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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

MAIGRET INVESTIGATES PART 1

DR. JOHN H. Watson’s literary agent, Arthur Conan Doyle, would have envied Frenchman Georges Simenon. Doyle’s client Watson chronicled a total of 60 Sherlock Holmes adventures: 56 episodic tales and … Continue reading

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

CONAN DOYLE’S OTHER CLIENT: BRIGADIER GERARD PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE LEARNED how literary agent Arthur Conan Doyle latched onto hussard ancien Brigadier Etienne Gerard, who shared plonk-encouraged adventures of Napoleonic times. Today in Part 2, at Emperor Napoleon’s … Continue reading

April 27, 2020 · 3 Comments

CONAN DOYLE’S OTHER CLIENT: BRIGADIER GERARD PART 1

AS IS WELL documented, the world’s first and greatest consulting detective experienced a Great Hiatus extending from Monday, May 4, 1891, to Thursday, April 5, 1894. Have you ever wondered … Continue reading

April 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

CHRONICLER WATSON PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN an analysis of Dr. John H. Watson’s chronicling of the world’s greatest consulting detective. Today in Part 2, we discuss penmanship, obfuscation, a downright goof, and the … Continue reading

April 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

CHRONICLER WATSON PART 1

THE WORLD’S GREATEST consulting detective had, appropriately, one of the world’s greatest chroniclers. Here, in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, are tidbits about chronicler Dr. John H. Watson … Continue reading

April 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

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