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Minus Watson, Part 1

“the only selfish action which I can recall in our association” [BLAN]  

Sherlock Holmes was a loner. An independent consultant. An automaton. But he …

Hats

“his strange headgear” [SPEC]  

Sherlock Holmes is synonymous with a certain type of hat. We don't need to mention the kind. You know what it is.

But …

Asians and Sherlock Holmes

“from their East Indian colonies” [RESI]  

"Asian" isn't a term that pops up in the Sherlock Holmes canon. And yet we meet a handful of individuals …

Swimming

“Going for a swim, I see.” [LION]  

How many swimmers do we encounter in the Sherlock Holmes stories? Given that only one story is centered around an …

Weather or Not

“you had been out in vile weather” [SCAN]  

Think about the number of times we come across inclement weather in the Sherlock Holmes stories. It's …

Aliases and Disguises

"It is always awkward doing business with an alias." [BLUE]

 

Back in Episode 96, we chatted about the many disguises and other identities of …

Canadians and Sherlock Holmes

“this young stranger from Canada” [HOUN]  

Canadians are so polite. Why, Sir Henry barely complained of being killed by his family's legendary …

Classism in the Sherlock Holmes Stories

“a very different level to your Majesty” [SCAN] 

"The Adventure of the Dancing Men" has a similar theme to that of "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor": a British gentleman and his flighty …

Shooting and Hunting

“excellent wild-duck shooting” [GLOR] 

When we think of English country estates, it's only natural to think of outdoor activities. In many cases this included the pastimes of hunting and …

Third Time's a Charm

“three times repeated” [FIVE] 

There's a familiar plot device that runs throughout a number of Sherlock Holmes stories. That number is three, but do …

Indians and Sherlock Holmes

“he still made India too hot to hold him” [EMPT] 

India is a wonderful land. And it plays a part in a number of Sherlock Holmes stories. Certainly, …

En Garde! Singlestick

“I'm a bit of a single-stick expert, as you know” [ILLU] 

In listing Sherlock Holmes's limits in A Study in Scarlet, Dr. Watson indicates that Holmes …

Music in the Canon, Part 2: Musicians, Instruments, and Venues

“Let us escape from this weary workaday world by the side door of music.” [RETI]  

Sherlock Holmes took a great interest in musicians and concerts, …

Music in the Canon, Part 1: Composers and Their Works

“a composer of no ordinary merit.” [REDH] 

From the very beginning of the Sherlock Holmes stories, we know that Sherlock Holmes plays the violin. …

Russians and Sherlock Holmes

"a man might as well live in Russia" [VALL] 

The connections between Sherlock Holmes an Russia—in the Sherlock Holmes stories themselves, as …

Ahoy! Rowing, Boating and Yachting

“He started in his little yacht” [BLAC] 

There are plenty of instances of maritime transportation in the Sherlock Holmes stories. But when it comes …

John Watson's Youth - Part 2

“you were on the battlefield” [BLAN] 

In the last episode, Robert Katz, BSI began to take us through his theory of where Dr. Watson spent his early years. He used the facts given to us by …

John Watson's Youth - Part 1

“I travelled in my youth” [TWIS] 

We know little about Dr. Watson's life, aside from what he managed to tell us. Yes, he was in the Army's medical department. Yes, he was wounded. And he …

South Americans and Sherlock Holmes

“her people have been leaders in Pernambuco for generations” [3GAB]  

South America and its exotic tropical climate is about as far removed from the dampness of England as one can find. Its …

Boarding Houses

“a boarding house that was recommended” [VALL]  

When traveling or settling into a city for a bit, Victorians had options. Hotels were commonplace, …

Billiards

“Come into the billiard-room and have a quiet cigar.” [GLOR]  

Rack 'em up! Our monthly discussion of games and sports turns to billiards.

