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Wow it's been a month

I do apologise for the lack of recent blog posts. Truth be told, I simply haven't been getting up to much on the Sherlockian front.

Review: Jack The Ripper - Case Closed by Gyles Brandreth

"What, another one?" I hear you cry. Yes, we have a novel about the solving of the Jack The Ripper crimes.

I normally avoid these like the plague. They tend to be either historically inaccurate or have anti-climactic conclusions.

Review: Granada's Greatest Detective: A Guide to the Classic Sherlock Holmes Television Series

I've made no secret of my opinion that Jeremy Brett is the best Sherlock Holmes bar none. Spare me your Wilmer, Rathbone and Cumberbatch - Brett is the Zeus of this pantheon. The Granada series is, for me, the zenith of canonical fidelity (and yes I know standards fell towards the end).

Defending Roy

Not long ago I took part in a Facebook conversation about Conan Doyle and dogs. It was suggested by some on the thread that Conan Doyle possibly did not like dogs based on the way they were presented in the Holmes stories.

Review: Churchill & Orwell - The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks

To begin with I openly state that I was given an advance reading copy for free by the publisher.

You'll have to excuse my sojourn away from the work of Conan Doyle and Holmes for this post. I am making an exception because both of the subjects of this book were contemporaries of Conan Doyle for varying amounts of time and one of them met with Conan Doyle more than once.

Review: iClassics' "A Scandal in Bohemia"

iClassics are a company providing a more immersive experience of works by past authors. Amongst those on their list are Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde and, in this case, Arthur Conan Doyle.

Significant dates

There are two significant Doylean dates in the month. The first, today, is Conan Doyle's 158th birthday.

Review: Arthur & Sherlock by Michael Sims

Writing a biographical work on Arthur Conan Doyle has been a challenge ever since his death. However, the nature of the challenge has changed over the decades. In the beginning, the challenge was the inaccurate information in circulation (a good deal put there by Conan Doyle himself) combined with the Conan Doyle family's tight control of access to his papers.