Sherlock Holmes: Trifles
By Scott Monty & Burt Wolder
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You know the plots, but what about the minutiae? Have you ever stopped to wonder about why Dr. Watson was called James by his wife? Or of Sherlock Holmes's dining habits? Or what happened when he let a criminal escape? Answers to these questions and more await in Trifles, a weekly podcast about details in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
||Clean12 - Irene Adler: A Legend Is Born||"To Sherlock Holmes, she is always the woman" [SCAN] It is the first story in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and it is also the first of what we might call the stories of legend: those Canonical tales that have inspired our imaginations far...||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 - Celebrations||"you could not celebrate him without being known yourself" [HOUN] With mid-March upon us, we thought it was high time to investigate some of the Irish connections in the Sherlock Holmes stories. From the obvious to the subtle, we go from...||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 - The Dressing Gown of Many Colors||"He was clad in his dressing gown" [CREE] You'll find Sherlock Holmes lounging in his dressing gown in no fewer than 14 of the original stories. And yet, its color changed from story to story. Sherlock Holmes's dressing gown was alternatively...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9 - A Matter of Faith||"embrace the true faith" [STUD] We see glimpses of religion in a number of stories, from plot devices to red herrings, saintly inferences to clever disguises. What role did religion play in the Sherlock Holmes stories? And Arthur Conan Doyle's...||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8 - The Wrinkle in The Beryl Coronet||"it is a very sweet little problem" [BERY] One of the more comical openings to a story occurred in "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet," in which the banker Alexander Holder raced his way through to snow to 221B Baker Street, which he...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 - John, James and Mary||"what's amiss with the names?" [VALL] One of the most puzzling passages in the Sherlock Holmes stories is when Mrs. Watson referred to her husband, the good Doctor, as "James." However, we know that his given name is John. What could be...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 - Dating the Missing Three Quarter||"a puzzled quarter of an hour" [MISS] The Sherlock Holmes stories are filled with hints of dates, places and people that cause them to be intertwined with reality. It is therefore natural to think that we can arrive at some certainty as to the date...||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 - Moral Relativism in Charles Augustus Milverton||Charles Augustus Milverton was considered by Sherlock Holmes to be "the worst man in London." Watson tried to shield the date of the case — not to protect Milverton, but to protect his victims. And Holmes and Watson went to extraordinary lengths to...||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 - Guilt in The Abbey Grange||Sir Eustace Brackenstall met with a grisly, if appropriate end in "The Abbey Grange." Ultimately, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson let his killer go free. But was Captain Crocker solely responsible for Brackenstall's death? Other individuals were...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 - Simpson's||Dr. Watson tells us that he and Sherlock Holmes visited one London restaurant two times. And while the gustatory habits of the famed Baker Street duo are not entirely well-documented, we have a good sense as to what they must have eaten at the famed...||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2 - Watson in the City||The opening lines of A Study in Scarlet are rich with details about Dr. Watson's past. His medical degree, his army service, even his injury. He recalls how he came to London without knowing anyone in the city and proceeded to blow through his cash...||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1 - Optimism||The new year usually brings resolutions and offers a new beginning. In our new podcast which begins in January 2017, we thought it was the ideal time to look at optimism in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Was there more hope or despair in the...||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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