned in Episode 55 concerning Weird Animals), one of the most famous of the untold adventures. 


But it...

Apr 12, 2018

"abstruse chemical analysis" [SIGN] 


Along with the deerstalker, Inverness cloak, magnifying glass and curved pipe, Sherlock Holmes is most often associated with chemistry – chemical compounds as well as chemistry equipment.


In this installment of our Inside 221B series, we take a look at Sherlock Holmes's...

Apr 4, 2018

"I was overwhelmed by the honour" [BERY]  


Sherlock Holmes was a well-known public figure. But he was also a known and sought-after expert specifically by other well-known public figures and entities. 


Which notable public figures sought and received Holmes's services and then bestowed upon him some gift other...