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Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

INVISIBLE MEN, SEEN AND UNSEEN

I’VE RECENTLY ENCOUNTERED invisible men; I’ve even seen one of them. A photo, actually. One encounter was in an episode of Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian TV series that Wife Dottie … Continue reading

February 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

ALPHONSE BERTILLON’S ANTHROPOMETRY PART 2

WAS FRENCH Criminologist Alphonse Bertillon really superior to Sherlock Holmes? Today in Part 2, French criminologist Bertillon gets involved with one of the world’s major miscarriages of justice. Retrospectively, on … Continue reading

January 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

ALPHONSE BERTILLON’S ANTHROPOMETRY PART 1

IN THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, James Mortimer, Medical Officer for Grimpen, Thorsley, and High Barrow, irks the world’s first consulting detective by recognizing him as “the second highest expert … Continue reading

January 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

THE MISSING MONA CAPER

ON AUGUST 21, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s famed Mona Lisa disappeared from The Louvre’s Salon Carré, not to return to the museum until 1914. Was the culprit Vincenzo Peruggia simply … Continue reading

December 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

HOLMES: DOUBLE-0 221B?

WAS THE WORLD’S first consulting detective also a British agent? As Sherlock Holmes himself says, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” … Continue reading

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON CHANDLER’S GREATNESS PART 2

RAYMOND CHANDLER’S ENTICING and elegant prose encourages this two-part collection gleaned from The Annotated Big Sleep. Here in Part 2 are burbank tops, license holders, and California’s sturdy front doors. … Continue reading

October 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON CHANDLER’S GREATNESS PART 1

I’VE BEEN savoring the annotated version of Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. Annotations, bibliography, and all, the book is 474 pages long, and I feel no urgency to finish it. … Continue reading

October 29, 2019 · 2 Comments