While the game itself is mentioned once in a …

Why Thank You

“he sang your praises very loudly” [STOC]  

As early as A Study in Scarlet, we discover that Sherlock Holmes "was as sensitive to flattery on the …

Watson's Club

“a member of an aristocratic club” [BERY]   

From golf clubs to gentlemen's clubs... 

Ask any Sherlockian to name a club in the Canon and they'll …

Americans and Sherlock Holmes

"It is always a joy to meet an American." [NOBL] 

Americans have been avid fans of Sherlock Holmes since the earliest days. The novels were pirated …

Fore!

“'Fore God, Mr. Holmes, it’s all right,” [SHOS]  

 

Sherlock Holmes and golf don't necessarily go together. That is clearly represented by the few …

School's Out

“Light-houses, my boy! Beacons of the future!” [COPP]  

 

We first hear of boarding-schools in "The Naval Treaty," in which Watson mentions his …

Where Was the Shadow?

“the calculation now was a simple one” [MUSG]  

The questions in the Musgrave Ritual lead us to answers that are nearly as cryptic as the questions …

French and Sherlock Holmes

“an autograph letter of thanks from the French” [GOLD]  

 

France and England have always had a close relationship, if contentious at times. Is it any small wonder that we find plenty of …

Odd Jobs

“He could carve a bit and gild and frame, and do odd jobs.” [SIXN]  

 

There were scores of jobs mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes stories, but we …

You've Got a Deal

“I would not have missed it for a good deal” [BERY]  

 

Eight episodes ago, we talked very specifically about a card game: whist. But we're aware …

Poisons

“less poisonous than one might expect” [BRUC]  

 

From the very first Sherlock Holmes story, we're introduced to poisons and their role in crime and …

Old Money

“old coins, apparently” [MUSG]  

 

This is National Coin Week, according to the American Numismatic Association. What better week to consider old …

Sherlock Holmes and Australians

“distinctly Australian” [BOSC]  

 

To readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories in the late Victorian era, Australia was an exotic and dangerous place. …

Tennis, Anyone?

“two on the lawn” [CROO] 

Sherlock Holmes and tennis — they go together like...like... Well, we're here to tell you that while combining the great …

Fool Me Once

“we can't have tomfoolery of this kind” [FIVE]  

 

The beginning of April dependably brings April Fools' Day. And while there weren't outright …

Who Then, Is Porlock?

“It is Porlock's writing” [VALL]  

The opening of The Valley of Fear introduced us to a mysterious individual: Porlock, who sent a cryptic note to …

Irish and Sherlock Holmes

“The dancing Irish deviltry” [VALL]  

The Irish make scant appearances across the earlier Sherlock Holmes stories, but once we pass The Valley of …

Whist

“the game was whist” [EMPT]  

We continue our monthly investigation into Games and Sports in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and in this case, we turn …

Poetry

“volumes of poetry” [ENGR] 

  When we think of poetry, it's a style of writing that transports us, particularly emotionally, to another plane of …

Villains: Grimesby Roylott

“There has been some villainy here” [COPP]  

A look at some of the villains in the Sherlock Holmes stories, beginning with the first real heavy that …

Italians and Sherlock Holmes

“Have we any Italians on the staff?” [SIXN] 

Italians seem to surround us in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Restaurants, music, artisans, and of course …

Boxing

“a straight left against a slogging ruffian” [SOLI] 

Sherlock Holmes, boxer? We don't often consider Sherlock Holmes for his boxing abilities, yet …

Governesses

“glancing at the governess” [WIST] 

 

They pop up here and there around the Canon quite infrequently. However, you can be sure that when a governess …

Brands in the Canon

“Look at this advertisement” [STUD] 

 

For well over 100 years, Sherlock Holmes has been seen in advertisements around the world. The fact is: …

Germans and Sherlock Holmes

“Who were these German people” [ENGR] 

Sherlock Holmes had a number of encounters with German people. Who were they, and how did these interactions …

