“The Adventure of the Dancing Men” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It always resonates in the handful of times where Holmes proves he's only human, not quite living up to his reputation in the eyes of his beholders.  But it's something else entirely if one of his clients dies.  Only twice in the original canon does someone meet a tragic end under Holmes' watch.  The first … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Dancing Men” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

At the request of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson has returned to his former lodgings at 221B and has sold his Kensington practice. He mentions that he got top rate for it from a doctor who, he will discover years down the road, is a distant relation of Holmes. So it is that we return to … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Empty House” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sherlock Holmes buddy read returns.  We're a week later than planned -- sorry -- but still faster about it than Holmes' resurrection to his original audience.  We didn't make you wait the better part of a decade.  You're welcome. The first rule of any great murder mystery, and indeed in any story of heroes … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Empty House” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Welcome to the Edwardian era!  Ironically, Sherlock Holmes enters the 20th century with a throwback story firmly set in the Victorian era.  Originally serialized from August 1901 to April 1902, the story takes place in the years before the death of Holmes as recorded in "The Final Problem," itself published in 1893 and set in … Continue reading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Final Problem” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deeply feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I have endeavoured to give some account … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Final Problem” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds

"It was the beginning of the route of civilization... of the massacre of mankind." September, 1978.  The little science fiction juggernaut that could -- Star Wars -- raged across the globe for over a year with no signs of slowing down.  Knock-offs popped up out of nowhere, seemingly overnight, to ride the coattails of success.  … Continue reading Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds

“The Adventure of the Naval Treaty” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

One of the longest of the early canon's short stories, "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" was originally published in two parts.  Thankfully, we don't have to wait for the second half as the original readers of The Strand Magazine did back in the day.  Nor do we have to wait too long for "The … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Naval Treaty” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In terms of building the expanded world of Sherlock Holmes, this story takes leaps and bounds over the previous entries, and indeed most of the ones yet to come.  If you're looking for background on the Great Detective, the revelations here are fast and few, but they are impossibly big and carry ramifications that no … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Resident Patient” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dr. Percy Trevelyan has a most unusual business arrangement.  Though a brilliant student, his funding is nowhere near sustainable.  A man by the name of Blessington has set up Dr. Trevelyan is a practice at a rather luxurious address, all expenses paid.  In return, he takes 75% of all earnings, collected every evening.  The arrangement … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Resident Patient” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Adventure of the Crooked Man” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

There are famous quotes throughout pop culture that everyone knows despite having never been said in the context of the story being quoted. "Beam me up, Scotty." "Play it again, Sam." For Sherlock Holmes, that quote is, "Elementary, my dear Watson." This story is as close as it comes, when Holmes merely states, "Elementary." This … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Crooked Man” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle