“The Problem of Thor Bridge” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This tale was published in 1922.  The time of the story itself is unknown, only that it takes place in October, and Holmes and Watson have a new cook. Former senator from "some Western state" and entrepreneurial "Gold King" Neil Gibson comes to Holmes to investigate the murder of his wife Maria... and to clear … Continue reading “The Problem of Thor Bridge” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Three Garridebs” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Published in October 1924, this story takes place at "the latter end of June, 1902... the same month that Holmes refused a knighthood for services which may perhaps some day be described."  It is of note that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle clearly didn't refuse his own knighthood, which happened around this time frame.  Speaks quite … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz, with Original Material by Ian Fleming

It's been three years since Anthony Horowitz' Trigger Mortis, his debut as the official continuation author for the James Bond series.  I've had mixed feelings about this author so far.  While I enjoyed the balance he struck in Trigger Mortis between Fleming's voice and modernization, I'm still incredulous about his piss poor attempt at Sherlock … Continue reading Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz, with Original Material by Ian Fleming

I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships by Michael S. Sorensen

I'm a good listener, or so I've been told by many over the years.  There are others who would likewise deny such a claim.  Speaking as objectively as I can, I think I'm a good listener, but I'm absolutely terrible at communicating my ideas, which includes responses to what I've been told.  Add in the … Continue reading I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships by Michael S. Sorensen

“The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Given the timing of how this story just happened to line up with our calendar, BrokenTune and I didn't think anyone would have a problem with bumping our regular Friday schedule up just a couple of days so that our vampire story would land properly on Halloween.  Seems only right. There are two points that … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Three Gables” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Before I begin this, perhaps a note is in order regarding this particular story.  In the past, we've already seen that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had no problem portraying people of color in his stories, and he was largely sympathetic to the idea of treating everyone equally.  Class, race... it didn't  matter to him.  Having … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Three Gables” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

This cuddly little rodent killer of a tome comes to the world courtesy of the Nuremberg trials and the testimony the Nazi officers and records keepers presented to the world courts in their own defense. When fascism invades a country, it wraps itself in the colors of that country's flag in the name of patriotism.  … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer