My Dear Watson will go down in blog history as “the book that sparked a marital spat on the way to church.”** And really, it’s no wonder, because the story itself is based on a controversial premise: What if Sherlock Holmes were really a woman?
That is, a woman masquerading as a man. As you no doubt know, there are plenty of historical precedents for this.*** These women decided to live as men for varied motives: to obtain an education, to find a military spouse, to work in traditionally male occupations (such as “pirate”), or because they were what we would refer to today as “transgender.” Lucy Holmes’ choice is made first out of necessity, and then out of a desire to fulfill what she sees as her life’s mission: to seek out and combat evil in all its forms.
This is not a choice she makes lightly. Until the…
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