Simanaitis Says

On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

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

ELIZABETHAN NOIR

THE WORDS “SHAMUS,” “gumshoe,” and “P.I.” didn’t exist in Elizabethan England, but it did have “watchmen,” men on the streets of London to counter suspicious activity from nightfall to sunrise.  … Continue reading

December 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

SHERLOCK HOLMES, ELIZA DOOLITTLE, LILIAN BAYLIS

THE WORD “OPERA” links the three personages of today’s title, thanks to the December 2021 issue of Opera News, monthly magazine of the Metropolitan Opera. In fact, each of the … Continue reading

November 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

WILL THE REAL SHERLOCK HOLMES PLEASE STAND UP

WE ALL HAVE an image of Sherlock Holmes. He’s lean, clean-shaven for the era, with sharp features. Indeed, for some reason or another, the names Sidney Paget and Basil Rathbone … Continue reading

September 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

HOLMES AND VARIOUS ROYALS

SHERLOCK HOLMES HAD a deep respect for Queen Victoria. Though he didn’t boast about it, he applied his consulting detective skills more than once in the Queen’s service. Occasionally, he … Continue reading

June 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

HURRAH FOR THE FBI’S ANOM!

THE VOICE OF AMERICA reports “800 Arrested in Global Organized Crime Investigation,” June 8, 2021. VOA says “Operation Trojan Shield involved police raids in 16 countries in which 250 firearms … Continue reading

June 11, 2021 · Leave a comment