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Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

EXISTENTIALISM, NOIR, AND THE BIG SLEEP

I AM SAVORING MY WAY through The Annotated Big Sleep. See “As Hard-boiled as a Shamus’s Simile” and “On Chandler’s Greatness” and “Sleeping with Virginia Woolf, Dreaming About a Naked … Continue reading

August 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

BOSTON BLACKIE—REFORMED JEWEL THIEF

BOSTON BLACKIE WAS BILLED AS “enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend.” With this convoluted moral message, he entertained readers of pulp … Continue reading

August 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

ON THE TRAIL OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 

I’M ENJOYING STEPHEN BROWNING’S On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes, a fine addition to my collection about this first and most famous of the world’s Consulting Detectives.  Conan Doyle the … Continue reading

August 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

AN AFFABLE AND PORTLY HOLMES PART 2

ALL OF THIS STARTED with my viewing Reginald Owen in A Study in Scarlet, 1933 (when only a year before he had portrayed Watson). Today in Part 2, we find … Continue reading

May 31, 2022 · 3 Comments

AN AFFABLE AND PORTLY HOLMES PART 1

ILLUSTRATOR SIDNEY PAGET evidently knew the world’s first consulting detective very well. And for many of us, actor Basil Rathbone came most closely to Paget’s lean intensely hawkish image. However, … Continue reading

May 30, 2022 · 2 Comments

SLEUTHING WOMEN

A RECENT UNEARTHING of the book Detectionary yields tidbits on the fair sex in mystery fiction. There’s also an interesting bibliographic tale of the book itself. Back by Popular Demand. … Continue reading

May 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

HOLMES, THE ISLE OF MAN, AND PETER H. WOOD

AMONG PETER HARRY WOOD’S PASSIONS were vintage British cars and Sherlock Holmes. Peter was invested into The Baker Street Irregulars in 1985 with the BSI sobriquet “The Second Stain” and … Continue reading

April 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

DIVA DELVES INTO SKULLDUGGERY

HELEN TRAUBEL WAS MORE than a Metropolitan Opera soprano specializing in Wagnerian roles. She was a baseball fan, part owner of her hometown St. Louis Browns. She mixed with the … Continue reading

February 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE AND DAVOS SKI-RUNNING

DOCTOR JOHN H. WATSON’S literary agent, a fellow named Arthur Conan Doyle, helped to make skiiing popular in Davos, Switzerland. Details are given in Harry Mount’s “How Conan Doyle Pioneered … Continue reading

January 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE CASE OF THE TWO IAN FLEMINGS, AND ANOTHER MISTAKEN LINKAGE

WHAT DID THE 007 AUTHOR have in common with the man portraying Dr. John H. Watson in British movies in the 1930s?  Nothing, except for sharing the name Ian Fleming. … Continue reading

January 13, 2022 · 4 Comments