An Inspector Calls

“the smartest of the Scotland Yarders” [SIGN] 

 

If you ask anyone familiar with the Sherlock Holmes stories to name a Scotland Yard inspector, …

Board Games

“to play games of that sort” [REIG] 

 

This marks the first in a semi-regular series on Trifles in which we spend time talking about sports and games …

Beards in the Canon

“the tall, black-bearded figure” [HOUN] 

 

We begin our third season with a discussion of facial hair in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Specifically, …

Sherlock Holmes's Dining Habits

“he had invariably breakfasted and gone out before I rose” [STUD] 

 

The holidays typically bring a bounty of food, followed by solemn pledges to …

Unpublished Cases: A Very Commonplace Little Murder

“if it turns red, it means a man's life” [NAVA] 

 

We often fixate on the famous cases like the Giant Rat of Sumatra, James Phillimore and his umbrella, or Wilson, the notorious canary …

Inside 221B: On the Floor

“he slipped down upon the floor” [PRIO] 

It's not often that we have our eyes cast downward at 221B Baker Street. There are so many interesting things to see at eye-level: the Persian …

You're So Hansom

“In the morning you will send for a hansom” [FINA] 

The Sherlock Holmes canon is a wonderful snapshot of the times. In particular, we get a good …

Telephonically, My Dear Holmes

“Did you tell him of our telephone appointment?” [3GAR] 

From the Gramophone to the telephone, November seems to be quite the month of technology …

Unpublished Cases: The Ferrers Documents

“I am retained in this case of the Ferrers Documents” [PRIO] 

 

The arrival of Dr. Thorneycroft Huxtable on the doorstep (and hearth rug!) of 221B …

Sherlock Holmes and Children

“Children, my dear boy, children.” [GREE]  

  

When you glance across the Sherlock Holmes stories, there really aren't that many instances of …

Trick or Treat

"Disguised, and under an assumed name" [STUD] 

 

Sherlock Holmes was a master of disguises. They allowed him to infiltrate areas that would have …

Woof

"a small monograph upon the uses of dogs in the work of the detective" [CREE] 

 

There are a handful of dogs sprinkled throughout the Sherlock Holmes …

Unpublished Cases: John Vincent Harden

"the peculiar persecution of John Vincent Harden" [SOLI] 

 

The famous year of 1895 holds many wonders. Many of the cases in The Return of Sherlock …

Inside 221B: Have a Seat

"Pray take a seat" [MAZA] 

 

As we glance around the sitting room at 221B Baker Street, the famous lodgings of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, …

Telegrams

"he could send some telegrams" [PRIO] 

"My correspondence certainly has the charm of variety," said Sherlock Holmes in "The Noble Bachelor." He could …

How Insulting

"either a very bad joke or an insult" [SILV] 

 

We occasionally hear "Mr. Cocksure" and "jack-in-office" thrown about as epithets in the Sherlock …

Unpublished Cases: On the Continent

"come on to the Continent with me" [FINA] 

 

Watson occasionally accompanied Sherlock Holmes onto the Continent (i.e., Europe), but there were many …

Inside 221B: Stradivarius

"off to violin-land, where all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony" [REDH] 

 

One of the most off-hand but arresting comments that Sherlock Holmes …

Doctors in the Canon

"when a doctor does go wrong, he is the first of criminals" [SPEC]  

 

The Sherlock Holmes stories are told from the perspective of a doctor. So it …

The Good Doctor

"the good doctor took us to the yew alley" [HOUN]  

 

 

John H. Watson, M.D., late of the Army Medical Department, had a number of medical …

Wine & Spirits

"any other spirit but rum" [BLAC]  

  

We're accustomed to thinking about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson being associated with whiskey and brandy. …

Unpublished Cases: The Sign of Four

"I shall run over to Camberwell and call upon Mrs. Cecil Forrester" [SIGN] 

 

We know what you're thinking: The Sign of Four wasn't an unpublished case. You, as a Trifles listener, are very …

