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.
Etymologists, unite! A look at insects in the Sherlock Holmes stories -- specifically beetles.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
Maria Gibson left a mess behind her. But did she do so willingly, or was Holmes fooled? A look at Thor Bridge from her perspective.
Watson's Medical Career
A look at Helen Simpson's essay "The Medical Career of John H. Watson" in H.W. Bell's Baker Street Studies.
The Evolution of Sherlock Holmes, Part 3
Over the course of four decades and four different stories, we examine how Sherlock Holmes changed, for better and worse.
Whether they glow or are slow, are helpless or remarkable, worms do manage to wiggle into the Sherlock Holmes stories.
A Window into Windows
A peek into some windows in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Interesting and enjoyable
I really enjoy the podcasts and the details of Victorian life. There are occasional errors that annoy me, but I suspect they are relying on memory when the subject veers off course.
Too verbose and indirect…
This podcast is far more about the two hosts talking to each other - and either going wildly off topic, or taking way too long to get on (and stay on) the chosen topic of the week.
Example: two maids a missing. Lots of talk about the Christmas carol, then offshoots of the Carol… In other episodes, far more of the episode is spent on cross banter, and the hosts being clever, then about possible articles about the topic… and what the authors of those articles may or may not have thought about it - ALL WITHOUT ACTUALLY GETTING ON TOPIC.
There have been episodes that only spent a relative few minutes on the topic, out of the total length of the episode: so what’s the point.
If you are going to chose the topic then truly work the topic. If there really isn’t that much to say, because the topic was so light - then don’t choose that topic.
Entertaining conversation for anyone who enjoys the Sherlock Holmes stories.