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Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

THE PERILS OF CWT

THERE’S DUI (DRIVING under the influence), OWI (operating while intoxicated), and DWI (driving while intoxicated). But what about CWT (cooking while tattooed)?  It sure got an alleged mafioso in a … Continue reading

April 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

A NECKLACE WITH LEGS   PART 2

NO ONE IN Part 1 of our tale seemed to covet the fabulous necklace commissioned in 1772 by Louis XV for his mistress Madame du Barry. However, in Part 2 … Continue reading

March 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

A NECKLACE WITH LEGS   PART 1

“IF ‘SOMETHING HAS LEGS,’ ” says VOA Learning English, “it means people have interest in it.”  Here, in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, I offer an example of … Continue reading

March 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE DROOD CAPER

CALL ME DATCHERY. Others call me Dick, or sleuth, or shamus. I’m white-haired, whiskered, wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool … Continue reading

February 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE ADVENTURE OF THE TWISTED PIPE

SHERLOCK HOLMES SMOKED a pipe, kept his tobacco in a Persian slipper, and certainly knew his tobacco ashes: “To the trained eye,” he told chronicler Dr. John H. Watson, “there … Continue reading

January 24, 2021 · 1 Comment

FATHER KNOX’S RULES—AND HOAX

FATHER RONALD KNOX was an English theologian with fascinating credentials: an Anglican priest who converted to Roman Catholicism, a famed Sherlockian, and a perpetrator of a hoax that predated Orson … Continue reading

January 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

ХОЛМСА, УАТСОН, ДОЙЛ, И КРЕМЛЬ

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH of London, August 18, 1959, had the definitive word on Sherlock Holmes, his chronicler Dr. John H. Watson, Watson’s literary agent Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the … Continue reading

December 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

ANOTHER HOLMES TO ENJOY—AND FIE ON DOYLE ESTATE LAWYERS PART 2

YESTERDAY, ENOLA HOLMES was introduced as the teenage sibling of Sherlock and Mycroft. Today in Part 2, wouldn’t you know lawyers get involved.  Enola and the Courts. Non-Canonical tales have … Continue reading

November 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

ANOTHER HOLMES TO ENJOY—AND FIE ON DOYLE ESTATE LAWYERS PART 1

I AM LATE to the party—and to the lawsuit—in that I’ve only recently discovered yet another Holmes family member. We already have Sherlock and his brother Mycroft, so ably chronicled … Continue reading

November 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

CONAN DOYLE (LITERARY AGENT)—MOTORING ENTHUSIAST PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we learned details of the 1911 Prince Henry Tour, a German-sponsored automobile competition honoring the coronation of Britain’s George V. Today in Part 2, we identify … Continue reading

October 16, 2020 · Leave a comment