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Aug 24, 2022

“the finest assorted collection” [STUD] 

For nearly a century, there has been a general concordance on which Sherlock Holmes stories are best. It was a tradition started by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand Magazine, no less.
Over the years, there have been minor quibbles, but one story has remained at...

Aug 17, 2022

“he was trying to hide his own identity” [RESI] 

Over the years, there have been numerous theories about how Watson (or Mrs. Watson, rather) got his name wrong, substituting “James” for “John.” We covered some of them in Episode 7.
But this is a Masters Class episode in which we pick a masterful piece...

Aug 11, 2022

“Carina sings tonight at Royal Albert Hall” [RETI] 

We revisit our previous episodes about music, with a singular investigation: Carina.
Mentioned in the last Sherlock Holmes story to be published, Carina sang at Royal Albert Hall. What do we know about the venue? More importantly, just who was Carina? One...

Aug 4, 2022

“the judgment which we have pronounced” [ABBE] 

You say bow, I say bow. Potato, potato, tomato, tomato, let's call the whole thing off.
Of course, that song never made sense in print, just like Lord Donegall's assertion that there are alternative pronunciations to "His Last Bow." We take a look at an old piece...