Thumb(s) Up

Not a lot for the blog entry this month. Mostly media links. To start though, here’s the Sidney Paget illustration that makes it difficult to see how Lysander Stark could have ever lopped the thumb off in the first place, BUT as we discover, this illustration does not represent the situation described in the text. […]

Ep. 11 – The Engineer’s Thumb

A recently mono-thumbed hydraulic engineer named Victor Hatherly shows up early one morning at Watson’s practice. Watson and (later) Holmes believe Hatherly’s strange story, but do we? For CBC listeners of ‘As It Happens’ please note that iGrokSherlock is recorded 5,658 km from Reading.

The Speckled Bandwidth

We don’t usually do a ton of behind the scenes stuff, but this month I was so taken with the ‘please wait’ messaging that our hosting service implemented that I had to share it – all Star Wars related!   Here’s a 1910 review caricature of Conan Doyle’s Speckled Band play from The Boston American, […]

The Speckled Blog

Most of the support material will be next month when we get to adaptations of The Speckled Band. We’ll have the usual list of ridiculous media links and even a PDF to download. But you still deserve a bit of eclectic silliness. Holmes’ minimalist packing instructions to Watcon caught my attention; “An Eley’s No. 2 […]

Ep. 10 – The Speckled Band Part 1

  The Speckled Band comes first on all sorts of Sherlockian ‘Best Of’ lists. It was Conan Doyle’s favourite Holmes story, even though, by his own admission he couldn’t always remember its name. Julia Stoner has died from something so terrifying she cannot name it, screaming only ‘It was the band, the speckled band!’ Now […]

Ep. 9 – The Blue Carbuncle

The Blue Carbuncle asks how a precious gemstone finds its way into the probably chimerical gullet cavity of a Christmas goose. And in the summary, Geordie completely forgets to explain this. The only Holmes story set at Christmas time, it is much adapted and a great favourite for underlining seasonal sentiments. That’s why we’re presenting […]