“The Man with the Twisted Lip” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In 1889 London, opium and other drugs were not crimes themselves, but the opium den -- operated openly and quite legally -- was often connected with the criminal underworld.  And where crime manifests, our Great Detective is certain to follow. The story opens with Watson visiting such an opium den at the behest of Kate … Continue reading “The Man with the Twisted Lip” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Boscombe Valley Mystery” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Watson is brought in on a case in the community of Herefordshire, where a local landowner has been murdered.  The landowner's son, who has not spoken with his father in some time, is the primary suspect.  All signs that condemn him are dismissed by Holmes, who determines these points to be the strongest points for … Continue reading “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It's a case so remarkable, it poses Holmes with a three-pipe problem. London pawnbroker Jabez Wilson has flaming red hair.  Wilson's assistant, Vincent Spaulding, who had only recently been hired, brought him an advertisement that the Red-Headed League was looking to fill a position.  Wilson, it turns out, is the only applicant hired due to the … Continue reading “The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Stephen Fry’s Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music by Stephen Fry with Tim Lihoreau

When it comes to Stephen Fry, I consider myself a fan of his work.  I love his dry wit, and I tend to stay pretty much in awe of his towering intellect.  I won't say I agree with him on everything, but I'm typically impressed by his ability to at least sway me to consideration … Continue reading Stephen Fry’s Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music by Stephen Fry with Tim Lihoreau