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Jun 30, 2021

“Altogether there are eight maids” [MUSG]  

Two stories. Two jewels. Two lady's maids. And two strikingly similar circumstances.

In "The Blue Carbuncle" and "The Six Napoleons," published just 11 years apart, we can find some remarkable parallels that result in the disappearance of minor players who were involved in...

Jun 23, 2021

“some secret society, some implacable organization” [VALL] 

We know the Mafia, the KKK, and other named secret societies permeate the Sherlock Holmes stories. They add to the mystery and mystique of the plots.

But what were some of the lesser-known secret societies? And were they really that secret? It's just a...

Jun 16, 2021

“the direct nature of the experiment” [BRUC]  

It's the third week of the month, and that means it's time for our Exotic Animals feature! When you hear "rat" anywhere near the Sherlock Holmes stories, there are three possible conclusions: the Giant Rat of Sumatra, Ballarat, or...

Lab rats, which is our topic of...

Jun 9, 2021

“The best possible” [NOBL]  

In Episode 231, we left you with a bit of a cliffhanger. The show was filled with answers to questions from listeners, and one asked about our favorite Sherlock Holmes stories. 

Rather than boring you with only our personal preferences, we got into a history of the best Sherlock Holmes...

Jun 2, 2021

“they are pretty sure to ask questions anyhow, so it would be as well to have answers” [RETI]  

We're doing something a little different for this episode. There are certain elements about the Sherlock Holmes stories that are just too trifling out of which to create an entire episode. So we turned to you.