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Jun 25, 2020

“the writer was on board of a ship.” [FIVE] 

We were inspired by two articles in the Baker Street Journal, some forty years apart. Each made a study of ships' names in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Of the named sailing vessels, what can we infer from those named after women? Unlike some of the other ships in the...

Jun 17, 2020

“an historical curiosity” [MUSG] 

It's the third week of the month, which means it's our regular feature in Season 4: Mr. Sherlock Holmes the Theorist, the episode in which we investigate an old piece of Sherlockian scholarship and offer our commentary.

This month, we feature "The Historicity of Sherlock Holmes"...

Jun 10, 2020

"I have never loved" [DEVI]

When you think of crimes in the Sherlock Holmes stories, many of them were crimes of passion. In a 1981 article in The Baker Street Journal, Julie Maynard makes the case that as many as twenty-five percent of the Canon involves adultery or implied adultery. 

What was going on here? Was it an...

Jun 3, 2020

“Indeed, if I may make a full confession to you” [FINA]  

They say confession is good for the soul. It's also good for the detective story. Sherlock Holmes found the suspects he sought in many cases, but he didn't have the backstory for all of them.

The solution? A confession. Driven by fear, love or finality,...