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Month: February 2022

Sherlock Holmes

In 1887, an eye doctor with no patients had his first story published about a ‘consulting detective’ who would one day take over the world. In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet the world’ gets its first glimpse at what would become the most famous detective in crime fiction, Sherlock Holmes.

There had been a handful of detectives in fiction before Holmes, but no one came close to his popularity. Even today, readers often consider him as the quintessential detective who many of today’s mystery writers try to emulate.

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February’s Suggested Reading

ValentinesIt’s hard to believe this year is flying by so fast. The middle of February is almost here already. I feel like I’m tearing pages off the calendar in bunches. I mean, I still have things to do on my 2021 to-do list.

But I can still find time to read. Where else can I go back in time and take a carriage in Victorian London? Reading is the closest we can come to anything like a time machine. Or travel across the country to present-day Portland with Phillip Margolin.

I have a couple of things I want to do. First, we have had a lot of new members to join our blog. I want to say welcome and feel free to comment or send me a message. Continue reading

The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars

The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars was written by Anthony Boucher and published in 1940. The Case was a tribute to Sherlock Holmes.

Set in 1939, Hollywood, Metropolis Pictures plans to produce a movie based on one of Sherlock Holmes’s stories. However, they are getting backlash from the fans Holmes because the writer, Worth, wants to change the story to make it a tough, hard-boiled rendition. The executive at Metropolis discovers that, by contract, he cannot replace the hated writer. So, they decide to invite some of the members of The Baker Street Irregulars to oversee the production and give the film their stamp of approval. 

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