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May 31, 2023

“Is alcohol permitted?” [MAZA] 

We've explored a number of angles around alcohol in the Sherlock Holmes stories, but it recently struck us that there are glimpses of alcoholism in the Canon. Victorians were no different in their struggles with alcohol, although the disease wasn't recognized as one at the...

May 25, 2023

“I travelled for two years” [EMPT] 

This month's Masters Class features the second in our three essays by Edgar W. Smith. In Vol. 1 No. 3 of The Baker Street Journal from 1946, Smith wonders about Sherlock Holmes's travels between 1891 and 1894.
More specifically, he compares global events and...

May 18, 2023

“We have touched on three” [TWIS] 

Since this is Episode 333 and since there are three stories in the Canon that incorporate the number three in their titles, we thought it was time to turn our attention to the "magic number," as three is known.
Why that number of students, gables, and Garridebs? What's...

May 11, 2023

“Why not take police precautions against him?” [FINA] 

When reading "The Final Problem," it's difficult not to be caught off-guard. After all, it opens with Watson telling us these are the last words he'll write about Sherlock Holmes.
But when we step back and look at the story with sober eyes, we...

May 4, 2023

“when I have exterminated that fourth egg” [VALL] 

While we discussed breakfast in the last episode, we felt we paid more attention to the toast than the eggs. And there was one quote in particular that didn't make the cut.
We recall that quote, search for an egg-seller in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and...