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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...

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...