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You know the plots, but what about the minutiae? We delve into the Sherlock Holmes stories and answers questions that arise, clarify muddy details, and look into some of the period terminology in this weekly podcast.

Sherlock Holmes: Trifles Sherlock Holmes Podcasts

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    • 4.7 • 90 Ratings

You know the plots, but what about the minutiae? We delve into the Sherlock Holmes stories and answers questions that arise, clarify muddy details, and look into some of the period terminology in this weekly podcast.

    Years of Mystery

    Years of Mystery

    “We have three years of the past to discuss” [EMPT] 
     
    Once again, we pack our Gladstone bags and prepare for an episode where we travel. This time, we head to Sussex Downs and then across the Atlantic to New York in some of the early years of Sherlock Holmes's retirement.
    What brings us there is from the fertile imagination of Les Klinger, who posits a connection between Sherlock Holmes, Wilson Hargreave, and Andrew Carnegie. It's just a Trifle.

     
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    Links / Notes Baker Street Rambles by Leslie S. Klinger Floradora (Wikipedia) All of our social links: https://linktr.ee/ihearofsherlock Email us at trifles @ ihearofsherlock.com Join our community on Patreon or Substack to hear bonus material and be eligible for drawings.   
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    Performers: Uncredited violinist, US Marine Chamber Orchestra 
    Publisher Info.: Washington, DC: United States Marine Band 
    Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
     
     

    • 21 min
    Elderly in the Canon

    Elderly in the Canon

    “his age, and an affliction” [STOC] 
    The panoply of elderly individuals in the Sherlock Holmes stories is impressive: Mr. Frankland, the old crank in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the miserly Josiah Amberley in "The Retired Colourman," Old Mr. Farquhar, the previous owner of Watson's practice.
    But there were many others, some of whom go almost unnoticed. What similarities do we see among them? How did Conan Doyle's writing about them change over time? It's just a Trifle.

     
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    Links / Notes All of our social links: https://linktr.ee/ihearofsherlock Email us at trifles @ ihearofsherlock.com Join our community on Patreon or Substack to hear bonus material and be eligible for drawings.   
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    Performers: Uncredited violinist, US Marine Chamber Orchestra 
    Publisher Info.: Washington, DC: United States Marine Band 
    Copyright: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
     
     

    • 23 min
    Linoleum

    Linoleum

    “the flooring was also thoroughly examined” [SPEC] 
     
    Cocoanut matting, bearskin rug, carpets — there are a number of notable floor coverings mentioned in the Sherlock Holmes stories. But flooring itself is less notable.
    Case in point: linoleum, which appears as a passing mention in just three stories, was a popular alternative at the time. What do we know about the history of linoleum, how was it manufactured, and what role did it play in the Canon? It's just a Trifle.

     
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    Links / Notes Previous episode mentioned: Episode 102: Inside 221B: On the Floor All of our social links: https://linktr.ee/ihearofsherlock Email us at trifles @ ihearofsherlock.com Join our community on Patreon or Substack to hear bonus material and be eligible for drawings.    Music credits
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    • 26 min
    Forests

    Forests

    “Vast sections of it have been cleared” [BLAC] 
     
    When you're really down in the details about something — something trifling, perhaps — it's difficult to see the forest for the trees, as the saying goes.
    Well, we've discussed trees in two previous episodes, so we thought it was time to look at the forests. There were scant mentions of forests in the Sherlock Holmes stories, but they're worth a Trifle.

    You can make topic suggestions to us — if we choose something you recommend (like the one today!), we'll send you a Sherlockian prize.
     
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    Links / Notes Forest Row New Forest Weald Previous episodes mentioned: Episode 274: Trees, Part 1 Episode 276: Trees, Part 2 All of our social links: https://linktr.ee/ihearofsherlock Email us at trifles @ ihearofsherlock.com Join our community on Patreon or Substack to hear bonus material and be eligible for drawings.    Music credits
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    • 23 min
    The Long Road from Maiwand

    The Long Road from Maiwand

    “at Maiwand without losing my nerve” [STUD]  Maiwand: Saving the Guns by Richard Caton Woodville, 1883 (Wikimedia Commons)  
    It is generally accepted that A Study in Scarlet, when Dr. Watson first met Sherlock Holmes, took place in 1881. Watson was just back from the war in Afghanistan, where he had been wounded at the Battle of Maiwand.
    But in 1940, Edgar W. Smith took a closer look at the timing between the battle, Watson's recovery time, travel to London and hotel stay, and came to a much different conclusion. He wrote it up in a pamphlet and it's just a Trifle.

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    Links / Notes The Long Road from Maiwand: an examination of the evidence bearing upon the dating of a certain encounter in the chemical laboratory at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, in London by Edgar W. Smith (Abebooks) The eBSJ All of our social links: https://linktr.ee/ihearofsherlock Email us at trifles @ ihearofsherlock.com Join our community on Patreon or Substack to hear bonus material and be eligible for drawings.   
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    • 21 min
    Sherlock Holmes, Cabby

    Sherlock Holmes, Cabby

    “Stop at a telegraph-office, cabby!” [SIGN]   

     
    Cabbies are everywhere in London – indeed, so common in some cases that they're simply overlooked (we see you, Jefferson Hope!). Could Sherlock Holmes have passed himself off as a cabby?
    There are certainly points in his career when it would have made sense. And a paper given at a Sherlock Holmes society in Denmark points in that direction. Hop on board with us in this monthly travel series episode! It's just a Trifle.

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    Links / Notes "The Thomas Hogram Letters" by Sven Ranild is an expanded and translated version of a paper delivered in Copenhagen on September 19, 1987, at the Centenary Dinner of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben i Danmark and it appeared in the Summer 1991 issue of The Sherlock Holmes Journal. Episode 124 - Odd Jobs All of our social links: https://linktr.ee/ihearofsherlock Email us at trifles @ ihearofsherlock.com Join our community on Patreon or Substack to hear bonus material and be eligible for drawings.    Music credits
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Seyrah39 ,

Love

I love this show. I love the length of episodes, the topics, the vibe, the additional info and context and the laughs. The first episode I listened to was on pencils and my expectations were pretty low (pencils ??). I loved it! An easy and fun supplemental for Holmes fans.

Susan146 ,

Love the podcast..even love their commercials!

Couldn't ask for more...well, yes I could. For those that feel the same, check out their podcast, "I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere." So excited to have found Trifles, after discovering IHOSE. Thank you!! You both are the best!!

"Burbank speaking." ,

Holmes & Watson, Scott & Burt, and detail after detail!

A level of detail you don’t think you need -but you do. I’ve gone back and listened to the very early episodes until today. Of course Scott & Burt have refined their approach, but the quality is there from the beginning.

See The Canon as never before.

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