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Oct 30, 2019

"It is always awkward doing business with an alias." [BLUE]


Back in Episode 96, we chatted about the many disguises and other identities of Sherlock Holmes. But what about other people in the Canon who played dress-up?

Whether they were trying to dupe one of his clients or Sherlock Holmes himself, these individuals...

Oct 23, 2019

“this young stranger from Canada” [HOUN]  

Canadians are so polite. Why, Sir Henry barely complained of being killed by his family's legendary spectral hound.

Where do we find Canadians and Canadian influences in the Sherlock Holmes stories? There aren't terribly many instances, but there are just enough to be a...

Oct 16, 2019

“a very different level to your Majesty” [SCAN] 

"The Adventure of the Dancing Men" has a similar theme to that of "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor": a British gentleman and his flighty American bride with her checkered past.

Is there some lesson implied here about the importance of sticking with one's own tribe...

Oct 9, 2019

“excellent wild-duck shooting” [GLOR] 

When we think of English country estates, it's only natural to think of outdoor activities. In many cases this included the pastimes of hunting and shooting.

Where in the Sherlock Holmes stories do we find the landed gentry headed off to bring down some quarry that the...

Oct 2, 2019

“three times repeated” [FIVE] 

There's a familiar plot device that runs throughout a number of Sherlock Holmes stories. That number is three, but do you know which stories make use of it?

We discuss this recurring theme, where it's the most convincing, and why humans get hoodwinked by such arrangements. It's just...