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Sep 29, 2021

 it was her plot as much as mine” [ABBE] 

From the realm of conjecture: what if the star-crossed lovers in "The Adventure of Abbey Grange" and "The Problem of Thor Bridge" weren't simply victims of circumstance? What if the damsels in distress weren't being unfairly persecuted? 
That is, what if they plotted the...

Sep 22, 2021

“Maybe you collect yourself, sir” [EMPT] 

Sherlock Holmes shared his reading interests on occasion, and they tended to be wide and varied. Some of them were for professional development purposes, yet others seem to exist to expand his thinking.
Was Sherlock Holmes a book collector? And if he was, what kind of care...

Sep 16, 2021

“pinned like a beetle on a card” [BLAC] 

It's the third week of the month, and that means it's the exotic animal episode. Last month we covered worms, and we mentioned the slow-worm, which Mr. Sherman said kept the beetles down.
A listener called in with a comment on that episode, and it led to this one, where we...

Sep 8, 2021

“passionate, whole-hearted, tropical, ill-balanced” [THOR] 

Maria Gibson (nee Pinto) was a troubled woman. What could have driven her to her final acts? Is she a victim? A villain? A sympathetic character? 
If anything she was less two-dimensional than she is typically assumed to be. Could her demise have...

Sep 1, 2021

“a general practitioner with very limited experience and mediocre qualifications” [DYIN] 

We know Watson had a serious medical career before he met Holmes. But what do his qualifications mean? And aside from the brandy, how did his training come in handy?
Helen Simpson's "The Medical Career of John H. Watson"...