Wednesday, December 29, 2004

BBC - Drama - Sherlock Holmes

The famous detective returns to BBC ONE, on the hunt for a serial killer in this one-off special. Rupert Everett stars as the illustrious Sherlock Holmes, with Ian Hart as his sidekick Dr Watson.

Ian Hart had his first outing as Dr Watson in BBC's 2002 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles - starring alongside Moulin Rouge!'s Richard Roxburgh as Holmes. - Eat, drink and watch telly

...But in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (today, BBC1, 9.25pm), the eagle-eyed (and eagle-beaked) detective, played by Rupert Everett, has hung up his magnifying glass, concentrating instead on feeding his opium habit in the darkest and foggiest corners of old London town - clever use of three trillion smoke machines can cunningly disguise a multitude of 21st-century sins. It takes a visit to Baker Street from old mate Dr Watson (Ian Hart) to coax Holmes out of retirement and help solve a case that threatens the very core of the aristocracy. In this original tale written by Allan Cubitt, Everett portrays the master sleuth with the haughtiness and asexuality expected from the role. Sadly, despite his movie pedigree, Everett’s Holmes lacks the sharpness and depth other actors have brought to the part, creating a character who is just too smooth and superficial. Nevertheless, I’m sure he’ll get to the bottom of it....
Christainity Today - The Top Ten Books of 2004

"# 5 -
The Final Solution. Michael Chabon (Fourth Estate). Pastiches of Sherlock Holmes are a dime a dozen, and while the good ones are delectable I tend to avoid the genre. What Michael Chabon has produced is not only a brilliant homage to Holmes and his creator—a story set in 1944, imagining the great detective as a very old man—but the single most accomplished work of fiction I read this year, joyful and sorrowful in full measure. First published a year earlier in The Paris Review, this novella brims over with great talent exuberantly put to work. (The audio version, read by Michael York, is superb.)"

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Buy Sherlock Holmes Limited Edition Prints at FantasticSherlockHolmes.Com

via Sherlockian.Net

"We at Fantastic Publishing are passionate about Sherlock Holmes and for a long time we have been dying to see him drawn as we imagined him in our minds eye. In May this year, we decided we couldn’t wait any longer – and Fantastic Publishing was born.

A Study in Scarlet, the very first Sherlock Holmes adventure, was for us the obvious place to start. This first set of limited edition prints is the result of a lot of love, time, effort and attention to detail. Our intention is not only to appeal to existing Sherlock Holmes fans, but also to nurture a whole new generation of aficionados through this new, edgy interpretation of The Master Detective."

Monday, September 06, 2004

The Final Solution : A Story of Detection

Michael Chabon, author of the Pullitzer Prize winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, has a new Sherlock Holmes pastiche - The Final Solution : A Story of Detection on offer for the fall. It doesn't come out until November but is already avavilable for pre-order at the usual spots including

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Britannia Biographies:

"What a debt we all owe to Arthur Conan Doyle's creation of Sherlock Holmes, one of the most exciting figures in all of English fiction, not to mention Holmes' lovable, genial compan"

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Local guide -

... "A one-man show about 'The Demons of Sherlock Holmes' comes out of good teenage mental health, according to Cody Stage owner Joe Sears.Sears booked the play not only for entertainment, but to exemplify the good mental health teens can achieve when allowed to explore their goals and receive encouragement in any endeavor, he said."...

Guardian Unlimited Books | News | Crime crown goes to Christie:

... "Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of famous Baker Street resident Sherlock Holmes, won second place in the poll. US crime writer Patricia Cornwell came in a close third for her novel"...

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Duke of Hollywell:

"This is a bit of find - the only surviving recording of a performance by Ben Wright and Eric Snowden from late 1949.
The plot concerns the Duke of Hollywell, who introducing himself as 'John Smith' attempts to commission Holmes to find out the identity of someone who is blackmailing him over (ahem) 'supper' with an actress. The Duke, being a somewhat dim old buffer, refuses to disclose the name of the actress. Holmes turns down the case (and �1,000 fee), exit Duke stage left and possibly the shortest ever Holmes adventure."

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 'Sherlock's Secret Life' reviewed:

"'Sherlock's Secret Life,' written by Ed Lange, with music by Will Severin, is 'a mystery about mysterious woman (played by Diana Cherkas) with amnesia who comes between Sherlock (Michael Muldoon) and Watson (Paul Angelo, as the younger Watson). She tests the loyalty and friendship of the detecting duo, Henson adds. "

Friday, June 25, 2004 News - Latest News - Quotes of the Day:
"Nowhere does Conan Doyle refer to Sherlock Holmes as a great, fat wobbly lard bucket, so I will have to do something about it" The portly Stephen Fry who is to play the great detective in a forthcoming TV production."

