The Boscombe Valley History – Pt. 1

In this episode our framing question is: “What was the yellow-back novel Watson was reading?” Wikipedia tells us that: A yellow-back or yellowback is a cheap novel which was published in Britain in the second half of the 19th century. They were occasionally called “mustard-plaster” novels. Developed in the 1840s to compete with the “penny […]

Correction to Footnote #3

Yay! Listeners write in to correct us on errors we made (some of which we suspected, but were not positive, we were making.) We’re always pleased to hear from listeners! Thanks, everyone.    

Footnote to Footnote #3 – How We Met Sherlock

Righty-o! Let the media perusal begin. Since Sesame Street‘s Sherlock Hemlock plays an important role, let us begin with his first appearance in the Case of the Missing Chicken Salad Sandwich.   And then, the song he’s famous for ‘X-Marks the Spot.’ Listen to the podcast for Mike’s rousing rendition of same.   Then there’s […]

Footnote #3 – How We Met Sherlock

Mike and Geordie realize they’ve never asked each other how they got into Sherlock Holmes. Hilarity ensues. Well, not  hilarity so much as plenty of banter in our usual inimitable way. Television and pop-culture play a perhaps not-so-surprising role in introducing our past selves to the man in the hat. You’ll also get to hear Mike’s […]

A Case of Credulity

In this month’s episode, A Case of Identity, client Mary Sutherland is, unusually, a woman whose attractiveness Watson does not go out of his way to describe. Watson’s commentary on her appearance is limited to her size, ‘vacuous face’ and ‘preposterous’ choice of millinery, a Duchess of Devonshire hat, that to Watson, caps her ‘vulgar, […]

Ep. 5 – A Case of Identity with guest Angela Misri

Our first guest! Author, journalist, and co-host of the podcast Ada’s Sisters, Angela Misri joins Mike and Geordie to discuss her Portia Adams Mysteries book series – and this week’s short story, A Case of Identity. We all agree that this is a frustrating story, in which the deception is ingenious, but all (and we […]

Footnote 2 – February 21 is 2/21

To celebrate February 21st being 2/21, here is the story of the first piece of writing that Geordie ever got published, fittingly a Sherlock Holmes short. Upon listening back, at least one of the podcasters finds the story of the story to be more entertaining than the story itself–but you can judge for yourselves.

Ep. 4 – The Red Headed League

The Red Headed League was one of Conan-Doyle’s 12 favourite Holmes stories and it regularly makes Sherlockian Top 10 lists. Here at igroksherlock, we believe that is for the following reasons: it’s an ideal example of short story writing; it’s rich with the jabs of sharp comedy that pop-up in early Holmes stories, but fade […]

The League of Victorian Quackery

One of the notably funny moments in The Red Headed League comes when Jabez Wilson goes to the forwarding address provided by Duncan Ross after the league has been dissolved and finds it to be a ‘manufactory of artificial kneecaps.’ In my opinion no one gets to say, hear, or type the words ‘manufactory of […]