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May 25, 2022

my poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I am so candid” [REDH] 

One of the greatest features of the Sherlock Holmes stories is seeing the master ply his trade. That is, watching Holmes when he dazzles Watson (and us!) with his brilliance.
In the first two novels...

May 18, 2022

"a remarkable cow" [PRIO]

The third week of the month means it's time for Master's Class: a look at an exemplary piece of Sherlockian scholarship from over the years. 
In this episode, we turn to an award-winning article in The Baker Street Journal. S. Tupper Bigelow pondered the patterns of hoof-marks as laid out in...

May 11, 2022

"A touch! A distinct touch!" [VALL]

Every author owes something to Shakespeare. His inventiveness with language has withstood the test of time, and many of the phrases he originated or popularized are still in use today.

We find Shakespeare's words dotted throughout the Sherlock Holmes stories, well beyond the usual...

May 4, 2022

As to your dates, that is the biggest mystification of all.” [CREE] 

This is another instance of the new product we're calling "I Can't Believe We Didn't Talk About This Already."
An early instance of Sherlockian scholarship and commentary, in 1934 Dorothy L. Sayers wrote "The Dates in the Red-Headed League,"...