Inside 221B: The Morocco Case

"neat morocco case" [SIGN] 

We all know that Sherlock Holmes used drugs. "A seven-per-cent solution" of cocaine is what he recommended to Watson in …

Episode 83 - Smoke If You Got 'Em

"I trust you have no objection to tobacco smoke" [SIGN] 

 

Sherlock Holmes is probably the most famous smoker in the world. But in popular culture, …

Episode 82 - Sherlock Holmes's Underground Network

"the irregulars are useful sometimes" [RETI] 

 

Homeless children. A gossip columnist. A dog. What do all of these have in common? They're part of …

Episode 80 - Inside 221B: The Wax Bust

"a wax-coloured model of my old friend" [EMPT] 

 

One of the handiest items found at 221B Baker Street has to be the wax bust of Sherlock Holmes. …

Episode 79 - Umbrellas in the Canon

"the streaming umbrella" [FIVE] 

London is supposed to be a decidedly rainy place. The place where one might expect to find an umbrella or two …

Episode 78 - Where Are They Now? Inspector Gregson

"the smartest of the Scotland Yarders" [STUD] 

When you think of a Scotland Yard inspector in the Sherlock Holmes stories, odds are your thoughts …

Episode 77 - Unpublished Cases: Holmes's Tin Box

"pulling a large tin box behind him" [MUSG] 

We're accustomed to referring to Watson's famous tin box, held in the vaults of Cox & Co. Inside …

Episode 76 - Inside 221B: Destructive Habits

"a shocking habit,—destructive" [SIGN] 

 

It's June, which is the month of the Queen's birthday. What a perfect time to look at the "patriotic V.R." …

Episode 75 - Nummi in Arca, or The Fiscal Holmes

"I pocket my fee" [STUD] 

 

How much money did Sherlock Holmes make from his clients? And when did he begin making money? 

 

We went back to an early …

Episode 74: The Administrative Side of Baker Street

"Bring me the books" [BLUE]  

Sherlock Holmes was a consultant—or more properly, a consulting detective—but he was a consultant, nonetheless. And …

Episode 73 - Myths in the Canon

 "I could easily dispose of the mythical" [SILV]    There are assumptions and myths mentioned throughout the Sherlock Holmes stories. Whether …

Episode 72 - Unpublished Cases: The Abernetty Family

"the dreadful affair of the Abernetty family" [SIXN] 

 

Among the published cases, there are a handful that can be identified by a simple reference. …

Episode 71 - Inside 221B: Where There's Smoke

"put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Busybody Holmes!" [SOLI] 

 

Sherlock Holmes is possibly the most famous smoker in literature. But more than …

Episode 70 - The Worst Parents in the Canon

" insight into the character of parents" [COPP] 

 

We're coming up on Mother's Day in the United States, and that made us think about parents. We've covered mothers in the Canon discussed …

Episode 69 - Occupations in the Canon, Part 1

"Does it not strike you as a strange occupation" [RETI] 

In the 60 tales that comprise the complete Sherlock Holmes stories, we come across a variety …

Episode 68 - Unpublished Cases: See What V Has to Say

"see what V has to say" [SUSS]  

 

Among the cases that Watson tantalizingly dangles before us, "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire" offers the Matilda Briggs and the giant rat of Sumatra …

Episode 67 - Inside 221B: Chemistry

"abstruse chemical analysis" [SIGN] 

 

Along with the deerstalker, Inverness cloak, magnifying glass and curved pipe, Sherlock Holmes is most often …

Episode 66 - Sherlock Holmes's Honorifics

"I was overwhelmed by the honour" [BERY]  

 

Sherlock Holmes was a well-known public figure. But he was also a known and sought-after expert …

Episode 65 - Time Marches On

"I heard you marching about" [SIGN]  

 

From the first cricket match in England in 1877 to the wireless mentioned in 1914, there are numerous things …

Episode 64 - Unpublished Cases: The Amateur Mendicant Society

"two rather leprous mendicants" [ILLU] 

 

When Watson glances across his notes and teases us with adventures that he and Sherlock Holmes have …

Episode 63 - Inside 221B: Drink Up!

