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Aug 30, 2023

“at the Manor House in consultation with his two colleagues” [VALL]

One of the great bits of fun of scanning the Sherlock Holmes stories is trying to determine the locations for some of the stories. In the case of The Valley of Fear, one of these identifications was made early on by Harold Wilmerding...

Aug 24, 2023

“Cut out the poetry, Watson [RETI] 

The Hound of the Baskervilles holds a special place for many people. It is a gothic tale of horror, mystery, and the supernatural. A fine example of Conan Doyle's ability to tell a good story. Trevor Raymond, BSI, M. Bt.  thought it even lent itself to poetry. 

Aug 17, 2023

“he walked into my room in Montague Street [MUSG] 

The Masters Class is now in session! For the second time, we turn to a Michael Harrison essay: this time, we wander the streets of London.
Michael's examination of Sherlock Holmes's rooms when he first came down to London is as workmanlike as it is...

Aug 9, 2023

“a last howl of agony [HOUN] 

Modern times give animals nearly as many rights as humans, but such was not the case in Victorian times. Unfortunately, there are numerous occasions when animals are made to suffer at the hands of humans in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Who are the animals in question and...

Aug 3, 2023

as his car swung round the village street” [LAST] 

As you know, most of the Sherlock Holmes stories were set squarely in the Victorian era. Only a handful extended beyond 1900, and only one mentioned automobiles.
However, that's not to say that Conan Doyle wasn't intensely interested in the newfangled...