Sherlock Holmes, from viewpoint of Chief Inspector G Lestrade 

From the journal of Chief Inspector Lestrade upon his retirement from Scotland Yard  It in no small part that I owe my rise in Scotland Yard to my friend and ally Sherlock Holmes of 221b Baker street London. I had some other business in a case of fraud as I recall before my colleague Gregson …

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Julys lessons in blogging 

July has seen a big learning curve in self hosting blogs so if you need lessons in blogging then read on. With my mentor Tim Stevens I opened a second site friendlytravelguide.com for which we are looking for guest bloggers who would be most welcome to add links to their own sites and further lessons …

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The thing about Blackmail, the cruellest crime

In the canon of Sherlock Holmes, Blackmail raises it’s ugly head several times, but most notably in the case of Charles Arthur Milverton who buys incriminating material, mostly about ladies of high society who about to  be wed. As Sherlock Holmes points out if the victim of milverton goes to the police, milverton may get …

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The canon of Sherlock Holmes, an analysis of the Canon

56 short stories and 4 novels of the Canon of Sherlock Holmes I need not cover all 56 short stories or the 4 novels of the Canon of Sherlock Holmes The study in scarlet The sign of the four The hound of the Baskervilles The Valley of fear in any great detail and I have …

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221b Baker street, Holmes thinks it out 

There are 2 cases that come to mind in which Holmes does not leave 221b baker street and completes the case in his rooms In a case of identity Holmes client relates the story of the man, Hosmah Angel, to whom she is promised. She continues to relate how Angel writes to her via a …

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Poison, My dear Watson, it was poison

My dear Watson , There are several cases in which the weapon of choice is Poison, in the Canonical Sherlock Holmes stories. In A study on Scarlet, Both Enoch Drebber and Joseph Stangerson are offered a choice by Jefferson Hope, choose a pill, one of which is a highly toxic alkaloid the other an inert …

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The background to the valley of fear 

The back story to the Valley of fear in which Jack douglas is assumed killed by a nimble probably rather wet assassin turns out to be his arch enemy Ted Baldwin who escaped the gallows at Jacks hand who is in fact as we will find out the pinkerton detective Birdy Edwards. Allegedly inspired by …

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The truth behind the sign of four and the Sepoy Rebellion

  Arthur Conan Doyle’s second full length novel “the sign of the four” has a deep and wonderful back story, It involves the arrested criminal Jonathon small, played by John Thaw, the now deceased British actor and Tonga in the main story, his loyal but murderous, poison dart wielding andaman sidekick and their part in …

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Psychopath, surely not, i am a highly functioning Sociopath, a psychological view of Holmes

I must start by saying i am no psychologist, but i have an interest in psychology and sociology and therefor Holmes own diagnosis of him being a Sociopath. In the BBC series, SHERLOCK played by Benedict Cumberbatch, says “Psychopath, I am not a psychopath i am a highly functioning sociopath” A sociopath, according to google …

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The inspirations behind Moriarty, the Napoleon of crime

It was Scotland yard who first, used the phrase “the napoleon of crime” to describe Adam Worth 1844-1902, a real life criminal mastermind, who did 7 years in prison for robbery, finally caught in Belgium, when a robbery went wrong. Worth was a German born criminal, who under the alias’ of Henry J Raymond and …

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