“The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"You know that I cannot possibly leave London while old Abrahams is in such mortal terror of his life.  Besides, on general principles it is best that I should not leave the country.  Scotland Yard feels lonely without me, and it causes an unhealthy excitement among the criminal classes." This is one of those stories … Continue reading “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Red Circle” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On December 7, 1941, a radio play starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce entitled "Mrs. Warren's Lodger" was interrupted on the East coast by an announcement that President Franklin D. Roosevelt would be addressing the nation at noon the following day.  That radio play, of course, was based on this particular Sherlock Holmes short story.  … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Red Circle” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As we begin the next collection of short stories in the Holmes canon, it's always of benefit to first take stock of what it is we're reading, especially as time moves forward into an era very different than what the Victorians understood.  The collection The Last Bow, sometimes subtitled Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes, begins … Continue reading “The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Second Stain” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

For those readers who get a grin from such things, this case was referenced in two previous accounts, "The Adventure of the Yellow Face" and "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty."  (We'll come back to discuss this at the end of this post.)  Likewise, Watson tell us up front that this case wasn't even going … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Second Stain” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Abbey Grange” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"The game is afoot!"  It must be something important if Holmes is opening this adventure by waking Watson in a rush on a cold winter morning.  Murder has been committed at Abbey Grange, presumably by burglars.  The victim: Sir Eustace Brackenstall.  The suspects: the infamous Randall gang, who have been committing other burglaries in the … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

During a period of inaction, an enigmatic telegram arrives that puzzles Holmes... for about fifteen minutes.  Watson, of course, is relieved to have any case at all, having gradually weaned Holmes from the cocaine habit that he usually turns to in times of boredom. The name of the game is Rugby.  The telegram was sent … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In our modern century, the first thing a new reader might understandably ask is, "What's a pince-nez?"  Eyeglasses, my dears.  It translates from French to "pinch-nose," so we're referring to the type with the little oblong pieces that rest at either side of the bridge of one's nose.  So now that we understand that, let's … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle