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Feb 22, 2023

“the title by which I have just called myself is not exactly my own” [SCAN] 

We're treated to a variety of colorful characters in the Sherlock Holmes canon. Some are figments of Conan Doyle's imagination while others are dangerously close to historical figures.
We took a look at a few names in "A Scandal in...

Feb 15, 2023

“Your merits should be publicly recognized.” [STUD] 

We continue with our monthly series of Masters Class episodes, going back to Trevor Hall's Sherlock Holmes: Ten Literary Studies
In this case, we look at Sherlock Holmes's skill in his chosen line of work. What was he good at and how did he come by...

Feb 8, 2023

“toward the Triple Alliance” [NAVA] 

When we're introduced to the victim in "Wisteria Lodge," it happens first by telegram — a telegram he himself signed "John Scott Eccles." Later, we hear him referred to as "Mr. Scott Eccles" and "Mr. Eccles."
What are we to make of this? Is it a compound surname, or...

Feb 1, 2023

“over many nations and three separate continents” [SIGN] 

We all know about Mary Morstan from The Sign of Four, of her marriage to Watson, and of Watson's "sad bereavement" after Sherlock Holmes returned from his hiatus in "The Empty House."
But there is evidence in a number of stories to show that Watson...