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The Man with the Twisted Lip

Sherlockian Musings

Holmes musing on an Eastern divan.
Illustration by Sidney Paget.

The Man with the Twisted Lip

Like birds to a lighthouse: Well, that’s nice. People in grief flock to see Watson’s wife. But I began to think about this simile. Do birds flock to lighthouses? Indeed, they do, attracted by the light, and they hit the buildings and die. Hmm. Is there something dangerous about Watson’s wife? Or at least boring? The story opens with Watson yawning in her presence. It’s a tender domestic scene in the Watsons’ sitting room, Watson in his armchair, his wife at her needlework, and yet where is the exciting repartee we get when Watson is with Holmes, or for that matter when Hugh Boone is plying his trade as a beggar?

Hugh Boone is good at being a beggar: There’s the witty repartee and the professionally done make-up, making him quite a character on…

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Posted by on May 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere: Episode 191: Sherlockian Musings

Excellent episode from I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere with Sheldon Goldfarb

Source: I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere: Episode 191: Sherlockian Musings

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Review: The Absentee Detective

Geri Schear

The Absentee Detective by [Mark Sohn]

Mark Sohn’s The Absentee Detective: Tales of Conspiracy, Connivance, and Intrigue is a 2018 collection of four short stories. These are The Detective Who Wasn’t, The Detective Who Wasn’t There, The Unlikely Detective, and The Tinseltown Detective. All the stories are of a sufficient length to develop their complex plots and provide a very satisfying read.

The first story, The Detective Who Wasn’t, features, not Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, but Mortimer Knight and Baxter Belmont, two actors who play those respective parts on stage. The story begins when ‘Holmes’ is approached by a young boy who believes the two men are the real Holmes and Watson. He wants them to investigate why his beloved collie suddenly bit him and his mother. Thus begins a serpentine tale that stretches over British countryside and history, with nods to Charles II and Nazi spies.

I realise this story…

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Posted by on April 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ruby Elephants: review

Susan Knight

What a magical mystery tour of a novel. A lot of the time I found myself as bemused as poor Dr Watson as what exactly was going on and who all these mad characters were, between maharajahs, femmes fatales, midget monocle manufacturers, doppelgangers, an aesthete who makes soup brewed from a mammoth’s femur… the list goes on and on.

Oh, and a couple of real people have walk-on parts, including Frederick William Burton, Irish-born artist and director of the National Gallery (dubbed William Frederick in the book – a mistake or part of the overall hall of mirrors effect?). Irish people will know him as the painter of the ineffable ‘Meeting on the Turret Stairs’, held in the National Gallery of Ireland and in 2012 voted Ireland’s favourite painting [see below]. Even Queen Victoria turns up in the book and is revealed as a good chum of our…

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Posted by on April 27, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Review: The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes

Geri Schear

If you have to be sick, as I was last week, you should at least be comforted by lashings of hot tea, a snuggly blanket, and a book that transports you from the bleaugh of your circumstances to somewhere far more engaging. 221B Baker Street, for instance. Enter The Last Confessions of Sherlock Holmes by Kieran Lyne.

I love Holmes pastiches that are faithful to the canon. I’m not a fan of Holmes the Basset Hound, or Holmes the Spaceman, so I was delighted to receive a review copy of this terrific book from MX Publishing. I should specify that the novel involves a retelling of some original Conan Doyle tales, but does take some liberties that purists may tut at.

Here’s the tale in a nutshell:

In the dawn of 1891 Sherlock Holmes is locked in a deadly game of wits with the sinister Professor James Moriarty, but events…

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Posted by on April 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

The top five Sherlock Holmes Audio Books this month so far

1. Sherlock Holmes and the Hunt for Jack the Ripper – Gerard Kelly and  Kevin Theis

2.  Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Case Files – Mark Mower and Steve White

2.  The Demon of the Dusk: The Rediscovered Cases of Sherlock Holmes Book 1 – Arthur Hall and Nick Crosby

4. Sherlock Holmes and a Hole in the Devil’s Tail – Viktor Messick and Kevin Theis

5. The Druid of Death – A Sherlock Holmes Adventure – Richard T Ryan and  Nigel Peever

More audio books on the Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Pinterest Board.

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Lady Frances Carfax

Sherlockian Musings

Watson being assaulted while looking for Lady Frances.
Illustration by Alec Ball.

The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

Wait, didn’t we just do this story? There’s the bearded man pursuing the young damsel. He’s forgotten his bicycle this time, and she’s maybe not so young, but … And he turns out to be a good guy, not the villain – except some commentators ask, What kind of good guy is this? More like a stalker. And Holmes and Watson leave him alone with the chloroformed damsel – stop.

So is this a rewrite of The Solitary Cyclist? In some ways. There’s the “savage” bearded guy who isn’t really a villain (just a stalker, ha ha). And then the really threatening guy, Dr. Shlessinger, this story’s version of Roaring Jack Woodley. Except Roaring Jack was, well, roaring, and Dr. Shlessinger is studying the Biblical Midianites. (Descendants of Abraham, by the way…

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Posted by on April 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 
 
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