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Feb 29, 2024

“the secret societies must have done it [STUD]  

Here and there across the Sherlock Holmes stories, we find ourselves embroiled in the intrigue that involves secret societies. Many are of foreign origin, and they're almost always associated with death and violence.
What are these organizations and in which...

Feb 21, 2024

“His body was absolutely corpulent [GREE]  

Join us for another "Mr. Sherlock Holmes the Theorist" episode, in which we bring a piece of Sherlockian scholarship about a trifling issue to you. 
This time, we look at Anna Brindisi Behrens' article "Corpulence in the Canon: Beyond Stereotypes" from the Winter...

Feb 15, 2024

not far from Frinton.” [RETI]  

It's travel time again! The second episode of every month in Season 8 is travel-themed, and we ride the rails again with "An Essex Adventure" by A. Godfrey Hunt from The Sherlock Holmes Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Winter 1992). 
Here we have the case of Holmes getting a...

Feb 8, 2024

“chalk his billiard-cue” [MISS]  

Back in Season 3, when we did a series on Games and Sports, we had one episode on billiards in the Sherlock Holmes stories. In this case, we were inspired by an article in the Sherlock Holmes Journal specifically mentioning Watson's billiard-playing habits.
When did Watson...

Feb 1, 2024

“here’s a hunting crop handy” [IDEN]  

In the last episode, we reflected on Sherlock Holmes chasing James Windibank out of Baker Street. While he did so, he referenced his handy hunting crop. 
Hunting crops, do (ahem) crop up in the Canon from time to time. Who used them and why? What are they used for...