Monthly Archives: June 2012

Review: The Sherlock Holmes Handbook

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sherlockholmesI picked this book up today at The Works.  I already own The Jane Austen Handbook by the same publisher, and I thought since it was at a reduced price ‘why the hell not?’

Though small (roughly A5 size), it is a treasure trove of information.  The Sherlock Holmes Handbook makes a charming addition to a Sherlock Holmes collection.  Unfortunately mine is only consists of the new films (with Robert Downing Jr. and Jude Law), the television series (Benedict Cumberpatch and Martin Freeman), a television film The Case of the Silk Stocking, a large hardback volume of all the Sherlock Holmes stories and a Wordsworth hardback of The Best of Sherlock Holmes.  And now this book.

Subtitled ‘The Methods and Mysteries of the World’s Greatest Detective’

Each chapter is fairly short (maximum of 9 pages, not including illustations) but some are not so easily digestible so it takes…

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“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” Blu-Ray Review

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

– for intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Stephen Fry
Running Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
Theatrical Release Date: December 16, 2011
Blu-Ray Release Date: June 12, 2012 (
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is…

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The Sherlock Holmes Museum, London


The Sherlock Holmes Museum: every detective’s dream. I loved everything about this place- you see, I used to pretend that I was a detective/spy when I was a child. So seeing all of these little gadgets really made my day. I got the chance to see Sherlock’s bedroom, Watson’s room, and some of the actual notes and appears that served as inspiration for the character himself. Many of the ideas from the novels (as well as many first editions) were in the museum as well. What cracked me up was that one of the rooms (perhaps it served as a conference room), there was a prop hat and pipe just like Sherlock had that you could try on and take a picture with (TOO funny).  In the gift shop downstairs they sold authentic pipes and handbooks. I was tempted, but didn’t end up buying anything.

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A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle – Free Online Text and Kindle Edition

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan DoyleLovers of Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel A Study in Scarlet might like to know that a free online version of the novel is now available to read on this very website.

You will also find links to purchase a version for Kindle that includes a wonderful ‘Introduction to Sherlock Holmes’ by our friend J. S. Williams. Please support this work of scholarship by investing in a copy today (Kindle Edition – Amazon US, Kindle Edition – Amazon UK).

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle was the first work of fiction featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. During the novel length story, Sherlock Holmes meets Dr Watson for the first time, and to Watson’s surprise he is soon caught up in a world of criminality and murder. The investigation of a murder takes the two from the foggy gas-lit streets of London to a story that was born on the plains of Utah, and embroils them in the affairs Mormons as well as the street arabs of the ‘Baker Street Irregulars’.

The title of A Study in Scarlet comes from a speech Sherlock Holmes gives to Dr. Watson: “There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.”

Remember to go here to read the free online version of A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, and also you can purchase a version for the new-fangled Kindle e-reader right here:

Kindle Edition of A Study in Scarlet – Amazon US

Kindle Edition  of A Study in Scarlet – Amazon UK

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