I've been a little quiet on the blog. Not too quiet, but I'm sure you've noticed. Or maybe you're the type who only sees what's in front of you, taking no note of small absences? Everyone's different on that front. It's of no concern, just thinking out loud. That's what blogs are for. Today is … Continue reading Catching Up: No Fuss Edition
September, 1917. England is at war, and with war comes propaganda. As with the likes of Superman, Captain America, and thousands of other heroes after him during World War II, Sherlock Holmes was enlisted to fight the Great War in order to boost morale for military and civilian alike. This was the cover of The … Continue reading “His Last Bow” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Following the death of his first wife in 1906, belief in the Otherworld ramped up for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Spiritualism was a big deal at that point in history, with Theosophy holding sway in the UK and the US from the mid-1870s to the late 1920s. But Conan Doyle's interest in the supernatural was … Continue reading “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” 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
Sherlock Holmes is dying of a rare tropical disease!
Mycroft Holmes returns, bearing a mystery with potentially international ramifications... and changing the perception of the Great Detective forever in the minds of modern audiences.
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
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
When it comes to complete collections of the Sherlock Holmes canon, most collections will place The Valley of Fear after the short stories of His Last Bow, but every so often it's the other way around. This is one of those times, and ultimately it doesn't really matter because the novel's place on the publication … Continue reading The Valley of Fear 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