"as we sat over a glass of whisky and soda in Baker Street" [REDH] 

 

Step into the sitting room at 221B Baker Street with us again and look around, as we take in the sights, smells and …

Episode 62 - Reference Sources

"a line of books of reference beside the mantelpiece" [NOBL] 

 

In Episode 58, we discussed Sherlock Holmes's index books – those collections in …

Episode 61 - John Watson, Ladies Man

"Now Watson, the fair sex is your department." [SECO] 

 

John Watson knew women; Holmes tells us so. And Watson certainly tells us so, in his …

Episode 60 - Unpublished Cases: James Phillimore

"never more seen in this world" [THOR] 

 

In "The Problem of Thor Bridge," Watson treats us to a tantalizing look at the possibilities that lie before us as readers:

"Somewhere in the …

Episode 59 - Inside 221B: On the Wall

"applying his tape to the walls" [STUD] 

There's quite a bit we know about the inner sanctum of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson at 221B Baker Street. …

Episode 58 - Sherlock Holmes's Index

"Good old index. You can't beat it." [SUSS] 

Sherlock Holmes had quite the index. We get glimpses of it in use at various times throughout the Canon, …

Episode 57 - Coffee, Tea, or 221B?

"Mrs. Hudson entered with the tea and coffee" [NAVA] 

When it comes to British mysteries, tea is like aqua vitae. It's a given that it's part of the scenery. And of course we do come across …

Episode 56 - The Hudsons

"it is surely Hudson" [GLOR] 

One of the most enduring figures of the Canon after Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Mycroft Holmes and Inspector Lestrade …

Episode 55 - Unpublished Cases: Weird Animals

"it is a nice household" [SPEC] 

 

We've got another recurring feature for you here on Trifles: seeing as there were so many unpublished cases that …

Episode 54 - Inside 221B: On the Sideboard

"upon the sideboard" [BERY] 

 

In this episode of Trifles, we're starting what will become a recurring feature over the course of a few episodes: namely, we're looking at some of the …

Episode 53 - Compounding a Felony

"compound a felony as usual." [3GAB] 

Welcome to Season 2 of Trifles. We'll be working through some of the questions we ask in our show introductions this season, including a number of …

Episode 52 - The Second Morning After Christmas

"compliments of the season" [BLUE] 

 

"The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" is one of the more well-known stories in the Canon. And yet we're presented with a few trifling issues, including …

Episode 51 - Peace in the Canon

"there was peace in our hearts" [SIGN] 

 

Peace in the canon. Reading the Sherlock Holmes stories to find peace is something like going to …

Episode 50 - The Agony Column

"what a chorus of groans, cries and bleatings" [REDC] 

 

Agony column. Agony column? To the modern reader, that term might be unfamiliar. Well, at …

Episode 49 - Sherlock Holmes and Rugby

"You have a grand gift of silence, Watson" [TWIS]  

 

When Cyril Overton sent a telegram to Sherlock Holmes, proclaiming the status of Godfrey …

Episode 48 - Gotcha!

"you have been caught in the act" [BERY]

 

One of the general bits of enjoyment of the Sherlock Holmes stories is the denouement in which Sherlock …

Episode 47 - Happy Families

"to mar the contentment of their family life" [VALL]  

Family. For many, it's a part of the holiday season. And with Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow …

Episode 46 - A History of Pince-Nez

"observing the dint of a pince-nez" [IDEN] 

For many of us, the first time we encounter the word "pince-nez" is in the Sherlock Holmes stories. But …

45 - Military Morality

"his military challenge" [STUD] 

November 11 marks Veterans Day in the United States, when we honor our men and women who have served in the …

44 - The Supernatural

"The world is big enough for us." [SUSS] 

 

With Halloween just behind us, it's natural to reflect on the supernatural. The Hound of the Baskervilles and "The Adventure of the Sussex …

43 - Sherlock Holmes's Monographs

"Why do you not write them yourself?" [ABBE] 

Aside from the untold tales which are hinted at occasionally by Watson, the most intriguing writings in …

42 - A Noble Supper

"a quite epicurean little cold supper" [NOBL] 

 

In "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor," Lord Robert St. Simon assumed that Holmes was going up in …

41 - Great Voyages

"several successful voyages" [BLAC] 

 

The second week of October marks the remembrance of Christopher Columbus in the U.S.. Long thought to be the …

40 - Who Was Sarasate?

"Sarasate plays at St. James's Hall this afternoon" [REDH]  We know Sherlock Holmes enjoyed music. From his own violin playing to a few mentions of …

39 - The KKK of The Five Orange Pips

"this terrible secret society" [FIVE] 

The Ku Klux Klan famously plays a role in "The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips." To British audiences, the …

38 - Photography

"fondness for photography" [REDH] 

 

During the earliest days of the Sherlock Holmes stories, photography was still in its infancy. And yet, we are …

37 - The Student Days of Sherlock Holmes

"I have no idea what he intends to go in for" [STUD] 

It's our Back to School Blowout Sale! Okay, not really. But since it's September and class is …

36 - Tradesmen in the Canon

"I was already in debt to my tradesmen" [COPP] 

With Labor Day just behind us, what do we find in the Sherlock Holmes stories in the ways of the …

35 - The Real Greek Hero

"a Greek by extraction" [GREE]   

 "The Greek Interpreter" gives us our first glimpse of Mycroft Holmes, through the meeting with him at the Diogenes …

34 - A Mysterious Box

"the matter is more mysterious" [CARD] 

 

"The Cardboard Box" opens with an iconic diversion on a hot August day on Baker Street. And while the story was published in The Strand Magazine

33 - Thumb Up for Engineers

"Very well thumbed, I assure you" [HOUN]   

"The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" marks the only time that Watson has been responsible for bringing …

32 - A Return to Normalcy via Norwood

"you will find your time very fully occupied" [NORW]    In the opening of "The Norwood Builder," we find Watson back in Baker Street—he sold his …

31 - Frederic Dorr Steele's Gift

"worthy of our steel" [HOUN] 

 

Sidney Paget was the illustrator who first brought widespread visual recognition of Sherlock Holmes to the public. …

30 - A Lengthy Treaty

"The chain of events is certainly one of extraordinary interest." [NAVA] 

Nepotism, bullying, carelessness and a locked room mystery — "The Naval …

29 - Who Wrote The Mazarin Stone

"there can be no question as to the authorship" [SIGN] 

 

"The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" took place in July 1903 and it shares a distinction …

28 - Harpoons: A Pointed Subject

"among the harpooners my research was nearing its end" [BLAC] 

We have one of the most iconic openings in the Sherlock Holmes stories in "The …

27 - Rebellion!

"there really was a plot" [GLOR] 

Independence Day is celebrated in the United States on July 4. It marks the date of the signing of the Declaration …

26 - The Plot Device of The Three Garridebs

"Saw through my game, I suppose" [3GAR] 

 

Once again, we have a con man at work, eager to enrich himself. He finds his mark, manages to get him away from the scene where his work needs …

25 - An Unbelievable Case of Identity

"she will not believe me" [IDEN] 

 

In the early stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson was admittedly new to the bio-docu-drama …

24 - Heads of Household

"He had described his household" [WIST] 

 

We're acutely aware of some of the fathers in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and the dastardly deeds …

23 - Married Life with Dr. Watson

"not long after my marriage" [ENGR] 

In this episode, we look at how married life was treating Dr. Watson in "The Adventure of the Boscombe Valley …

