A Case of Domestic Pilfering

If you like Holmes and you like Wodehouse, you might want to try this slim, quick read. A Case of Domestic Pilfering was written 
by Rohase Piercy with Charlie Raven and was independently published in 2017. In 1890, Guy Clements is a dramatic but addle-headed young man who prattles on and has gotten himself in temporary financial difficulty. His very close friend Max is visiting from the country. Guy has previously met Dr. Watson at the horse races. Max is […]

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The One True Me and You

The One True Me and You by Remi K. England is a queer geeky rom-com that stars my people. I loved it. Kaylee is attending a convention dedicated to the latest entertainment incarnation of Sherlock Holmes. She writes popular Johnlock fic about the characters, and it’s the first time she’s meeting the best friends she’s made online. It’s also the first time she feels safe exploring the idea that she’s non-binary, using they/them pronouns, as her hometown is not queer-friendly. […]

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There’s a Murder Afoot

Earlier this year I had the chance to meet the author Vicki Delany in Toronto. (The Bootmakers of Toronto, the local Sherlock Holmes society, were celebrating their 50th anniversary by having an event with guests and presentations.) So I thought I’d brush up on her Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery series. So far I’ve read the first five, and I stopped to talk about that fifth book, There’s a Murder Afoot, because it’s the best one so far. And the reason […]

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Comic Classics: Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles

It’s the way the world works. I wrote a survey of all of The Hound of the Baskervilles graphic novel adaptations (for Sherlock Holmes magazine, issue #8, spring 2022), and as soon as I’m done, I find another one. Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles is an “old book by Arthur Conan Doyle” featuring “new doodles by Jack Noel.” Although labeled a “Comic Classic,” I was somewhat relieved to find that this isn’t really a comic. Instead, this […]

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An Unusual Method of Death, or The Similarity Between Sherdog and Miss Sherlock

While rereading Sherlock Bones volume 7, I noticed that Case 9, “The Stolen Face”, had a rather unusual method of death. Chapter 6, the final chapter, lays out what happened. Spoilers throughout this post. The murderer tries to create the impression the victim committed suicide. He gave the victim sleeping drugs, then placed her on the edge of the water tower on the roof, with a rope around her neck. When she woke up, she fell off the edge, hanging […]

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A World of Wisdom: Fun and Unusual Phrases from Around the Globe

A World of Wisdom: Fun and Unusual Phrases from Around the Globe by James Chapman is a colorful comic guide to idioms that is fun to dive into. Proceeding by topics, each section compares expressions from different cultures. Sayings are grouped by the animal kingdom, aquatic life, facial hair, dancing, love, advice, nature, food, and books. Cats, due to their popularity, have their own chapter, as do dogs. Particularly popular ideas, such as “when the cat’s away, the mice will […]

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Sherlock Holmes’ Little Book of Wisdom

Cartoonist Glenn Dakin has turned his skills to an illustrated set of short, inspirational essays in Sherlock Holmes’ Little Book of Wisdom: How to Deduce What on Earth Is Going On. He aims to show the reader how to apply the detective’s skills to everyday life, with chapters on the topics of observation, deduction, fisticuffs, setting a trap, and others. As Dakin explains in his introduction: “Instead of being dazzled by Sherlock’s genius, as others are, we have taken a […]

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Cut to Baker Street

There are a ton of Sherlock Holmes film and TV projects briefly described in Cut to Baker Street. With the book’s inclusion of web series, video games, and other short pieces, any reader will discover something they weren’t previously aware of. However, the information given for any project is very brief. Most titles have mere plot descriptions, without much information about history, style, quality, or importance. Particularly with those items that weren’t commercial full-length films or TV shows, it’s frustrating […]

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