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Mar 31, 2022

“grazing the top of the oak” [MUSG]
I think that I shall never see... a Sherlock Holmes story as lovely as a tree. However, there are plenty of instances of trees in the Canon that make for interesting observation, if only we stop to look at them through the forest.
Inspired by one of Don Jewell's books, we...

Mar 23, 2022

“a look of grief and despair” [BERY]

Let's face it: when clients arrived to consult Sherlock Holmes, they were rarely in positive spirits. Some were confused, others were concerned, and some were just looking for answers.
But some were grief-stricken. Or had cases that ended in grief. It's a sad admission of...

Mar 16, 2022

"I want that yellow diamond!” [MAZA]

The Masters Class series continues, and this time, Peter Blau instructs us on some finer points of geology and of geopolitical history. 

"The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" featured a yellow diamond, and yet, the Crown Jewels don't contain a diamond of that color. So what was the...

Mar 9, 2022

“the air of London is the sweeter for my presence” [FINA]

We're back with the third and final installment in our series On the Scent with Sherlock Holmes, as we investigate the olfactory elements of the city.

This time, it's a matter of "obnoxious organic waste," and that encompasses pretty much what you think it...

Mar 2, 2022

“this extraordinary league” [REDH]  

For fans of sportsball, the concept of fantasy leagues might seem like a modern invention. A late-20th century pastime of creating the ideal lineup of teammates for competition. But what if you could do that with literary characters?
The first week of the month means it's...