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"magnetism which drew good humour from all around him" [VALL] It's not often that we talk bout the topic of humor on I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere. Regular listeners may strain to find humor in Burt and Scott's banter, but we're fans of humor here at IHOSE. It's strange, then, that we find ourselves more than 200 episodes into this production witho…
 
"It is fortunate for this community that I am not a criminal."[BRUC] Sherlock Holmes certainly ran with a rough crowd. Burglars, murderers, blackmailers, thieves, spies, kidnappers, and even politicians. Given his store of criminal knowledge, what stopped him from becoming a criminal himself? Wait just a moment; while his cause was justice, his pra…
 
“a sharp touch of brain-fever” [MUSG] Inspired by two sources of Sherlockian medical scholarship, we decided to discuss brain fever. What was brain fever, medically speaking? And why does it only rear its head in Victorian literature? Was it an actual affliction, or just a literary device? It's just a Trifle. Please consider supporting our efforts …
 
“Apply 221B, Baker Street” [NAVA] Last week, we left you hanging with Vincent Starrett's chapter in his book The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. We couldn't leave it unfinished, so we're back with the second half. And a special treat at the conclusion of the episode—also with a 221B theme. It's just a Trifle. Find Trifles wherever you listen to po…
 
"a fair balance of military power." [SECO] The BSI Professions Series marches on, this time in military time. The latest volume in the series is , edited by Michael Quigley, BSI ("A Large, Brass-Bound Safe") and Marsha Pollak, BSI ("A Small But Select Library"). Together, they tell us the story behind the book: the curious case of the new editor, a…
 
“I have my eye on a suite in Baker Street” [STUD] There is no question that 221B Baker Street is the most famous address in all of fiction. What makes it interesting is its non-existence at the time of the stories' publications, and legions of fans attempting to determine its actual location afterward. Vincent Starrett was a huge fan of this game. …
 
“some creature of the weasel and stoat tribe” [CROO] There was a fad in mid-century Victorian England that led to pets becoming more common. But the third week of each month, our episodes focus not on everyday household animals but rare and unusual creatures. In this case, we focus on a member of the family Herpestidae. Namely, the mongoose. Making…
 
"he does not care for general practice, which distracts him from his literary work" [MISS] There must be something in the water. Or the air. Have you noticed an uptick of interest in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lately? We spoke with Mark Jones of the podcast last season. Since then, a new society has met, another has been formed, and an academic journal…
 
“rarefied heights of pure mathematics” [VALL] As we know, James Moriarty was a professor of mathematics. We know little about his academic appointment, other than having to step down from a chair. What we do know is he has two publications to his name. What are they, and what do they tell us about Moriarty's approach to a life of crime. They're jus…
 
“I return with an excellent appetite” [BLAC] The Sherlock Holmes stories are a cornucopia of content. A smorgasbord of smarts. A full menu of fulfillment. So it shouldn't be terribly surprising that we find buffets mentioned in the Canon. Perhaps you skipped over the Canonical buffet line. We can't blame you. The references are fleeting, at best. A…
 
"you must acknowledge, my dear Holmes" [HOUN] When you hear about Richard Ryan's writing projects, you might make an exclamation much like Watson did in the presence of Sherlock Holmes. The self-described "pantser" already had five books to his name on MX Publishing (The Vatican Cameos, The Stone of Destiny, The Druid of Death, The Merchant of Mena…
 
“Our own colours, green and white.” [WIST] Yes, the circle was red, the study was scarlet and the pips were orange. But there are so many other colors (or colours) to explore in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Conan Doyle did a masterful job of using color to give us a vivid sense of the settings. But more than that, what does his use of various color…
 
“It is a nice household,” he murmured. “That is the baboon.” [SPEC] It seems that Dr. Grimesby Roylott had a bit of a wild side. Killed a man in India. Threw a blacksmith off a small bridge. Had a cheetah and baboon wandering his grounds. You know, as one does. As we looked at the animals in detail, we came across a startling detail about Roylott's…
 
"Unique, perfectly unique" [BRUC] When Vincent Starrett set out to write his cornerstone pastiche in 1920, it wasn't intended for an audience of Sherlock Holmes fans. For one, he didn't know of any others who were as fixated on Holmes as he was. Fortunately, Richard Sveum, BSI ("Dr. Hill Barton") is well connected in the Sherlockian world and was a…
 
“There are certainly one or two indications upon the stick.” [HOUN] Walking sticks were once fashionable. They were just as necessary as a pair of gloves and a hat in a gentleman's daily attire in Victorian England. But they also served a practical purpose from time to time. And Sherlock Holmes was able to use these personal effects as clue givers.…
 
“shoes, but no socks.” [PRIO] Over the course of our first four seasons, we covered a wide variety of haberdashery: dressing gowns, clothes, disguises, and hats, to name a few. But we haven't covered anything related to footwear (unless you count that fleeting reference to tennis shoes in Episode 119). Shoes, boots, and slippers are a few of the ki…
 
"a group of people who seemed to be intensely amused" [BLAN] Once upon a time, a man invited a group of his friends to join him for lunch and conversation about his favorite literary figure. Eighty-seven years later, the Baker Street Irregulars continues, but what about that early set of people? Thanks to the incredible research skills of Linda and…
 
“I can tell a Moriarty when I see one.” [VALL] Quick: in "The Final Problem," what is the name of Sherlock Holmes's arch-rival? Yes, we know it's Professor Moriarty, but what's his first name? If you said "James," you'd be wrong. Would you be surprised to learn that he has not only one, but two brothers, at least one of whom is also named James? It…
 
"You are a collector, this set has come your way" [ILLU] In our previous episode, we talked about some of the items in our collection, so we thought this time, we'd give you a glimpse into the collection of another Sherlockian as we launch Season 15 of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere. Charles Prepolec, BSI ("The Man with the Twisted Lip") is a Sherlo…
 
“His life as been academic” [CREE] Sherlock Holmes and academic affairs are, well, elementary. [Sorry] But have you considered those who hold the title "professor" when it comes to the stories? Of course you know Professor Moriarty. But there are only two others, which is a tad surprising, given the stories that involved the academy. It's just a Tr…
 
“you could not celebrate him without being known yourself.” [HOUN] Every year, the Baker Street Irregulars meet in early January to celebrate Sherlock Holmes's birthday. Why January, or more specifically January 6? It's an interesting story. We discuss what factors may support that supposition and highlight the scholarship that helped us arrive at …
 
"Maybe you collect yourself, sir" [EMPT] It's the end of 2020, and we thought it would be fun to interview each other about some of the favorite items in our collection. Even better: we thought we'd do it on live video. In addition to pulling out some items that may make your raise your eyebrows (either at the value of the items or our mental state…
 
“As I expected, his reply was typewritten” [IDEN] While handwriting was and is distinctive enough for a detective like Sherlock Holmes to draw some inferences, typography isn't quite so forgiving. Whether it was through fonts used in newspapers or flourishes of individual typewriters ("the fourteen other characteristics to which I have alluded are …
 
“Have you ever had occasion to study character in handwriting?” [SIGN] More than once, Sherlock Holmes used someone's handwriting to guide him toward a solution. Whether it was a hastily-scribbled legal document or a red herring of a note, he was able to discern certain facts by observing the handwriting. But was this a mere fiction, a literary lic…
 
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