22 - Pubs and Taverns, Part 2

"back to the same establishment" [GOLD] 

The last time we met, we were in the middle of a pub quiz. How were you doing? We're going to pick up where we left off, talking about various …

21 - Pubs and Taverns, Part 1

"gone to the nearest public house" [SOLI] 

We owe the entire Canon to Watson's drinking habits. Because he found himself at the Criterion Bar, he …

20 - The Duke and the Doctor

"His Grace is surprised, Dr. Huxtable" [PRIO]

The opening of "The Adventure of the Priory School" is one of the best in the entirety of the Sherlock …

19 - Mothers in the Canon

"by the honour of your mother" [SIGN] 

There's no question that fathers play a significant role in many of the Sherlock Holmes stories. But what …

18 - Horse Sense in Silver Blaze

"have a look at the horse" [SILV] 

One of the best regarded stories in the Sherlock Holmes canon is "Silver Blaze." The story has so many elements to …

17 - Glimpses of Holmes in The Copper Beeches

"I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain" [3GAR] In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches," we're treated to a range of …

16 - The Surprise of a First Reading of the Final Problem

"it is with a heavy heart" [FINA] 

"The Final Problem" is a shocking tale, both for contemporaries of the Strand Magazine as well as for first-time readers of The Memoirs of Sherlock …

15 - Sherlock Holmes and Easter

"tell me how you came alive" [EMPT] 

While there is no explicit mention of Easter in the Sherlock Holmes story, we do have a story arc that follows …

14 - The Speckled Band and its Snakish Temper

"roused its snakish temper" [SPEC] 

  "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" is consistently ranked as one of the most popular Sherlock Holmes stories …

13 - Quarter Day Is at Hand

"quarter day is at hand" [WIST] 

 

There are at least two instances in the Sherlock Holmes stories when we come across a mention of quarter day. Just …

12 - Irene Adler: A Legend Is Born

"To Sherlock Holmes, she is always the woman" [SCAN]

It is the first story in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and it is also the first of what we …

11 - Celebrations

"you could not celebrate him without being known yourself" [HOUN] 

 

With mid-March upon us, we thought it was high time to investigate some of the …

10 - The Dressing Gown of Many Colors

"He was clad in his dressing gown" [CREE]

 

You'll find Sherlock Holmes lounging in his dressing gown in no fewer than 14 of the original stories. …

9 - A Matter of Faith

"embrace the true faith" [STUD] 

We see glimpses of religion in a number of stories, from plot devices to red herrings, saintly inferences to clever …

8 - The Wrinkle in The Beryl Coronet

"it is a very sweet little problem" [BERY] 

  One of the more comical openings to a story occurred in "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet," in which …

7 - John, James and Mary

"what's amiss with the names?" [VALL] 

 

One of the most puzzling passages in the Sherlock Holmes stories is when Mrs. Watson referred to her …

6 - Dating the Missing Three Quarter

"a puzzled quarter of an hour" [MISS]

The Sherlock Holmes stories are filled with hints of dates, places and people that cause them to be …

5 - Moral Relativism in Charles Augustus Milverton

Charles Augustus Milverton was considered by Sherlock Holmes to be "the worst man in London." Watson tried to shield the date of the case — not to …

4 - Guilt in The Abbey Grange

Sir Eustace Brackenstall met with a grisly, if appropriate end in "The Abbey Grange." Ultimately, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson let his killer go …

3 - Simpson's

Dr. Watson tells us that he and Sherlock Holmes visited one London restaurant two times. And while the gustatory habits of the famed Baker Street duo …

2 - Watson in the City

The opening lines of A Study in Scarlet are rich with details about Dr. Watson's past. His medical degree, his army service, even his injury. He recalls how he came to London without …

1 - Optimism

The new year usually brings resolutions and offers a new beginning. In our new podcast which begins in January 2017, we thought it was the ideal time …

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