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Jul 27, 2022

“stained with violet” [IDEN] 

It should come as no surprise that the most common name of female leads in the Sherlock Holmes stories was Violet. We meet four of them in as many stories: "The Copper Beeches," "The Solitary Cyclist," "The Bruce-Partington Plans," and "The Illustrious Client."
But what do Misses...

Jul 21, 2022

man in the scientific press capable of criticizing it” [VALL] 

Every month, we feature an episode called "Masters Class" that looks at an exemplary piece of Sherlockian scholarship that stands out for its workmanship.
This time, we look at Isaac Asimov's essay "The Dynamics of an Asteroid," published in Baker...

Jul 13, 2022

“a curious lisp in her utterance” [HOUN] 

In the canon of Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave us settings and characters that spring to life in our minds. His vivid descriptions help us to visualize the places and people that Holmes encounters.
However, there's one subtle example that might go...

Jul 6, 2022

one might think that you were afraid of our finding something out” [PRIO] 

The first week of the month means it's time for another round of Mr. Sherlock Holmes the Theorist, in which we take a look at a piece of old Sherlockian scholarship and discuss it anew. In this case, it's Trevor Hall's essay "A Note on The...