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Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

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

CONAN DOYLE (LITERARY AGENT)—MOTORING ENTHUSIAST PART 1

LITERARY AGENT COMMISSIONS paid by Brigadier Etienne Gerard and Dr. John H. Watson got put to good use: Literary agent Sir Arthur Conan Doyle participated in motor sports by taking … Continue reading

October 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

HOLMES CHRONICLER “JAMES” H. WATSON? PART 2

JUST WHO WAS Mrs. Watson referring to when she used the name “James” instead of “John”? See HOLMES CHRONICLER “JAMES” H. WATSON? PART 1. Today in Part 2, we’ll examine evidence … Continue reading

September 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

HOLMES CHRONICLER “JAMES” H. WATSON? PART 1

MANY SHERLOCKIANS MAINTAIN the charming conceit that Dr. John H. Watson was the chronicler of the greatest consulting detective. Conon Doyle was merely Watson’s literary agent; see CONAN DOYLE’S OTHER … Continue reading

September 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

WHO DOTH DUNIT PART 1

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE IS right up there with Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, and Dashiell Hammett in writing memorable crime fiction. Here are examples, acknowledging inspiration from Dwyer Murphy’s CrimeReads piece on … Continue reading

August 11, 2020 · 2 Comments

MAIGRET INVESTIGATES PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE MET Parisian Police detective Maigret, who had an evidently well-paid literary agent in Georges Simenon, what with Maigret’s 103 adventures chronicled between 1931 and 1972. Today in Part … Continue reading

June 30, 2020 · Leave a comment