Wiggins Redux

The Irregular, by H. B. Lyle. Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn H.B, Lyle picks up one of the few neglected threads of the Sherlock Holmes canon—whatever happened to the Baker Street Irregulars, the loosely organized band of urchins that were Holmes’ eyes and ears in the London streets. In The Irregular, the year is 1909. Wiggins (the only named Irregular), having grown out of being an unobvious street rat, joined the British Army (a word from Watson getting him into the Doctor’s old regiment). He’s seen the horrors of war in the campaign against the Boers, mustered out, and taken … Continue reading Wiggins Redux

Mr. Holmes Movie Review

Mr. Holmes is an interesting take on the Sherlock Holmes character (played by the brilliant Ian McKellen). Based on the 2005 novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” by author Mitch Cullin, the viewer sees Cullin’s interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth as a retired citizen. What is Mr. Holmes About? In Mr. Holmes, Sherlock is not just a little old. He’s a stubborn, crotchety soul that tests the patience of his housekeeper, Mrs. Munroe (Laura Linney) and captures the curiosity of her son, Roger (Milo Parker). In 1947, the ninety-three year old Holmes is officially retired to his Sussex estate, but despite his … Continue reading Mr. Holmes Movie Review

A Review of the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London

A Review of the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London Unless you are a truly devoted fan of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories and you don’t mind waiting in a long line, I would skip the Sherlock Holmes Museum. Seeing as how Holmes and Watson are literary characters, it is more accurate to call it a historic house with a twist than a museum. When I visited in 2014, I also thought the admission fee was too high for what you get. Once you are inside, it only takes maybe 30 minutes to walk through. There are plenty of historic homes that are even nicer, so if … Continue reading A Review of the Sherlock Holmes Museum, London

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes (2009) Mockbuster Movie Review

That’s right, there was another Sherlock Holmes movie that came out around the same time as the Robert Downey Jr. movie I reviewed last week. Didn’t hear about it? I am not at all surprised. I am a huge fan of what I call “cruddy-good” movies. These are films that you can’t help but laugh at even though they are not meant to be comedies. The Mister and I spend a lot our time wading through the sea of crappy movies out there giving them the old Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment. That is to say, we crack wise throughout at the terrible special effects, mediocre writing, … Continue reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes (2009) Mockbuster Movie Review

Steampunk Sourcebook for Sherlock Holmes Part 1 – Character Biography and the First Short Stories

With Conan Doyle’s birthday this month, we’re paying tribute to his best known character, Sherlock Holmes. I set out to write this Sourcebook and it ended up being waaaaaaaay too long for a single post. This collection of synopses and … Continue reading Steampunk Sourcebook for Sherlock Holmes Part 1 – Character Biography and the First Short Stories

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Review

Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams are back to reprise their roles as Holmes, Watson, and Irene Adler. New additions include Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films), Jared Harris (Mad Men, Mortal Instruments) and Stephen Fry to round out an excellent cast. The film begins a few months after the events of the first installment. Holmes is investigating a series of seemingly unrelated crimes which lead him to intercept a letter from Irene Adler. He is so deep into his case that he totally forgets Watson’s bachelor party, and multi-tasks by taking him to a place where Holmes can find the … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Review

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Grinning Cat, Chapter One – by Joseph W Svec III

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Chapter 1. A Very Strange Visitor (Now that’s rather unusual.)

It was a cold and foggy February 4, 1898, rather typical for that time of year actually, but most untypically, Sherlock Holmes was not quite his usual self that day. No, not at all. Not in the least. And I must confess that even after all of the unusual and quite incredible adventures we had shared up until the morning of that very strange visitor, I was rather beside myself as well. Continue reading “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Grinning Cat, Chapter One – by Joseph W Svec III”