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Dec 29, 2021

“nothing but a welcome for my friend and colleague” [TWIS]  

The great heroes of literature are frequently teamed up with a sidekick: Don Quixote with Sancho Panza, Robinson Crusoe with Friday, Huckleberry Finn with Tom Sawyer. But the key to these pairings is an underlying friendship.
In the final episode of...

Dec 22, 2021

“a curiously reptilian fashion” [FINA]  

Aside from vipers, cobras, and adders, there are other reptiles in the Sherlock Holmes stories that either have a bearing on cases or are mentioned in passing. We're even able to find an amphibian or two.
In this final episode of our Exotic Animals series in Season 5, we...

Dec 15, 2021

“Homes seldom laughed.” [MAZA]  

Sherlock Holmes could be deadly serious. As in his encounter with Professor Moriarty, his matter-of-fact explanations, and when Watson wrote "Holmes seldom laughed" in "The Mazarin Stone."
But was Sherlock Holmes really all that humorless? Fortunately, we have decades of...

Dec 8, 2021

“Holmes pointed to the street lamp” [SIXN]  

It's impossible to think about Victorian London without imagining street lamps. We're most familiar with the gas-powered versions, but there were other iterations before. 
What was the origin of London's famous gas-lamps, and which Sherlock Holmes stories do they...

Dec 1, 2021

“she confessed with distress” [LADY]  

Sherlock Holmes took on clients of all sorts, often when they were puzzled, had nowhere else to turn, or were particularly worried.
And three ladies in particular in the Canon were worried. But they stand head and shoulders above some of the other female victims we find. Who...