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 […]

Carbuncular Adaptations (and broken glass)

First here’s a link to the Pop Sherlock event at the Toronto Central Reference library that we refer to. It’s on from August 19 – October 22, 2017 A quick view of Covent Garden market, where the goose in question was, at one point, sold. This looks a bit earlier than the 1890s, but it […]

Ep. 8 – The Man with the Twisted Lip

The Man with the Twisted Lip is Geordie’s favourite Holmes story – so here is over 2 hours of why. Was Neville St. Clair murdered in an opium den by the vile beggar Hugh Boone? How do the various TV and film versions stack up? And why does Mrs. Watson refer to her husband as […]

Of Lip Twists and Plot Twists

And here we go. This is the cover art that had Geordie almost convinced he was looking at an old photo of a real person.   And in its natural habitat.   Here’s a gallery of Eille Norwood disguises – impressive!   These are the PDFs for Download that we refer to in the podcast. […]

Ep. 7 – The Five Orange Pips

The Five Orange Pips is one of a handful of Sherlock Holmes stories in which Holmes completely fails. He sends client John Openshaw out the door at Baker Street only for Openshaw to be murdered minutes later. Indeed, far from seeming to be remorseful about the client’s death, Holmes takes the murder as an affront […]