“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

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

In order to protect a prominent university from scandal, Watson is hiding the details of this case, beyond telling us that their client, a Mr. Hilton Soames, is a tutor and lecturer at St. Luke's College in said university town where he and Holmes find themselves.  A forthcoming exam involving Greek translation has caused one … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Three Students” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Inspector Lestrade brings to Holmes a situation regarding a man who hates Napoleon Bonaparte so much, he shatters plaster busts of him.  One was smashed at Morse Hudson's shop, the origin of the busts.  Two more were sold by Hudson to Dr. Barnicot, one of his home, the other for his branch office.  Both were … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Six Napoleons” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Lúcio’s Confession by Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)

I first learned about this book thanks to a review from a friend of mine, Manuel Antão.  When he commented that this book was one of the first Portuguese transgender novels, I was intrigued.  What does a TG novel from 1913 even look like?  Not that I've actually read a TG novel from any era to … Continue reading Lúcio’s Confession by Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)

“The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Watson's account states that the date of this story should remain unknown.  But you know the Sherlockians out there can't leave well enough alone.  William S. Baring-Gould is a name every aspiring Sherlockian should know, if only for his seminal biography of the Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street.  Seriously, look him up.  Baring-Gould … Continue reading “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle