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Category Archives: The Game is Afoot

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

THE OUIJA CAPER

TWO PALS USED outlandish means to escape from an Ottoman prison camp during World War I. Chris Jennings’ “Breaking Out of Prison With a Ouija Board and Some Clever Tricks” … Continue reading

June 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

SLEEPING WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF, DREAMING ABOUT A NAKED GIRL WITH LONG JADE EARRINGS

MAYBE YOUR READING habits are like mine? I always seem to have four or five books that I’m part way through. Whenever I finish one, I’ve added another to my … Continue reading

May 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

BAVARIA AND THE CONRAD CASE

MUCH OF THE action in vintage radio hero Paul Temple’s Conrad Case takes place in Bavaria. So, despite more than a little anachronism, I turn to my Baedeker’s Southern Germany. … Continue reading

May 6, 2021 · 1 Comment