Monday, June 21, 2004

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Home Page:

"This is the Official web site of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate. It includes a specially written biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and you can find information on his books and the films which were inspired by his writing.
There are also detailed pages about some of Conan Doyle's famous characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Brigadier Gerard and Professor Challenger which are linked to the full Bibliography. For those of you looking for extra information on Sherlock Holmes, visit the Sherlock Holmes pages."

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Gay actors line up for Sherlock Holmes specials | Headlines | News | UK

"Two of the country's most famous gay actors will fight it out later this year, with both appearing as Sherlock Holmes on different channels.

Stephen Fry and Rupert Everett will both star as the quintessentially English detective in new productions for ITV and BBC respectively."

Thursday, June 10, 2004

The curious case of the typing mistake ...: "David had written four fictional books and four or five non-fictional backgrounders on the world's favourite detective.
Add to that his output as editor of Sherlock magazine (six times a year) and as a member of the national committee of the Crime Writers' Association he edits their monthly magazine Red Herrings.
Oh yes, and his award-winning play Sherlock Holmes - The Last Act is still touring.
So it is ironic that the idea for his latest book came about through a mistake."

Tuesday, June 08, 2004 News - Scotland - Edinburgh - Conan Doyle notebook is snapped up by surgeons: "Conan Doyle notebook is snapped up by surgeons

"THE Royal College of Surgeons has swooped for a notebook belonging to Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The notebook, which the college purchased at auction, includes a hand-written version of the author's second novel, The American. "

Saturday, June 05, 2004

ic Birmingham - Baskerville claim rubbished

"Claims that one of the most famous Sherlock Holmes' tales had its origins in the Midlands have provoked a furore among tourist officials in Devon.

The Hound of of Baskervilles is traditionally known to have been set on the foggy landscapes of Dartmoor.

But thriller writer Phil Rickman has caused anger by claiming that Herefordshire may have played an important part in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story."
Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. page on the classic novel.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Sherlock Holmes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lots of useful information - an excellent starting point for Sherlockians new to the Web

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Sherlock Holmes creator's papers sold

"Thousands of personal papers belonging to Sherlock Holmes creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, fetched $1.7 million at an auction Wednesday, with many items sold to private U.S. collectors." News - Entertainment - Arts - �30,000 secures Conan Doyle letters

"GLASGOW City Council has bought a rich trove of papers revealing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s long campaign to free Oscar Slater, the man convicted in one of Scotland’s most notorious murder cases.

It includes the letter by Slater, who stood trial in Edinburgh in 1909 for the murder of Marion Gilchrist, a wealthy spinster, which was famously smuggled out of Peterhead Prison hidden in a fellow inmate’s dentures.

Glasgow made the successful bid of £30,000 in a contentious auction of the Sherlock Holmes author’s papers this week, buying the documents for their reserve price. "

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 U.K.- "Conan Doyle Sale Stirs Protests From British Library:

"Papers from the desk of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of fictional pipe-smoking detective May 18 (Bloomberg) -- Papers from the desk of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of fictional pipe-smoking detective Sherlock Holmes, are scheduled to be auctioned in London on Wednesday by Christie's International Plc for as much as an estimated 1.5 million pounds ($2.7 million) amid protests from the British Library.

``This is important material that hasn't been seen before, and it's a matter of regret that it's being broken up and sold at auction,'' said Catriona Finlayson, a spokeswoman for the British Library, which has been collecting manuscripts since the 18th century. While Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, many of his manuscripts are in the U.S., and the auction may put more of them there, she said in an interview. "

Monday, May 17, 2004

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the vanishing treasures


SCOTLAND’S foremost expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has launched a last-minute campaign to ensure that recently-discovered papers by the Sherlock Holmes author, which are due to be auctioned by Christie’s, are saved for the British nation.

Owen Dudley Edwards, a historian at Edinburgh University and editor of The Oxford Sherlock Holmes, is calling on the government to step in to ensure that a key part of the Edinburgh-born author’s legacy is saved for researchers and the public.

"When this sale was announced there was tremendous surprise and anger," he said. "I am thinking about posterity - for the next 100 to 200 years."
Conan Doyle Archive Goes on Display

via Newsday

LONDON -- Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts got a rare glimpse into the private world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as thousands of personal papers -- from his passport to his jotted-down story ideas -- went on display Friday.

