“The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” 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

“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