At the same time, the archive has become entwined in a mystery worthy of Conan Doyle's celebrated fictional detective: the bizarre death of a leading Holmes scholar.

Friday, May 07, 2004

Sherlocktron's Holmepage

Willis G. Frick's Sherlocktron was one of the first Sherlockian resources on the net that I ever visited. Though it hasn't been updated in awhile it still has masses of useful links and information plus some examples of Mr. Frick's scholarship.
On The Question of Sherlock's Oldest Brother
by Willis G. Frick

Sunday, April 25, 2004

A truly bizarre and tragic turn of events.
An awful loss to Sherlockian scholarship.
An ironic end perhaps, in a strange way, befitting one so driven to study the history of the world's greatest fictional detective.

Sherlock Holmes expert dies in mysterious circumstances




"THE world's leading expert on fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was found garrotted in bed, an inquest heard yesterday.

A shoelace had been tightened around Richard Lancelyn Green's neck using a wooden spoon."

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Radio Beat: Program diversity is KBCS's strength: "# The Sunday edition of Jim French's 'Imagination Theatre,' heard at 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on KIXI-AM (880), includes a new Sherlock Holmes adventure."

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Guardian Unlimited Books | News | British Library puts sound archive online: "Examples held on the British Library site include a live recording of Paul Robeson in Othello, Florence Nightingale speaking in one of the earliest sound recordings, as well as the genesis of Sherlock Holmes. "

Listen to Arthur Conan Doyle (1min 56secs)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Vol. 2 DVD - Jeremy Brett

New Review posted at

Thursday, April 15, 2004

The Truth About the Speckled Band
by Laurence M. Klauber

Nice reprint from a 1948 issue of The Baker Street Journal,
found in, of all places, the San Diego Natural History Museum website.

"That the causative agent in the deaths of Julia Stoner and Dr. Roylott could have been no "adder" is immediately apparent to anyone having even the most superficial knowledge of ophiology. It has been carelessly suggested that the reptile was the common Indian snake variously known as Russell's viper, tic-polonga, or daboia (Vipera russelli russelli).[8] Nothing could be more incredible. The daboia is a bulky, lethargic snake growing to a length of 5½ feet."

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Friday, April 09, 2004

Register-Pajaronian: Book Notes

Another review of Laurie R. King's The Game - this time with a local twist.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004 has a new DVD review for Arthur Wontner's The Sign of Four

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Sherlock Holmes on the Web: the Sherlockian.Net Holmepage

Amazing website edited by renowned Sherlockian Chris Redmond. Simply an astonishing selection of links to all things related to Conan Doyle's master sleuth.

My highest recommendation.

Friday, April 02, 2004

New Review up at

DVD The Return of Sherlock Holmes Vol.1 starring Jeremy Brett

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Froogle Search: sherlock holmes hat

Selection of Deerstalkers found through Google's Froogle. Prices range from under $10 to $300!

Searching for Deerstalker Hat pulled up only a couple of matches.
Variety: CBS adds CSI:Baker Street to fall lineup

"CBS announced today that a fourth installment of its popular CSI franchise would be added to the skein's Friday night line-up beginning this September. CSI : Baker Street, set to star Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Oliver Platt (Deadline) will play Holmes' trusty side-kick Dr. Watson while TV vet Charlotte Rae (The Facts of Life) has been cast as the duo's wacky landlady Mrs. Hudson. Guest stars expected to appear in early episodes will include Bound's Gina Gershon as Irene Adler, Less Than Perfect's Partick Warburton as Brunton the Butler, Nathan Lane as Sherlock's brother Mycroft and TekWar's William Shatner as Inspector Lestrade."

Entertainment Weekly: "New CSI to expose "sexy, cutting edge Holmes"
TV Guide: "CSI: Baker Street: Not your grandfather's Sherlock Holmes"
The Washington Post (Reg. Req.) : "Newest CSI spinoff involves Buffy's boss and a time machine"

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | Fry and Laurie set for Sherlock

My admiration for Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie quite literally knows no bounds so I have the highest hopes that their toe dip into the pool of Sherlockian screen adaptation will be a pleasant and rewarding one.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Historic hoaxes |

Mentions ACD's famous/infamous/rather sad encounters with the Cottingley Fairies

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is the winner in 'Game' - Local News -

Another review of Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes / Kimball O'Hara pastiche.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Yorkshire Post : "Wraps may come off in mystery of lost mummy

"By Mark Branagan
THE wraps may finally come off a mystery worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, revealing the final resting place of Yorkshire's lost Egyptian Mummy.
The story of the missing mummy of Scarborough is one that could have come straight from the Sherlock Holmes creator."

Extremely tangential but mildly interesting none the less.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Yet another design update at

CSS has become my web design Moriarty!
Sherlock Holmes back on the job, sort of

From The Washington Times

"LONDON, March 23 (UPI) -- London bobbies are hunting a Sherlock Holmes look-alike who conned a car dealer out of a new Toyota Previa, the Sun reported Tuesday."

At first I thought this was an unfashionably early April Fool's joke.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

New Featured Book and DVD at SHL

Monday, March 22, 2004

The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire @ BBC Cult Vampires Magazine site

Part of the beebs brilliant Cult site Cult Vampires features various vampiric articles and fiction - both new and classic - including an html version of Sherlock Holmes' encounter with an exotic bloodsucker.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Dirda on Books Holmes Question
Washington Post (reg. req.)

Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post Book critic runs a regular live online discussion where the following question was recently posed...

"Anonymous: What are your favorite Sherlock Holmes stories?

Michael Dirda: I'm pretty traditional--The Speckled Band, The Red-Headed League, The Blue Carbuncle, The Final Problem. Of the novels: The Hound of the Baskervilles. But like most Holmesians what I most enjoy these days are the vignettes that open the stories--breakfast with Watson, those dazzling little feats of deduction, the homey coziness of Baker Street, the gaslit foggy night outside where it is always 1895. "

The full transcript is available - the Holmes question is about midway through but the whole thing is well worth perusing.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Without A Clue DVD Review
by Shannon Nutt
From DVD Talk

Useful review of a flick that has never been a favorite of mine.
How could the usually reliable MGM release this Pan and Scan only? What a waste...

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Holmes creator's papers go on the block

CNN : "Christie's to auction personal effects from late Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle."

Conan Doyle papers 'to fetch £2m'

BBC: "A lost collection of personal papers belonging to Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have been found."

Monday, March 15, 2004

Free Sherlock Holmes Wallpaper from

A nicely done artistic rendering of the master sleuth for your desktop.
ACD on has a pair of interesting Arthur Conan Doyle pages on their site. There's an ACD Bio Page as well as a page on The George Edalji Case, where ACD proved to have some detective skills of his own - though the page treads but lightly on his role in the affair.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Laurie R. King - Official Website

Nifty sections include an informative page devoted to the new Mary Russell novel The Game and a gallery of Beekeeper's Apprentice artwork

Also, March 17th is apparently Laurie R. King Meetup day.
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Earring

Game developer Frogwares has released some screen shots from an upcoming computer game - Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Earring.

The game doesn't sound all that compelling at this stage but only time will tell. They mention a forthcoming demo...
'Sherlock Holmes' thinks lateral for murder cops

From The Register news of a software program named after the great fictional detective and used by the forensics study center named after Conan Doyle's inspiration for much of Holmes deductive wizardry.

Friday, March 12, 2004

The current "Featured Books" at SHL are a value priced "Complete Works" and Laurie R. Kings' Mary Russell pastiche The Game (see review links below) / News / Boston Globe / Living / Arts / With `The Game,' Holmes-inspired series loses its mystery


Yet another "The Game" review - this one decidedly mixed.
'The Game' plays like perfect historical fiction - - Reviews

Another review of Laurie R. King's "The Game" plus Lora Roberts' pastiche "The Affair of the Incognito Tenant" and Jane Finnis' non-Holmesian Roman-Britain historical mystery, "Get Out Or Die".

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Bernard Shaw Meets Sherlock Holmes in New Vampire Diaries Mystery, Premiering in Tampa


Info on Aubrey Hampton's play "Sherlock and Shaw: The Adventure of the Missing Vampire Diaries".
Rather a humble begining for as my first two layouts proved troublesome to one or another browser. My first CSS attempt looked triffic in Mozilla but was diabolical in IE while try number two cacked up in Mozilla despite looking lovely in IE.

The current version needs some tweaking but for now it'll have to suffice.
A century and an ocean away, Sherlock Holmes still inspires local aficionados

Local article on The Norwegian Explorers – the Sherlock Holmes Society of Minnesota
The games Sherlock Holmes devotees play
By David L. Beck - Mercury News

Review of Laurie R. King 's THE GAME goes live

It's early days yet and the site is very much still in "beta" but there's a certain satisfaction in getting even such a modest start on things.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Testing. Testing. This is simply a test. The game is not yet afoot.